Washington, DC, February 18, 2022. Media contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Reflecting on the announcement by FAA Administrator Steve Dickson noting he would step down from his position, Regional Airline Association President and CEO Faye Malarkey Black offered the following statement:
“We are grateful to Administrator Steve Dickson for his steadfast public service through one of the most challenging periods in aviation history. Under his steady hand, courageous leadership, and unwavering commitment to safety, the U.S. aviation system has retained its strong safety record. Administrator Dickson built a thorough understanding of aviation safety and operations throughout his career as an Air Force veteran, commercial airline pilot, and aviation safety official and he rose to the occasion during his tenure at the FAA. Administrator Dickson was responsive and collaborative, quickly understanding and responding to complex issues, including navigating a global pandemic’s influence over every aspect of aviation, responding to industry-raised concerns over unruly passengers, and more. Of particular importance, the FAA issued the long-awaited and vastly important Pilot Records Database final rule under Administrator Dickson’s leadership. By addressing exigencies in pilot records that formerly hindered employers’ ability to make fully informed pilot hiring decisions, the rule offers a profound advancement in aviation safety.
On behalf of our team and our members, I thank Administrator Dickson for his service and accomplishments, and wish him the very best for his future.”
The Regional Airline Association (RAA) provides a unified voice of advocacy for North American regional airlines aimed at promoting a safe, reliable and strong regional airline industry. RAA serves as an important support network connecting regional airlines and industry business partners. In the United States, regional airlines operate 43% of scheduled passenger flights and provide the only source of scheduled air service to 66% of the nation’s airports. Regional airlines provide 75% or more of the air service in Alabama (81%), Alaska (87%), Arkansas (85%), Iowa (81%), Kansas (80%), Kentucky (76%), Maine (87%), Mississippi (94%), Montana (79%), North Dakota (87%), South Dakota (86%), Vermont (92%), West Virginia (92%). Regional airlines provide half or more of the air service in Idaho (74%), Illinois (54%), Indiana (59%), Michigan (60%), Minnesota (51%), Nebraska (65%), New Hampshire (73%), New Mexico (59%), North Carolina (56%), Ohio (56%), Oklahoma (55%), Oregon (62%), Pennsylvania (58%), Puerto Rico (71%), South Carolina (61%), Virginia (57%), Wisconsin (67%), and Wyoming (68%).