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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
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Keith M. Cianfrani, MAS, CRSP
Aviation Safety Consultant
350 New Britain Road
Doylestown PA 18901
USA
phone: 215-348-3942 (Office) or 267-377-5364 (Cell)
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Keith M. Cianfrani, MAS, CRSP, a retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel, the founder and owner, has over 30 years of aviation experience. He is a master army aviator, aviation safety officer, commercial pilot, instructor pilot, and was an accident investigator for the U.S. Army Safety Center.

Background - Mr. Cianfrani is rated in both rotary wing and fixed wing aircraft. As a safety officer, he has managed safety programs in organizations with over 100 aircraft stationed throughout 5 states. Mr. Cianfrani is currently an instructor for Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and Kansas State University. He is also presently attending Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) as a PhD Student in Aviation Science.

Mr. Cianfrani is a certified Flight Instructor (CFI) and has also worked in the civilian, commercial aviation industry. He has been flying for companies such as Petroleum Helicopters, Damin Aviation, Keystone Helicopters, Island Helicopters, and Chopper 6 and Chopper 3 in Philadelphia. He also has experience in the flight for life, aero medical evacuation industry.

Litigation Support - Keith Cianfrani specializes in Human Factors and Material Failure in Aviation Accident Investigations. He serves as an aviation safety consultant for the Federal Aviation Administration and FIT. An IS-BAO Certified Safety Auditor, he provides safety evaluations in accordance with Federal Aviation Regulations. His services are available nationally and internationally and include written reports, depositions, and trial testimony as needed.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Pilot / Crew Performance
  • Human Factors
  • Maintenance
  • Environmental Factors
  • Meteorological Factors
  • Safety Training
  • Material Factors
  • Aviation Accident Reconstruction
  • FAA Regulatory Compliance
  • Safety Audits
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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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    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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    John R. Bell II
    President
    12909 East Mainsgate Circle
    Wichita KS 67228
    USA
    phone: 316-688-0050 (Office) 316-737-1490 (Cell)
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    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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    Michael C. Fagan, QEC
    Qualified Elevator Consultant
    1177 Branham Lane, Suite #292
    San Jose CA 95118
    USA
    phone: 800-861-5269
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    Michael Fagan, QEC, is a nationally recognized Elevator Consultant with over 50 years of industry experience in elevator Design, Construction, Modernization, Maintenance, and Repair.

    As a Managing Partner at JSG Elevator, Mr. Fagan interfaces with Federal, State, and Local governmental agencies and universities, owner representatives, architects, managing agents, and elevator code authorities in the locations of operations, new product availability, and reliability research.

    Mr. Fagan's background includes working with NASA, the United States Navy, the United States Air Force, and the Veterans Administration on special projects, specifications for maintenance, repairs, and modernization. He has served as a National Elevator Industry Educational Program Instructor and is the author of numerous articles on elevator maintenance, modernization and repair for Building Operating and Management magazine.

    Litigation Support - Michael Fagan has been a court approved Expert Witness for over 20 years. He has provided knowledgeable research and effective analysis in over 400 litigation cases and has been deposed over 200 times. Mr. Fagan provides litigation support, including mediation, investigation, and technical services to attorneys for both Plaintiff and Defendant, carriers, and manufacturers, in the areas of:
    • Construction Claims
    • Accident Investigation
    • Accident Reconstruction
    • Elevator Safety
  • Wrongful Death
  • Vertical Transportation
  • Safety Engineering
  • Risk Management
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    Anthony G. Micale, Aerospace Engineer, BSME, MBA
    Paul J. Micale, Pilot, Masters Aeronautical Science
    Aircraft Design, Operations and Flight Experts
    Global Reach
    Based in Southern California, USA
    Solvang CA USA
    phone: 805-688-5035 (Office) 805-729-5989 (Cell)
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    Micale Partners has over 60 years of combined technical and operations experience in Aircraft Design and Operation, Space Launch Vehicle Design and Operation and Automotive Design. They provide services to clients both nationally and internationally.

    Micale Partners combines expertise in aerospace design, aircraft flight and airline operations. This combination provides the client a consulting resource that understands how a system should be designed, fabricated, assembled and used. The depth and complete knowledge of aviation allow Micale Partners to serve as a formidable expert witness resource. The experts at Micale Partners also provide a diverse background of industry experience ranging from aircraft to automotive to space launch vehicles.

    Litigation Support Services:
    • Documentation Review
    • Failure Root Cause Investigation
    • Engineering Corrective Action Definition
    • Transcript Review / Process Review
    • Event, Incident, or Accident Timeline Mapping
  • Event Recreation
  • Design Deficiencies Failure
  • Vehicle Performance
  • Fact Finding Analysis
  • Human Factors Assessment
  • Anthony Micale Aerospace Automotive Engineering Expert PhotoAnthony G. Micale, BSME, MBA, has over 32 years of Aerospace and Automotive Engineering experience, including rigorous Failure Analysis. Mr. Micale is a dual citizen of the Unites States and the European Union. He has Top Secret Clearance TS/SCI – Special Intelligence (SI) / Talent Keyhole (TK)and Department Of Defense (DOD) Secret Clearance.

    Mr. Micale is also currently employed at The Aerospace Corporation, a Federally Funded Research and Development Corporation where he contributes to US space flight mission assurance. He has specialized in aerospace design and operation of flight and space vehicles with an emphasis on Flight Safety and Mission Assurance. Mr. Micale is a past technical leader of an aircraft accident and incident investigation board comprised of engineers, pilots and legal counsel for a major commercial aircraft manufacturer. In this role he has studied, understood, created reports and defined design changes to resolve aircraft safety issues.

    Over his career, Mr. Micale has conducted numerous analyses of root cause to determine failures attributed to: Design Flaws, Human Error, Human Workload, Improper Manufacturing, and Inadequate Maintenance. He has designed aircraft systems, conducted testing and performed evaluation that have led to aircraft certification with the FAA and the CAA. His experience includes interface with aircraft manufacturers, space vehicle manufactures, commercial aircraft operators and government agencies.

    Anthony Micale has also been employed by Ford Motor Company where he designed automotive vehicle powertrains and vehicle control systems. He has vehicle dynamics training and understands the basis for vehicle stability and car crash dynamics.

    Practice Areas:
    • Aerospace Engineering
    • Aircraft Engineering
    • Failure Investigation
    • Failure Analysis
    • Aircraft Safety
    • Risk Assessment
    • Flight Controls Systems Design
  • Human Factors
  • Hazardous Operations
  • Space Vehicle Design
  • Fact Finding Event Reconstruction
  • Technical Drawings
  • Throttle Control
  • Anti-Lock Brakes


  • Paul J. Micale, Pilot, Masters Aeronautical Science, is an active airline pilot with 26 years of flight experience 13 of which are under FAR Part 121. Specializing in Aviation and Aerospace and Transportation, he has over 7,200 flight hours with multiple ratings.

    A decorated veteran, Mr. Micale has also been forward deployed as a combat pilot with the US Army during 7 years of active duty. He has been a combat pilot in both the C-12 (Beechcraft 200) aircraft and the AH-64 Apache Attack helicopter.

    Mr. Micale's career includes continued service as a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army Reserves where he has been a pilot and commander of flight units. As a military pilot, Mr. Micale has flown fixed and rotary wing helicopter aircraft. His education and experience emphasizes Flight Operations and Safety. He has Department Of Defense (DOD) Secret Clearance.

    Paul Micale is a licensed civilian Airline Transport Pilot with type rating as Pilot in Command and is currently employed by American Eagle Airlines as a CRJ-700 Pilot and First Officer in the Canadair Regional Jet aircraft with 65 seat occupancy. He is FAA certified for CAT II instrument approaches and to fly in Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum (RVSM) airspace. Mr. Micale is type rated for this and other aircraft requiring an FAA type rating. He has a Masters of Aeronautical Science with a specialization in aviation safety from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

    Practice Areas:
    • Airline Pilot
    • Military Pilot
    • Aviation Pilot
    • Army Aviator / Army Pilot
    • Flight Operations
    • Helicopter Pilot
    • Aircraft Safety Risk Assessment
    • Human Factors
  • Crew Resource Management
  • FAR 121 Pilot
  • FAR Part 121 Pilot
  • FAR 135 Pilot
  • FAR Part 135 Pilot
  • Flight Safety
  • Aircraft Safety
  • Crewmember Fatigue.
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