The Wall Street Journal says (subscription required) retired Delta Air Lines VP and former line pilot Steve Dickson is the new favorite to become the next FAA administrator. The Journal says Dan Elwell, who has been the acting administrator since January, “quietly pulled out of the running” because it didn’t seem likely he would be nominated and confirmed. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao favored Elwell but President Donald Trump was promoting his personal pilot John Dunkin for the job. Dickson is viewed as a compromise candidate and an announcement is expected this month.
Dickson rose from the pilot ranks at Delta to become the senior vice president of global flight operations. He retired from the post earlier this year. He spent 27 years at Delta. If confirmed, he would be the first FAA administrator to come from the airline industry in 30 years.