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NBAA Welcomes Confirmation of Safety Committee Member Robert Sumwalt as NTSB Member

Sumwalt Named NTSB Vice Chairman Upon Appointment

Contact: Dan Hubbard at (202) 783-9360 or dhubbard@nbaa.org

WASHINGTON, DC, August 7, 2006 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today commended the United States Senate for approving the nomination of Robert L. Sumwalt III to an open seat on the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

The White House nominated Sumwalt for the position in June, and, upon approval of his nomination by the Senate, Sumwalt was named NTSB vice chairman.

Sumwalt, who served as a member of NBAA's Safety Committee, is a long-time aviation safety advocate and former aviation department manager for South Carolina-based SCANA Corp., a public utility company.

"NBAA is delighted to learn that the Senate has approved Robert Sumwalt's nomination for an open seat on the NTSB, and that he will serve as the Board's vice chairman," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen.

"Through his work on NBAA's Safety Committee, and in so many other areas, Mr. Sumwalt has shown a true commitment to aviation safety. The Board will benefit greatly from his knowledge and expertise."

The Senate voted its approval for Sumwalt's nomination on August 3. He will occupy the NTSB position previously held by Richard Healing, who left the Board in August of last year.

NBAA sent the White House a letter of support for Sumwalt's nomination in December 2005. The letter reads, in part:

"[Sumwalt's] work on a variety of issues, including runway incursions, cockpit procedures, wind shear, and safety research and monitoring has directly contributed to the reduction of aviation accidents. As a trained accident investigator, NASA research assistant and aviation safety training instructor, Mr. Sumwalt would significantly strengthen the Board's aviation expertise."

View a full copy of NBAA's letter recommending Sumwalt for the NTSB position.

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Founded in 1947 and based in Washington, DC, the National Business Aviation Association, Inc. (NBAA) is the leading organization for companies that rely on general aviation aircraft to help make their businesses more efficient, productive and successful. The Association represents more than 7,000 companies and provides more than 100 products and services to the business aviation community, including the NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention, the world's largest civil aviation trade show. Learn more about NBAA at www.nbaa.org.