W. Dan Cerkan Expert Witness
Curriculum Vitae

Contact this Expert Witness

  • Company: Balefire Safety Systems, Inc.
  • Phone: 760-846-0207
  • Cell: 760-846-0207
  • Website: www.balefiresafety.com

Specialties & Experience of this Expert Witness

General Specialties:

Aviation & Aerospace and Safety

Specialty Focus:

Helicopter, Fixed Wing, Pilot Error, Accident Investigation, Human Factors, Flight Operations, Pilot Training, Aviation Accidents, Crew Resource Management, Maintenance, Utility Aviation Safety, Helicopter Tours, Safety & Operations Audits


BA Political Science, Pennsylvania State University; M.S. Aeronautical Science with Distinction, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; Aviation Safety Officer, Naval Postgraduate School; Naval Aviator, Naval Aviation Schools Command

Years in Practice:


Additional Information

Vastly experienced pilot and aviation expert. Involved in over 100 accident investigations, produced numerous client specific safety management systems, consulted on aviation operations, and performed full system audits on fixed wing and rotary wing companies. Retired USMC Officer who served as U.S. Presidential Pilot for George W. Bush (HMX- 1/Marine One). Decorated combat veteran. Multiple Iraq tours including 2004 Battle of Fallujah. Master of Aeronautical Science Degree, dual concentrations in Aviation Safety Systems and Human Factors, from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Graduated with Distinction (4.0 GPA). Extensive experience in aviation operations and aircraft maintenance. Dual-rated rotary wing and fixed wing pilot with over 3,700 hours of accident free flight time. Numerous military and civilian flight credentials including ATP rotorcraft, military flight instructor, Crew Resource Management Instructor, and Night Systems Familiarization Instructor to name a few. Extensive experience consulting to power, air tour/VIP, helicopter air ambulance and other companies that utilize aviation assets.