Aviation Industry Appointments—NTSB and AUVSI

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Aviation is only as good of the people who work for our industry. Two recent appointments reinforce that truism.

  1. Bruce Landsberg

The Administration, much to its credit, did not use its nomination for an NTSB member to reward one of its campaign supporters (oh, if that were true for all past choices.). The White House has selected Bruce Landsberg, to a five-year term on the NTSB beginning Jan. 1, 2018, as well as a two-year term as vice chairman. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, he would fill the final slot on the board, providing the NTSB with a full complement of five members.


One must congratulate the Administration on picking Mr. Landsberg for this position the Board. The NTSB’s Most Wanted List for the last three years has named General Aviation as a priority safety concern. That has been his primary focus for the last 22 years during which he was the AOPA’s Foundation and Air Safety Institute (ASI) as executive director and then president, now as a senior advisor.

That recent history makes Mr. Landsberg a most qualified candidate to assess future small plane accidents and to recommend solutions.  He is a licensed pilot with more than 6,000 flight hours and holds a number of certificates including airline transport pilot.A long academic and professional resume makes him ready to contribute to all of the Board’s cases.


University of Maryland College Park

Master’s Degree Industrial technology


Iota Lambda Sigma – Professional industrial training fraternity


University of Maryland College Park

Bachelor’s Degree Psychology/English




Missile Launch Offic

US Air Force Reserve

Sep 1967 – May 1973


Manager – Air Age Education Dept

Cessna Aircraft Company

Feb 1977 – Feb 1980

Wichita, KS


Ass’t Chief Flight Instructor

Beacon Flying Service

Dates EmployedAug 1973 – Feb 1977


Clinton, MD


Associate Editor

Flying Magazine

Feb 1980 – Mar 1981

Wichita, KS


Product Marketing Manager

FlightSafety International

Aug 1981 – May 1992

Wichita, KS


AOPA Foundation & Air Safety Intitute

May 2010 – Dec 2014

 Frederick, MD


Executive Director

AOPA Air Safety Foundation

May 1992 – May 2010

Frederick, MD


NBAA noted that Landsberg has written hundreds of articles on aviation safety and helped develop dozens of online courses. “His work with federal agencies, industry groups and other stakeholders makes him a perfect choice to serve on the NTSB,” said NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen. “His impressive breadth of experience and no-nonsense approach to safety will be an important asset in the Board’s work.”

But Landsberg’s imprint reaches beyond the general aviation community. National Air Traffic Controllers Association president Paul Rinaldi noted that Landsberg has worked collaboratively with his association on a variety of safety issues for 25 years and said he has “raised the bar for pilot safety.”

Not all of his work at AOPA was tough duty. Here at the AOPA Night for Flight, AOPA Foundation President Bruce Landsberg gives Marilyn a dip.

2.  Tracy Lamb

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) today announced it has named Tracy Lamb, an experienced pilot of manned and unmanned aircraft and a recognized aviation safety expert, as vice president of Regulatory and Safety Affairs and chief pilot.

As a former international airline pilot and senior flight instructor, Lamb has more than 7,000 flight hours, including more than 4,200 hours flying the Boeing 737. She has also piloted charter and corporate aircraft, flying missions that have included passenger and freight transport, aeromedical, and surveying. In addition, Lamb is licensed to operate unmanned aircraft systems.

Lamb is widely recognized as an authority on aviation safety. She is a certified ISO 9000:2008 lead auditor and has conducted audits and inspections of fixed wing, rotary wing, and UAS operators and maintenance organizations around the world. Most recently, she has developed safety and risk-management programs for UAS.

Lamb is widely recognized as an authority on aviation safety. She is a certified ISO 9000:2008 lead auditor and has conducted audits and inspections of fixed wing, rotary wing, and UAS operators and maintenance organizations around the world. Most recently, she has developed safety and risk-management programs for UAS.


Much of AUVSI advocacy before the FAA was more policy than technical in orientation before an agency focused on the technical. Further, some of the organization’s messages may not have expressed safety as its primary concern. Ms. Lamb’s professional experience will help those past deficiencies.



RMIT University

PhD in progress

Unmanned systems safety

2012 – 2023


RMIT University

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)

Human Factors in Unmanned Aircraft Systems

2013 – 2020

Activities and Societies: RMIT UAS Research Team


Griffith University

Masters in Aviation Management

Business Management

2008 – 2010


Griffith University

Bachelor of Aviation

Aviation, Management, Human Factors

1997 – 2008

Activities and Societies: Human factors in aviation safety. Quality and Safety Mangement.


Gemmological Institute of America

Graduate Diploma & Diploma

Gemmology, Diamond Technology, Synthetics

1996 – 1998


RMIT University

Lecturer Aviation Safety Management Systems

Aviation Safety


Activities and Societies: RMIT Unmanned Aircraft Systems Research Team (RMIT UASRT)





Sep 2017 – Present



AUVSI is the world’s largest nonprofit organization devoted exclusively to advancing the unmanned systems and robotics community. Serving more than 7,500 members from government organizations, industry and academia, AUVSI is committed to fostering, developing and promoting unmanned systems and robotics technologies. AUVSI members support the defense, civil and commercial sectors.

Manager Safety Data Analysis

Bristow Group

May 2017 – Present

 Houston, Texas Area


Board Member (observer)

UVS International

Jan 2016 – Present

 London, United Kingdom


Global RPAS Safety Manager

SGS HART Aviation

Aug 2014 – Apr 2017


Greater New York City Area


Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) Safety and Risk Management Systems.
Auditing & Compliance,
Human Factors & Crew Resource Management Training,
Aviation Safety Management Systems,

Snr First Officer

Virgin Australia

Mar 2008 – Jul 2014




* Joined Virgin March 2008 Boeing 737 700/800 (endorsed 300-400)
* Command Instrument rating
Previous –
* Corporate Jet Charter, Domestic, International (Nauru / Vanuatu / New Guinea).
* FIFO Queensland mining, Citation Ultra, II,I, Bravo, Cessna 421,320.
* Light Twin Charter, Fish Spotting, Freight, Aeromedical, Power-line survey.
* Flight Instructor – Grade 1, (Multi-engine Training Approval).
* Simulator Instructor / Advanced Theory Instructor

Contractor – Human Factors & CRM Facilitator

Ansett Aviation Training

Mar 2012 – Nov 2013



Senior flight Instructor Volunteer Experience

Angel Flight Pilot and Earth Angel Driver

Company NameAngel Flight

Dates volunteeredJan 2002 – Present


Volunteer duration15 yrs 9 mos

CauseSocial Services

I joined Angel Flight in 2002 as a Volunteer Pilot. I enjoyed many missions helping people in outback QLD and NSW. I am currently an “Earth Angel”, which means I drive patients to and from the hospitals/Airports. I am loving the interaction with people who are truly wonderful and appreciative of having a fantastic organisation like “Angel Flight” to give them a more comfortable journey to and from their treatment.

Volunteer Walking Guide

Company NameBlind Sports Australia

Dates volunteeredMar 2012 – Present


Volunteer duration5 yrs 7 mos

CauseSocial Services

Helping the visually impaired elderly to enjoy weekly walks around their familiar streets and parks.


Company NameAmerican Red Cross

Dates volunteeredFeb 2017 – Present


Volunteer duration8 mos

CauseDisaster and Humanitarian Relief



Australian Wings Academy

2002 – 2007





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