Captain Mike Bryan is a Senior Technical Fellow test pilot for Boeing Test & Evaluation, Flight Operations based in Seattle, WA. He is responsible for the technical integration of flight test techniques, procedures, design excellence, and flight deck integration in the product development of all Boeing commercial models. Additionally, he serves as a technical expert across all types of Boeing aircraft for system level engineering design and operation, including Human Factors considerations.
He joined Boeing in 1997 as an F/A-18 Hornet senior test pilot in St. Louis, MO. In 2001, Mike transitioned to Seattle, where he has been a lead pilot on all subsequent testing and development work for the 737, 777, and 787 aircraft. He also flew the “First Flights” in the 787-8 (GE), 787-9, and 787-10 test aircraft.
An accomplished airshow demonstration pilot, Mike has flown eight different Boeing commercial and military aircraft in 23 international airshows in 12 different countries, including the world debut airshow appearance of the F/A-18 Super Hornet in Avalon, Australia in 2001. He also flew the debut international airshow flights in Farnborough (England), Paris and Dubai for the 787-8, 787-9, 737-8, 737-9, and 777-9 aircraft.
Prior to Boeing, Bryan served as a U.S. Naval Aviator for 12 years, receiving the Sid Sherby Leadership Award as a test pilot in Class 99 of the U.S. Navy Test Pilot School in Patuxent River, Maryland. Bryan graduated with honors from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering. He holds a master’s degree in aviation systems from the University of Tennessee, and has completed several post-graduate courses including University of Michigan’s Human Factors course, and the Executive Leadership Program at Seattle University.
Bryan’s aviation experience includes more than 300 aircraft carrier landings and over 8,000 flight hours in 40 different fixed-wing and rotary aircraft, including more than 2,300 flight test flight hours in all 787 models. He is a Fellow in the Society of Experimental Test Pilots, a member of the Human Factors & Ergonomics Society, and serves on several industry and FAA policy groups.