Bruce Landsberg was sworn in as Vice Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board on August 7, 2018, to become its 43rd Member.
Before coming to the NTSB, Vice Chairman Landsberg served as executive director of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Air Safety Foundation and then as president of the AOPA Foundation and Air Safety Institute from 1992 until he retired in 2014. During his AOPA tenure, he conducted countless safety seminars, speeches, podcasts and wrote a monthly column on aviation safety for its magazine, AOPA Pilot.
Early in his aviation career, Vice Chairman Landsberg worked for the Marketing Division Cessna Aircraft Company in Wichita, Kansas. Moving to FlightSafety International as their first product marketing manager to promote the benefits of simulator training, he also helped to develop an airline pilot transition program for first officer candidates through close collaboration with numerous regional airlines.
After graduating from college, Vice Chairman Landsberg was commissioned in the U.S. Air Force as a missile launch officer for the Minuteman III ICBM in North Dakota where his training in nuclear weapons provided a strong grounding in safety principles and procedures. After leaving the military, he flight instructed for three years while putting himself through graduate school, earning a master’s degree in industrial technology from the University of Maryland.
He has served on many government committees promoting aviation safety, including assignments as industry co-chair for runway safety, the General Aviation Joint Steering Committee, and NASA’s Aviation Safety Reporting System.
Vice Chairman Landsberg owns a Beechcraft Bonanza that he flies for business and pleasure. He has more than 7,000 hours of flight experience and holds an Air Transport Pilot certificate with instructor ratings for airplane single and multi-engine land, instruments, and advanced/ instrument ground instructor certificates. He is a recipient of the FAA Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award.
Vice Chairman Landsberg and his wife, Jan, make their home in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, and stay with family when in the Washington, D.C. area.
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