The White House formally has nominated Robert Sumwalt to become the 14th chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, a move that would make permanent the position he has held in an acting capacity since the end of March. The nomination, sent to the Senate in late June, would be for a two-year term. The White House previously this spring also had formally re-nominated Sumwalt to another five-year term. The confirmation of his re-nomination awaits full Senate action.
A pilot for 32 years who has amassed more than 14,000 flight hours, Sumwalt became the 37th member of the NTSB in August 2006. He previously has served as vice chairman.
Sumwalt brings a background in business aviation, formerly managing a small flight department for a utility company in South Carolina. He is a former member of NBAA’s Safety Committee and has been a frequent participant at NBAA safety events, NBAA said, praising his wealth of knowledge and focus on safety leadership.
“Robert is a stalwart advocate of safety, not only for business aviation, but for all of aviation,” said NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen. “His strong leadership and the resulting increase in implementation of safety programs benefits aircraft operators, travelers and the greater transportation industry.”