Christopher A. Hart was sworn in today as a Member of the National Transportation Safety Board.
Member Hart joins the Board after a long career in transportation safety, including a previous term as a Member of the NTSB.
Most recently, Member Hart was Deputy Director for Air Traffic Safety Oversight at the Federal Aviation Administration. He was previously the FAA Assistant Administrator for the Office of System Safety.
He served as a Member of the NTSB from 1990 to 1993. After leaving the Board, he served as Deputy Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. He had been at the FAA since 1995.
From 1973 until joining the Board in 1990, Member Hart held a series of legal positions, mostly in the private sector. He holds a law degree from Harvard University and Master's and Bachelor's degrees in Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and the Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association.
Member Hart is a licensed pilot with commercial, multi- engine and instrument ratings.
His term expires December 31, 2012.
His term as Vice Chairman will run for two years.
Hart's term as vice chairman ends on August 24, 2013.
Former Navy, airline pilot served at NTSB
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