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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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    Larry Grandy
    3473 Ravine Drive
    Carlsbad CA 92010
    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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    R.P. Pete Burgess
    12533 Avondale Ridge Drive
    Fort Worth TX 76179
    phone: 817-236-3144
    fax: 817-236-3563
    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.

  • 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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    Helen Zienkievicz
    Aviation Safety Consultant
    2119 Riverwalk Drive, #134
    Moore OK 73160
    phone: 405-367-8025
    fax: 866-317-8025
    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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    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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    Captain/Colonel J. F. Joseph
    Colonel USMC (Retired)
    928 Easton Dr., Suite "A"
    San Marcos TX 78666
    phone: 24 Hour Cell Phone: (704) 905-2669
    fax: Business / Fax: (512) 667-7157
    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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    Dale Leppard
    22 Corn Hill Dr.
    Morristown NJ 07960
    phone: 973-267-4936 Cell (973) 727-9696
    fax: 973-270-0374
    Dale Leppard has extensive experience in Aviation and Aviation Accident Investigation and Reconstruction. He has been a commercial pilot for over 45 years, flying under Parts 121, 135 and 91, and has over 22,000 hours of flight time.

    As chairman of the ALPA National Accident Investigation Board, he participated with the NTSB in the field investigation of approximately 30 airline accidents. He also served as chairman of the International Federation of Airline Pilots Association (IFALPA) Accident Analysis Committee. Mr. Leppard taught wreckage inspection and documentation of wreckage at ALPA's Accident Investigator's School for many years and served as their Spokesman at major NTSB Public Hearings, including Eastern Flight 66 at New York, American Flight 191, (DC-10), at Chicago and Aloha Flight 243 near Honolulu.

    Dale Leppard has been involved in aircraft accident investigation for over 45 years, and has acted as a consultant in accident matters for over 40 years. He has provided accident reconstruction services on over 100 airline, commuter, and light aircraft accidents. Mr. Leppard has testified extensively in state and federal court proceedings for both Plaintiff and Defense.

    Areas of Specialization:
    • Aviation Accident Analysis
    • Aviation Accident Reconstruction
    • Wreckage Analysis
    • Flight Path Reconstruction
    • Weather Factor
  • FAA Regulations
  • Crew Performance
  • Cabin Safety
  • Flight Crew Hiring and Employability
  • Termination Matters
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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)
    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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    David G. Curry, PhD, CHFP, CSP
    420 N. Main Street
    Montgomery IL 60538
    phone: 630-740-6871
    fax: 630-701-7732
    David G. Curry, PhD, CHFP, CSP, consults on all aspects of Human Factors, Applied Human Performance, Ergonomics, and Safety. He has over 30 years of experience working in accident investigation, product design and development, operational testing and analysis, and both laboratory and field research in the control / display, aviation, and surface vehicle arenas.

    Dr. Curry holds graduate degrees in Experimental, Human Factors, and Cognitive/ Perceptual Psychology, Industrial Engineering, and Business. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the Air Force Reserve, where he worked with the Air Force Research Laboratory in the area of display technologies, aircrew training, and pilot-vehicle interfaces.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Curry is recognized as an expert in operator-vehicle interaction, and is both a Certified Human Factors Professional and Certified Safety Professional. He holds several patents and has or does serve as a member of national standards-making committees for a variety of organizations (e.g., ANSI, ASTM, and SAE.) Dr. Curry has provided expert testimony in both State and Federal courts.

    Areas of Particular Expertise:
    • Human / Machine Interface Design and Evaluation
    • Human Capabilities and Limitations in Applied Environments
    • Industrial Ergonomics
    • Instructions and Warnings
    • Perception / Vision / Visibility
    • Slips / Trips / Falls
    • Evaluation of Equipment / Facilities / Structures from a Human Use Standpoint
    • Safety-related Issues in General
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