Hart Rejoins NTSB, Upping Board to Three Members
A lawyer and aerospace engineer, he was deputy director for Air Traffic Safety Oversight at the Federal Aviation Administration when the president nominated him. He was sworn in Aug. 12.
A busy month for departures and confirmations at the National Transportation Safety Board continued Aug. 12 when Christopher A. Hart was sworn as the third current member of the board. Hart rejoined NTSB; he was a member from 1990 to 1993, then was deputy administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration before joining the Federal Aviation Administration.
His most recent position before this appointment was deputy director for Air Traffic Safety Oversight at the Federal Aviation Administration, according to biographical information posted on NTSB's Web site. His current NTSB term will expire Dec. 31, 2012. The site indicates Hart, a licensed pilot with commercial, multi-engine and instrument ratings, has a law degree from Harvard University and master's and bachelor's degrees in aerospace engineering from Princeton University. The site's information says Hart's great-uncle, James Herman Banning, was the first African-American to receive a pilot's license issued by the United States government, in 1926.
Two members, including acting chairman Mark Rosenker, resigned recently from the board, and Deborah A.P. Hersman was sworn in July 28 as its chairman.