Some like to talk about optics, do you think this undermines the quality of the FAA personnel he has on staff that he does not trust them to properly conduct the certification test flight?
I get your point, but some times the big chief has to step in and be personally involved to show he/she understands the importance of a situation.
I think DM showed poor leadership as Boeing CEO for letting the underlings deal with the events while he stayed aloof in Chicago.
It can be done with sensitivity to the underlings, like bring them along for the event, let them get lots of face time with the chief, etc.
I'm pretty sure FAA has an executive jet, make sure to pack it with the underlings on the trip, etc.
I wasn't questioning whether these guys are really hotshot pilots or not. I'll take your word on that. My question had to do with what their hands-on participation will accomplish vs any trade offs regarding the time it takes to cater flight operations to them, how supernumerary are they (or are they not) to the actual certification flying operations, the media attention that will surround them flying the MAX, etc. I can see your point that the positives may very well outweigh any negatives for RTS. I was just asking the question.
Sorry, I was really just trying to address your question on currency and expanded it to cover the rest of their flying qualifications.
I'm sure there will be some "fuss and bother" around getting the FAA Admin and his deputy through the sim check and training sessions.
A lot less drama than the two rounds of testimony to Congress though.
I'm quite sure the pain is worth the gain.
Once those two gents have the full sim session and training regime then they sign off on it they are fully engaged.
Afterwords they can address any flack regarding RTS will full confidence that they understand exactly what the training issues were and how they were addressed.
Frankly I'm happy that two former commercial pilots are holding these jobs rather than some career politicians who would have no basis of understanding of exactly what went on and how it was resolved.