Keith DeBerry, Director, FAA Academy
As the FAA Academy Director, Keith DeBerry leads a workforce of over 400 federal employees and hundreds of contractors providing quality, cost effective learning solutions for thousands of students annually across the FAA and global aviation communities.
Keith also led the Regulatory Standards Training Division where he had the responsibility for providing technical training for the FAA’s aviation safety inspectors and engineers. He also managed the Academy’s flight program where he led the development and implementation of the FAA’s first flight program Safety Management System (SMS), utilizing the new Part 5 SMS rule.
Keith came to the Academy from Washington, D.C. serving as field program lead in the development and implementation of SMS for the air transportation industry. He co-chaired the SMS pilot project with aviation industry senior leadership in the testing of SMS policy and procedure and then sharing best practices with the aviation industry.
In his 21-year federal career, he has had extensive experience leading, directing and managing aviation safety oversight activities. Keith served as the Supervisory Principle Maintenance Inspector for UPS Airlines. Where he oversaw a workforce charged with Congressional mandated safety oversight of UPS’ Airlines 300 aircraft fleet.
Keith is retired from the Air Force and is a USAF Thunderbird Alumni.
Keith obtained his Master’s degree in Aviation Operations and Safety from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and acquired a Bachelor’s degree in Aeronautics Safety from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
He currently serves on the board of directors for the Oklahoma State University Executive Education Partnership Program.