For Immediate Release

Release No. SW99120003
December 17, 1999
Contact: John Clabes
Phone: (405) 954-7500

FORT WORTH–Clyde DeHart Jr., administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration's Southwest Region, will retire Dec. 31, 1999, after 34 years of public service. His successor has not been named.

DeHart, a native of Chickasha, Okla., previously served the FAA as deputy administrator in the Southern region, deputy director in the New England region and manager of the Flight Standards division in the Western Pacific region. He also was manager of the general aviation branch in the Western Pacific and manager of Flight Standards training at the FAA Academy.

Before joining the FAA in 1969, DeHart had a distinguished career as vice president and project manager of seven USAF T-41 primary flight training programs throughout the United States. He also served as manager of the T-41 maintenance program at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

He served as chief pilot for several air taxi companies, chief instructor for several private commercial and instrument flight schools and was flight and ground instructor for the University of Oklahoma's aviation department.

DeHart was inducted into the Oklahoma Aviation Hall of Fame in 1998. He and his wife, Kaye, plan to remain in the Fort Worth area after retirement.

Long, distinguished career

Mr. DeHart, retiring from the Federal Aviation Administration, Southwest Regional Administrator, has a long and distinguished history of aviation accomplishments in the private sector, academia, and with the federal government.

In the early 60's he was a flight and ground instructor at the University of Oklahoma.

In the late 60's he managed and had operational control of seven United States Air Force T-41 Primary Flight Training Contracts at the USAF training bases in Enid, Oklahoma; Valdosta, Georgia; Selma, Alabama; Laredo, Del Rio, Big Spring, and Lubbock, Texas. These contracts included establishing systems and procedures for flight training, and maintenance of the aircraft, along with furnishing hangars, ramps, flight instructors, and administrative support. There was only one USAF T-41 primary flight training program in the United States that wasn't under his management.

During this time he also managed a highly-successful maintenance contract for the T-41 program at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Mr. DeHart has also served as director of Flight Operations at the Spartan School of Aeronautics, in Tulsa, Oklahoma and was chief pilot for their air taxi operation, and chief flight instructor for their FAA approved flight school. He was also a FAA Designated Pilot Examiner.

His accomplishments in the federal field are legendary and include 8 years as regional administrator with a charter to improve the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex airspace. A $166 million project that has doubled the capacity of the airspace serving the 164 airports in the Dallas/Fort Worth area which includes the world's busiest airport. The results of this project will save the aviation industry and the traveling public $9.7 billion over the next 20 years.

He also has a charter and is program manager for the conversion of Bergstrom AFB into the new Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in Austin, Texas, a $100 million federal funds project.

While serving as deputy regional administrator of the Southern Region in Atlanta, Mr. DeHart led the rescue of FAA personnel stranded and in grave danger on the Virgin Islands of St. Thomas and

St. Croix after Hurricane Hugo. He took the FAA DC-9 aircraft, accompanied by armed U.S. Coast Guardsmen, into the hurricane stricken islands and gathered up and flew the FAA personnel and their families to safety as released prisoners and looters roamed the islands.

He has also managed the FAA flight training program at the FAA Academy in Oklahoma City and was manager of the General Aviation District Office at Wiley Post Airport that had FAA responsibilities for all of Oklahoma.

In the FAA he has served as Flight Standards Division Manager in the Western Pacific Region, Deputy Regional Director in the New England Region, and Deputy Regional Administrator in the Southern Region

He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma where he received the John G. Fellows Award for his Outstanding Contribution to Aviation, and has attended Law School at Oklahoma City University and Tulsa University. He holds FAA Airline Transport Pilot and Flight Instructor Certificates, and is an active pilot.

His honors and awards are numerous, including outstanding performance awards from the FAA for many years, and a Rank Meritorious Award signed by President Clinton. He is a member to the Oklahoma Aviation Hall of Fame.