GA Booster Brian Delauter Bails Out of TSA

 - May 12, 2011, 11:15 AM

Brian Delauter, a former airline pilot with impeccable general aviation (GA) credentials, will leave his post as TSA general manager for GA effective Monday. AOPA president Craig Fuller said Delauter’s leadership will be missed now that he has decided to return to the private sector. “We are hopeful that [TSA] Administrator [John] Pistole will build on the relationships Brian developed with the general aviation industry and pilots by finding a successor with a similarly strong GA background,” Fuller added. Delauter began flying as a teenager and after working as a flight instructor went on to do some corporate flying before signing on with NetJets and then Northwest Airlines. He joined the TSA in 2002 as a “stakeholder liaison” and in 2006 was named federal security director (FSD) at Jacksonville International Airport. In 2007, he was named FSD at Savannah International Airport, responsible for TSA activities at nine airports across two states. Delauter took over the TSA’s GA office in 2009.