Captain Philip Adrian

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Captain Philip Adrian, Chief Executive Officer, MPS

Captain Philip Adrian is the Chief Executive Officer for MPS, the leading Fixed Base Simulator manufacturer for A320 and B737 series. He leads two factories, one in the Netherlands and one in Germany, and an innovation team in the Netherlands. MPS partners with airlines, training organizations, OEMs and TDMs to provide tailored and innovative solutions for all training needs.

Philip started at the MPS CEO in May 2018 after 11 years at Boeing, where he fulfilled multiple roles, lastly as Chief Pilot Regulatory Strategy. He joined Boeing as an airplane instructor in August 2007, and further served as Boeing’s 737/737 MAX Chief Technical Pilot, Assistant Chief Pilot, and Chief Pilot Regulatory Affairs. He was responsible for training and regulatory EIS support of new Boeing airplanes such as 787, 737 MAX and 777X.

Before coming to Boeing, Philip was a 737 Captain and TRI/TRE, and served as Head of Training, as well as in other management positions for Transavia Airlines (the Netherlands) for 15 years. 

Philip’s career started in the Royal Netherlands Air Force, where he went through Officers and Flight training, and he was a Flight Instructor prior to joining Transavia Airlines in 1992.

During his entire career, he has served as a member on a number of rulemaking groups in the aviation industry, including FAA Aviation Rulemaking Committees, EASA Working Groups, Runway Safety Teams, Emergency Response Management Teams, LOC teams and boards regarding Flight Safety, Aviation Security and Crew Resource management. Philip co-chaired the FAA ARC regarding UPRT, and chaired the ICAO LOCART initiative and EASA RMT on UPRT. He currently chairs the EASA RMT .0599 regarding EBT and Performance Based Rulemaking. 

He is considered a Subject Matter Expert on Operational Suitability, EBT/CBT, UPRT and world-wide operational regulatory affairs, and speaks on these issues regularly at multiple forums.

Philip holds 737, 777 and 787 Type Ratings, and has instructed on all those types. In his career Philip has operated, flight tested and instructed for over 13,000 flight hours.