Sumwalt in as NTSB chairman

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Robert L. Sumwalt III was sworn in as the 14th chairman of the NTSB on Thursday in Washington, D.C.
National Transportation Safety Board
WASHINGTON — Robert L. Sumwalt III has been sworn in as the 14th chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board after members of the U.S. Senate confirmed his nomination earlier this month.

He was officially sworn in during a brief ceremony at NTSB headquarters in Washington on Thursday.

Sumwalt’s tenure with the board began in August 2006 after then-President George W. Bush designated him as vice chairman for a two-year term. President Barack Obama then reappointed Sumwalt to an additional five-year term as a board member in November 2011.

Now, President Donald Trump has appointed him for an additional two-year term as chairman.

Prior to joining the NTSB, Sumwalt was an airline pilot for 32 years, including 24 years with Piedmont Airlines and US Airways, where he accumulated more than 14,000 flight hours. During his pilot career, he worked on special assignment to the flight safety department and also served on the airline’s flight operations quality assurance monitoring team.

The NTSB is represented by five board members, each nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate to serve five-year terms. The board’s chairman and vice chairman are appointed for only two-year terms.

See the news release online.

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