Arthur Earl Jenks, 82, a retired administrator with the Federal Aviation Administration who had owned and operated a transcontinental charter flying service during the 1930s, died July 23 at his home in Bethesda after a heart attack.

Mr. Jenks retired in 1965 as special assistant for research and development of the FAA's Flight Standards Service after a 25-year government career that began in 1940 when he joined the old Civil Aeronautics Administration in New York. He was a former chief of the CAA's flight inspection division. He had been a resident of the Washington area since 1952.

Born in Waterloo, Iowa, Mr. Jenks attended the University of California at Berkeley. He received his private pilot's license in 1929 and for the next 11 years held a variety of jobs in the field of private aviation, including the proprietorship of a California-based charter flying service.

He was a member of the Quiet Birdmen, the Society of Airways Pioneers, the Institute of Navigation and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. He was a recipient of Distinguished Service Awards from the Flight Safety Foundation and the Department of Commerce.

Survivors include his wife, Frances, of Bethesda; two daughters, Katharine D. Powell of Walkersville, Md., and Sharon S. Venable of New Carrollton; two sons, Victor Jenks of Modesto, Calif., and Arthur E. Jenks of South Orange, N.J.; seven grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.