Textron Exec Nominated To NTSB


Michael Graham, the director of flight operations safety, security and standardization at Textron Aviation, has been nominated to succeed Earl Weener, who has served on the NTSB since 2010. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Graham will complete Weener’s term, which expires at the end of 2020. He has been with Textron Aviation for 21 years, and is responsible for the safe and secure operations of all Textron flights, worldwide. Graham started his aviation career as a naval aviator for the U.S. Navy, flying A-7s and F/A-18s. He later worked for Boeing/McDonnell Douglas as an F/A-18 aircrew instructor and avionics engineer, and for Cessna as a flight-test pilot. He is an ATP with 10,000 flight hours and is type-rated in six different Citation models.

NBAA President Ed Bolen said Graham has worked on their Safety Committee. “Mike has been a tireless advocate for business-aviation safety, including championing our work to address single-pilot business-aviation safety issues as lead of the NBAA Safety Committee’s single-pilot safety working group,” Bolen said. NBAA supports his confirmation. Graham has also served as the chairman of the Air Charter Safety Foundation since July.