NTSB Member Weener Brings Four Decades of Aviation Safety Experience to CFS

NATCA is honored to welcome the Honorable Earl F. Weener, Ph.D., to the CFS podium this morning. He became the 41st member of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) on June 30, 2010, adding to an accomplished career in aviation as an engineering executive, safety advocate, industry safety spokesperson, engineer and pilot. During his confirmation hearings in March 2010, Member Weener told the Senate Transportation Committee, “I have been actively involved in advancing safety, more specifically, aviation safety, for more than four decades as a private citizen, as a participant and technically trained professional in the commercial or private sector, and as an active professional and consultant, educator, and advocate in the not-for-profit sector. As an individual, at the beginning of my aviation career, I flew as an Air Taxi pilot and endeavored to teach people to fly airplanes safely. I continued as a flight instructor throughout my college days to the present.”

Member Weener enjoyed a 24-year career with the Boeing Company before his NTSB appointment. He held a series of Chief Engineer positions. “I was involved in assignments that included developing the flight crew interface of the Boeing 767 and 757 flight decks, as well as the preliminary development of the modifications to the 747 that lead to a modern two crew flight deck,” he said. Since retiring from Boeing, Member Weener has continued to be active in the area of aviation safety and has worked with the Flight Safety Foundation to develop and lead two international programs focused on enhancing ground safety and runway safety.