Experienced! I've been involved, as an investigator and consultant, with multiple accident investigations in the USAF and in General Aviation to include engine failures and fires, mid-air collisions, controlled flight into terrain (CFIT), unmanned aircraft, bird strikes, and near mid-air collisions. I have diversified investigative experience from fighters such as the F-16 and F/A-18 to bombers and attack aircraft such as the B-1B and the A-10 to general aviation accidents such as the Cessna 210 and the Piper Warrior (PA-28 series).
Statistics reveal that a disproportionately high percentage of fatal accidents occurred during general aviation flights in comparison to airline operations. For every airline accident that resulted in fatalities, general aviation had about 125 fatal accidents. That is why you need an investigator like me, who is a professional pilot, investigator, and general aviation flight instructor with a diversified background as a pilot and accident investigator, to conduct your investigation or provide consulting.
I am a current major airline pilot who is also a retired fighter pilot, a current and qualified General Aviation aircraft owner, pilot, and instructor pilot, and I actively fly my airplane conducting aerobatics, mountain flying, and cross country flying. In the General Aviation industry, I have investigated accidents as a confidential consultant and expert witness for the following type accidents: controlled flight into terrain (CFIT), spatial disorientation, adverse weather, near midair collisions, and FAR violations. I've been involved with accidents and incidents for aircraft such as the Cessna 210, the Piper Cub and Cherokee, and Experimental aircraft.
My goal is to not only determine the root cause of the accident, but prevent future accidents. I've personally witnessed three aviation disasters and I've lost many friends in this industry. Those friends don't have a voice. I still have a voice! It’s more about being part of something bigger than yourself and making a lasting impact on the future. It only took one harrowing night combat mission to bring me to this point in life.
My experience flying in combat and as a witness to
three airplane crashes continues to impact my proactive safety efforts today.
Completely thorough, detailed, and fair with attention to details!
“Try to stay in the middle of the air. Do not go near the edges of it. The edges of air can be recognized by the appearance of ground, buildings, sea, trees, and interstellar space. It is much more difficult to fly there.” —Anonymous
General Aviation Accident Experience
- Freedom of Information Act Requests (FOIA) with the FAA, NTSB, NWS, and FAA contractors.
- Pilot's airman records and medical.
- Air traffic control communications retrieval.
- Air traffic control radar data, plotting, and analysis.
- Flight plans.
- Weather data and analysis.
- Pilot error / human factors assessments.
- Accident reconstruction with maps, charts, and diagrams.
- FAA enforcement actions, FAA regulations.
- Airfield equipment. ILS, Approach Light System.
- Aircraft records search and analysis of data.
- Photo analysis.
- Wreckage patten assessment.
- Open source data retrieval.
- Findings, causes, and recommendations.
- Report writing and slide show briefs to explain the details.
USAF Accident Investigation Experience
309th Fighter Squadron
56th Fighter Wing, Luke AFB, AZ
- F-16 engine fuel pump failure – 14 Aug 1997 (investigating officer)
- F-16 G-LOC – 6 Jan 1998 (investigating officer)
- F16 HATR (near miss) with Cessna – 7 Oct 1998 (investigating officer)
- F-16 Mid-Air collision, crash – 22 Oct 1998 (interim investigating officer)
- F/A-18 gear failure on landing – 26 Feb 1998 (Air Force liaison/investigator to USMC)
- F-16 EPU activation/hydrazine leak – 19 Nov 1998 (investigating officer)
- F-16 bird strike – 9 Dec 1998 (investigating officer)
- F-16 engine failure, crash – 15 Dec 1998 (wing flight safety officer, advisor to board)
- F-16D engine failure, crash – 7 Jan 1999 (wing flight safety officer, pilot witness)
- F-16C engine stall/fluctuating power – 12 Jan 1999 (investigating officer)
- F-16 engine failure, crash – 3 Feb 1999 (wing flight safety officer, advisor to board)
- F-16 HATR (near miss) with Piper Warrior - 18 Mar 1999 (investigating officer)
- F-16 engine failure, crash – 26 Mar 1999 (wing flight safety officer, advisor to board)
- F-16D fuel starvation, landing gear collapse – 16 Apr 1999 (wing flight safety officer, advisor to board)
160th Fighter Squadron
Alabama Air National Guard
Dannelly Field, Montgomery, AL
- F-16C engine failure – 11 Sep 2002 (testifying pilot witness)
- F-16C HATR (near miss) with a twin Cessna – 2 Apr 2001 (investigating officer)
12th Air Force/AFSOUTH
Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ
- F-22 landing gear collapse on landing – 8 Sep 2006 (12th Air Force advisor to board)
- F-15 engine FOD ingestion – 27 Apr 2007 (12th Air Force advisor to board)
- B-1B engine fire – 26 Aug 2007 (12th Air Force advisor to board)
- B-1B engine failure/fire – 20 Mar 2008 (12th Air Force advisor to board)
- B-1B engine thrust degraded – 3 May 2008 (12th Air Force advisor to board)
- B-1B engine FOD ingestion – 2007 crew chief fatigue (12th Air Force advisor to board)
- A-10 engine mishaps - multiple incidents 2006-2008 (12th Air Force advisor to board)
- MQM-107 Remotely Piloted Vehicle (RPV) engine failure – 16 Jun 2004 (Mishap Board President and Investigating Officer).
- MQ-1B Predator – 22 Jun 2006, 3 Aug 2006, 17 Jan 2007, 23 Feb 2007, 26 Mar 2007, 30 Jul 2007, 31 Jul 2007, 20 Aug 2007, 29 Nov 2007, 17 Dec 2007, 9 Apr 2008, 2 May 2008, 2 Jun 2008, 12 Jun 2008, 1 Aug 2008 (12th Air Force advisor to board).
- MQ-9A Reaper UAV aircraft Class A mishaps – 4 Sep 2007(12th Air Force advisor to board).