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  • Company: Botta Aviation Expert
  • Phone: 415-320-9811
  • Cell: 415-320-9811
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Specialties & Experience of this Expert Witness

General Specialties:

Aviation & Aerospace and Human Factors

Specialty Focus:

Aviation Crash, Airline & General Aviation, Flight Crew Error, Flight Training, Airplane Crash, Aviation Safety, InFlight Emergency, FAA, Maintenance Negligence, Crash Investigation, Aircraft Safety, Corporate Jet Accidents, Pilot Error, Controlled Flight Into Terrain, Loss of Control, Weather


MA Counseling Psychology, John F Kennedy University; BA Social Science, San Francisco State University; Post Graduate, Advanced Human Studies Institute

Years in Practice:


Number of Times Deposed/Testified in Last 4 Yrs:


Additional Information

July, 2023: My last case: "2 aircraft line up to land on the same runway and collide on final approach! 4 souls lost. FAA calls these 'wrong surface events.' The ATC system is fractured and needs fixing!" Captain Botta has 35 years of Aviation Experience as an International Airline and Corporate Jet Captain with a General Aviation background. He also has 10 years experience in Private Practice as a former Licensed Professional Counselor. Aviation Expert Experience: • Wrong-surface event, 11/22 - 3/23 • Wrongful death case, 7/22 • Other cases opined on: pilot competency, pilot incapacity, medical issues • SEAK Expert Witness Training, 2/22 • SEAK Expert Witness Directory, 12/21 "Bert, I am pleased to report that we resolved the case yesterday with a positive (yet confidential result). The information you provided for the case allowed my clients and me to show the defense that we were worthy adversaries and knew what should have been done and what hadn’t been done in training and the flight. Without your expertise, we wouldn’t have been so successful. Again, I want to thank you for your time on this case. I’ve not handled an aviation case before, and you (and the aerobatic expert you brought into the case) were both great!" Thanks, Katie Captain Botta's Specialty is: Investigating Psychological and Emotional issues that may have led up to an Aircraft Accident or Incident. • Captain Botta assesses and opines on individuals in a Corporate, Airline, or General Aviation case that may have • Involved pilot error, inter-personal conflict, stress, or other “human factor” related issues • Based on his experience as a Licensed Professional Counselor • And as a TWA FAA Designated Check Airman • TWA/ALPA & NetJets Professional Standards Committee Chairman • Experience in Aviation Expert Cases involving Aviator Medical Issues • Experience with Rebuttal, Written Reports, and Deposition General Specialties: General Aviation, Flight Crew Human Factors, Pilot Judgment, Safety Culture Adherence, Pilot Behavior Analysis, Accident Analysis Education: • Master's Degree, Counseling Psychology, John F Kennedy University, Orinda, CA, 1984 • BA, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA, 1964 • Post Graduate Studies in Human Behavior, Advanced Human Studies Institute, Miami, FL, 1985-1989 Aviation Experience: • Airline Pilot/Captain at Trans World Airlines (TWA) 1966-1993 • FAA Designated Check Airman, TWA, 1989-1993 • TWA/ALPA Professional Standards Committee, Chairman • NetJets, Corporate Jet Pilot/Captain, 2000-2009 • NetJets Professional Standards Committee, Chairman • Licensed Professional Counselor in Private Practice, St. Louis, MO, 1989-1996 As an Aviation Expert, Captain Botta has 35 years of Aviation Experience: • General Aviation Background • A Major Airline Captain with • International, Multi-Cultural experience • Designated FAA Line Check Captain • Pilot Instructor • Captain for NetJets • Certified Gold Seal Flight Instructor (Current - 2024) • Aircraft Simulator instructor, General Aviation, 2016-2018 As a Licensed Professional Counselor with a former private & group practice, Bert combines Aviation Expert skills with • Psychological and Emotional tools • That Provide Valuable Insights into the cause and effect of Aviation Accidents and Incidents TWA CAPTAIN: 1966-1992: 20000 hours flying experience, Captain, First Officer, Flight Engineer. DESIGNATED FAA LINE CHECK AIRMAN TWA: 1989 – 1992, MD80/DC9 SAUDI ARABIA SPECIAL ASSIGNMENT, CAD License # TA325, 1976-1977 TWA AIRLINE PILOTS ASSOCIATION TWA/ALPA (AIRLINE PILOTS ASSOCIATION) PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN: 1986-1989 TWA/ALPA CHAIRMAN, FAMILY AWARENESS COMMITTEE: 1990-1992 TWA/ALPA SECOND OFFICER REPRESENTATIVE: 1973-1976 NetJets: GULFSTREAM AND CITATION JET CAPTAIN: 2000 – 2009 NetJets: PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN: Teamsters Union, 2001-2005 General Aviation, Recent: Kelleher Lumber Company, 2018-2020, Copilot