Captain Linda Orlady is Boeing's Chief Pilot for Flight Technical and Safety. Her group has responsibility for providing technical support to customers as well as generating procedures and checklists. The safety pilots serve as the operational safety resource for customers and also participate in accident investigation.
Orlady has been involved in aviation, human factors and safety for thirty years as a pilot, researcher, instructor, and author. She is a third-generation pilot. Prior to joining Boeing in early 2011, she flew for a Chicago-based major US airline for twenty-five years. She has flown the B-737, B-747-400, B-757, B-767, B-777, Airbus A-319, A-320 and holds a commercial rotorcraft rating. She has served as a national safety officer for the Air Line Pilots Association as well as a Chair for the FAA's Safety Management System (SMS) Aviation Rulemaking Committee.
Previously, Orlady was a NASA-sponsored researcher for Yale and Harvard Universities on a project investigating crew complements, procedures and automation. With her late father, Harry Orlady, she co-authored a 600-page book, Human Factors in Multi-Crew Flight Operations .
Orlady holds a master's degree in business administration from the Ohio State University with concentrations in organizational behavior and human factors. She received a bachelor's degree from DePauw University. Orlady is a member of the Board of Governors for the Flight Safety Foundation.