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Edward (Ed) Libassi
2111 Smithtown Ave.
Ronkonkoma NY 11799
phone: 631-588-7774
Edward Libassi has over 40 years of experience in Aircraft and Engine Maintenance for general aviation, major, and regional airlines (Part 121, 135, and 91 operations).

Background - Mr. Libassi is the owner / operator of one of the largest general aviation repair facilities in Long Island, NY. He is licensed as an A&P mechanic (Airframe and Powerplant certificate) with FAA I.A. endorsement.

Mr. Libassi currently has maintenance contracts with all major airlines that service Long Island. His maintenance experience is in aircraft and engine inspection, repair, accident recovery, and investigation. He performs over 600 aircraft repairs annually.

Litigation Support - Mr. Libassi provides expert witness services for matters involving Aircraft and Engine Maintenance litigation. NTSB certified in Aircraft Accident Investigations, his services are offered to attorneys for plaintiff and defense, insurance companies, flight schools, and organizations seeking insight, research, and testimony.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Accident Investigation
  • Accident Inspection
  • Emergency Recovery
  • Probable Cause in Accident Cases
  • Case Analysis
  • Technical Support
  • Log Book and Record Review
  • Case Strategy Development and Preparation
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    Douglas M. Moss, BS, MS, MBA
    195 N. Argyle Ct
    Reno NV 89511
    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
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    13600 Marina Pointe Drive,Unit 1008
    Marina Del Rey CA 90292
    phone: 310-448-8885
    fax: 310-448-8886
    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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    John R. Bell II
    12909 East Mainsgate Circle
    Wichita KS 67228
    phone: 316-688-0050 (Office) 316-737-1490 (Cell)
    John R. Bell II, is an Aviation Management Consultant who offers Professional Pilot Services. His background includes 35 years of experience in corporate aviation development, implementing and managing the needs of various companies and individuals.

    Mr. Bell’s background experience since 2000 has included a number of international ferry flights with North Atlantic and Pacific crossings. He has supported a number of operators in Indonesia, Malaysia, and South Korea. The support he has provided includes qualifying their crewmembers (IOE/SOE) to meet their Air Taxi requirements as per Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and qualifying their Flight Attendants.

    Certifications, Ratings, and Flight Times:
    • Airline Transport Pilot - Airplane Multiengine Land
    • Type Ratings: CE500, CE525S, CE560XL, CE650 and CE680 Sovereign
    • Commercial Privileges - Airplane Single Engine Land & Sea
    • Flight Instructor (Gold Seal) - Airplane Single and Multiengine Instrument Airplane
    • Flight Times - (Updated: December 31, 2015) Total: 16,128 PIC: 15,372- Turbojet: 7,372- Turboprop: 4,465- Multiengine: 13,382- Piston: 2,563
    Litigation Support - Mr. Bell provides expert witness services to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defendant. He has been a FAASTeam Representative (Formerly FAA Accident Prevention Counselor) since 1984.

    Areas of Litigation Expertise:
    • CFR Title 14 Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR’s)
    • Cessna Citation Aircraft
    • Advanced Avionics Systems including Glass Cockpits, GPS, FMS, TAWS, TCAS Systems
    • Aircraft Aerodynamics
    • Aircraft Systems
    • Airspace – Domestic and International (MNPS, RVSM, RNP, PRNAV, BRNAV)
    • Aviation Weather Decision-making
    • Cold Weather Operations
    • CRM (Cockpit Resource Management) and Crew Decision-making
    • Flight Instruction – Fixed-wing
    • International Flight Operations and Procedures
    • IOE / SOE (Initial Operation Experience/Supervised Operation Experience)
    • Pilot Decision-making
    • Windshear Operations in the Cockpit
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