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FAA Tech Center and the “Miracle” of Surviving Aviation Fires

Cross-posted from the NTSB Safety Compass, courtesy NTSB.

“Many of the NTSB’s recommendations drive our research.” This is what FAA Technical Center Fire Safety Branch Manager Gus Sarkos said when asked how he sets his agenda for the Aviation Research Division at one of the nation’s premier aviation research, development, test, and evaluation facilities.

As part of my NTSB advocacy efforts on fire safety and its inclusion on this year’s Most Wanted List,  I recently visited the Technical Center. Its world-class laboratories, top-notch scientists, and leading engineers are at the forefront modernizing the U.S. air transportation system and making air travel safer than ever before.

Photo of NTSB Board Member Mark R. Rosekind watching a fire insulation test at FAA Technical Center outside of Atlantic City, NJ. Fire Safety is an issue on the NTSB's Most Wanted List.
NTSB Board Member Mark R. Rosekind watches a fire insulation test at FAA Technical Center outside of Atlantic City, NJ. Fire Safety is an issue on the NTSB's Most Wanted List. Photo courtesy NTSB on Flickr.
 

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Announces More NTSB Recommendations Completed in 2010 Than in Last Five Years

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced that, in keeping with his commitment to make safety the top priority of the U.S. Department of Transportation, the U.S. DOT has already completed more NTSB safety recommendations in 2010 than in any of the last five years. Over the last eighteen months, the Department has set an aggressive safety agenda, proactively taking on a number of critical safety issues, including distracted driving, pilot fatigue, and transit safety, as well as holding automakers accountable for vehicle defects.