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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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Dr. Richard Collins
440 Monmouth Drive
Cranberry Township PA 16066-5756
USA
phone: 724-742-0414
Dr. Richard Collins, Former University Professor of Biomedical and Human Factors Engineering, Professor of Medicine, Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Dr. Collins has Demonstrated Accuracy in Research and Scientific Analysis in Mechanical and Biomechanical Engineering and Regulatory Assessments.

His work has been Extensively Published in National and International peer-reviewed Literature. He is an Internationally recognized engineering and medical expert, having earned his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Collins is qualified as an expert witness in civil and criminal courts.

Areas of Specialization:
  • Wrongful Death, Medical Malpractice, Medical Device / Product Liability
  • Head and Spine Injury Cases in Motorcycle, Bicycle Collisions, Protective Helmet Liability
  • Accident Reconstruction / Failure Analysis - Serious Personal Injury and Trauma
  • Analysis / Injury Biomechanics: Automotive, Traffic Safety, Aircraft Crashes, Train Crashes, Forklift Turnovers, Elevator Failures, Sports Impacts, Sports, Recreational and Safety Equipment, Sports and Industrial Injuries, Ergonomics, Repetitive Stress Cases, Slips and Falls
  • 9/10/2008 · Medical
    Blunt impact to the thorax often results in traumatic rupture of the aorta, leading to immediate exsanguination. Current interest in the mechanisms of this failure is great (Roberts and Beckman, 1970), particularly with regard to vehicular fatilities in which passengers are subjected to high levels of deceleration

    9/10/2008 · Medical
    The lung constitutes a highly complex and selfregulating system for oxygenating man’s blood and removing its waste materials. It is at the alveolar level that the respiratory and circulatory functions interact and the important exchange processes occur

    9/10/2008 · Medical
    THE NUMBER of fatalities due to automobile collisions in the United States has reached an annual level of 55,000, according to the statistics of the National Safety Council. Of these, 16 per cent have been estimated by Greendyke (1966) to be due to traumatic rupture of the aorta, on the basis of a sample of 1253 automobile fatalities in Monroe County, N.Y., over a four year perio

    9/10/2008 · Medical
    The uptake of particulate matter by inhalation leads to complex transport processes influenced by unsteady convection through a non-dichotomously branching network of conducting conduits (airways)

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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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    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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    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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    James F. Zender, PhD
    P.O. Box 931, Mount Clemens, MI 48046-0931
    Office: 117 Cass Avenue, Suite 204
    Mount Clemens MI 48043
    USA
    phone: 586-465-6148 or 586-909-9056 (Cell)
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    James Zender, PhD, is a Clinical and Forensic Psychologist with over 30 years Trauma experience, the last 15 of which he specialized in Auto Accident Trauma Treatment and Care. This involves helping accident survivors cope with physical and emotional conditions such as posttraumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, chronic pain, anxiety and depression. Dr. Zender knows from experience that therapy can help auto accident survivors become more comfortable with their new normal, and from there, move forward on the path to thriving and enjoying life once again.

    Dr. James Zender on The Extensive And Often Hidden Mental and Physical Trauma Caused By Auto Accidents
    Background Experience - Prior to private practice, he worked as a clinical psychologist at Providence Hospital and Ypsilanti Regional Psychiatric Hospital. He was the founding director of the Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Psychological Trauma at Detroit Receiving Hospital and University Health Center—one of the premier trauma hospitals worldwide— where he also served as Instructor in Psychiatry.

    Dr. Zender has been brought in to evaluate, consult, and train following some of the world’s major traumatic events. While much of his community and disaster work is confidential, the list includes:
    • Terrorist Acts, such as Bombings
    • Industrial Plant and Community Explosions
    • Law Enforcement Critical Events
    • Airline Crashes
    • Civil War and Mass Refugee Scenarios
    • Political Asylum Processes from more than a Dozen Countries in South America, Africa, Asia and Central America
    Dr. Zender is the Founding Director of the Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Psychological Trauma at Detroit Receiving Hospital. He is a Member of the American Psychological Association, International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Brain Injury Association of Michigan, National Safety Council, International Pain Society, among others. Dr. Zender is also a Contributing Editor for The Forensic Examiner, Journal of the American College of Forensic Examiners. He has also been named in Outstanding Scientists of the 21st Century, 1st Edition and in Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century, 1st Edition.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Zender provides Forensic Psychological Services for plaintiff and defense. He Works in the area of accident prevention and promoting transition to autonomous vehicles. Dr. Zender administers Independent Psychological Evaluations for the following:
    • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
    • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
    • Auto Accident Trauma
    • Depression
    • Anxiety
    • Psychotherapy
  • Pain Psychology
  • Family
  • Injury
  • Veterans
  • Addiction
  • Autonomous Vehicles
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    7/5/2018 · Psychology
    A powerful adjunct to post-trauma psychotherapy is body-oriented therapies and methods. Yoga, massage therapy, and Pilates are powerful tools that should be considered and included in the comprehensive treatment plan. In my work with auto accident trauma survivors I daily see the value of combining massage therapy and methods such as Pilates with the verbal working through of trauma in psychotherapy. I believe auto insurance carriers would earn big returns on their investments by paying for personal trainers to work with survivors in regular Pilates sessions which somatically supports the psycho-therapeutic work. When combined with regular massage therapy, the synergy of the combined approaches is the perfect combination for many people attempting to gain improved emotional regulation, physical health, and mobility.

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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 49 years of worldwide aviation experience. This level of expertise includes nearly 29,000 flight hours in over 80 models of aircraft ranging from General Aviation to High-Performance Military and Air Carrier. Operational expertise includes more than 44 years experience as a flight instructor in the aforementioned aircraft types. In addition to flight experience, JAC offers 36 years of aviation accident reconstruction and analysis and has been involved with hundreds of aircraft accident/incident investigations. Further, JAC possesses over 38 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 Joseph is a highly decorated Naval Aviator and is formally trained in aviation accident investigation. His distinguished career in the Marine Corps includes a tour with the United States Naval Flight Demonstration Squadron (The Blue Angels). While assigned to the team, he was the Senior KC-130 Demonstration Pilot and Squadron Safety Officer. In this capacity, he had constant exposure to the national media. Most recently, his commentary has been featured in aviation documentaries and several national and international cable-news outlets.

    With this diverse and uniquely qualified background, JAC is your firms Aviation Expert.
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    Captain Kit Darby
    President
    1029 Peachtree Pkwy N. S-352
    Peachtree City GA 30269
    USA
    phone: 678-776-5633 or 877-334-2939
    fax: 770-487-6617
    Kit Darby was the president of AIR, Inc., the largest Career Information Resource company for pilots for 25 years. Mr. Darby Provides Answers and Statistical Data, but also Guidance through the Constantly Changing Aviation Industry. He works with Military, General Aviation, Corporate, and Commuter Pilots transitioning to the larger airlines. Mr. Darby provides complete, timely, and accurate career information to help pilots make informed decisions throughout their job search and to assist them in their career development as an airline pilot. Retired United Airlines captain, airline and military instructor pilot.

    AIR-Experts Services Provided:
  • Pilot Career Earnings and Employability Models
  • Depositions and Trials
  • Expert Witness and Litigation Support
  • Case Preparation and Analysis
  • Pilot Forecasting:
  • Pilot Hiring and Equipment forecast
  • Economic Forecast
  • Pilot Supply and Demand
  • Pilot Hiring