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Steven J. Meyers
President and Chief Technical Officer
132 Clow International Parkway
Bolingbrook IL 60490
USA
phone: 630-624-1347
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Steven Meyers Aviation Aircraft Safety Expert PhotoSteven J. Meyers is an experienced Aircraft Accident Investigator who combines scientific analysis, material science, laboratory testing, piloting expertise, aircraft maintenance, and human factors to investigate air safety issues. He has a Masters Degree in Aeronautical Science, BS in Engineering Physics, AS in Manufacturing Engineering Technology, and an Extension Diploma in Applied General Metallurgy.

Aviation and Human Factors: Piloted / instructed in 60 different types of aircraft ranging from turbines to gliders to sea planes. Multi-engine, instrument rated commercial pilot, active flight instructor, FAA licensed Airframe and Power Plant Mechanic (A&P) with FAA Inspection Authorization(IA).

Accident Investigator: Extensive experience investigating product liability claims. Applies scientific methodologies to accurately reconstruct and explain the circumstances of an accident. Investigations ranging from the in-flight failure of composite airframe structures to the use of unapproved parts to reconstructing ground vehicle incidents. Illinois licensed Private Detective.

Material Scientist: Brings a strong experience in applying modern materials science coupled with a focus on failure analysis and the use of standardized testing techniques. Evaluates the effects of corrosion, temperature, and mechanical stresses on the performance of materials. Analysis performed on fractured thru-bolts, crankshafts, fuel pumps, carburetors, and bearings.

Failure Analyst: Provides practical and comprehensive testing that is independent and unbiased. Capable of performing a broad range of tests to determine the strength, physical, chemical, and wear properties of metals, coatings, ceramics, composites, and plastics. Access to ASTM qualified test machines, optical microscopes, SEM, FTIR, load cells, and accelerometers.

USAF Non-Commissioned Intelligence Officer: Confident public speaking skills with experience in preparing briefings and making recommendations to high-level military commanders

Areas of Expertise:

  • Aircraft Design and Operation
  • Aircraft Performance
  • Avionics & Autopilots
  • Piloting & Training
  • Reciprocating Engines
  • Major Repairs & Alterations
  • Human Factors
  • TAA Aircraft
  • FAA Regulations & Certification
  • Wreckage ReconstructionIn-Flight Break-Ups
  • Mid-Air Collisions
  • Flight Path Reconstruction
  • Crashworthiness
  • Loss of Control
  • System Failures
  • In-Flight Fires
  • Cockpit Automation
  • Mechanical Testing
  • Material Compatibility
  • Patent Infringement
  • Failure Analysis
  • Composite Materials
  • Mechanical Fasteners
  • Tribology & Wear Testing
  • Fretting, Galling & Corrosion
  • Lubricants, Greases, & Fuels

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    13600 Marina Pointe Drive,Unit 1008
    Marina Del Rey CA 90292
    USA
    phone: 310-448-8885
    fax: 310-448-8886
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    Robert L. Ditchey specializes in Aviation and Airline Maintenance. As a consultant for major airlines, financial institutions and aerospace manufacturers, Mr. Ditchey's Areas of Expertise include the following:
  • Airline Accident Investigation
  • Airline Insurance
  • Airline Maintenance & Operations
  • Federal Aviation Regulations
  • Aircraft Design, Performance and Analysis
  • Aircraft Purchase and Lease Agreements
  • Maintenance Records and Procedures
  • Airline contracts
  • Airline pilot, Mechanic and Aircrew Training
  • Expert Witness
  • Education:
  • AE (Aeronautical Engineer), California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 1973
  • MS (Aeronautical Engineering), Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA 1969
  • BS, U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD 1962
  • Honors & Awards: Awarded Society of Sigma Xi for excellence in Engineering Research.

    Civil Case Experience: Airline accident litigation and civil case involving pilot actions in aircraft hull loss.
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    Helen Zienkievicz
    Aviation Safety Consultant
    2119 Riverwalk Drive, #134
    Moore OK 73160
    USA
    phone: 405-367-8025
    fax: 866-317-8025
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    Helen Zienkievicz has the unique experience of longevity and active engagement in two fields of expertise, Aviation Safety and Nursing. She has held, and continues to hold, a multitude of positions in both of these industries.

    Ms. Zienkievicz holds a Masters Degree in Nursing Education and Research and is a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner. She is qualified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support and belongs to a multitude of nursing-related organizations including the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

    During her 29 year career with United Airlines, Ms. Zienkievicz held a variety of positions including Airlines Manager of Health, Safety & Security for Onboard (Flight Attendant) Service Division. Her duties included oversight of airline cabin regulatory compliance of FAA and TSA regulations, primary division liaison with FAA Principle Cabin Inspector, direct investigation of cabin safety incidents and accidents, and advisor to corporate safety, training, medical, personnel, communications, legal and division management.

    Ms. Zienkievicz provides expert opinion on aviation cases for both Plaintiff and Defense. With an extensive background in both aviation and nursing, she offers attorneys a unique perspective on aviation cases related to cabin safety, regulations, and training.

    Aviation Safety Expertise
    • Aircraft Cabin Safety
    • FAA Regulations
    • Air Carrier Access Act
    • Passenger - Flight Attendant Injury / Illness Management
    • Flight Attendant Instruction
    • Turbulence Response
    • Flight Attendant Policy and Procedure
    • Crew Resource Management
    • Threat Error Management
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    Douglas M. Moss, BS, MS, MBA
    Owner
    195 N. Argyle Ct
    Reno NV 89511
    USA
    phone: 310-503-4350
    fax: 815-550-8766
    Douglas Moss (BS Engr, MS Engr, MBA) is a trained and experienced professional pilot and engineer. He conducts research and testifies on aircraft accidents and airport land-use issues such as thermal plumes, birdstrike hazards, and FAR Part 77 obstructions. His aviation experience spans over 30 years as an engineer and pilot, including assignments as a USAF fighter pilot, USAF test pilot, McDonnell Douglas test pilot, airline pilot, and general aviation pilot. His academic education includes both bachelor and master degrees in engineering, with additional advanced degrees in business and law. He has also been a faculty instructor at the USAF Test Pilot School, teaching aircraft certification, flying qualities, performance, systems, and human factors. He currently is an instructor of Human Factors at the University of Southern California.

    His analysis of Aviation Accidents and issues typically involve the following considerations:
    • Engineering and scientific basis
    • Operational factors
    • Human factors
    • Aircraft certification compliance (14 CFR Parts 21 and 25)
    • FAR statutory compliance (14 CFR Parts 91, 121 and 135)
    • Strict products liability
    • Aircrew standard of care
    Experience Includes:
    • Over 10,000 flight hours
    • Human Factors faculty instructor
    • USAF experimental test pilot
    • McDonnell Douglas engineering test pilot
    • USAF Test Pilot School instructor
    • Airline pilot
    • ATP Typed DC-9, MD-80, MD-90, MD-11, A320 and Flight Engineer
    • Qualified in Cessna, Piper and Beechcraft Bonanza and Baron