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John J. Goglia Receives 2003 SAE Aerospace Chair Award

Warrendale, PA, July 30, 2003 - John J. Goglia, a member of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), has been selected to receive the 2003 Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Aerospace Chair Award. He will be presented the award on Wednesday, September 10 during the 2003 Aerospace Congress and Exhibition (ACE) at the Palais des Congrès in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

This award, established in 1997, recognizes outstanding leadership demonstrated by chairs of committees under the Aerospace Council and Air & Space Group. The award is sponsored by the SAE Aerospace Program office and is presented annually to two deserving individuals.

With more than 30 years experience in the aviation industry, Goglia is the first NTSB Board Member to hold a Federal Aviation Administration aircraft mechanic's certificate. As a Board Member, Goglia's area of specialty has been transportation safety; he has leveraged his extensive airline background to increase safety awareness at the maintenance level in aviation. Importantly, he has played a key role in focusing international attention on the increasing significance of aircraft maintenance in aviation accidents.

Goglia has participated in a number of air, rail and bus accident investigations while serving as an NTSB Board Member. He chaired the Board's public hearings on the ValuJet crash into the Florida Everglades, among others. Goglia has also instituted intern/partner assignments at the NTSB, including airline engineers and manufacturers' personnel on his staff for extended periods of time.

Prior to becoming an NTSB Board Member, Goglia held numerous positions within the airline industry and served more than 20 years as a union flight safety representative on accident investigation teams. For 12 years, he operated his own aircraft service company. Goglia has served as the Governor's Appointee to several boards, including the Boston Area Second Airport Site Selection Board and the Massachusetts Workers Compensation Review Board.

For more information, contact Lori Pail, SAE Awards and Scholarships Program Manager, at 724.772.8534 or lorile@sae.org.