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Captain Stephen M. Dickson

Delta Air Lines, Inc.
Senior Vice President, Flight Operations

Captain Steve Dickson is Senior Vice President-Flight Operations for Delta Air Lines.  He is responsible for overseeing Delta’s day-to-day flight operations on six continents, as well as Delta’s pilot training operations, pilot standards, technical and operational support, pilot staffing and scheduling, operational quality assurance and regulatory compliance.  He also leads and provides direction to Delta’s 13,000+ pilots and an internal support team of 400 employees at Delta’s Atlanta headquarters and around the world.  A 26-year Delta veteran, during the course of his career Steve has served in a variety of leadership positions of increasing responsibility.  He assumed his current responsibilities in September 2006, and is the longest-serving head of Flight Operations in Delta’s history.  Under his leadership, Delta has achieved unprecedented levels of flight safety and operational performance that has made it the model for the airline industry in the U.S. and internationally. He is currently qualified and flies the line as an A320 Captain and has also flown the B727, B737, B757 and B767 during his career at Delta.

Captain Dickson is the chairman of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Operations Committee.  He is also the past chairman of two Federal Advisory Committees: the Air Traffic Management Advisory Committee (ATMAC), and the NextGen Implementation Task Force, commonly known in industry circles as “Task Force 5.”  In these and other industry roles he has continued to be a strong advocate for Safety Management Systems and improvements to our National Airspace System, specifically NextGen.

A former USAF Officer and F-15 fighter pilot, Captain Dickson is a Distinguished Graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, where he led the Cadet Wing as the Cadet Wing Commander in the fall of 1978, He is also a magna cum laude graduate of the Georgia State University College of Law.  He resides with his wife Janice, in Atlanta, Georgia.