Back in 2017 and long before the COVID-19 pandemic had dealt a cruel blow to the Jumbo, Airliner World spoke to Mark Feuerstein who was then Boeing’s chief pilot, 747 Programs, about his role in the development of the -8 variant. Feuerstein retired from the company in 2021.
ALW: As chief pilot, Boeing 747 Programs, how do you describe your role?
MF: I like to think I’m part of a worldwide team that looks after the safety of the travelling public. Even before an aeroplane makes its maiden flight, a test pilot is an integral part of the engineering team, working to define what the new aircraft is supposed to be capable of.
During flight testing, we’re working with different team members to ensure we’ve built the aeroplane we intended and that it fulfils the promises Boeing has made to its customers.