Air Safety Investigator . . .Aircraft Accident Investigator . . .Aircraft Maintenance Specialist . . .
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Aerospace Accident Investigation, Safety and Risk Control

This expert has acquired over 50 years of extensive background in the Civilian and Military Aerospace Industry while working in a variety of positions in the Aerospace Business Segment, including design and manufacturing assignments with several OEM's, and flying duties with a variety of FAA Part 145, 135 and 91 operators worldwide. He is a licensed Commercial Pilot who holds Fixed, Rotary Wing and Instrument Ratings, as well as, the FAA Mechanics Airframe and Powerplant License. He served as an Adjunct Professor for the University of Southern California School of Engineering, teaching Investigation in the Aircraft and Helicopter Accident Investigation Course for over twenty-five years, as well as providing numerous technical seminars for a variety of organizations (SMU & Marshall Law Schools, Blazetech, OFA, ALEA), the Military, and the Federal Aviation Administration.

In his extensive career, he has investigated numerous military and civilian Aerospace Accidents, including Fixed and Rotary-wing Aircraft, Airport (FAA Part 139 & Part 77) Accidents, Airline Equipment (FAA Part 135 / 121 & 125), Satellite failures, and incidents related to Aerospace Product failures. He was responsible for the Training, Supervision and Work Product of 18 Field Investigators involved in Aerospace, Marine and Agribusiness Insurance Claims.

This expert is a retired U. S. Army Aviation Officer (CW5) and has been involved in aircraft design, test, maintenance and repair since 1964. He served thirty-three years in the Active and Reserve Army, supporting worldwide military and government aviation assets, at all operational and maintenance levels. He is a graduate of the U. S. Army Maintenance Test Pilot's course, the Helicopter Contact, Instrument and Gunnery Instructors Courses, the Material Logistics Course, and the Helicopter Armament Repair School. He holds an Army Master Aviator's rating, with over 6000 hours of Military and Civilian flight experience.

Academic Background

• Bachelor of Science Degree-Aircraft Maintenance Engineering. Northrop University, Inglewood, California. 1972
• Aircraft Mechanic’s Airframe and Powerplant Repair School- Northrop University, Inglewood, California. 1970
• Associate, Casualty Claim Law-American Educational Institute. 1981
• US Army Primary and Advanced Flight School, Ft Rucker, Al. 1964
• US Army Helicopter Gunnery and Armament Repair Course (XM3/M5/M6/M28), Ft Rucker, Al. 1964.
• US Army Contact and Instrument Instructors Course, Ft Rucker, Al. 1965
• Private / Instrument / Commercial pilot license for single engine aircraft, Enterprise, Al. 1966
• US Army Aviation Test Pilot’s School, Ft Eustis, Va. 1978
• US Army Aviation Maintenance Officer’s Management and Logistics School, Ft Eustis, Va. 1978
• US Army Aviation Safety School, Ft Rucker, Al. 1967
• University of Southern California Helicopter Accident Investigation Course, Los Angeles, Ca. 1980
• University of Southern California Aircraft Accident Investigation Course, Los Angeles, Ca. 1983
• US Army Harbor Craft Deck Officer’s Course, Ft Eustis, Va.1980
• US Army Harbor Craft Engine / Engineering Course, Ft Eustis, Va.1981
• US Army Marine Cargo Course, Ft Eustis, Va.1981
• US Air Force Jet Engine Accident Investigation Course, Rantoul AFB, Il. 1983.


Professional Experience


• ACE North American Claims (Formally CIGNA P&C), Chicago, Illinois, Vice President, 1999- 2015

During his 37 years with ACE USA, he has handled directly, or managed, 45,000 plus Investigations involving Aerospace Losses worldwide including Business Aviation, Aerospace Products, Airport Liability, Airline Liability and Hull, and Satellites, representing over $700,000,000.00 in Corporation obligations. His responsibilities included Management of the Aerospace Claims Team (7-12 Individual Investigators), establishment of Aircraft Accident Causative Factors, Loss Adjustment, Litigation Management and Implementation of Aviation Loss Control Programs.
Concurrently, was the ACE North American Claims Manager for the ACE Agribusiness Business Segment. He managed twelve agricultural adjustors involved in the investigation and adjustments of Farm and Ranch (Equine, Farm and Plow Crops) and Commercial (Feed, Grain and Fertilizer) Agribusiness losses throughout the United States. 3


• CIGNA P&C (Formally INA), Chicago, Illinois, Senior Marine and Aviation Technical Specialist, 1982- 1999

He managed seven Aviation Technical Specialists in support of Aerospace Insured Risk losses for Field Investigation, Recovery, and Repair. He was responsible for the litigation management of lawsuits resulting from Aerospace Accidents and preparing Training Programs for both the Claim Specialists and Aviation Underwriters. He conducted Field Investigation, Recovery, and Repair of a variety of Marine Risks including Motor Vessels, Barges, Storage Losses and Cargo (Air and Marine). He also conducted Loss Control Programs for Marine Accounts (Marinas, Vessel Condition and Evaluation, Cargo Handlers and Storage Facilities).


• Insurance Company of North America, Chicago, Illinois, Aviation Claims Specialist, 1978- 1982

He was responsible for Field Investigation, Recovery, and Repair of damaged Aircraft (FAA Part 91 / Part 135) in the Midwest, as well as, managing any litigation resulting from those incidents. Additionally, he was responsible for developing and conducting Loss Control Programs for a variety of insured accounts at the direction of the Aerospace Underwriters. His duties included providing claim loss data to Underwriting and Actuarial.


• Project Engineer / Mechanical Electrical Engineering, Elk Grove, Illinois, 1977-1978

He was responsible for the installation of Laser Controlled Optical Equipment (replacing white light controls) in BOF Steel making facilities, as well as, Feed Water Control Doors in several Nuclear Power Plants (Cordova / Braidwood).


• Material Engineer / Union Carbide, Itasca, Illinois, 1976-1977

Responsible for the design, fabrication and installation of automated Welding Equipment (Plasma / MIG / Tig) in a variety of industrial applications.


• Associated Aviation Underwriters, Chicago, Illinois, Aerospace Products Underwriter,  1972-1976

He performed as a General Aviation Hull and Liability and Products Liability Underwriter responsible for risk evaluation, rating and contract construction. He also held Marketing and Sales responsibility for the Business Segment in the Midwest. 


• Co-op Engineer North American Rockwell, Los Angeles, California, 1969-1972

Worked on various engineering projects involving the North American P-51 Wing refit (composite), the Sabreliner T-39 Air Pressure Regulator, and development of the H5 Rocket Engine for the Space Shuttle.


• Pilot- Anchorage Helicopter Services, Anchorage, Alaska, 1967-1969

He flew as an Off-shore Line Pilot (Sikorsky S62), supported BLM Fire Fighting (Bell 212 &206), Survey Work on the Alaskan Pipeline (Hiller UH12 / Bell 47 / Bell 206) and Long Line tower construction (Bell 204 / FH-1100).


• U.S. Army, Various Worldwide Assignments, 1963-2010

He is a retired U. S. Army Aviation Officer (CW5) and has been involved in Aircraft Test, Maintenance, Accident Investigation and Repair since 1964. He served thirty-three years in the Active and Reserve Army, supporting worldwide military and government aviation assets, at all operational and maintenance levels. Is a graduate of the U. S. Army Primary and Advanced Flight School, the U. S. Army Maintenance Test Pilot's course, the U. S. Army Helicopter Contact and Instrument Instructors Courses, the Aviation Logistics Management Course and the U. S. Army Helicopter Armament Repair School. Holds an Army Master Aviator's rating, with over 6000 hours of Military and Civilian flight experience in both Fixed and Rotary Wing aircraft. He served as a Contact, Instrument and Gunnery Flight Instructor, as well as, a platform instructor in the Maintenance Repair Course.

Trained as an Aviation Life Support Officer and attended a number of Survival / Training Schools. He held several Military positions teaching Post-crash Life Support / Survival and the care and use of Aviation Survival Equipment.


• Adjunct Professor, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, 1980-2005

As a Staff Professor, he designed a complete Helicopter Accident Investigation Course for the University of Southern California to include Pre-Accident Planning, On-Site Accident Investigation Skills and Off-Site Data Collection. He constructed a series of hands-on investigation projects in addition to the utilization of the US Air Force crash Labs. In addition to providing classroom instruction twice a year for USC, taught the Helicopter Accident Investigation Course at the US Army Corpus Christie Army Depot, the Coast Guard Elizabeth City Depot, and various other small Government Agencies. On behalf of USC, he led a Helicopter Safety Team for the State Department, and their Helicopter Operations program, in Mexico. 



Continuing Education (Technical Courses / Workshops / Training)

Attended numerous Military and Civil Aircraft Maintenance and Repair Courses, including:
 UH-60 /UH-1B/C/D/, OH-58 & Bell 47/Jet Ranger, CH-47B/D, S-61/62, Beechcraft King Air 90/100/200, and L-19/20 Aircraft- 1963 thru 2015.
 Data General Computer Repair Course, California Datronics- 1968.
 Sierra Club Mountaineering School- 1967.
 USAF Global Survival School- 1967.
 Sierra Mountaineering Rescue School-1968.
 A/C Structure Design Criteria Program (Rockwell Int'l)- 1972.
 Aircraft Electronics and Radio School- 1976.
 Union Carbide's Welding and Materials Engineering Course (MIG/TIG/GAS)-1977.
 Union Carbide's Metallurgy School-1977.
 USAF Arctic Survival School-1978.
 Certificate of Marine Insurance, INA Corporation- 1980.
 Managing Litigation & Advance Negotiation Seminars, INA- 1980.
 USAF Human Factors in Aircraft Accidents-1980.
 USAF Jet Engine Accident Investigation School-1981.
 University of Southern California Accident Photo Course-1983.
 University of Southern California Human Factors in Aircraft Accidents-1984.
 Advance Composite Technology course- 1987.
 FAA Functions and Requirements Leading to Airworthiness Approval (U/K)- 1988.
 P&W PT6 Engine Maintenance Course- 1990.
 GE T700 Engine Course-1990.
 Garrett 731 & 331 Engine Maintenance-1990.
 Marine Accident Investigation /American Boat and Yacht Council- Oct 1994.
 Flight Test Practices & Procedures (Ecole Nationale D’ Aerotechnique Montreal) 1994.
 Certificate Computer-Aided Design, Oakton Community College- 1997.
 Elements of Spacecraft Design, AIAA, Applied Technology Institute- Nov 2006.
 Investigation of Aircraft Fires & Explosions, BlazeTech- 2006.
 Fundamentals Of Orbital & Launch Mechanics- Applied Technology Institute- Oct 2010.
 Various Marine and Aviation Insurance Courses (INA/CIGNA/ACE)-1978-2015.
 Product Liability and Loss Control Seminars (INA/CIGNA)-1978- 2002.
 Annual Workshops and Seminars in the Aviation Industry including AMTECH, NBAA, SMU, HAI, and PMA.


Professional Society Memberships

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (Fellow)
International Society of Air Safety Investigators (Past President GLRC)
American Society of Safety Engineers
American Helicopter Society
Professional Aircraft Maintenance Association
American Welding Society
Experimental Aircraft Association
Army Aviation Association of America
Reserve Officers of America
Warrant Officers Association of America

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