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Specialties & Experience of this Expert Witness

General Specialties:

Aviation & Aerospace and Human Factors

Keywords/Search Terms:

Decision Making, Airline Operations, General Aviation, Training, FAR’s, Incident Investigation, Operations, Compliance, Pilot Error, Crew Performance, Pilot Fatigue, Crew Resource Management (CRM), Situational Awareness, Turbulence Injuries, Passenger Disruptions, Navigation and Communications


BA Economics, University of California - Berkeley

Additional Information

Highly experienced recently retired airline pilot and aviation safety representative with more than 50 years of flight experience and approximately 30,000 domestic and international flight hours in both major airline and general aviation aircraft Former air traffic controller, international air safety representative involved in aviation rulemaking, flight instructor, general aviation aircraft owner and operator FAA licensed pilot since 1972 Experienced major-airline captain for 28 years, 19 years as captain in widebody aircraft Areas of expertise include Federal Air Regulations (FAR) Part 121 airline and air traffic control operational safety issues, flight operations, standard operating procedures, regulatory and flight operations manual compliance, crew performance and coordination, cockpit-related human factors issues, crew resource management, turbulence injuries, procedural compliance, aircraft limitations, navigation and communications procedures, and best practices Extensive experience in international and domestic major-airline operations, aviation safety, aviation-related technology, flight crew procedures, and in leading committees and project teams Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) type ratings on several aircraft, including various versions of the B747, B777, DC10, and B737 Piloted and instructed on numerous general aviation aircraft Former Chairman of the Air Line Pilots’ Association International (ALPA-I) National Air Traffic Services Group Former Regional Vice President for the International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA) responsible for promoting the highest level of aviation safety worldwide Former ALPA Boeing 747 Fleet Safety Coordinator at United Airlines, responsible for investigating accidents and incidents occurring on United Airlines’ B747 fleet worldwide Former Chair of UAL Pilot-Dispatcher Committee Served on the Air Traffic Procedures Advisory Committee (ATPAC) reporting to the FAA Administrator on new or significantly revised air traffic control (ATC) procedures and concepts Key participant in design, simulator evaluation, and implementation of the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) Runway 28R/L LDA - Precision Runway Monitor (LDA-PRM) Simultaneous Offset Instrument Approach (SOIA) Authored Oceanic Weather Deviation Procedure in use worldwide Helped implement revolutionary new flight dispatch system for United Airlines (Flywize) Advised the FAA on development of Land-and-hold-short procedures (LAHSO) Represented US-ALPA internationally before the IFALPA ATS Committee Authored numerous ALPA National Safety Alert Bulletins to alert airline pilots worldwide of significant aviation safety hazards Appointed to the United Airlines Flight Management Systems (FMS) Task Team Former general aviation aircraft owner and operator Worked with the FAA, airlines, and industry groups on the following aviation safety projects: Traffic Collision Avoidance System In-Trail Climb (TCAS ITC) procedure Precision Runway Monitor (PRM) approaches and associated TCAS requirements Aircraft conspicuity Runway incursions LAX Stadium Visual Charted Visual Approach Flight Procedure (CVFP) Free Flight capacity enhancement concept Reduced vertical separation (RVSM) Visual separation standards and procedures Reduced Oceanic separation standards Wake turbulence separation standards United Airlines ALPA UAL-MEC D.B. Robinson Air Safety Award for Outstanding Achievement in Air Safety Air Line Pilots’ Association Presidential Citation for Outstanding Service in Air Safety FAA Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate FAA Aircraft Type Ratings: B-737, B-747, B-777, DC-10 FAA Flight Engineer Ratings: B-737, B-727, DC-8 FAA Certified Flight Instructor (CFI/CFII) FAA Control Tower Operator (CTO) FAA Remote Pilot (Drone) Certificate National Weather Service (NWS) Certified Weather Observer Published Articles SOIA: Boon or Bust?, Air Line Pilot Magazine - April 2000