The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) announced that Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Steve Dickson will participate in a Virtual Business Aviation Town Hall, to be held next week, at 1 p.m. (EDT) Tuesday, Aug. 4.
Dickson will join NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen in discussing operational and safety issues important to the business aviation community, including the latest information about extensions to general aviation pilot medicals and other requirements granted under Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR) 118. The forum will also cover the agency’s recent notice of proposed rulemaking affecting the pilot records database.
The conversation will also touch upon ongoing efforts to bolster the nation’s aviation workforce; the continued transition to a Next Generation (aviation system; the integration of Advanced Air Mobility vehicles and other technologies into the national airspace; ongoing government-industry efforts to build upon the industry’s continually improving safety record; the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the aviation industry and other issues.
The hour-long online town hall event will include ample time for audience questions, offering an important opportunity for business aviation stakeholders to engage directly with the FAA and the association.
“I am pleased to welcome Administrator Dickson to this interactive discussion, in which we’ll cover some of the most important concerns for business aviation, during this COVID-19 moment and beyond,” Bolen said. “We appreciate the administrator’s continued engagement as we confront a unique and highly challenging situation for government and industry alike.”
Dickson first announced his intention to approve SFAR 118, during an opening address at the start of the 2020 Business Aviation Safety Summit (BASS), jointly sponsored by NBAA and the Flight Safety Foundation. Last year, Dickson was a featured speaker at NBAA’s Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) in Las Vegas, NV.
As head of the FAA, Dickson oversees a $17.62 billion-dollar budget and nearly 45,000 employees, as well as the ongoing, multibillion-dollar Next Generation (“NextGen”) air traffic control modernization. He was confirmed for a five-year term as FAA administrator by the U.S. Senate in July 2019 following an extensive career with Delta Air Lines.
NBAA members may register for the Virtual Business Aviation Town Hall.