Earl F. Weener, Ph.D. took the oath of office as the 41st Member of the National Transportation Safety Board on June 30th, 2010. He was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate for a term that expires December 31, 2015.
Member Weener has an accomplished career in aviation as an engineering executive, safety advocate, industry safety spokesperson, engineer and pilot. He has given numerous presentations on aviation safety in airline operations, as well as corporate, business and general aviation safety. Most recently, he was a Foundation Fellow for the Flight Safety Foundation, where he led international industry teams to develop means to reduce accidents through coordinated industry programs in areas such as ground operations and runway excursions.
Prior to his appointment to the Board, Member Weener enjoyed a twenty four year career with the Boeing Company. During his time with Boeing he held a series of Chief Engineer positions, including the Airworthiness, Reliability and Maintainability, and Safety organization, the System Engineering organization, and Safety Technology Development. He also served four years in Washington, D.C., as Boeing's Manager of Engineering and Technical Government Affairs. As well, Member Weener was integrally involved in the initial development of the Boeing two-crew 747 flight deck concept and the development of the 757/767 flight decks, the initial advanced technology commercial transport glass cockpit.
Aside from his professional career in aviation, Member Weener is an experienced commercial licensed general aviation flight instructor and charter pilot, in addition to owning a Beechcraft Bonanza and remaining an active general aviation pilot.
Member Weener also has extensive marine experience. He obtained his U.S. Coast Guard Master's License in 2000. In addition to navigating the waterways of the Pacific Northwest, he spent four years cruising both the inland waterways and coastline of the U.S., living aboard a specially built steel hull trawler. His travels included the East Coast Intracoastal Waterway, the Great Lakes, the waterways from Chicago to Mobile, Alabama, the West Coast, as well as the inside passage to Alaska.
Member Weener earned all three of his academic degrees in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan - his bachelor's degree summa cum laude, master's degree and doctorate.
Among his awards is a 1994 Laurels Award from Aviation Week and Space Technology, and in 2005 he was awarded the Honeywell Bendix Trophy for Aviation Safety. He has served on the Flight Safety Foundation Board of Governors and on the Foundation's Icarus Committee, and International Advisory Committee. He was also a director of the Northwest Bonanza Society.
Member Weener and his wife, Linda, currently reside in Northern Virginia.