Expert Details

Expert in Aviation: Flight Operations, Accident Investigation, Human Factors, Engineering, Flight Tests, and Airport Land Use Compatibility

Expert ID: 733819 Nevada, USA

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Expert's aviation career spans over 40 years and encompasses a variety of flight operations, including military fighter pilot, test pilot, airline pilot, and accident investigator. He has been Managing Member of his aviation consultancy for over 10 years. He is also an instructor in Aviation Human Factors at the University of Southern California and Chairman of SAE's S-7 committee on Transport Aircraft Flying Qualities and Flight Deck Standards.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Sacramento, California - Citrus Heights, California - Roseville, California - Folsom, California - Reno, Nevada - Sparks, Nevada

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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 2008 Degree: JD, cum laud Subject: Law Institution: Kaplan University
Year: 2007 Degree: Certificate Subject: Aviation Safety and Security Institution: University of Southern California
Year: 1994 Degree: MBA Subject: Business Administration Institution: University of Phoenix
Year: 1981 Degree: MSME Subject: Mechanical Engineering Institution: Georgia Institute of Technology
Year: 1976 Degree: B.N.E. Subject: Nuclear Engineering Institution: Georgia Institute of Technology

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2005 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Managing Member Department: Responsibilities: Expert offers consulting and technical assistance to a number of clients in a suite of aviation areas. His services encompass airport land use and its associated issues; operations; human factors; and aircraft accident analysis.
Years: 1997 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Pilot; Human Factors Instructor; Flight Engineer Department: Responsibilities: Expert pilots Boeing 757, 767, 777 and 787's, as well as Airbus A320's, to domestic and international destinations alike. He has also taught Aviation Human Factors to Airbus320 pilots and Boeing 777 fleets. He has also worked as a flight engineer and has supervised and instructed new flight engineers on operational skills. During this time, Expert has also contributed to aircraft technological innovation and implementation programs via his membership in the Flight Operations Technical Steering Committee.
Years: 2009 to 2014 Employer: Title: Attorney Department: Responsibilities: Expert specialized in estate planning, trusts, wills, and probate. He has also represented pilots in FAA certificate actions.
Years: 1990 to 1997 Employer: Title: Numerous Department: Responsibilities: At his former aircraft manufacturing company, Expert was Senior Experimental Test Pilot; Technical and Operational Representative; Fleet Manager; MD-80/90 Instructor Pilot and Line-Check Airman; Aerial Demonstration Pilot (MD-90); and Chief Safety Chase Pilot.

In his most recent role, Expert tested all aspects of aircraft certification, including flying quality, performance, braking performance, structural aerodynamic damping, stall and high angle of attack, noise certification, simulator development, engine-out takeoff performance, and certification. He also evaluated in-process aircraft designs for human factors, operations and engineering.
Years: 1990 to 2000 Employer: Title: Various Department: U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School Responsibilities: Expert served at USAF's Test Pilot School as Reserve Advisor to the Commandant and as Instructor Test Pilot and Academic Instructor.
Years: 1977 to 1990 Employer: Title: Various Department: U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School Responsibilities: Expert served at USAF's Test Pilot School as Instructor Test Pilot; Academic Instructor; Chief of Flying Qualities Branch; and Chief Spin Pilot.

He also served the USAF Flight Test Center as Project Test Pilot for multiple flight test programs; and as Project Manager for the F-22 Advanced Tactical Fighter. He was Pilot and Instructor Pilot in multiple capacities, too.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 1977 to 2002 Agency: US Air Force Role: Officer Description: Lt Col

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1994 to 1997 Country / Region: China Summary: Expert worked in China and Taiwan to support various airlines with operational issues and piloting MD-80 and MD-90 passenger aircraft.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Member, United Airlines' Flight Operations Technical Steering Committee, 1997-1999.
Chairman, Society of Automotive Engineers S7 Committee, 2012-present.
Panel Member, National Academy of Sciences' National Research Council's Airport Cooperative Research Program

Society of Experimental Test Pilots (SETP) American Bar Association (ABA)
Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) American Bonanza Society (ABS)
Association for Aviation Psychology (AAP) International Society of Air Safety Investigators (ISASI)
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI)
Society of Automotive Engineers - SAE
International (SAE)
Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE)
Licenses / Certifications
Airline Transport Pilot – Airplane Multi Engine Land
Commercial Privileges – Airplane Single Engine Land
Private Privileges - Airplane Single Engine Sea
Certified Flight Instructor - Airplane Single and Multi Engine (CFI, MEI), and Instrument Airplane (CFII)
Flight Engineer – Turbojet Powered
Type Ratings – B-757, B-767, B-777, B-787, DC-9/MD-80/MD-90, MD-11, A320
Current Qualification – B-787
Professional Appointments
Faculty Instructor: Aviation Safety and Security: School of Engineering: Human Factors and Human Error Analysis as pertinent for flight operations and aircraft design, pilot and crew performance
Certified Flight Instructor: Basic, Instruments and Multi-Engine, 2010-present: Expert trains pilots in adherence to FAA parameters
Publications and Patents Summary
Expert has given 3 conference presentations. He has 16 professional and technical publications.

Additional Experience

Training / Seminars
Conference Presentations:
“Common Errors in Cockpit Design, Displays, and Controls.” Society of Automotive Engineers: World Aviation Conference & Exposition., CA.
“MD-90 Developmental Flight Test.” various civic and aviation groups.
“MD-80 Engine Anomalies and Autothrottle Operations.” Expert Aircraft Company Twin-Jet Conference., CA.
Other Relevant Experience
Expert has flown over 45 different types of aircraft, including:

Airbus – A319/320
Beechcraft – Musketeer, Bonanza, Baron, Kingair
Boeing - B-737, B-757, B-767, B-777, B-52
Cessna Aircraft – 150, 152, 172, 182 T-37, A-37, O-2
Convair – F-106
DeHavilland – U-1 Otter, DHC-6 Twin-Otter
Expert – DC-9, MD-80, MD-90, MD-11
Fairchild – T-46
Gliders –
Blanik L-23
Grob 102
Grumman American – AA5 Tiger
Aerospatiale Gazelle SA341
Bell – H-1
Lear – L25, L35
Lockheed – F-16, F-104, C-130, C-141, P-3, S-3
McDonnell – F-4C/D/E, F-15A/B/C/D
Piper – Tomahawk, Cherokee, Seneca
Vought – A-7

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