- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 26, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A member of the National Transportation Safety Board is addressing an aerospace industry conference in South Carolina.

Board member Robert Sumwalt is speaking Wednesday at the South Carolina Aerospace Industry Conference and Expo in Columbia. Sumwalt will be talking about emerging technologies that the NTSB is monitoring to improve flight safety.

Sumwalt was appointed as a board member in 2006. In 2011, President Barack Obama reappointed him to another five-year term.

During his board tenure, Sumwalt has been an advocate for safety in many forms of transportation, including teen driver safety, distractions in various modes of transportation, and several rail safety initiatives.

Before joining the board, Sumwalt worked for 32 years as a pilot, including 24 years with Piedmont Airlines and US Airways. He accumulated over 14,000 flight hours.

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