The White House is selecting Michael Graham, a long-time employee at Textron Aviation with a deep background in aviation safety, to become the newest member of the National Transportation Safety Board. If confirmed, Graham would fill out the remainder of a five-year term that expires Dec. 31, 2020, succeeding Earl Weener who has served on the Board since 2010.
Currently chairman of the Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF), Graham would bring a broad knowledge of safety management systems (SMS), operations, and security to his new role.
He has spent more than 20 years with Textron Aviation, currently as the director of flight operations safety, security, and standardization. In that role, he steers Textron Aviation’s SMS and security and oversees air safety investigations. Graham has remained active in the aviation community, not only as chairman of ACSF but also as leader of the NBAA Safety Committee’s Single Pilot Safety Working Group and as a member of the General Aviation Information Analysis Team of the Aviation Safety Information Analysis & Sharing program.
An ATP-rated pilot with 10,000 flight hours and type ratings in six different Citations, Graham began his aviation career as a U.S. naval aviator. He later joined Boeing/McDonnell Douglas as an F/A-18 aircrew instructor and avionics integration engineer and then moved to Cessna as a demonstration pilot.
“Mike has been a tireless advocate for business aviation safety, including championing our work to address single-pilot business aviation safety issues," said NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen.
Joshua Herbert with Magellan Jets would succeed Graham as chairman of the ACSF if Graham is confirmed. Herbert is currently ACSF vice chairman.