The people of aviation are critical to our profession’s safety record. Recently, President Obama moved an NTSB Board Member to be Administrator of NHTSA and about the same time, AUVSI named a new president and CEO for this leading UAS association. While Dr. Rosekind will be missed, we welcome Mr. Wynne.
One of the most scientifically complex and most contentious aviation issues for the recent past has been pilot flight and duty (now called “Flightcrew Member Duty and Rest Requirements”). The NTSB benefitted from Dr. Rosekind’s globally recognized expertise on the subject. He speaks with great academic credentials (A.B. with Honors at Stanford University, his M.S., M.Phil., and Ph.D. at Yale University, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Brown University Medical School) and with a long list of impressive research results and scholarly publications (more than150 scientific, technical, and industry papers). The principles of his work are incorporated with citation in the FAA’s final rule on Flightcrew fatigue (see Final Rule, page18 fn18, inter alia,14 CFR Parts 117, 119, and 12,1Docket No.: FAA-2009-1093; Amdt. Nos. 117-1, 119-16, 121-357 RIN 2120–AJ58).
His move from NTSB to NHTSA is not unprecedented; Acting Chairman Hart moved from L’Enfant Plaza to the highway safety organization in 1993. As the new Administrator he will be applying his extraordinary knowledge to all drivers with problems of sleeping at the wheel. It appears as though an immediate challenge will involve mechanical engineering for recalls, particularly airbags, have been a major issue.
Coming from the Electric Drive Transportation Association, Bryan Wynne brings a record of advocating to the government on behalf of a new technology with explosive growth potential. Before his AUVSI and RDTA assignments, he worked at Intelligent Transportation Society of America, Automatic Intelligence and Mobility International and the American Electronics Association. Those positions all require the honing of communication skills on technical matters of considerable complexity. His ability to articulate positive messages should improve the UAS industry’s reception at the FAA.
Aviation loses an expert on work fatigue, but will retain his body of work to guide safety regulation. Welcome to Mr. Wynne whose leadership of AUVSI will have great impact on the development of the UAS business during this critical defining period.
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