The NTSB is providing an opportunity for the public to learn more about the Board and agency staff and the investigative process through a new podcast series, “Behind the Scene.” Set to debut this in the fourth quarter, the series of podcasts will include interviews with Board members, modal office directors, investigators and other personnel.
The podcasts will enable NTSB officials to discuss their careers and roles at the agency, as well as their perspectives on transportation safety. In addition, they will provide background on the investigative process. The podcasts will be available on Google Play and iTunes.
The podcasts are among a series of outreach initiatives the now 50-year-old agency has undertaken. Along with its consultative approach to investigation, open board meetings and targeted safety events, the Safety Board hosts seminars and classes at its NTSB Training Center. Established as the NTSB Academy in 2000, the center was designed to not only provide technical training for the agency’s own employees but opened its expertise to the community. In addition, Safety Board members are frequent speakers at a host of industry events.
With approximately 430 employees, the NTSB is led by a five-member board (currently only four are active, with one vacant seat). The Board has investigated more than 132,000 aviation accidents over the past 50 years and averages 280 safety recommendations a year.