Discipline

An experienced Aviation Safety Analyst with over 33 years of aviation experience.  Has held management and supervisory level positions with the Office of the Secretary of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). 

His years of experience have included areas such as:

worked in various safety offices analyzing aircraft accident/incident information and making recommendations to improve aviation safety,
served as expert for Near Mid Air Collisions and as Chairman of the Interagency Task Group on NMACs,
managed the FAA Accident Investigation Quality Assurance Program which involved collecting and analyzing data collected on accident investigations conducted by FAA field personnel,
managed the preparation of Major Accident Fact Books which presented information on major accident investigations to the FAA Administrator and other FAA Senior staff.
coordinated accident/incident data sharing activities with the NTSB, and
served on the Part 135 Aviation Rulemaking Committee which instituted revisions to the Part 135 Order

Currently holds both a private and commercial pilot license and is instrument rated.

Academic Background

  • University of New Hampshire, BA, Mathematics, 1965
  • University of Maryland, MBA, Operations Research, 1970

 

Professional Experience

  • Aviation Safety Analysis Consultant, RTI Group, LLC, Annapolis, MD, 2011 to present.
  • Manager, Safety Analysis Staff, Office of Accident Investigation – Federal Aviation Administration, 1988 – 2007.
  • Manager, Recommendations & Quality Assurance Division, Office of Accident Investigation – Federal Aviation Administration, 1987 – 1988.
  • Operations Research Analyst, Safety Analysis Division – Office of Aviation Safety – Federal Aviation Administration, 1986 – 1987.
  • Manager, Data Systems Branch, Nuclear & Alternative Fuels Division, Energy Information Administration – US Department of Energy, 1977 – 1985.
  • Plans Analyst – Assistant Administrator for Planning, Analyses and Evaluation – Energy Research and Development Administration, 1975 – 1977.
  • Taught Business Statistics, University of Maryland Night Business School, 1972 – 1974.
  • Operations Research Analyst – Office of Transportation, Analysis – Office of the Secretary of Transportation, 1969 – 1975.

 

Aviation Experience

 

Flying

  • Private Pilot License – 1974
  • Instrument Rating – 1976
  • Commercial Pilot License – 1988
  • Total Flight Time – 1500 Hours
  • Owned 5 Airplanes – Piper Cherokee, 4 Mooneys

Government

Federal Aviation Administration – Worked in various safety offices analyzing aircraft accident/incident information and making recommendations to improve aviation safety, 1986 – 2007.

  • Managed the Office of Accident Investigations Safety Analysis Staff
  • ­Served as the agency’s expert for Near Mid Air Collisions and as Chairman of the Interagency Task Group on NMACs
  • Managed the FAA Accident Investigation Quality Assurance Program which involved collecting and analyzing data collected on accident investigations conducted by FAA field personnel.
  • Supervised the preparation of Safety Issue Analysis Reports which looked in depth at topical safety issues resulting from accident investigations
  • Managed the preparation of Major Accident Fact Books which presented information on major accident investigations to the FAA Administrator and other FAA Senior staff.
  • Coordinated accident/incident data sharing activities with the NTSB
  • Coordinated the Oklahoma City Civil Aeromedical Institute autopsy activities with the Office of Accident Investigation and the NTSB
  • Served on Agency Research Oversight Groups  (Aircraft Safety Planning Program Team, AVR Research & Development Management Team, Aeromedical Research Group) to prioritize aviation research project funding
  • Managed the project to update the FAA’s Accident Investigation Order 8020.11A, Aircraft Accident and Incident Notification, Investigation, and Reporting.
  • Managed the implementation of the FAA’s Accident Investigation Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Program
  • Served as Co-Chair of the General Aviation Data Improvement Team which worked with the NTSB and aviation industry associations to improve the quality of safety information collected for General Aviation
  • Served on the Part 135 Aviation Rulemaking Committee which instituted revisions to the Part 135 Order
  • Served on the Aviation Physiology Education Advisory Group
  • Delivered aviation safety presentations at NBAA, GAMA, AOPA and other aviation organization meetings and seminars
  • Delivered aviation safety presentations at forums at the Oshkosh and Sun’n Fun Air Shows
  • Responsible for the development of the FAA’s Aviation Composite Safety Index
  • Managed the FAA’s Annual Aircraft Activity Survey which provided information used by the NTSB for their annual accident press release
  • Managed the implementation of ISO9000 in the Office of Accident Investigation

Office of the Secretary of Transportation – Analyzed aviation issues such as airport development, congestion, and noise, worked with States developing airport system plans, 1968 – 1975.

 

Accident Investigation Training

  • Introduction to Aircraft Accident Investigation – 1986
  • Aircraft Accident Investigation, Part 2, Techniques and Procedures – 1988
  • Rotorcraft Safety and Accident Investigation – 1990
  • Amateur-Built Aircraft Accident Investigation – 2002
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