Tue, Apr 22, 2008
Currently Serving With US Air Force
On Monday, the Federal Aviation Administration named Air Force
Reserve Brigadier General Robert O. Tarter as Vice President of
Safety Services for the Air Traffic Organization (ATO).
"General Tarter’s distinguished military career combined
with his experience as an airline pilot and safety professional
brings extraordinary capability to our ranks," said Acting
Administrator Robert A. Sturgell. "He assumes oversight for our air
traffic safety operations at a critical time for the industry.
We’re glad to have him on board."
The Safety Services unit is responsible for auditing safety and
quality control in the ATO and facilitating safety performance and
improvement. One of the unit’s main focuses is reducing the
risk of runway hazards. It uses information gleaned from data,
investigations and independent testing to identify risks. Safety
Services is separate from the FAA’s Office of Aviation
Safety, which promotes aviation safety and monitors compliance with
the Federal Aviation Regulations.
The Safety Services unit also serves as the liaison between the
ATO and the agency’s Air Traffic Safety Oversight Service,
which resides in the Office of Aviation Safety, outside the ATO.
The Air Traffic Safety Oversight Service provides oversight of ATO
activities and approves safety standards, mitigation of safety
risks and the safety management system.
Tarter, who takes over duties with the FAA on April 27, is
presently serving as the mobilization assistant to the commander of
the First Air Force, Air Combat Command, at Tyndall Air Force Base,
FL. He entered the Air Force in 1976 and has 3,600 hours flown in
the military and 6,000 hours as a civilian, including as a pilot
for Delta Air Lines. He has piloted fighters, MD-88, MD-90, 737,
757 and 767 aircraft.
The FAA notes safety and operational work dominated the last 20
years of Tarter's military and civilian careers. He has an
undergraduate degree from Baylor and a master’s degree in
aeronautical science from Embry-Riddle.
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