Senate Confirms Homendy As NTSB Chair

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The U.S. Senate confirmed Jennifer Homendy as the 15th Chair of the of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) on Monday. She was nominated for the position following the retirement of former NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt last May. Homendy has served on the board since August 2018 and was reconfirmed for a five-year term in 2019.

“No words come close to describing how grateful and honored I am right now,” Homendy said via Twitter on Monday. “More to come but tonight I focus on preparing for a Board meeting tomorrow re preventing turbulence-related injuries in Part 121 air carrier ops.”

Homendy served as a staff director for the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials from 2004 to 2018. She has also held positions with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the Transportation Trades Department of the AFL-CIO and the American Iron and Steel Institute. Homendy is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University.

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  1. Looks like another Liberal appointment regardless of whether the person has any technical expertise in any of the supported activities and especially lack of any credentials in aviation. While it is probably primarily a management position, there really should be some technical qualifications beyond possibly being an attorney.
    The Union positions smell strongly of Biden Bias!

    • Larry, could you please attempt to do at least a little bit of research before you prognosticate your partisan opinions to those around you? If you had spent just 30 seconds and typed her name into your search engine of choice, you would have seen that not only was she appointed to the NTSB during the previous administration, but that she is also deeply qualified on a technical level for this position.

  2. Jennifer Homendy is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University and is certified by the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications on Core HazMat Operations and Missions-Specific PPE and Product Control.

    In 2018 during President Trumps administration she was appointed as a member of the National Transportation Safety Board. On May 19, 2021, it was announced that Homendy would be nominated to serve as chair of the NTSB.

    What’s wrong with her? The entire senate liked/likes her as did Trump back in 2018 as does Biden in 2021? Who is left out who hasn’t approver her credentials in your determination?

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  3. The existence of the NTSB under DOT, and the FAA under DOT and NTSB is itself a huge issue. So many unnecessary layers of bureaucracy. What do highways have to do with aviation? Nothing, water ports? Nothing. Etc.
    Safety in each realm is entirely separable and should have remained so. DOT should never have been created. All that DOT does is slow and obfuscate anything the FAA might do. Also it allows nefarious actions like burying a rule making process. An example of this was when the FAA sent a proposed medical reform rule change to DOT. Its simply died there without further comment or action. That was probably what the FAA intended, since it was well known the FAA actually opposed any liberalization of medical certification. It was a sort of “good cop, bad cop” action. So DOT diminishes accountability by obfuscating responsibility. What is needed is a more focused and competent FAA, not more layers of bureaucracy. DOT should be broken up into smaller spheres of responsibility, i.e. highways, ports, FAA, etc. Each of those to be entirely accountable within their sphere.

  4. As for Homendy’s qualifications, I’m a bit skeptical. I couldn’t find much about her technical background. I could only find that she has a Bachelor of Arts degree at Penn, and is a masters candidate at Clemson U. But couldn’t find the actual subject matter or major. Being a Bachelor of Arts degree suggest it wasn’t a hard science. This type of position should require a hard core technical background, since safety is mostly about physical processes, and the analysis thereof. The fact that this was left vague and un-documented suggests her academic background was a weak qualification. If she had a masters in engineering or physics, it likely would have been so stated.