July 22, 2009
By Sarah Brown
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has named Brian Delauter as acting manager for general aviation.
Delauter—a pilot with commercial single- and multiengine land, airline transport pilot, and flight instructor (single- and multiengine, and instrument) certificates—joined the TSA in 2002 as a stakeholder liaison and most recently served as federal security director at Savannah International Airport, where he was responsible for all TSA activities at nine airports across two states.
“As a pilot, Mr. Delauter can draw on his own experience with general aviation to move toward security solutions that work for GA,” said AOPA President Craig Fuller. “AOPA looks forward to working with him as the TSA considers issues that will affect GA.”
Delauter was a pilot for more than 15 years before he joined the TSA, flying GA aircraft as well as commercial aircraft for Northwest Airlines. He began his career as a flight instructor at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida and holds a bachelor of science degree in aviation management from the Florida Institute of Technology.
The Flying Physicians Association (FPA) has become the latest group to lend support to third-class medical reform and urge government officials to speed up their review of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). The NPRM would expand the number of pilots who could fly without needing to obtain a third-class medical certificate, a standard that has been successfully used by sport pilots for a decade.
California pilot Christopher Braun has created a revamped version of the cleco plier that is said to be lighter and more ergonomic.
There is no shortage of pilots in eastern Washington, but there does seem to be a scarcity of clubs in that part of the country.
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