Senior Flight Safety and Accident Investigator
The Captain has over 31 years of flight experience with American Airlines (AA), amassing over 17,000 accident and incident free flight hours. For five years, he served as the Senior Manager of Flight Safety and Chief Accident Investigator for AA. He is also a SMS instructor at the University of Southern California’s Aviation Safety School. He is an experienced Airline Aviation Consultant and Technical Witness.
Senior Flight Safety and Accident Investigator Consultant, RTI Group, LLC, Stevensville, MD, 2015 to present
Line Captain and First Officer, American Airlines. 1991 - present
Responsibilities included the safe, smooth, and efficient operation of American Airlines aircraft in line operations worldwide. Currently assigned to the Boeing 787. Previous experience on the MD80 and 727
Senior Manager Flight Safety/Chief Accident Investigator, American Airlines. 2010 –2015
Addressed safety data systems such as Flight Operations Quality Assurance (FOQA), Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP), and Line Operations Safety Audit (LOSA) as integral elements within the AA Safety Management system. He was responsible for the Flight, Cabin, Maintenance, and Dispatch ASAP, as well as the FOQA program at American Airlines. He was instrumental in sharing de-identified aggregate safety data with other airlines and the Air Traffic Safety Action Program (ATSAP). He planned and managed the AA Corporate Safety Department's efforts to support American Airlines' commitment to be the world leader in airline safety. While working most closely with the AA Flight department, he interfaced with all AA departments to proactively identify and develop strategies and practices to prevent accidents and incidents. He has acted as the American Airlines’ liaison with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and Department of Defense (DOD) and served as the Party Coordinator in the event of a NTSB investigation.
Airlines for America: Chairman Flight Safety Committee 2012-2015
Responsible for the A4A Flight Safety Committee meetings and agenda. Promoted open dialogue and exchange of information between the A4A airlines safety departments to increase safety for the flying public.
University of Southern California School of Engineering: Instructor 2010-present
Instructs the application and implementation of Safety Management Systems (SMS) in the aviation industry, with an emphasis on statistics and voluntary safety reporting programs. (ASAP and FOQA)
Allied Pilots Association: Deputy Chairman National Safety Committee 2008-2010
Represented the pilots at American Airlines and implemented several safety initiatives benefitting the 10,000+ American Airlines pilots, and secured assistance during incidents and accidents for AA crew members throughout the world.
United States Air Force: C-130 Evaluator and Instructor Pilot 1985-1991
Participated in Desert Storm and numerous classified Special Operations throughout the world. Worked directly with US Army Special Forces and Navy SEALS flying HALO airdrops and flying insertions/extractions in combat and covert operations.
● Aviation Safety and Security Graduate, University of Southern California, School of Engineering, 2010
● Masters in Operations Management, University of Arkansas, 1991
● Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, University of Arizona, 1983
Professional Associations and Activities
• Board of Directors of the American Airlines Credit Union 2011-present
● Vice President of Safety at OPES Solutions Group 2017-present