Honorable Christopher A. Hart
Member Christopher A. Hart was sworn in as Chairman of the National
Transportation Safety Board on March 17, 2015. He was originally sworn in as a Member of the Board on August 12, 2009 and designated by the President as Vice Chairman on August 18, 2009. In August
2013, President Obama nominated him for a second term as Board Member and after
Senate confirmation of his nomination, the President, in October 2013,
designated him for a third term as Vice Chairman. He has served as Acting NTSB
Chairman since April 26, 2014.
Hart joined the Board after a long career in transportation safety, including
a previous term as a Member of the NTSB. Immediately before returning to the
Board in 2009, Member Hart was Deputy Director for Air Traffic Safety Oversight
at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). He was previously the FAA
Assistant Administrator for System Safety.
He served as a Member of the NTSB from 1990 to 1993. After leaving the Board,
he served as Deputy Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration, before moving to the FAA in 1995.
From 1973 until joining the Board in 1990, Member Hart held a series of legal
positions, mostly in the private sector. He holds a law degree from Harvard
University and Master's and Bachelor's degrees in Aerospace Engineering from
Princeton University. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and the
Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association.
Hart is a licensed pilot with commercial, multi-engine, and instrument
Hart's family has a tradition of accomplishment in the field of
transportation. His great uncle, James Herman Banning, was the first
African-American to receive a pilot's license issued by the U.S. Government in
His 2 year appointment as Chairman will end March 17, 2017.
His 5 year term as a Member will end 12/31/17.