TSA's GA Chief Resigns
AOPA is reporting that Brian Delauter, the GA General Manager of the Transportation Security Administration, is leaving after less than two years in the post to return to the private sector. AOPA CEO Craig Fuller said Delauter's GA experience was an asset in his assumption of the role in 2009 and his leadership will be missed. "We are hopeful that Administrator [John] Pistole will build on the relationships Brian developed with general aviation industry and pilots by finding a successor with a similarly strong GA background."
The appointment of Delauter was generally regarded as a positive thing for GA, because of Delauter's varied experience in aviation. Prior to his hiring, the TSA was criticized for seemingly arbitrary and sometimes puzzling initiatives for bringing more security to GA operations. It seemed to acknowledge the gap in its hiring of Delauter, counting on him "use his extensive general aviation experience in government and private industry to lead TSA's strategy to enhance security within the general aviation sector while reducing the risk of the misuse of GA assets by developing identification capabilities including positive pilot and aircraft identification." It's not clear who will be doing Delauter's job while the search is on for his replacement.