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June 27, 2014

Contact: Steve Hedges
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Frederick, MD – Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) President Mark Baker today welcomed the nomination of Christopher Hart as chair of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).  

“We are very pleased that the President has chosen to nominate a pilot as the next chairman of the NTSB,” said Baker.  “With a long career in transportation and aviation safety, we believe he is particularly well-suited for this new role and we look forward to continuing our partnership with the NTSB in identifying modern and constructive ways to further improve general aviation safety.”  

Hart, who has been serving as the acting chairman since April, has had two assignments on the Board. His first assignment was from 1990 to 1993 and he was reappointed in 2009 after holding several high-ranking posts at the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  

In 1926, his great uncle, James Herman Banning, became the first African-American to receive a government-issued pilot's license.

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