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University of Southern California; Aviation Safety and Security Certificate Viterbi School of Engineering (2/2009); Courses included Aviation Safety Management Systems (80 hours*), Aircraft Accident Investigation (80 hours*), Human Factors (40 hours*), Threat and Error Management Development (24 hours*), Legal Aspects of Aviation Safety (16 hours*), Technical Witness in Aviation Safety (16 hours*);  (*classroom time hours)


Flight Operations:

Civilian trained with over 17,000 hours of pilot experience that includes flight hours in 26 different aircraft. Experience includes the B727, B737 and LearJet with over 13,500 hours in domestic and international airline operations. Regional airline operational experience totaling 2550 hours in the Bombardier DHC-8-Q400 and the Fairchild SA227 Metroliner aircraft.

International and domestic experience includes flights to Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean (including Guantanamo Bay, Cuba), Central America, Atlantic crossings from England and operations into every major airport in the contiguous United States and Alaska. General aviation, air show demonstrations, charter, emergency medical transport and regional airline experience into numerous airports including those in mountainous regions.

Over 750 flight hours and 120 air show demonstrations as owner/restorer/pilot of a uniquely historic World War II North American T-6.

Throughout an aviation career spanning over 30 years, experience in numerous critical and emergency situations serving as a pilot crewmember. These situations include aborted takeoffs, in-flight bomb threats, loss of hydraulic systems, in-flight engine shutdowns, loss of critical controls, passenger emergency illnesses, lightning strikes, loss of communications etc.

Pilot Instructor. Four years conducting advanced pilot flight training with United Airlines Contract Training Department in the B737 and B727. Responsible for safety procedure instruction and flight training to required UAL standards of excellence to airline pilots from Central and South America, Russia as well as the United States in normal, abnormal and emergency procedures. Coordinated safety evaluations with government representatives. Favorably acknowledged as only non-UAL Pilot Instructor permitted to instruct at UAL Training Center.

Served as a primary operational development team member with DuoDeck, a project that successfully certified the B727 as a two pilot aircraft. Safety specific duties included procedural development, flight test, cockpit ergonomic verifications as well as coordination with on-site FAA safety and certification team members.

Ten years serving as an FAA appointed Accident Prevention Counselor conducting safety

seminars, counseling individual pilots and serving as an interface between pilots and the FAA Flight Standards District Office inspectors.

Two years operational management experience with a municipal airport. Experience gained in all facets of operations, administration and maintenance.

Former member of the Air Line Pilots Association Accident Survival Committee

Former Flight Attendant for Continental Airlines, a major domestic and international airline (one and three quarter years)


Airline Transport Pilot B727; B737, DHC-8 (Q400); LR (SIC)

Commercial Pilot (single engine-land)

Flight Engineer – Turbojet

Certified Flight Instructor; Instrument Instructor; Multi-Engine Instructor

Advanced and Instrument Ground Instructor

Training and qualifications received from seven airlines in the B727, B737 classic and B737-800. Factory training by Flight Safety (Canada) in the Bombardier DHC-8 Q400.

Eleven years as pilot/owner of historic World War Two airplane- the last Tuskegee Airmen aircraft extant. Researched and ensured restoration to original condition ensuring complete historical accuracy over a three year period. Took this historical aircraft from unknown entity to national acclaim. Created brand, generated public awareness, awards and garnered interest from the Smithsonian, the National Aviation Hall of Fame, various museums and corporations and the media. Subject of numerous features in both print and television. Toured and displayed this aircraft inflight and on the ground at 120 air shows nationally and several museums.

SRM Panel Facilitation Course - FAA Division of Airports (ARP)

Safety Risk Management (SRM) and Writing Course - FAA Air Traffic Organization (ATO)

Safety Management Systems Overview Course - FAA Division of Airports (ARP)

Managing Safety Management Systems Course - FAA Division of Airports (ARP)

Safety Management Systems Practitioners Course - FAA Division of Airports (ARP)

Bachelor of Science, Liberal Arts; Excelsior College;

(degree coursework thru the University of Colorado; Communications, Biology)

Notable Presentations:

Adopting SMS as a Facilitator to Airspace Integration for UAS - AUVSI National

Conference, Washington, DC; August 2011

Safe Skies: SMS and Its Impact on the UAS Industry - AUVSI Webinar; May 2011


Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum and National Aviation Hall of Fame - Aviation Heritage

Denver FBI office - Letter of Appreciation; assisted with successful resolution of attempted airline hijacking.

Organizational Memberships:

International Society of Air Safety Investigators (Full Member); Certified Member- American Association of Airport Executives;  Flight Safety Foundation; American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics; Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems Intʼl, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association; Air Line Pilots Association (former member)

Recent Project Samples:

RTCA (Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics) SC 203 Committee Member. Policy and procedural development for UAV (“drone”) operations and integration into the National Airspace (NAS); utilization of Safety Risk Management (SRM) and Safety Assurance (SA) techniques; development of Allocation of Safety Objectives and Requirements (ASOR) processes determining Target Level of Safety (TLS) objectives and requirements. Organized in 1935, the Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics (RTCA) is a Federal Advisory Committee who's recommendations are used by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as the basis for policy, program, and regulatory decisions and by the private sector as the basis for development, investment and other business decisions.

Safety Management System, FAA Office of Airports (ARP). Development consulting team member; duties included participation as SMS Subject Matter Expert; national safety policy co-author (FAA Order 5200.11); co-author of SMS Implementation Plan; FAA ARP SMS Implementation Guidance Plan contributor; co-developer of three SMS e-learning courses and exclusive developer of one e-learning SMS course; co-development of Safety Assessment Screening (SAS) documents for SRM documentation; authored the FAA ARP SMS Communications Outreach Plan which included promotional newsletter production and multimedia instructional development and production.

In support of the FAA Western Pacific Region, co-facilitation of SRM Panel for taxiway Modification to Standards at Norman Y. Mineta International Airport, San Jose (SJC), development and author of follow-on Safety Risk Management Document (SRMd);

Safety Management System (SMS) development for Colorado Plains Regional Airport. Duties included organizational safety goal state development, safety audit, gap analysis, safety culture survey and tailored development of the four SMS components in compliance with FAA AC 1500/37a. Additional evaluations included internal and external communications, development of airport SMS Implementation Manual and SMS Manual as well as SMS training course and presentation development.

Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) Safety and Security Evaluation. Assisted contractor to the Department of Transportation John A. Volpe Transportation Research Center in the identification and evaluation of security vulnerabilities with the EFB and flight chart delivery system as projected to be utilized by UPS flight operations. Duties included review and evaluation of 802.11n WiFi limitations, platform operational security, commercial aircraft WiFi configurations and ARINC 665 standards. Evaluations included the SRM analysis of identified hazards, FIPS-199 evaluations of data, review of National Security Agency (NSA) iOS vulnerabilities and recommendations, applicability of FAA Advisory Circulars 120-76a and 120-76b, EFB application security, and the distribution and revision process of flight chart data. Additionally, an Allocation of Safety Objectives and Requirements (ASOR) process was conducted for determinations of target levels of security and safety.

Safety Risk Management (SRM) Panel Facilitator. Selected as the “On Call” SRM Panel Facilitator for Salt Lake City International Airport. Duties include engagement of Safety Risk Management (SRM) panel members to develop a thorough safety assessment of potential hazards, risks and mitigations for airport projects, consulting with the FAA Office of Airports project manager and regional Safety Manahement System coordinator about pertinent issues and current Safety Risk Management practices.

Safety Audit Team Member; Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) - Federal Express Maintenance Facility


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