Aviation Expert Witnesses

Aviation expert witnesses and consultants listed here may be able to form expert opinions, draft expert witness reports, provide expert witness testimony at deposition and/or trial as or serve as consulting (non-testifying) experts on aviation. The aviation expert witness listings on this page are typically from fields/areas of expertise such as: Aviation & Aerospace, Business Operations, Chemistry & Chemicals, Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgy, Products Liability, and Transportation.

James J. Lilje, ATP, CFI, CFII, MEI

Aviation & Aerospace - Pilot Training, Pilot Evaluation, Flight Planning, Flight Evaluation, Airplane Flight Risk Assessment, Flight Risk Mitigation, Extended Overwater Flight, ETOPS, Performance Based Navigation, PBN, Required Navigation Performance, RNP, Cat. II & III Approaches, Technically Advanced Aircraft, TAA
I am a pilot and flight instructor with over fifty years of experience in military, airline, air ambulance, air taxi and general aviation. Since 2007 I have worked primarily as a flight instructor. I teach and evaluate flying skills and judgment to pilots at all levels from beginners to the highly experienced. I am very successful at teaching complex flying concepts to people who have little or no previous knowledge. I hold an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate (the highest pilot license) and a Gold Seal Flight Instructor Certificate issued by the FAA. The Gold Seal recognizes the high first time pass rate of my students when they take their FAA fight check for a new rating. I have 19,000 flight hours which includes over 3400 hours of instruction given.

Michael R. Henderson XL Aviation

Aviation & Aerospace, Engineering - Aircraft Accident, Aircraft Incident, Aircraft Crash, Plane Crash, Aviation Safety, General Aviation, GA, Aviation, Flight, FAA, NTSB, FSDO, AOPA, Pilot Training, Flight School, Aircraft Maintenance, Crash Forensics, Aircraft Safety, Cessna, Cirrus, Bonanza, Piper, Beechcraft, Champion, Extra, Pitts
Current Flight School & Aircraft Lease Business Owner, Physicist with over 50 years of critical problem solving experience providing General Aviation Aircraft and Pilot Training. Expert in determining the critical factors that determine all manner of aviation outcomes connecting pilot capability, training, emotional fitness, state of being and the relevant relationships between pilot, machine and environment. Inventor and builder of key technologies. Sought technical resource focused on FAA requirements, historical trends, aircraft capabilities as well as current pilot training and behavior characteristics relevant to critical performance cause and effect. Skilled and experienced in critical state of the art problem solving techniques developed for and used by NASA, Boeing, IBM, Intel, Apple and Others.....Expert Pilot & Physicist. Cause and Effect Master, Clear and Concise Reporting.

Michael R. Henderson XL Aviation

Livermore, California
Aviation & Aerospace, Engineering - Aircraft Accident, Aircraft Incident, Aircraft Crash, Plane Crash, Aviation Safety, General Aviation, GA, Aviation, Flight, FAA, NTSB, FSDO, AOPA, Pilot Training, Flight School, Aircraft Maintenance, Crash Forensics, Aircraft Safety, Cessna, Cirrus, Bonanza, Piper, Beechcraft, Champion, Extra, Pitts
Current Flight School & Aircraft Lease Business Owner, Physicist with over 50 years of critical problem solving experience providing General Aviation Aircraft and Pilot Training. Expert in determining the critical factors that determine all manner of aviation outcomes connecting pilot capability, training, emotional fitness, state of being and the relevant relationships between pilot, machine and environment. Inventor and builder of key technologies. Sought technical resource focused on FAA requirements, historical trends, aircraft capabilities as well as current pilot training and behavior characteristics relevant to critical performance cause and effect. Skilled and experienced in critical state of the art problem solving techniques developed for and used by NASA, Boeing, IBM, Intel, Apple and Others.....Expert Pilot & Physicist. Cause and Effect Master, Clear and Concise Reporting.

John M Fildes, Ph.D. Spotlight Business Consulting

Batavia, Illinois
Chemistry & Chemicals, Metallurgy - Product Failures, Accidents, Analytics, Materials, Chemical, Chemical Processes, Friction, Wear, Coatings, Corrosion, Composites, Ceramics, Carbon Monoxide Detectors; Product Design, Aviation, Buildings Materials, Adhesives, Roadway Materials, R&D, Expert Witness
Dr. Fildes has extremely strong problem-solving and analytical skills, excellent communications abilities, and decades of experience of successfully conveying, with credibility and confidence, highly technical issues to laypeople. He successfully tackles challenging technical problems and often sees key issues and devises approaches, which others have missed, through a combination of vast experience, extensive technical knowledge, skilled use of analytics, creativity, an excellent understanding of testing and analysis, and strong project planning and management capabilities. • A doctoral-level scientist who has organized, written proposals, conducted, and managed $27.5 million in funded projects including research, development, litigation expert witness investigations, and collaborations involving Government labs, large defense companies, and leading universities with funding from the Army, Navy, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Technology Reinvestment Program), The ...

Jason S. Kiddy, PhD, PE, CFEI Aither Forensic Engineering

Gambrills, Maryland
Mechanical Engineering, Products Liability - Plumbing, Construction Defects, Premises Liability, Industrial Accidents, Heavy Equipment, Hunting Equipment, Manufacturing, Aviation, Origin and Cause, Pressure Vessels, Intellectual Property, Fire and Explosion Investigation
Dr. Kiddy is a principle at Aither Forensics Engineering, LLC, a forensics consulting firm located in central Maryland. Dr. Kiddy spent over 20 years in various industries prior to becoming a full-time expert witness providing a broad industry experience base from which to draw extensive knowledge on a wide variety of topics. Dr. Kiddy's work experience includes the oil and gas industry, aircraft and helicopter design, marine structures, wind turbines, and telecommunications. From a technical perspective, Dr. Kiddy has expertise in mechanical design, engineering materials, plumbing/HVAC systems, corrosion, fire origin and cause, codes and standards, and warnings/instructions. From a product design standpoint, Dr. Kiddy's experience includes all aspects of a product life cycle such as early stage R&D, product development and qualification, manufacturing, quality control, and failure analysis. Dr. Kiddy is a registered professional engineer in five states, a certified fire and ex...

Jason S. Kiddy, PhD, PE, CFEI Aither Forensic Engineering

Pennsylvania
Mechanical Engineering, Products Liability - Plumbing, Construction Defects, Premises Liability, Industrial Accidents, Heavy Equipment, Hunting Equipment, Manufacturing, Aviation, Origin and Cause, Pressure Vessels, Intellectual Property, Fire and Explosion Investigation
Dr. Kiddy is a principle at Aither Forensics Engineering, LLC, a forensics consulting firm located in central Maryland. Dr. Kiddy spent over 20 years in various industries prior to becoming a full-time expert witness providing a broad industry experience base from which to draw extensive knowledge on a wide variety of topics. Dr. Kiddy's work experience includes the oil and gas industry, aircraft and helicopter design, marine structures, wind turbines, and telecommunications. From a technical perspective, Dr. Kiddy has expertise in mechanical design, engineering materials, plumbing/HVAC systems, corrosion, fire origin and cause, codes and standards, and warnings/instructions. From a product design standpoint, Dr. Kiddy's experience includes all aspects of a product life cycle such as early stage R&D, product development and qualification, manufacturing, quality control, and failure analysis. Dr. Kiddy is a registered professional engineer in five states, a certified fire and ex...

Joseph B. Michels, Ph.D., P.E., C.P.L. Solomon Bruce Consulting LLC

Fort Worth, Texas
Business Operations, Transportation - Business Administration, Supply Chain Management, Warehousing, Transportation, Sourcing, Logistics, Inventory Control, Aviation Logistics, Aviation, Military Logistics, Trucking, Business Operations, Material Handling, Forklift and Forklift safety
Dr. Michels is a licensed professional industrial engineer. He has provided depositions and testified in state and federal courts all over the USA. He has led organizations in major metal manufacturing operations, responsible for over 1700 vehicles in fleets to include all types of vehicles-- long haul trucks, local delivery trucks and freight line trucks, watercraft. He is a licensed professional engineer (PE) and Certified Professional Logistician (CPL). He has managed over 2 Million square feet of industrial and warehouse space in the Arctic, Pacific and the United States. He has testified in state and federal courts on logistics, manufacturing, transportation and supply chain matters. He was the Dean of the College of Business at Montana State University-Billings, as well as the Dean, School of Systems and Logistics, Air Force Institute of Technology, Dayton, Ohio. He is certified by SOLE, the International Society of Logistics as a Certified Professional Logistician. He...