The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) has brought long-time FAA official Keith DeBerry on board in a full-time capacity as senior v-p of safety and education. Before stepping into the new role, DeBerry had served as senior advisor of regulatory affairs in the maintenance arena and as a liaison for the association’s Aircraft Maintenance and Systems Technology Committee since January 2020. In his new role, he will steer the development of safety education programs and help the industry to develop and incorporate safety management systems.
Before joining NATA, DeBerry was the director of the FAA Academy, where he led a workforce of more than 400 federal employees and hundreds of contractors. He also has steered the regulatory standards training division that provided technical training for FAA’s aviation safety inspectors and engineers and further spearheaded the development and implementation of the FAA’s flight program SMS under the new Part 5.
Noting DeBerry’s 45 years of aviation experience, including more than two decades in FAA leadership roles, NATA president and CEO Timothy Obitts said his “extensive experience, in everything from maintenance and aviation safety oversight to SMS and education program development/implementation, as well as his passion for helping to kickstart next-generation careers in aviation, will be tremendously beneficial in advancing the success of both our members and the entire industry in these key areas.”