This expert brings over thirty years of experience in aerospace engineering and has worked for several major original equipment manufacturers. He has also served as an independent aerospace consultant for the last twenty-two years. He is designated a Consultant Designated Engineering Representative (DER) by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) with authority in 14 CFR Part 25 certification regulations. He specializes in mechanical systems including flight controls, doors, and hydraulic design and construction, equipment qualification, airplane testing, safety analyses, and service documents. He additionally has delegated authority for mechanical systems safety analyses for air conditioning, pressurization, oxygen, and fire protection. This expert also specializes in structures cabin safety for design and construction and service documents as well as power plant safety analyses for airplane turbine engines and auxiliary power units.
With 35 years in aviation safety, this expert is an experienced aircraft accident investigator, aerospace engineer, auditor, instructor and writer with over a decade of executive-level management experience. He is also a commercial-rated pilot with multiengine instrument ratings in airplanes, seaplanes and gliders.
In April 2013, a civilian-operated Boeing 747-400 crashed after taking off from Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. The NTSB concluded that the cargo, five armored vehicles weighing over 80 tons total, shifted during take-off to the rear causing a massive imbalance to the aircraft's center of gravity. The aircraft, unable to gain altitude, stalled and impacted the ground in a fiery explosion.
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On September 2, 1998, a fire occurred one hour into the New York to Zurich flight, leading to an attempt to land at Halifax, without success. All souls were lost when the MD-11 plunged into the ocean off the shore of Peggy’s Cove.
A team of RTI aviation safety and fire specialists were instructed by the supplier of the In-Flight Entertainment System and worked with the Canadian TSB team through its investigation to the final official report.
Flight 4184 lost control on October 31, 1994, due to an icing condition, which caused a sudden and unexpected aileron hinge movement reversal. The aircraft had been in a holding pattern near Chicago and upon descent to an approach altitude, the initial roll excursion occurred.
RTI was asked to analyze the cause of the upset and to create a flight path reconstruction using radar, DFDR and CVR data.