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WASHINGTON – National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) President Paul Rinaldi issued the following statement on the news that the White House intends to nominate Bruce Landsberg as a member and vice chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). If confirmed, Landsberg could serve a five-year term as a member and a two-year term as vice chairman.

“We applaud the selection of Bruce Landsberg to join the NTSB. He has worked with NATCA on a wide array of aviation safety issues during the last 25 years. NATCA is proud to work collaboratively with the NTSB on the shared mission of improving aviation safety. We look forward to continuing to work with Bruce in his new role as NTSB board member and vice chairman, if he is confirmed.

“Bruce’s service as the President of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Foundation and Air Safety Institute raised the bar for pilot safety. His service as the industry co-chair for the Federal Aviation Administration’s runway safety program also is notable.

“Bruce is well-known to NATCA and its members from his service as a member of the selection panel for our Archie League Medal of Safety Awards from 2008 to 2016. The awards, named for the first air traffic controller, honor air traffic controllers whose quick thinking and calm professionalism ensured safe outcomes to flights that encountered challenging or emergency situations. Bruce also has been a frequent speaker and panelist at NATCA’s annual Communicating For Safety conference. He created the AOPA Air Safety Institute’s Flight Assist Commendation Awards, which honor air traffic controllers who displayed exceptional professionalism and dedication to safety to help general aviation pilots who needed their help. Bruce has used these types of flight assists over the years as teaching opportunities to educate other pilots to further the cause of aviation safety.”

MORE INFORMATION: Doug Church, Director of Communications; 301-346-8245 or dchurch@natcadc.org

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Certified in 1987, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association represents nearly 20,000 highly skilled air traffic controllers, engineers, and other aviation safety-related professionals.

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