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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.
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Advocacy and Legislation
During a hastily organized webinar held Dec. 12, the FAA said it will move forward with implementing its new sleep apnea policy despite overwhelming opposition.
AOPA is looking to the Michigan Senate for “refinement” of proposals amended unfavorably in last-minute House action.
The General Aviation Pilot Protection Act would allow pilots to use the driver’s license medical standard for noncommercial VFR flights in aircraft weighing up to 6,000 pounds with no more than six seats, as long as they carry five or fewer passengers, fly below 14,000 feet msl, and fly no faster than 250 knots.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.