Jul 24, 2019

Senate confirms former Delta executive as new FAA head

Stephen Dickson. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call/Getty Images

The Senate voted 52-40 Wednesday along party lines to confirm Stephen Dickson as the new administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, the Washington Post reports.

Why it matters: The FAA has not had a confirmed head since January 2018. Former American Airlines pilot Daniel Elwell served as the acting chief in the interim.

Details: Democrats had opposed the appointment of Dickson following allegations that he mistreated a whistleblower who complained about pilot safety during Dickson's tenure at Delta, says the Seattle Times.

  • Dickson was at Delta Airlines for 27 years. He started as a pilot and later became the senior vice president of flight operations.
  • He also served as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force.

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When drones fall from the sky

Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

A frightening incident earlier this year in Switzerland now serves as a reminder of why we need to know more about the safety of urban delivery drones.

Driving the news: A malfunctioning drone operated by Swiss Post plummeted to the ground near Zurich, narrowly missing a group of kindergarten children, according to IEEE Spectrum.

Go deeperArrowJul 31, 2019

Top U.S. auto safety official Heidi King to step down

Heidi King, the acting administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, is set to step down on August 31, Automotive News reports.

Why it matters: King was nominated a year ago to become permanent administrator, but never confirmed by Congress. Sources tell Axios that her management style alienated some at the agency, which has been coping with management churn and been accused by consumer advocates of being too cozy with the auto industry.

Go deeperArrowAug 12, 2019

Democrats sound alarm on "massive" GOP Senate advantage in 2020

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer talking about new legislation on Capitol Hill. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

In 2016, every single Senate race went to the candidate of the same party that those states voted for in the presidential election, according to a new analysis by the Democratic group One Country Project, provided exclusively to Axios.

Why it matters: That's never happened before, since at least 1984. And the data shows that's not great news for Democrats heading into the 2020 elections.

Go deeperArrowJul 29, 2019