Aviation Expert 17767 AL

Expertise Description

I have more than 40 years experience in the field Aviation with expertise in ergonomic assessment, pilot selection, flight attendant slip and fall, flight attendant standard of care, and hiring. I have developed new pilot selection instruments for the U.S. Military, and have consulted for airlines in the U.S., the West Indies, and Africa to improve their pilot hiring process. I have worked with civilian flying schools in Africa, Canada, and the US to identify good candidates for their professional pilot curricula. I have helped develop a model of pilot life-time earnings, which estimates the life-time earnings both for pilots who have not yet been hired by a regional air carrier and for those who are currently employed by an airline. I also teach coursed in pilot selection and pilot hiring. I have over 15 years expert witness experience with consultation, deposition, and courtroom testimony.

Areas of Expertise

Expert Witness

My expert witness experience includes having estimated career track and life-time earnings of a flight instructor who was killed in a training accident; estimated career track and life-time earnings of a military pilot who was injured just before applying for a position as a pilot at a major airline; estimated lost earnings for a senior US pilot who lost an oversees contract because he was unable to leave the US; and determined effect of partial loss of vision on the career track of a commercial pilot.

Consulting Experience

My consulting experience includes evaluation of pilot hiring process for compliance with best practices, and determination of flight attendant staffing levels for 3- and 2- cabin aircraft for both domestic and international routes. 

Professional Experiences

My professional experience includes President of an Aviation Services firm, Professor in Aviation Human Factors, with prior experience as an Adjunct Professor in a Department of Psychology, Associate Professor in a Human Factors Department, Adjunct Assistant Professor in a Department of Psychology, Assistant Professor, Visiting Professor, Assistant Professor, Instructor, as well as having participated in various research programs.

Relevant Experiences

I specialize in issues pertaining to pilot selection/hiring, retention, and discharge. I also deal with pilot performance, certification, re-certification, and qualification issues. I developed a professional pilot life-time earnings model. This model may be used for Part 121 pilots who have lost their license through death or disability and can no longer fly as an airline pilot. This model takes benefits as well as hourly pay rates into account, and incorporates upgrades and aircraft changes in its calculations.


Ph.D.PsychologyUniversity of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
M.A.PsychologyUniversity of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
B.A.PsychologyUniversity of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Licenses Certifications

Awards & Affiliation

Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
Aerospace Medical Association
Associate Fellow
Association of Aviation Psychologists
society of Industrial and Organizational Psychologists

Primary Affiliation

Aerospace Medical Association

Partial List of Consulting Expert Witness Cases