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Thursday, 01 August, 2019

NATA Applauds Reconfirmation of NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt and Member Jennifer Homendy

Today, National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Robert Sumwalt was confirmed to serve another three years in his current role. The Senate also reconfirmed NTSB Member Jennifer Homendy for another term. The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) President Gary Dempsey issued the following statement in support: 

"Safety first is not just the name of our online training program, it is our guiding principle when fulfilling our mission throughout all lines of aviation business. Chairman Robert Sumwalt has been a great friend and champion of safety in our community. We are pleased that both he and Member Homendy been confirmed to serve additional terms. NATA applauds Chairman Sumwalt's leadership in promoting the continuous improvement of safety and we look forward to continuing to work with him and Member Homendy in advancing the agency's initiatives." 

The Honorable Robert L. Sumwalt began his tenure at the NTSB in August 2006 when President George W. Bush appointed him to the Board and designated him as Vice Chairman of the Board. In November 2011, President Barack Obama reappointed him to an additional five-year term as Board Member. Sumwalt was sworn in as the 14th Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board on August 10, 2017, after being nominated by President Donald J. Trump and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. 

The Honorable Jennifer Homendy took the oath of office as the 44th Member of the National Transportation Safety Board on August 20, 2018. 

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The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) has been the voice of aviation business for 80 years. Representing nearly 3,700 aviation businesses, NATA’s member companies provide a broad range of services to general aviation, the airlines and the military and NATA serves as the public policy group representing the interests of aviation businesses before Congress and the federal agencies.