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with Boeing

IFALPA had the pleasure to meet with Captain Mark Feuerstein Captain Mark Feuerstein
(B747 Chief Test Pilot) and Captain Terry McVenes (Director for
System Safety and Regulatory Affairs) for an exclusive interview. Captain Terry McVenes

I grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where as a teenager, I spent money direction. For both types of events, there are no simple solutions. New
earned from my paper routes on flying lessons. Before coming to Boeing technologies, such as fly-by-wire, roll arrows and envelope protection can
I was a pilot in the U.S. Navy where I was lucky enough to graduate from help, but there are operational considerations as well, such as training
the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School as an engineering test pilot and the U.S. and procedural changes. To help address these major areas of concern,
Naval Postgraduate School with a master’s degree in engineering. As a Boeing teams with ICAO, other manufacturers, our customers and other
U.S. Navy test pilot, I worked with Boeing adapting some of the last stakeholders like IFALPA, to help develop effective solutions .
B-707s for use in communications with submarines. During that time I
was inspired by the many Boeing people I worked with and began to Is there a key safety initiative(s) that Boeing is currently working on
consider how I might join them after my naval service was complete. that can enhance aviation safety?
Since 2007 I have been the chief pilot for the B-747 family of airplanes In addition to looking at technology solutions to reduce LOC-I and
which includes the B-748, B-744, and B-747 series. Prior to joining the runway excursion accident, Boeing is constantly evaluating the
747 Program as chief pilot, I worked on several Boeing military and performance of other promising technologies on airplanes that can both
commercial programs as a test pilot. enhance safety and improve efficiency of our products. Since 2011, our
eco-Demonstrator project has tested more than 40 new technologies. As
CAPTAIN TERRY MCVENES an example, in 2015, Boeing began collaborating with NASA to test
I grew up in Marshall, Minnesota. I went off to the University of bug-phobic coatings that reduce the residue left by bug strikes on the
Colorado to study engineering, but also decided to take a few flying leading edges of aircraft wings. The goal is to enable more laminar flow
lessons for fun. By the time I graduated with a degree in Aerospace over the remainder of the wing. Boeing is also working with NASA to test
Engineering, I managed to obtain most of my pilot ratings. After active flow control to improve airflow over the rudder, thus maximizing
graduating, I had a short stint at Boeing but decided I wanted to fly aerodynamic efficiency. Active flow control may improve the rudder’s
airplanes more than I wanted to design them. I spent 7 years with Rocky efficiency by up to 20 percent and may allow for a smaller vertical tail
Mountain Airways flying Twin Otters and Dash 7s. I then got hired by design in the future.
Pacific Southwest Airlines (PSA), which eventually merged into US
Airways, where I flew for the next 23 years. During my airline career, I IFALPA and our committee members have long valued your expertise
got involved with doing ALPA safety work and in 2004 was appointed as and contribution to committee work in advancing aviation safety as
the Executive Air Safety Chairman for ALPA, International. Doing safety well as your support of our annual conferences. Could you please
work for ALPA, I had the opportunity to work with some great individu- share examples of how our collaborations have helped your company
als at Boeing who were passionate about aviation safety and advancing in any way?
their work around the world. When Boeing offered me a chance to join Likewise, Boeing places a high value on the relationship we’ve forged over
their team and share my passion with them, I couldn’t refuse. At Boeing, the years with IFALPA and your technical committees. Here are just a few
I now serve as the Director for System Safety and Regulatory Affairs. In examples of what that relationship brings to Boeing:
that role I lead a team of engineers and former airline pilots to promote • Provides broader insight and feedback about how our products are
safety initiatives throughout the world. I have the opportunity to work operated today over the horizon
with our airline customers, pilot groups, manufactures and regulators. • Provides a means to collaborate on our Regional Safety efforts.
IFALPA delegates participate in Regional Aviation Safety Groups
Could you tell us a little bit about the company’s latest key safety around the world, as well as with their local runway safety teams.
developments? What can we expect to see from Boeing in the near • IFALPA member associations often have close working relationships
future? with their local regulator that can provide a means for collecting or
As we analyze accident and incident data, it’s clear that two of the biggest sharing of mutually beneficial information.
areas of focus are Loss of Control Inflight (LOC-I) and Runway • Assists us in providing technical content about our products and
Excursions. For LOC-I, progress is being made, but the numbers remain services back to selected member associations and their respective
too high. The number of runway excursions is moving in the wrong airlines.
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