WASHINGTON, D.C. – Christopher Hart, a member of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) since 2009, has been nominated by President Obama to head the board. Hart is an active general aviation pilot who holds a commercial pilot certificate with multi-engine and instrument ratings. He will succeed Deborah Hersman, who left NTSB to head the National Safety Council.
Hart has been vice chairman of NTSB since October 2013. Prior to that, he was the deputy director for air traffic safety oversight at the FAA from 2005 to 2009 and was the assistant administrator for system safety at the FAA from 1995 to 2005. From 1994 to 1995, Hart served as deputy administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. From 1990-93, Hart was also an NTSB board member.