​Judge Woody with NTSB Chair Homendy at his swearing in. (Source: NTSB)​

NTSB Appoints New Chief Administrative Law Judge


​WASHINGTON (March 2, 2023) – The National Transportation Safety Board announced the appointment of Judge Stephen Woody as chief administrative law judge for the agency. Judge Woody, who has been with the NTSB for over a decade, has served in an acting capacity since Alfonso Montaño retired as Chief Judge in December 2022.

​Chief Judge Woody first joined the NTSB in August 2012 as an administrative law judge, where he decided cases in the Office of Administrative Law Judges Circuit I, which includes the northeastern United States and parts of the Midwest.

​“In addition to holding airmen, mechanics, and mariners to the highest possible standards, our administrative law judges ensure those standards are fairly and justly applied — both of which contribute to transportation safety,” said NTSB Chair Jennifer Homendy. “I’m so pleased that Chief Judge Woody will continue his tenure at the NTSB Office of Administrative Law Judges, where he and his colleagues will continue to protect safety in our skies and on our seas.”

Before arriving at the NTSB, Chief Judge Woody served as an administrative law judge with the Social Security Administration. He is a retired colonel of the U.S. Air Force, where he served more than 22 years as a judge advocate in a variety of positions, including as a military judge. Chief Judge Woody is a graduate of West Virginia University and the West Virginia University College of Law.

The NTSB serves as the “court of appeals” for any airman, mechanic or mariner whenever certificate action is taken by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) or the U.S. Coast Guard Commandant, or when civil penalties are assessed by the FAA. More information on the Office of Administrative Law Judges is available on NTSB’s website​.

To report an incident/accident or if you are a public safety agency, please call 1-844-373-9922 or 202-314-6290 to speak to a Watch Officer at the NTSB Response Operations Center (ROC) in Washington, DC (24/7).