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is internationally known and respected for his
contributions to aviation safety during his
more than 28 years at the National Transportation Safety Board
Just before his retirement, he served 6 months as the Director of Investigations for Air at the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, making him the only person in the world who has led major investigation programs for two countries.
His career began as a fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force, where he was involved in accident investigations both as a pilot and as a maintenance officer.
NTSB career began in 1972 as a Human Factors investigator serving on major go-team accidents and as a technical specialist on overseas accidents.
In 1983, Ron
management as Chief of the newly-formed Human Performance Division.
In 1985, Ron assumed the position of Chief - Major Aviation Investigation Division, a position he held for 10 years.
In this position, he led the senior air safety go-team investigators-in-charge, who were responsible for leading investigations, preparing final reports, and managing NTSB public hearings on high profile accidents.
In 1995, Ron became the Deputy Director of the Office of Aviation Safety and assisted the Director with the management of the NTSB aviation program and managed the NTSB's international aviation safety affairs program.
In 2002, the International Society of Air Safety Investigators
(ISASI) presented him with the Jerome F. Lederer award for outstanding contributions to technical excellence in accident investigation.
successes included leading the NTSB "ice-breaking" delegations to both China and the Soviet Union in late 1980s and leading the U.S. side of the joint Soviet Union/U.S. Working Group on Aircraft Accident.
was instrumental in the signing of the U.S./Russia Memorandum of Understanding on Aircraft Accident Investigation and Prevention.
From 1990 to 1999, Ron
represented the NTSB
at the European Civil Aviation Conference annual meetings of the aircraft accident investigation "Group of Experts"
Ron attained a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Sciences from Akron University and holds a Commercial Airplane Certificate with Instrument and Multi-Engine Ratings.
He is a member of the Flight Safety Foundation International Advisory Committee
Currently, Ron teaches investigation management and advanced accident investigation for the Southern California Safety Institute (SCSI), where he sits on the SCSI Board of Advisors.