Sumwalt Confirmed As NTSB Chair

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As expected, Robert Sumwalt has been confirmed as the 14th chair of the National Transportation Safety Board and he brings a wealth of aviation experience to the job. Sumwalt was a pilot for Piedmont Airlines and US Airways for 24 years and his appointment is being met with enthusiasm from aviation groups. "Robert is committed to safety, not only for business aviation, but for all of aviation,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. “His solid leadership and the resulting increase in implementation of safety programs benefits aircraft operators, travelers and the greater transportation industry. We look forward to working with him in his capacity as chair of the NTSB.”

He joined the NTSB in 2006 and served a two-year term as vice chair. He's led numerous aviation investigations and is committed to fostering a safety culture within aviation, according to NBAA. "His focus on safety leadership has helped promote the importance of proactive safety management," NBAA said in its statement. "Further, his diligent work on safety awareness and leadership has greatly influenced business aviation, guiding the industry’s voluntary adoption of safety programs that have demonstrated real value in helping improve business aviation safety."

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