Michael Graham became the 45th Member of the National Transportation Safety Board on January 3, 2020.
Before coming to the NTSB, Member Graham was with Textron Aviation, Inc. (Cessna/Hawker/Beechcraft) from 1997 to 2019. Since 2012 he served as their Director of Flight Operations Safety, Security & Standardization. Mr. Graham joined Cessna as a Demonstration Pilot and held positions in Production Flight Test and Delivery. He was instrumental in the merging of Beechcraft flight operations with Cessna’s after its acquisition.
Member Graham provided safety leadership to multiple industry and government advisory committees during his tenure at Textron Aviation. He served as Chairman of the Air Charter Safety Foundation and Board of Governors, and led the Single Pilot Safety Working Group of the National Business Aviation Association’s Safety Committee.
Mr. Graham began his career in the U.S. Navy as a Naval Aviator flying A-7’s and F/A-18’s, completing two operational deployments including missions over Iraq and Kuwait in support of Southern Watch.
Member Graham earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Mexico. He is a certified Airline Transport Pilot with 10,000 flight hours and is type rated in six different Citation models.