Kenneth J. Hylander, chairman of Flight Safety Foundation’s Board of Governors, has been selected to chair a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine committee on aviation safety assurance. The ad hoc committee is being convened to create a national research agenda for the development of a suite of tools needed to support a prototype for the integration of a safety monitoring and assurance system that detects, predicts and prevents safety problems in the national airspace system in real time, particularly with regard to commercial transports.

Hylander, a long-time member of the Foundation’s board, is entering his third year as board chairman. Before retiring from the airline industry, he held executive positions with Delta Air Lines, Northwest Airlines and United Airlines, and his expertise lies mainly in the areas of airline engineering, safety, security, quality assurance and operations. He also is a member of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration Research, Engineering and Development Advisory Committee, and previously was industry co-chair of the U.S. Commercial Aviation Safety Team.

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