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.
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AOPA has named Jim Coon as senior vice president of government affairs and advocacy. Coon has years of experience working with Congress and the aviation industry.
Federal Air Surgeon Fred Tilton contacted AOPA Dec. 19 to announce that the FAA will not move ahead with implementing its new sleep apnea policy in January. Instead, in the new year, the agency will open discussions with aviation industry stakeholders to find a way to balance pilots’ and the FAA’s concerns.
When President Barack Obama travels to Hawaii for the holidays, a presidential TFR will be in place, but thanks to AOPA’s ongoing advocacy efforts, certain accommodations have been made for general aviation operations.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.