Assad Kotaite Lecture

7 December 2017

Montreal, Canada


It is our great pleasure to announce that the 14th annual Assad Kotaite Lecture of the Royal Aeronautical Society Montreal Branch will be delivered by The Honorable Robert L Sumwalt III, Acting Chairman, United States National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) at International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) headquarters, 999 Robert-Bourassa Boulevard, Montréal, Québec H3C 5H7, Canada in Conference Room 3 (CR3) on Thursday, December 7th, 2017 at 18h00 (Doors open at 17h30).

Speaker Details

Honorable Robert L. Sumwalt III

Robert L. Sumwalt III was appointed  37th Member of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in August 2006, whereupon President George W. Bush designated him as Vice Chairman of the Board for a 2-year term. In November 2011, President Barack Obama reappointed Mr. Sumwalt to an additional 5 year term as a Board Member. He was designated Vice Chairman by President Donald Trump on March 31, 2017. More recently, President Trump has nominated him for a two-year term as Chairman.

Since joining the Board, Vice Chairman Sumwalt has been a fierce advocate for improving safety in all modes of transportation, focusing especially on teen driver safety, ending impaired driving, and eliminating distractions in transportation, as well as on several aviation and rail safety initiatives.

Before joining the NTSB, Mr. Sumwalt was a pilot for 32 years, including 24 years with Piedmont Airlines and US Airways. He accumulated over 14,000 flight hours. During his tenure at US Airways, he worked on a special assignment to the flight safety department, and also served on the airline’s Flight Operational Quality Assurance (FOQA) monitoring team. Following his airline career, Mr. Sumwalt managed the corporate aviation department for a Fortune 500 energy company.

In other notable accomplishments, Mr. Sumwalt chaired the Air Line Pilots Association’s Human Factors and Training Group, and co-founded the association’s critical incident response program. He also spent 8 years as a consultant to NASA’s Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS) and has written extensively on aviation safety matters.

Vice Chairman Sumwalt earned his undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina and his Master of Aeronautical Science (with Distinction) from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, with concentrations in aviation/aerospace safety systems and human factors aviation systems. He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.


Montreal, Canada

International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) headquarters

999 Robert-Bourassa Boulevard

Montréal, Québec H3C 5H7