White House makes safety official acting chief of Federal Aviation Administration

The Biden administration announced on Saturday that Billy Nolen, the Federal Aviation Administration’s associate director for aviation safety, will be made acting chief of the agency, replacing Steve Dickson when he retires.

Nolen, who previously served as vice president for safety, security and quality for WestJet Airlines in Canada, has “extensive expertise in aviation and a deep understanding of the vital role the FAA plays in ensuring the safety of the traveling public,” according to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.

FAA Deputy administrator Bradley Mims will also be serving in an expanded role to assist Nolen until a permanent replacement is found for the position of FAA chief. Outgoing chief Dickson announced he will retire halfway through his term in office to spend more time with his family.

“We are grateful to Steve for his service and to Billy and Brad for stepping up to lead the FAA during this critical time,” Buttigieg said.




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