Contact Information

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

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

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 as a former Licensed Professional Counselor. Captain Botta's specialty is: The Assessment of Pilot Psychological and Emotional Intelligence As It Relates to Judgment That May Have Led to an Aircraft Accident or Incident • Captain Botta provides in-depth assessments of individuals in a General Aviation, Corporate or Airline Aviation case that may have • Involved pilot error, inter-personal conflict or other “human factor” related issues • Based on his 10 Years of Experience as a Licensed Professional Counselor • ALPA/NetJets Pro Standards Chairman • Certified Leader of a Powerful Emotional Intelligence and Personal Leadership Training This Unprecedented Level of Experience helps bring quicker, more accurate, less costly resolution to cases General Specialties: General Aviation, Flight Crew Human Factors, Pilot Judgment, Safety Culture Adherence, Pilot Behavior Analysis, Accident Analysis Education: • Masters Degree, Counseling Psychology from 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: • General Aviation Background • Airline Pilot/Captain at Trans World Airlines (TWA) 1966-1993 • FAA Designated Check Airman, TWA, 1989-1993 • 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 • 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, Seven Secrets to Eliminating Worry and Insecurity in Your Flying Career, Ebook, August, 2010 • Author, USA Today: Fatigue, Understaffing Threaten Runway Safety, January 10, 2008 • Author, Can Pilots Find Peace in Turbulent Times, Aviation International News, March, 2002 • Author, Soul-Searching: Thoughts on Life and a Flying Career, Aviation International News, November, 2001 • Author, A Fractional Pilot's Life Comes Full Circle, Aviation International News, May, 2002 • Licensed Professional Counselor, 1989 – 1996, Private practice, St. Louis, MO. • Certified Leader, Men’s Personal Leadership Training, ManKind Project, 1992 – 1998 • Search and Rescue, Instructor Pilot, Taos 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 • Corporate Jet Pilot/Captain, NetJets, 2000-2009 • Chairman, NetJets Professional Standards Committee, 2000-2004 • Retired, NetJets, 2009 RECENT AVIATION EXPERT WITNESS EXPERIENCE: 9/21: Bert was hired as an Aviation Expert Witness by the defendant in a case involving a suit over lost wages by a Major Airline First Officer who suffered serious injuries as a result of an automobile accident. The case was settled out of court. 12/21: Bert was deposed after being hired by the defendant to respond to an Initial Expert Disclosure and Lost Earning Capacity report of a Major Airline Captain. Captain Botta has a unique, in-depth and unprecedented perspective on the Emotional and Psychological Health of Pilots that will prove invaluable to any case that he is an Aviation Expert Witness on.