Curt L. Lewis has been awarded the prestigious 2012 Jerome F. Lederer Award by the International Society of Air Safety Investigators (ISASI) at their annual ISASI Seminar in Baltimore on August 30th. The award is for "Outstanding contributions to technical excellence in accident investigation" and recognizes Dr. Lewis's continuing achievement and devotion to aviation safety.
The award was created to honor Mr. Lederer, bestowed as the "Father of Aviation Safety" by Congress in 1997. Mr. Lederer was hired in 1926 to oversee aircraft maintenance by the U.S. Post Office and from 1929 to 1940 served as chief engineer for aviation insurance underwriters. In 1940 he accepted an appointment as director of the Civil Aeronautics Board's Safety Bureau, resigning to become director of the Airlines War Training Institute in 1942, training airmen and mechanics for the Air Transport Command and safety consultant to the 2nd Air Force. In 1947 he organized the Flight Safety Foundation and was director through 1967 when he was appointed director of the Office of Manned Space Flight Safety for the Apollo Program, becoming the Director for all of NASA in 1970.
Dr. Lewis is an Assistant Professor with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Worldwide (Discipline Chair for Aviation Safety). Additionally, Dr. Lewis, following in the footsteps of other Lederer Award recipients and in the spirit of Jerry Lederer, is President/Owner of Curt Lewis & Associates, LLC. The consulting firm's major specialties are Aviation/Airline Safety, Accident Investigation and Reconstruction, Safety Management Systems, and Litigation support.
Previously, Dr. Lewis was Director of Systems Safety, Corporate Manager of Flight Safety and Flight Operational Quality Assurance (FOQA) for American Airlines/AMR Corporation. Additionally he held safety management positions with LTV-Vought Aerospace and Texas Instruments, was a flight training instructor for Boeing, and a Corporate Pilot.
Dr. Lewis is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), and a ISO-9001:2000 Certified Quality Auditor (PA). He holds "ISASI Fellow" membership. He is also a Fellow of the UK Royal Aeronautical Society (FRAeS).
Dr. Lewis greatly appreciates the honor of the Lederer Award and the recognition of his dedication to "everything safety" and to the principles established by the "Father of Aviation Safety".