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Expertise: 
Aircraft Accident Investigator . . .Air Safety Investigator . . .
Discipline: 
Aviation . . .

Over twenty years of experience in Aircraft Accident Investigation with both the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). 

Has been involved in multiple investigations, such as: (1) South African Airways B-747 in the Indian Ocean, (2) an Indian Airlines B-737 near Ahmadabad, India, (3) an Alitalia Airlines DC-9 in Zurich, Switzerland, (4) a COPA Airlines B-737 in Panama, (5) an American Airlines B-757 in Cali, Colombia, (6) a United Airlines DC-10 in Sioux City, Iowa, and (7) a USAir/SkyWest ground collision in Los Angeles.

Represented FAA at the ICAO Accident Investigation Group meeting in Montreal, 1999; participated in meetings to discuss the development of the ICAO Safety Oversight Audit Program, Montreal, 1998; conducted annual briefings of ALPA pilots on the Government agencies’ roles in accident investigation.

Served as spokesman at NTSB Public Hearings, including the American Airlines A-300 accident in New York, the USAir B-737 accident near Pittsburgh, the ValuJet DC-9 accident near Miami, and the Korean Airlines B-747 accident in Guam; presented papers at ICAO Accident Investigation and Prevention Seminars in Moscow, Cairo, Johannesburg, and Panama City, and has presented papers at ICAO Accident Investigation and Prevention Seminars in Moscow, Cairo, Johannesburg, and Panama City.

In addition, he has served many years with Continental Airlines, Inc. where he was both pilot and flight engineer on B-707, B-720 and DC-10, as well as serving as combat crew pilot on KC-97, KC-135 and EC-135 aircraft while serving in the U.S. Air Force.

 

 

Academic Background

  • University of Southern California – Aircraft Accident Investigation
  • USAF – Primary and Advanced Pilot Training; USAF – KC-97 Flight Training; USAF – KC-135 Flight Training; USAF – Squadron Officers School
  • State University of New York – AAS degree in Aircraft Operations – Honor Student

 

Professional Experience

  • RTI Group, LLC, Annapolis, MD.  Aircraft Accident Reconstruction Consultant, 2010 to present.
  • Safety Services International (SSI). Aircraft Accident Reconstruction Consultant, 2004-2010.
  • Airbus Americas, Inc., Consultant, 2004-Present
  • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)  Investigator, Branch Manager, Division Manager, Acting Director of Accident Investigation.  Coordinator at numerous domestic and foreign accident investigations, including a South African Airways B-747 in the Indian Ocean, an Indian Airlines B-737 near Ahmadabad, India, Alitalia Airlines DC-9 in Zurich, Switzerland, COPA Airlines B-737 in Panama, American Airlines B-757 in Cali, Colombia, United Airlines DC-10 in Sioux City, Iowa, and USAir/SkyWest ground collision in Los Angeles.  Spokesman at NTSB Public Hearings including the American Airlines A-300 accident in New York, USAir B-737 accident near Pittsburgh, ValuJet DC-9 accident near Miami, and Korean Airlines B-747 accident in Guam.  Presented papers at ICAO Accident Investigation and Prevention Seminars in Moscow, Cairo, Johannesburg, and Panama City.  Represented FAA at the ICAO Accident Investigation Group meeting in Montreal, 1999, participated in meetings to discuss the development of the ICAO Safety Oversight Audit Program, Montreal, 1998; conducted annual briefings of ALPA pilots on the Government agencies’ roles in accident investigation – 1987 to 2003
  • National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).  Operations Investigator, Investigator-in-Charge.  Responsibilities included: Air Safety Investigator (Operations) and Investigator-in-Charge, Major Investigations; and Operations Group Chairman on Galaxy Airlines-Reno, Delta Airlines-Dallas, USAir-Erie, Henson Airlines-Harrisonburg, and others.  Investigator-In-Charge on Eastern Airlines-Raleigh-Durham, Pan American-Tampa, and others.  Accredited Representative on Air France-Rio, ASA Airlines-Sao Jose, Varig Airlines-Abidjan, and others – 1984 to 1987.
  • Continental Airlines, Inc. – Airline Pilot.  Pilot and Flight Engineer on B-707, B-720, and DC-10; FAA designated Check Airman on B-707.  Taught international procedures and examined proficiency of crewmembers in international operations; and member of Flight Standards Advisory Committee.  Consulted with Vice President of Flight Operations and other management representatives on all aspects of flight safety and aircraft operations – 1967to1984.
  • U.S. Air Force Pilot.  Combat crew pilot on KC-97, KC-135, and EC-135 aircraft; Instructor crewmember; Graduate of Squadron Officers’ School; and selected to fly EC-135 airborne command post for Headquarters, 15th Air Force – 1959 to 1967.

 

Additional Education, Training and Professional Qualifications

Airbus Training Academy – Overview of the A-320
Continental Airlines Ground and Flight Training – B-707, B-720, B-727; and International Check Airman Training

Federal Aviation Administration –

  • ­   Accident Investigation Schools Parts I and II
  • ­   Human Factors in Accident Investigation
  • ­   Fundamentals of Supervision
  • ­   Leadership Development Program I and II
  • ­   The Manager’s Course I and II
  • ­   Creating Effective Work Environments
  • ­   Supervisory Reinforcement Training
  • ­   TQM Awareness Training
  • ­   Management by Objective Training
  • ­   Managing Change
  • ­   Managing Written Communications
  • ­   Managing Accelerated Productivity

McDonnell-Douglas Ground and Flight Training – DC-10

NTSB – Accident Investigation Schools Parts I and II

Commercial Pilot, Instrument, Lighter-than-air, Flight Engineer Ratings

Total flying time approximately 11,500 hours

 

Languages

  • University of Maine – two semesters French
  • Department of Agriculture Graduate School – two semesters Spanish

 

Professional Association and Activities

  • Member, International Society of Air Safety Investigators (ISASI)
  • Retired Member, Air Line Pilots Association
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