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Thomas Anthony
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Malcolm Brenner
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Jack Cress

Jack Cress is a lead instructor for the Helicopter Accident Investigation course at University of Southern California. He was a career helicopter pilot in the US Marine Corps, having flown nearly 4000 hours during his 24 years of military service, with international flying assignments in Vietnam, Beirut , Okinawa , South Korea , Philippines and other locations. The majority of his flying experience is in helicopters with the H-46/BV107 accounting for more than 3000 of the hours logged. The UH-1H/B205, UH-1N/B212, OH-58/B206, H-53/S65, AH-1/B209 and TH-55/H268 comprise his remaining helicopter time, while the C-130-/L180, TA-4, TF-9, T-34, OV-10A/D, BE24, AA-5B, C-150/2 and C-172 account for his fixed wing flying experience.

Jack's non-flying duties were predominantly maintenance oriented during the first half of his military career, in which he served in the areas of maintenance administration, quality assurance and maintenance control. He was also formally trained as a Maintenance Test Pilot in the H-46 and supported numerous squadron maintenance programs in the test piloting role. Other non-flying duties included that of NAVAIR Program Manager (H-46, C-130, OV-10), Depot Engineering and Quality Officer (several helicopters, AV-8B/C, F-4J/S, C-130) and IMA Maintenance Officer (UH-IN, AH-IT, CH-53E, C-130F, CH-46E). He also was twice assigned to the US Navy's Aviation Safety School, where he initiated the course in Helicopter Aerodynamics and also taught elemental Structural Failure Analysis, in support of that institution's accident investigation and mishap prevention programs.

Jack's teaching experience also includes numerous courses for the International Center for Aviation Safety (ICAS), the International Center for Safety Education (ICSE), Sun Safety Institute, and several short courses/guest lectures with various units within the USAF, USN , USA , USMC, USCG, RSAF, SAAF and others. He has been teaching within USC's Helicopter Accident Investigation (HAI) course since 1979.

Jack has earned a BS in Aeronautical Engineering from the Ohio State University (1967), has completed course work for the MS in Aeronautical Engineering at the Naval Postgraduate School (1979) and earned the Program Manager credential from the Defense Systems Management College (1991).

For twelve years, Jack was employed as the Product Manager by Simula Safety Systems, Inc., Phoenix, AZ, where he has been closely involved in the development of crashworthy, energy absorbing and high strength seating systems for the RAH-66, UH-60, OH-X, EH101, CH-149, UH-1Y, AH-1Z, V-22, WAH/AH-64, C-17, EC145, MH-60K/R/S, H-46, H-47F/G, VH-71 and other evolving aircraft. His work at Simula involved helicopter cockpit air bags and armor systems, as well.

He is currently proprietor of Vortechs Helicopter Analytics where he serves in investigational, instructional and consultancy roles relating to various domestic and international civil and military helicopter operators.

Adam Cybanski

Adam Cybanski is a tactical helicopter pilot with over 20 years and 2500 hours on fixed and rotary wing aircraft including the CT114 Tutor, CH139 Jet Ranger, CH135 Twin Huey and CH146 Griffon. He completed a tour in Haiti as Night Vision Goggle Specialist and Maintenance Test Pilot, and has managed the CH146 Griffon Full Flight Simulator. He is a graduate of the Aerospace Systems Course and holds a BSc in Computer Mathematics from Carleton University.

An experienced investigator at the Royal Canadian Air Force Directorate of Flight Safety, Adam has been leading the way in video analysis and crash site photogrammetry. He has presented three times at the International Society of Air Safety Investigators seminar, and continues to brief safety professionals around the world. His analysis has been employed by both military and civilian accident investigation boards.

Adam is currently the Canadian Flight Safety representative to NATO. He is also responsible for all helicopter accident investigation in the Royal Canadian Air Force, and oversees the CH146 (Bell 412), CH139 (Jet Ranger), CH124 (Sea King), CH149 (EH101/Cormorant), CH148 (S92), and CH147F (Chinook) fleet investigations, as well as UAVs. He has been received several commendations by the Chief of the Air Force for his work in simulation & visualization, and was recently awarded the Meritorious Service Medal (MSM) by the Governor General of Canada for his work in flight safety.

John DeLeeuw

Safety background

John DeLeeuw was the Senior Manager of Flight Safety at American Airlines (AA) for five years. He 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 safety management system.

He was responsible for the Flight, Cabin, Maintenance, and Dispatch ASAP, as well as the FOQA program at American Airlines. He planned and managed the Corporate Safety Department's efforts to support American Airlines' commitment to be the world leader in airline safety. While working most closely with the Flight department, he interfaced with all AA departments to proactively identify and develop strategies and practices to prevent accidents and incidents. He also acted as the Party Coordinator in the event of a NTSB investigation of an American Airlines incident or accident.

Prior to his management position at American Airlines, John was the Deputy Chairman of the National Safety Committee at the Allied Pilots Association (APA). He was actively involved as the APA Acting Safety Chairman, Lead Accident Investigator for APA, ASAP participant, FOQA participant, and Commercial Aviation Safety Team (CAST) member. He 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. He participated in several NTSB investigations, and was the designated APA Party Coordinator in four of them. He developed and prepared the joint AA/APA Fatigue Risk Management Plan (FRMP) for FAA certification. He was also involved with FAA Runway Safety Assessment Team (RSAT), and the aviation industry FAA Joint Implementation Measurement and Data Analysis Team (JIMDAT.)

John also currently works with Ascend Coaching. Ascend Coaching is involved in the oil and gas industry, and uses a comprehensive approach to improve safety, and therefore reliability. They also assist rig crewmembers on the fundamentals of operating safely in a high risk / high reliability environment.

Flying Experience

John is a current and qualified pilot on the 787 Dreamliner. Previously, John was a Captain on the MD-80, and accumulated over 12000 hours experience on this aircraft. During his 25 year flying career at American Airlines, he has flown both Domestic and International operations; flying the Boeing 787, the MD80, and the 727. His total flying time at AA is over 15000 hours.

Prior to flying at American Airlines, John was a C-130 Evaluator and Instructor Pilot in the United States Air Force. He participated in Desert Storm and numerous classified Special Operations throughout the world. John worked directly with US Army Special Forces and Navy SEALS flying HALO airdrops, and flying insertions/extractions in combat and covert operations.


University of Southern California, Viterbi School of Engineering

Aviation Safety and Security Certificate

University of Arkansas

Masters in Operations Management, graduating summa cum laude

University of Arizona

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, graduating cum laude

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George Kondreck

George E. Kondreck, Jr., a System Safety Engineer and Section Manager at Raytheon, Space and Airborne Systems (SAS), has extensive experience in hazard analysis and accident investigation.

At Raytheon, he is responsible for managing a section of system safety and reliability engineers performing reliability predictions, FMECAs, FRACAS, hazard analyses, fault tree Analyses and incident investigations on airborne and space radars and electro-optical systems.

Mr. Kondreck served with the U.S. Marine Corps for ten years as a helicopter pilot, aviation safety officer and advanced weapons tactics instructor. As Aviation Safety Officer, HMM-265 he investigated and authored the final reports for approximately 150 mishaps, including two major accidents with follow-up corrective action recommendations and implementations. His last post was Aviation Safety Officer and Search and Rescue Pilot at Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.

Previous positions include Pilot Training Officer, Classified Materials Custodian and Analysis Officer.

Mr. Kondreck is a Certified Safety Professional and Professional Engineer. He is a former Chairman of the Southern California Chapter of the System Safety Society and was Chairman of the 9th International System Safety Conference. He is a member of the American Helicopter Society, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, the Marines’ Memorial Club and the Wyland Foundation.

Mr. Kondreck earned a B.S. in general engineering and mathematics at the United States Naval Academy and an M.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from USC. He also holds an Aviation Safety Officer Certificate from the Naval Postgraduate School.

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Archibald McKinlay

Archibald McKinlay has extensive experience at the leading edge of software safety specification, development and engineering in real time safety-critical systems and systems of systems, with related work in system safety and product assurance.

Among his more recent software safety projects are the Denver TREX and Los Angeles Exposition Line specifications (rail transit) regarding system safety and software safety in various control systems, work on the St. Louis Light Rail Extensions and the JFK people mover, and international versions of the NASA Space Station Software Safety Specification. He also developed the software safety program for the Canadian Automated Air Traffic Control System. He has assessed and improved software safety processes and testing on Advanced Amphibious Assault Vehicle for the US Marine Corps.

McKinlay previously led Software Safety activities at the McDonnell Aircraft Company, contributing to such projects as development/test on the F-15E Strike Eagle weapons systems, the F/A – 18 E/F Hornet flight controls, the Navy T-45A jet trainer and the Advanced Tactical Fighter. He has also provided software safety training to Wright-Patterson AFB Engineering Center, the Naval Air Development Center, the Naval Air Test Center, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the National Security Agency.

McKinlay earned his B.S. from the U.S. Naval Academy and his M.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School. He participated in the writing of the FAA’s DO-178B Standard for Airborne Software and the IEEE standard for Software Safety Programs Plans.

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Douglas Moss

Douglas Moss is an instructor of Human Factors at the Viterbi School of Engineering, University of Southern California (USC). He is also a pilot for United Air Lines, flying the Airbus A320 out of Los Angeles.

Prior to United, Doug was a Senior Engineering Test Pilot with the Douglas Aircraft Company in Long Beach, testing the MD-80/90 series jetliners. This work included all aspects of design and certification, including performance, flying qualities, systems, avionics, and human factors testing.

Prior to Douglas Aircraft Company, Doug was an Experimental Test Pilot in the US Air Force, and instructor at the USAF Test Pilot School. He conducted testing on the T-46 Next Generation Trainer and the F-4 AIM/ACES system. At the USAF Test Pilot School, he was the Chief of the Flying Qualities Branch and was the chief spin instructor in the A-37. Prior to being a test pilot, he was an operational fighter pilot in the F-15 and an instructor pilot in the T-37.

Doug’s academic education includes a Bachelor of Nuclear Engineering and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, both from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Additionally, he has a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.

Doug is the founder and owner of AeroPacific Consulting, an aviation consulting firm providing consulting and expert witness services. He has provided expert opinions, reports, and court testimony in numerous aviation and airline accident cases. He is also the proud owner and operator of a 1960 Beechcraft Bonanza airplane and a new Beechcraft Baron.

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Mark Pestana

Mark Pestana (Colonel, USAF ret.) has served as a reconnaissance pilot, NASA research pilot, aerospace engineer, and project manager. He is currently a research pilot/consultant for Flight Research Associates, Inc. He is assigned to the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards AFB, CA, to support research, test, and evaluation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), and provides subject matter expertise to the FAA, DOD, other agencies, industry, and academia. Mark earned a BS in Natural Sciences from Loyola University, Los Angeles, where he received a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant through the Air Force ROTC Program. He also earned an MS in Systems Management/Research & Development from the University of Southern California. He is a graduate of USAF Air Command & Staff College and Air War College; NASA Systems Engineering, and International Project Management courses. Mark attended the Defense Language Institute Russian language course and Rice University Russian Culture course. He served 28 years in the USAF (14 years active duty, 14 years USAF reserve) as a reconnaissance pilot, test operations safety pilot, NORAD space systems analyst, intelligence analyst, research & development engineer, and operations director of the DOD Space Shuttle Program and the DOD Space Test Program.

His initial NASA assignment was in the Astronaut Office at Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX, as a flight crew operations engineer. He developed crew systems and assembly operations for the International Space Station (ISS) and led the technical assessments and negotiations for modification of the Russian Soyuz spacecraft as an ISS "lifeboat". Mark also served as the Earth & Space Science Discipline Manager, developing resource allocation and integration plans for U.S. and foreign partner experiments on the ISS. Mark was subsequently assigned to NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards AFB, CA, and served as a NASA Airborne Science Mission Director, Research Pilot, and Flight Test Engineer. He flew extensive worldwide Earth Science missions in the DC-8 "Flying Laboratory", directing expeditions and collecting data on ozone depletion, atmospheric chemistry, tropical rainfall measurement, hurricane development, ice pack moisture content, rain forest health, tectonic activity, and agricultural health. He piloted the B200 (C-12) King Air research aircraft in various aeronautics, avionics, and Earth Science research projects, serving as manager and project pilot for the Hi-rate Wireless Airborne Network Demonstration. He flew the B200 with the Space Integrated Inertial Navigation Global Positioning System experiment, designed for the X-38 prototype Space Station Crew Return Vehicle. Mark also flew F-18 and F-15 supersonic flight research projects as a Co-Pilot and Flight Test Engineer.

Mark led the development of NASA's unmanned aircraft research program in collaboration with the FAA, NTSB, DOD, DHS, and the U.S. Congress. Mark led UAS mission development, crew training, and flight operations for NASA's MQ-9 Predator-B and RQ-4 Global Hawk. He flew NASA's MQ-9 Predator-B "Ikhana" unmanned aircraft on various aeronautics and sensor research projects. For the Western States Fire Missions, he developed unprecedented flight operations plans, clearances, and access to the national airspace. This provided real-time geo-location and movement data on wildfires directly to fire incident commanders throughout the western U.S. With extensive "hands-on" flight operations of UAS in the National Airspace, he was designated by NASA a Subject Matter Expert in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) operations, research, and human factors engineering.

Mark has logged over 5000 hours in various types, from heavy transport to supersonic jet, turboprop, general aviation, sail plane, ultra-light, and remotely piloted aircraft. These include KC-135 (B-707), DC-8, C-12, T-38, T-34, F-18, F-15, F-16, MQ-9, RQ-4, and the RC-135, in which he logged 213 combat reconnaissance sorties. His awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (3), the Air Medal (9), the Armed Forces Expeditionary Service Medal, and the NASA Exceptional Service Medal.

Mark has published several technical papers and presentations on aviation and space research topics for the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the International Test & Evaluation Association, USAF, DOD, and NASA. Mark is an award-winning published artist, with membership in the American Society of Aviation Artists and the USAF Art Program. His paintings are in corporate, academic, and private collections, and in the Pentagon collection.

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Mark Pottinger

Mark graduated from the University Of Kansas in 1984 with a Bachelor Of Science. After a stint with a business turn-around consulting firm, Mark attended the University of Colorado School Of Law, earning his Juris Doctor in 1988. Flying lessons came soon thereafter, with Mark eventually earning a private pilot certificate and an instrument rating. Mark has accumulated the majority of his flight hours in various high performance singles, using his pilot privileges for both business and pleasure, including volunteer medical transport through Angel Flight.

Professionally, Mark worked for a Federal trial judge right out of law school, followed by associate and partner positions in specialist litigation firms. From 2003 to 2013, Mark was a partner in a Denver based law firm where he specialized in aviation litigation, particularly cases involving accidents. It was during this time that Mark became interested in and began learning aviation accident investigation and reconstruction. In 2013 Mark started his own consulting firm specializing in accident investigations and reconstructions. Mark develops trial exhibits for parties involved in complex aviation litigation. Mark also consults with clients who are or expect to be parties to litigation as a result of aircraft accidents or aviation activities.

Mark is a graduate of the Aircraft Accident Investigation course at the USC Viterbi School Of Engineering, and is an Affiliate in the International Society Of Air Safety Investigators (ISASI).

Doug Pridemore

Mr. Pridemore is currently employed by General Electric-Aviation in Cincinnati, Ohio as a Consulting Engineer in the Materials and Processing Engineering Department and has over 28 years of experience working in the field of gas turbine engine Failure Analysis. Mr. Pridemore has split his professional career between GE (21 years) and Rolls-Royce (7 years), serving primarily as a senior metallurgist and investigator. Mr. Pridemore has conducted over 900 investigations on a wide variety of engine hardware including uncontained rotating disk components, turbine and compressor airfoils, shafts, gears, bearings and composite structures leading to a thorough understanding of the failure mechanisms affecting materials used in today’s gas turbine engines. Mr. Pridemore has led numerous high profile commercial and military investigations including involvement in the fracture analysis of the Sioux City fan disk separation event. Investigations have involved both domestic and foreign government agencies such as the NTSB, USAF, Canadian TSB, French BEA and Brazilian authorities.

Mr. Pridemore started instructing Gas Turbine Accident Investigation at USC-Aviation Safety in 2003 as well as instructing Failure Analysis courses throughout GE and around the world. Other duties include consultation across the GE business line plus mentoring and development of other Failure Analysis engineers. Mr. Pridemore has also been involved in several litigation and deposition inquiries involving engine events plus several shared years working as a Materials Application Engineer.

Mr. Pridemore holds a B.S and M.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati completing his graduate work on "Delayed Cracking of Deep-Drawn Metastable Austenitic Stainless Steels". Mr. Pridemore also holds an Aviation Safety Certificate from the University of Southern California. Mr. Pridemore has published several papers on various failure analysis mechanisms and is a chapter co-editor for new 3rd edition of “Understanding How Components Fail”. Mr. Pridemore is also a current member of the ASM Failure Analysis committee.

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David Royo

David Royo is a Supervisory Air Interdiction Agent for US Customs & Border Protection Mission Commander responsible for both MQ-9 Predator and P-3 aircraft. He is a member of the Office of Air and Marine, Strategic Policy Advisory Committee. He is the acting Chief of Safety and Mission Assurance, Head of Strategic Communications, and Head of Strategic Policy and Planning for the National Air Security Operations Center at Corpus Christi, Texas. David has held the position of Commanding Officer for the 28th Training Squadron (Naval Reserve), and the USC Navy P?3 Mission Commander for the Naval Air Station at Barber's Point, HI. David received his BS in Nuclear Engineering from Iowa State University in 1991 and attended US Navy Aviation School in 1994. He was the Distinguished Graduate from Federal Law Enforcement Training in 2003, and became a National Test Pilot in 2008.

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