Expertise

1. Aircraft Performance

Takeoff, cruise, and landing performances are normally automated. But the pilot has to interpret the data correctly for safe and legal flight operations.

I will take data from any operator’s performance manual, analyze it, and determine whether the aircraft was flown beyond the manufacturer’s capabilities.

2. Airline Flight Operations

Every flight department is designed differently. Guidance, procedures, rulemaking, enforcement, and compliance are integral to a safe and successful flight department.

I can investigate and analyze a flight department and give an expert opinion as to whether the organization contributes to or detracts from flight safety. It is important to determine whether standardization and adherence to published guidance and procedures were followed.

3. International Operations

Whether it is the North Atlantic (MNPS), North Pacific (NOPAC), Polar region, Latin America, Asia, Middle East, Europe, India, or Russia, international flying presents unique challenges and procedures that must be understood with study, instruction, and evaluation.

As an International Standardization Coordinator (part of a team that ascertains all Check Airmen teach the international procedures in a uniform manner), I know how to locate “source materials” for any international division. Source materials provide the basis and reasons for international aviation procedures. In consultations with attorneys I can easily determine whether the proper procedures were followed or ignored.

4. Aviation Accidents

I will help investigate and pinpoint aviation accident causative factors. Aircraft accidents can be analyzed based on many factors, including procedural compliance, weather, pilot performance, aircraft design, automation, and fatigue. As an expert witness, I will research the background factors and explain the details in the simplest possible manner.

5. Aviation Law

Aviation law involves Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs), company procedures, manufacture notes, cautions, warnings, checklists, and operating limitations. As an instructor, FAA-approved evaluator, and standardization coordinator (who assures that other FAA-approved company Check Airmen followed FARs and company procedures), I understand aviation law.

6. Aviation Training

The importance of proficiency and procedural compliance in airline training cannot be overstated. I know this because I spent 15 years as a pilot check airman for a major FAR Part 121 airline in both the simulator and actual aircraft, and because of my entire career in general aviation, military, and FAR 121 airline training programs. I will investigate the training syllabus, analyze the training program, and offer my expert opinion regarding whether the training (classroom, computer-based, and simulator) actually follows the FAA-approved program.

7. Aviation Weather and Meteorology

There will always be weather systems that limit flight, even with continuing advancements made in newer aircraft. Whether it be thunderstorms, typhoons/hurricanes, microbursts/wind shear, ice, or snow, safe flying operations must honor these limitations. I will determine if proper preflight and inflight procedures to avoid hazardous weather were followed in accordance with FAA-approved programs, applicable Advisory Circulars, company directives, and Federal Aviation Regulations.

8. Cockpit Crew Performance

Previously called cockpit resource management (CRM), human factors is the study of pilot behavior in the cockpit, especially under stressful situations. The entire crew must work together as a team, although final decision-making and responsibility for safe flight rest solely with the captain. Pilot flying and pilot monitoring duties must be clearly defined by the operator and defined during crew briefings.

Because most accidents or FAA violations occur after an accumulation of mistakes and lack of assertive intervention from other crew members, I will look at the behavior and distractions in the cockpit that led to the bigger mistakes. I will investigate the decision-making of the pilot flying, pilot monitoring, and, especially, the captain, who has final legal authority and responsibility for the safe operation of the aircraft.

9. Media and Entertainment Industry Technical Advisors

Many movie and television productions use commercial, military, or general aircraft in scenes, but these scenes often do not look realistic. I will help make movie scenes look real and believable.

In the case of aviation events making news headlines, my expertise makes complicated and technical analysis simple and easy to understand by the general public.