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There is no link to a story for this post. Somehow the aviation trade press, the NTSB press office and all of the trade associations failed to recognize that Friday, January 26 ,2018 was the last day of the long tenure of Christopher A. Hart as
- NTSB Member (1990-1993),
- [NHTSA and FAA—Assistant Administrator for System Safety, Deputy Director for Air Traffic Safety Oversight],
- Member (2009),
- Vice Chairman and Member (2013),
- Acting Chairman (2014),
- Chairman (2014-17)
- Member (2017-2018).
US commercial airline safety, the Board’s most visible jurisdiction has been on a constant curve of decreased fatal accidents:
Unlike another claim that this track record correlated with a person’s year at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Member Hart would not assert that his presence at L’Enfant Plaza is a causative factor for this improvement.
Careful review of the FAA internal history would identify the hand of the Assistant Administrator for System Safety pushed the first data-driven, quantitative tool called Flight Operational Quality Assurance. It is the first element of the Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing system; as to that and its associated practices, one may accurately attribute these safety innovations for the recent safety improvements. Member Hart, it can be fairly said, is at least the Uncle of the new FAA and industry’s advances based on these proactive, quantitative systems.
Chris’ education laid the foundation for his NTSB/FAA/NHTSA work:
- master’s (magna cum laude) and bachelor’s degrees in aerospace engineering from Princeton University
- law degree from Harvard University
His roots as a licensed pilot with commercial, multi engine, and instrument ratings may be traced to his membership in the Princeton Flying Club; here is a picture of one of Hart ‘s early flights–
One, who watches his presentations before the press, frequently sees his pilot hands flying over the podium to explain what happened.
The retiring Member literally used his podium to speak to audiences about safety. Linked here are his over 400 speeches which he delivered during his tenure at the NTSB.
The Member/Vice Chair/Chair has been a frequent subject of this blog (partial list):
- Note to President Trump: NTSB’s Hart term as Chairman should merit consideration of further Federal Safety Service
- All GA pilots should hear NTSB Chair Hart’s Aviation Safety Message delivered at Oshkosh
- NTSB’s Hart is no longer “acting” and Dr. Dinh-Zarr is confirmed as a Member
- Acting NTSB Chair Hart uses real cases to show need for better Pilot Proficiency when automation fails
- President Obama’s Nomination of Acting NTSB Chair Hart to be Chairman is good for Aviation Safety
- Today’s AeroBio is Chris Hart, Vice Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board.
All of aviation thanks Member Hart for his service and we wish him the best in his future endeavors.
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