According to a Press Release, Christopher A. Hart was sworn in today as the newest member of the National Transportation Safety Board. Member Hart comes to the Board after several positions with the FAA including Deputy Director for Air Traffic Safety Oversight at the Federal Aviation Administration and, before that, as FAA Assistant Administrator for the Office of System Safety. Member Hart was also a Member of the Board from 1990 to 1993. Member Hart holds a law degree from Harvard University and is a member of the Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association. He is also pilot, holding a commercial certificate with multi-engine and instrument ratings. Member Hart’s term expires December 31, 2012.
Nice to see someone with aviation experience appointed to the Board. Hopefully Member Hart’s aviation and legal experience will add a more reasoned voice to the Board that is less willing to simply defer to the FAA. We will see.