- Published: May 15, 2019
Washington, D.C.—Ahead of today’s hearing before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation on the next FAA administrator, the Professional Aviation Safety Specialists, AFL-CIO (PASS), issued the following statement in support of Steve Dickson:
On behalf of the 11,000 employees PASS represents at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the union today announces its support for Steve Dickson to become the next administrator of the FAA.
In a letter to Commerce Committee Chair Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), PASS National President Mike Perrone wrote:
“The FAA has been without a permanent administrator for over a year and at a time when the agency is under intense scrutiny, it is imperative that the FAA have steady leadership at its helm.”
Perrone reflected on his time serving alongside Mr. Dickson on the agency’s Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) Advisory Committee, writing, “I have seen how his experience within the aviation industry and his expertise as a pilot inform his thinking on NextGen and its importance to improving the safety and stability of the National Airspace System.” PASS-represented employees are implementing NextGen improvements every day.
Mr. Dickson has also expressed support for the safety critical work performed by FAA employees and the vital role the government plays in maintaining the largest, safest and most complex air traffic control system in the world.
“The work and challenges associated with modernizing the aviation system requires stable leadership so that FAA employees can remain focused on safety and modernization,” concluded Perrone.