Sumwalt Named NTSB Vice Chairman Upon Appointment
NBAA has commended the
United States Senate for approving the nomination of Robert L.
Sumwalt III (pictured, right) to an open seat on the National
Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). The White House nominated
Sumwalt for the position in June, and, upon approval of his
nomination by the Senate, Sumwalt was named NTSB vice chairman.
Sumwalt, who served as a member of NBAA's Safety Committee, is a
long-time aviation safety advocate and former aviation department
manager for South Carolina-based SCANA Corp., a public utility
"NBAA is delighted to learn that the Senate has approved Robert
Sumwalt's nomination for an open seat on the NTSB, and that he will
serve as the Board's vice chairman," said NBAA President and CEO Ed
"Through his work on NBAA's Safety Committee, and in so many
other areas, Mr. Sumwalt has shown a true commitment to aviation
safety. The Board will benefit greatly from his knowledge and
The Senate voted its approval for Sumwalt's nomination on August
3. He will 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."
NBAA also signaled its support for the appointment of Mark
Rosenker as chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board
"Mark Rosenker (below) has proven himself to be a very capable
and knowledgeable acting chairman of the NTSB, and NBAA is pleased
that the Senate has given its support for him to serve as chairman
of the Board," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen.
"Mark has a very solid understanding of the business aviation
community, and we look forward to working with him."