Tue, Jun 20, 2006
Nominee Has Worked On Runway Incursion, Wind Shear Safety
On Monday, the National
Business Aviation Association (NBAA) applauded President Bush for
nominating Robert L. Sumwalt III to an open seat on the National
Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).
Sumwalt, a member of NBAA's Safety Committee, is a long-time
aviation safety advocate, and former aviation department manager
for the South Carolina-based public utility company SCANA Corp. The
White House recently announced Sumwalt's nomination.
"NBAA commends the Bush Administration for nominating Mr.
Sumwalt for an open seat on the NTSB," said NBAA President and CEO
Ed Bolen. "Mr. Sumwalt's firm grasp of a wide range of issues
related to aviation safety has made him a tremendous resource to
the business aviation community, and we are confident that he would
be a great asset to the NTSB."
In order to be confirmed for an NTSB post, Sumwalt's nomination
must first be cleared by the US Senate Commerce Committee, and a
vote of the full US Senate.
A Senate Commerce
Committee hearing to consider Sumwalt's nomination has yet to be
scheduled. If Sumwalt is confirmed, he would occupy the NTSB
position previously held by Richard Healing, who left the Board in
August of last year.
NBAA sent the White House a letter of support for Sumwalt's
nomination in December 2005. The letter reads, in part:
"[Sumwalt's] work on a variety of issues, including runway
incursions, cockpit procedures, wind shear, and safety research and
monitoring has directly contributed to the reduction of aviation
accidents. As a trained accident investigator, NASA research
assistant and aviation safety training instructor, Mr. Sumwalt
would significantly strengthen the Board's aviation expertise."
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