July 6, 2011
By Dan Namowitz
The Transportation Security Administration’s Executive Resources Council has named Kerwin Wilson acting general manager for general aviation, effective July 5, succeeding Brian Delauter, who left the post May 23.
The TSA said Wilson will lead agency efforts to enhance security within the GA sector, working in partnership with industry “to develop and implement GA policies, programs, rules and regulations that increase security, create efficiencies and reduce burdens on operators.”
The announcement said Wilson comes to the position with “extensive knowledge in air traffic control and airport management with a concentration in airspace security, airport security, and formulating aviation policy and procedures with various governmental agencies and foreign countries.”
He takes on the new post after serving as an assistant general manager in the Transportation Security Network Management’s GA office, where his technical oversight responsibilities included overall policy, long-range objectives, and programs such as the Private Charter Standard Security Program, Twelve Five Standard Security Program, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) Access Standard Security Program, and the Maryland Three General Aviation Airports located within the Metropolitan Washingto, D.C., Area Flight Restricted Zone, the TSA said.
“AOPA looks forward to working with Mr. Wilson to build a relationship such as we had with his predecessor, Brian Delauter,” said Tom Zecha, AOPA manager of aviation security. Delauter served from July 2009 to May 23, 2011.
Collaboration between the German government, academia, and airplane manufacturers may make future aircraft cabins more protective of pilots and passengers. The Safety Box team plans to apply auto racing technology to general aviation.
A father and his 14-year-old son were helping another pilot ferry a newly purchased aircraft from California to their home field in Virginia. The three made an overnight stop in Albuquerque before flying on to Illinois for fuel. But shortly after they parked the aircraft in Marion, Ill., they were approached by as many as 18 uniformed and non-uniformed law enforcement officers who came running toward the airplane.
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