WASHINGTON, DC, June 27, 2014 – National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) President and CEO Ed Bolen today welcomed the announcement, issued June 26, that President Obama has nominated Christopher Hart as chair of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).
"NBAA commends the President for nominating Chris Hart as NTSB Chair," Bolen said. "He has held several government positions focused on transportation, and we know from our work with him that he understands the importance of general aviation to America's transportation system and its economy. He is also someone who views regulatory proposals with a solid understanding of the unique operating characteristics for business aviation. He is willing to listen to all aviation stakeholders, and consider innovative approaches to enhancing safety."
In his various career posts, Hart has familiarized himself with business aviation, not only through his interactions with NBAA staff, but also by attending industry events, like the Bombardier Safety Standdown, which is co-sponsored by NBAA. According to his official biography, Hart is a licensed pilot with commercial, multi-engine and instrument ratings. His current assignment to the NTSB, which began in 2009, is his second; Hart first served with the Board from 1990 to 1993. Before returning to the NTSB, he held top positions with the Federal Aviation Administration and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
"We congratulate Chris on this nomination, and we look forward to continuing to work with him in the years to come," Bolen concluded.
Founded in 1947 and based in Washington, DC, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is the leading organization for companies that rely on general aviation aircraft to help make their businesses more efficient, productive and successful. The Association represents more than 10,000 companies and provides more than 100 products and services to the business aviation community, including the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, the world's largest civil aviation trade show. Learn more about NBAA at www.nbaa.org.
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