March 11, 2014
By AOPA Communications staff
March 11, 2014
Contact: Steve Hedges
Frederick, MD – The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association extended its thanks to National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah Hersman for her nearly 10 years of service. Hersman announced March 11 that she would be stepping down at NTSB for a position as president and CEO of the National Safety Council.
“We appreciate Ms. Hersman’s dedication to promoting safety in all aspects of aviation and her willingness to listen to the concerns and recommendations of the general aviation community,” said AOPA President Mark Baker. “Her focus on reducing preventable accidents through education and outreach has helped improve pilot awareness. We wish her well in her new role and look forward to continuing to work with NTSB to make aviation safer.”
Hersman’s resignation is effective April 25 and NTSB Vice Chairman Christopher Hart will serve as acting chairman.
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