National Transportation Safety Board Chair Jennifer Homendy commended the House of Representatives for reauthorizing and increasing funding for the NTSB for the next five years through the Securing Growth and Robust Leadership in American Aviation Act, which supports NTSB investments in additional investigators and new technologies, workforce training and development and cybersecurity enhancements.
“We commend the bipartisan support for this bill, which will go a long way toward making our skies even safer,” Homendy said. “I especially thank Chairman Sam Graves and Ranking Member Rick Larsen as well as Aviation Subcommittee Chairman Garret Graves and Ranking Member Steve Cohen for their leadership and commitment to protecting our nation’s gold standard of aviation safety.”
Homendy testified Feb. 7 before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on the investments needed to improve aviation safety by implementing the approximately 300 aviation NTSB safety recommendations that remain open.
Congress tasks the NTSB to investigate and determine the probable cause of every aviation accident and significant events in other modes of transportation: railroad, highway and transit, marine, pipeline and commercial space. The NTSB determines the probable cause of these accidents and events and issues safety recommendations aimed at preventing reoccurrence. In addition, the NTSB carries out special studies concerning transportation safety and coordinates the resources of the federal government and other organizations to assist victims and their family members impacted by major transportation disasters.