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  • Company: Botta Aviation Expert Witness
  • Phone: 707-658-2880
  • Cell: 415-320-9811
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Specialties & Experience of this Expert Witness

General Specialties:

Aviation & Aerospace and Human Factors

Specialty Focus:

General Aviation Accidents, Loss of Control, Pilot Error, CFIT, Unintended Flight in IMC, Low Altitude Accidents, Power Plant Failure, Human Factors, Flight Crew Performance, Safety Culture, Pilot Fatigue, Pilot Performance, Emotional Intelligence, Corporate Flight Crews, Flight Crew Psychology


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

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Additional Information

Current April, 2022: Captain Botta has 35 years Aviation Experience with a General Aviation background, as an International Airline and Corporate Pilot and 10 years in Private Practice and Group Leader as a former Licensed Professional Counselor. Captain Botta's specialty is: The Opining of Pilot Psychological and Emotional Fitness As It Relates to Judgment That May Have Led 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 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 Witness Cases involving Professional Aviator Medical and Flight Fitness Issues • Experience with Rebuttal, Written Reports and Deposition • Certified Leader of a Personal Leadership Training General Specialties: General Aviation, Flight Crew Human Factors, Pilot Judgment, Safety Culture Adherence, Pilot Behavior Analysis, Accident Analysis Education: • Masters 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 Expert Witness: • SEAK Expert Witness Directory, 12/21 • SEAK Expert Witness Training, 2/22 • Aviation Expert Witness Experience, Opined on pilot competency and medical issues Aviation Experience: • General Aviation Background • Airline Pilot/Captain at Trans World Airlines (TWA) 1966-1993 • FAA Designated Check Airman, TWA, 1989-1993 • NetJets, Corporate Jet Pilot/Captain, 2000-2009 • Licensed Professional Counselor in Private Practice, St. Louis, MO, 1989-1996 • Chairman, TWA/ALPA (Airline Pilots Association) Professional Standards Committee, 1987-1992 • Chairman, TWA/ALPA Pilots Professional Standards Report, The Catalyst, Spring, 1987 • Chairman, Family Awareness Committee, TWA/ALPA, 1990 • Chairman, Family Awareness Committee Seminar, August, 1990 • Chairman, NetJets Professional Standards Committee, 2000-2004 • Certified Leader, Men’s Personal Leadership Training, ManKind Project, 1992 – 1998 • Search and Rescue, Instructor Pilot, Taos NM, Civil Air Patrol Composite Squadron, August, 1996 - June, 1998 • Seminar/workshop leader, St. Louis, MO 1992 – 1998 • Airline Pilot Interview Prep Specialist: Aviation Consulting Services. 2000 – 2001 • Speaker, 5th International Aviation Psychology Symposium, Columbus, Ohio, 1989 • Author, Pilot Sinking Spells, Flite Facts, September, 1979 • Author, Air Safety and Mental Health, Airline Pilot, March, 1989 • Author, Sanity, Common Sense and Air Safety: Keys to Understanding Pilot Error, 1989 • Author, Power Trip, Family Awareness Committee, May, 1990 • Author, Flying Beyond Retirement, Airline Pilot Careers, July, 2001 • Author, Soul-Searching: Thoughts on Life and a Flying Career, Aviation International News, November, 2001 • Author, Can Pilots Find Peace in Turbulent Times, Aviation International News, March, 2002 • Author, A Fractional Pilot's Life Comes Full Circle, Aviation International News, May, 2002 • Author, USA Today: Fatigue, Understaffing Threaten Runway Safety, January 10, 2008 • Author, Seven Secrets to Eliminating Worry and Insecurity in Your Flying Career, Ebook, August, 2010 • Retired, NetJets, 2009 Captain Botta has a unique, in-depth perspective on the Emotional and Psychological Fitness of Pilots and Aviation Professionals that will prove valuable to any case that he opines on.