NTSBs Robert Sumwalt on Next Steps for Safety


Welcome robert great to have you on this podcast leeann. Thank you so much for having me. It's wonderful to be with you. Great to have you and so let's kick it off with talking about accidents. Which makes sense you know. Is there one accident that you think was the most consequential for aviation safety during your tenure at the board. And if why. I do think so. I joined the board in two thousand six and i'm about to leave at the end of june so i will have been there just about seven weeks shy of fifteen years and in those fifteen years i would say by far the cogan. Air crash was the most earth shattering accident in terms of being able to change things in the industry. There were massive changes that resulted from that now to refresh your listeners. Memory kogen air was a bombard a dash eight that crashed on approach to buffalo new york in february of two thousand nine. The board's investigation of course was extensive. We issued Twenty-five safety recommendations and as a result of that crash legislation was written and passed into law and now under mentally the way that pilots are selected has changed. Now there's the introduction of the pilot records database so that a perspective employer can really look at the fine details of that pilots Prior experiences The qualifications for being an airline pilot have now been raised substantially. It used to be you had to have at least two hundred fifty hours to be hard. Now it's up to fifteen hundred hours with a few exceptions The way that pilots are trained and maintain proficiency has changed. There was new fatigue regulations. Or i should say flight and duty time regulations that were changed under the federal aviation regulations. That would be part. One seventeen

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