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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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    Captain/Colonel J. F. Joseph
    Colonel USMC (Retired)
    928 Easton Dr., Suite "A"
    San Marcos TX 78666
    USA
    phone: 24 Hour Cell Phone: (704) 905-2669
    fax: Business / Fax: (512) 667-7157
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    Joseph Aviation Consulting (JAC), offers over 47 years of worldwide aviation experience. This level of expertise includes over 28,000 flight hours in over 70 models of aircraft ranging from General Aviation to High-Performance Military and Air Carrier. Operational expertise includes more than 42 years experience as a flight instructor in the aforementioned aircraft types. In addition to flight experience, JAC offers 33 years of aviation accident reconstruction and analysis and has been involved with hundreds of aircraft accident/incident investigations. Further, JAC possesses over 36 years of aviation safety and standardization development.



    Because of our experience, JAC can provide Accident Analysis, Aviation safety Program Development, Safety Management Systems (SMS) Integration, Flight Department Management, Pilot Employment, IS-BAO accredited auditing and Expert Witness Testimony which refines, substantiates or frequently refutes prior findings. This concise methodological approach to accident analysis has proven time and again to be a formidable litigation tool.



    "J" Joseph is a retired airline pilot and retired United States Marine Corps Colonel. Currently, he is the Deputy Director of Aviation, Chief Pilot and Director of Flight Operations for the Texas Department of Transportation. He is an active member of the International Society of Air Safety Investigators and International Business Aviation Council (IBAC/IS-BAO). Colonel J
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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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    Cabin Safety Consultants
    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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    R.P. Pete Burgess
    Owner
    12533 Avondale Ridge Drive
    Fort Worth TX 76179
    USA
    phone: 817-236-3144
    fax: 817-236-3563
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    Richard "Pete" Burgess provides service as an Aviaton Consultant for air traffic services, procedures, pilot experience and aircraft accident investigations. Mr. Burgess has been the Owner of Burgess Aviation Consultants since 1994 and specializes in the analysis of FAA Air Traffic Control service and the application of procedures in the following areas:
  • Air Route Traffic Control Centers (ARTCC's)
  • Airport Traffic Control Towers (ATCT's)
  • Terminal Radar Approach Control Facilities (TRACON's)
  • Automated Flight Service Stations (AFSS's)
  • Flight Path Reconstruction and Graphic Preparation of Accident/Incident Aircraft
  • Detailed Transcript Preparation of Air Traffic Recordings
  • As President of BGS Aviation, Inc., aircraft rental and flight instruction, Mr. Burgess is an Instrument-Rated Commercial Pilot and Certified Flight Instructor for Multi/Single Engine airplane. He has over 2900 hours of flight time.

    EXPERIENCE
  • 1972 to 1994 Air Traffic Control Supervisory and Management - FAA
  • Managed and supervised the National evaluations of over 160 FAA air traffic ARTCC's, ATCT's, TRACON's and AFSS's facilities in Southern California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Missouri, Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama
  • Qualified on all positions of operation and actively controlled traffic as supervisor and manager at El Paso and Little Rock ATC Tower and radar approach control facilities
  • Served as consultant and expert witness in trials involving aircraft accidents and enforcement actions in St. Louis, Kansas City and Little Rock
  • Investigated the application and effectiveness of air traffic control procedures at Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles and Kansas City Airports, as a result of major accidents at those airports
  • 1957 to 1972 Air Traffic Controller - FAA & U.S. Navy
  • Air Traffic Terminal Controller at NAS Saufley Field, Pensacola, FL and NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in the U.S. Navy, and Santa Fe, NM in the FAA
  • Flight Service Specialist in El Paso, TX. Santa Fe, NM and Lubbock, TX
  • Air Traffic Tower and Radar Approach Controller in Lubbock, TX and San Antonio, TX
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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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    Aviation Accident Consultants
    Larry Grandy
    President
    3473 Ravine Drive
    Carlsbad CA 92010
    USA
    phone: 760-701-2083
    fax: 760-729-6897
    Larry Grandy has over forty-six years of progressive experience and knowledge in Aviation Operations, holding numerous civilian and military ratings and designations. Career Officer and Squadron Commander, United States Marine Corps. Currently serving as Flight Instructor and Pilot in Command for a large Aeromedical Helicopter Company. Previous service as FAA Check Airman. Twenty years of Aircraft Accident Investigation, Research and Analysis, including military and civilian Mishaps. Expert witness testimony and consulting provided to defense and plaintiff attorneys. Excellent attorney references.

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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