JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2019 • FOGHORN 41 HOW PVA BENEFITS YOU By Jen Wilk, Director, Public Affairs and Development Each year, thousands of preventable maritime accidents are caused by operator inattention, cited twice as frequently as the next leading factor. The Furuno BR500 Bridge Navigational Watch Alarm System (BNWAS) helps to prevent these accidents. Scan this code with your smart phone for a Guided Tour of the BR500. www.FurunoUSA.com PVA Working For You NTSB Commends PVA for Safety Efforts P VAis committed to safety and continual improvement. One of the ways PVA accomplishes this is by working with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) as a partner in safety to communi- cate with operators the lessons learned from the Board’s investigations after incidents occur. Recently, PVA received a letter of commen- dation from Chairman Robert Sumwalt, of the National Transportation Safety Board regarding the association’s work to promote increased safety among the amphibious vehicle community following an incident. In his letter, Chairman Sumwalt praised PVA for going above and beyond the NTSB’s pre- scribed safety recommendations stating that, “Your efforts exceed the level of implementation we expected for Safety Recommendation M-16-28, which is classified ‘Closed- Exceeds Recommended Action.’ Thank you for your com- mitment to improving amphibious passenger vehicle safety.” What is the NTSB? The NTSB is an independent federal agency with the mission of investigating transporta- tion accidents, determining probable cause, and issuing safety recommendations. The NTSB in- vestigates accidents on various transportation modes, in addition to marine, including aviation, railroad, highway, and pipeline. Their recom- mendations are aimed at promoting safety and preventing future accidents. The NTSB has five presiden- tially-appointed Board Members and they are supported NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt