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Forum: Professionalism in Aviation

Ensuring Excellence in Pilot and Air Traffic Controller Performance

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Jennifer Allen-Tallman manages the FAA’s Crew Resource Management Program.  The CRM workshops are ATC-specific, operationally-oriented, and relevant to the daily operations and culture of each facility.  By focusing on teamwork, individual performance, and threat and error management, CRM principles and methods are used to identify and eliminate individual, team, and system vulnerabilities, and apply countermeasures to remaining threats that can impact the safety of operations. Jennifer joined the FAA and the Office of Safety’s Operational Services team in 2007.  She works closely with EnRoute, Terminal, and System Operations to coordinate and implement CRM training and follow-up for all controllers. Jennifer also collaborates with and solicits input from appropriate Office of Safety team members, FAA organizations, bargaining unit members, other government agencies, users, and operating officials from the aviation industry on the development and implementation of operational error mitigation strategies.  As a career air traffic controller with more than 32 years of air traffic experience, Jennifer spent 20 years in the United States Air Force as a controller, supervisor, and manager. She has spent the last 12 years working with the FAA in Runway Safety, Investment Planning and Analysis, and most recently in the Office of Safety. She holds degrees in Air Traffic Control and Business Management.  She is pursuing her Master’s degree in Aviation Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. - Back to Top of Page

Sheryl A. Barden is President of Aviation Personnel International.  She been a member of the API team for more than 20 years, playing a critical role in the firm’s continued growth as a the leader in human resources consulting to the business aviation community.  In her role as President, she assists corporations in building synergistic teams in their aviation departments through a variety of consulting services including strategic personnel planning, personnel search and screening, salary and benefits consulting, and leadership identification and development.   Based in San Francisco, she is the driving force behind API’s goal of aggressive growth through excellence in service development and delivery. As a catalyst in shaping solutions to meet the unique needs of today's business aviation community, Sheryl has emerged as a leading authority on human resource issues and is a frequent speaker at industry events.   Sheryl holds a B.S. in Management with her emphasis in Personnel Management from Pennsylvania State University.  In addition, she holds an MBA from the Masagung School of Business at the University of San Francisco, where she currently serves on the School’s advisory board.  - Back to Top of Page

Craig Bentley is currently serving as the Managing Director of Operations at Cape Air/Nantucket airlines. Craig oversees the daily operation of a fleet of 59 Cessna 402’s and 2 ATR42’s in regions spanning from New England, Florida, the Caribbean, St. Louis, and Guam.  Craig worked as a flight instructor at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University before joining Cape Air in 1999 as a line pilot. After flying the line for Cape Air, Craig joined the training department where he instructed in, flight training, recurrent and initial ground schools. Craig eventually became the Fleet Manager of the Cessna 402 for Cape Air where he assisted in bringing the training program online and restructuring it to outcomes based curricula.  Craig holds an ATP Multiengine land certificate with an ATR42/72 type rating, a Commercial Single Engine land certificate, and a Flight Instructor certificate with airplane single and multiengine instrument ratings.  Craig is current on both the Cessna 402 and the ATR42. Craig is a FAA designated Check Airman on the Cessna 402. He has accumulated over 8000 flight hours and 3000 hours of dual given. Craig is a graduate of Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and is currently pursuing a Masters of Business Administration at Daniel Webster College.  Craig serves on the Industry Advisory Council’s for Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and the Delta Connection Academy. Craig is a member of the Aviation Accreditation Board International. - Back to Top of Page

Benjamin A. Berman is a pilot at Continental Airlines, senior research associate in flight crew human factors and cognition at the NASA Ames Research Center/San Jose State University Foundation, and the chief pilot/check airman at OpenAir.  Before returning to professional flying in 2001, he was on the staff of the National Transportation Safety Board for 10 years, completing his NTSB career as Chief of the Major Investigations Division.  Earlier at NTSB, he was Chief of the Operational Factors Division, a Senior Air Safety Investigator in operational factors, and the manager for two safety studies adopted by the Board about flight crew human factors and aviation safety in Alaska.  Berman holds an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate with more than 8,000 hours of flying experience, type ratings in the Boeing 777/Boeing 737/Embraer 120/Dornier 228, and a flight instructor certificate.  He is the co-author of The Limits of Expertise: Rethinking the Role of Pilot Error in Airline Accidents and Airline Deregulation: The Early Experience.  He received the A.B. degree summa cum laude in Economics from Harvard College.  As an independent participant in this safety forum, Berman is not representing or speaking for Continental Airlines or for his other current and previous affiliations. - Back to Top of Page

Kate Bleckley, Ph.D. is a Personnel Research Psychologist with the Civil Aerospace Medical Institute (CAMI) in Oklahoma City. Since joining the FAA in 2007, she has been responsible for research on the Air Traffic Selection and Training battery, commonly referred to as AT-SAT.   Dr. Bleckley earned her B.S. and M.S. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Oklahoma. She then transferred to the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she earned her PhD in Experimental Psychology with a minor in Statistics. Prior to joining the FAA, Dr. Bleckley was a faculty member at Texas Tech University.  Dr. Bleckley is a member of the Aerospace Medical Association, the American Psychological Association, and Divisions 20 & 21 of APA (Adult Development & Aging and Applied Experimental and Engineering Psychologists). - Back to Top of Page

Molly C. Boss is a captain, line check airman, and FAA designated observer for Air Wisconsin Airlines.  She has over 9000 hours of flight experience and holds an ATP certificate with type ratings in CL65 and B757/767 aircraft.  Captain Boss is a practicing MEII, facilitating initial and upgrade operating experience while also administering line checks for both captains and first officers.  She previously held the volunteer positions of FOQA Gatekeeper and Professional Standards Committee Chair and is a current aircraft accident investigator.  Prior to her nine years of Part 121 airline experience, she worked as a Part 135 charter and air ambulance pilot.  Additionally, Captain Boss earned a BS in Aeronautics from the University of North Dakota and an MS in Aviation Safety from the University of Central Missouri.  She has authored several articles on airline pilot professionalism and continues to foster training program development while serving as an industry representative on the UND Aviation Alumni Advisory Board. - Back to Top of Page

Jamie Bosworth graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 1976. While on active duty he flew the C-141 and T-39 and continued to fly the C141 in the Air Force Reserve.  Captain Bosworth joined New York Air in 1983 and flew the DC9 for two years serving as a First Officer and Captain and was subsequently hired by Delta Air Lines in 1985.  With Delta, Captain Bosworth has flown the B-727, L1011, MD-88, B-757, B-767, and is currently a B767-400 Captain flying international routes.  While accumulating over 20,000 of flight hours Jamie has also served as a Flight Instructor and is currently a Line Check Airman as well as the program manager and a facilitator for Delta’s In Command Leadership Symposium, a course designed for new Captains that helps identify qualities of leadership and professionalism. - Back to Top of Page

Joseph D. Burns is a captain and the Managing Director of Technology and Flight Test at United Airlines.  At United, he previously held positions as Managing Director – Flight Standards, FAA Certificate Director of Operations, Director – Flight Standards, Director – Technology, Chief Pilot – FFDO Program, Manager – Automation Systems, Pilot Instructor on both the A320/319 and B-727 fleets, served as ALPA LEC Safety Chairman, and has flown A-320/319, B-737, and B-727 in line operations for UA.  He is currently flying Captain on the A319/320.  He is type-rated in A320, A319, B-727, DHC-8, BE-1900 and BE300 aircraft.  Previous to United, Joe was the Director of Operations and Chief Pilot for USAir Express/Stateswest Airlines, a BAE-146 Pilot for USAir, B-727 Instructor and Pilot for Braniff Airlines, and Metroliner Pilot for Air Midwest.  He holds an M.B.A. in Management from the Miami University School of Business and a B.S. in Aeronautics/Aeronautical Engineering from Miami University.  Joe also holds multiple patents in Communications, Security, and Sensor Technology. - Back to Top of Page

Robert Clyburn began his career in air traffic control in 1975 as a tower operator at Simmons Army Airfield at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.  He was presented the U. S. Army Meritorious Service Medal for leadership and outstanding performance as an air traffic controller.  He reported to Memphis ARTCC in January, 1979 to begin training as an en route air traffic controller for the FAA.  On August 3 1981, the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization (PATCO) undertook a job action that resulted in 10,000 air traffic controllers leaving and losing their jobs.  In December, 1981 he completed all training and became a journeyman air traffic controller.  In the years that followed the PATCO strike, thousands of new employees were hired and trained.  He served as instructor for dozens over a period of 12 years.  During that time he fostered the attitude “we are service providers” and “we are holders of the public trust.    In 1993 Mr. Clyburn was selected as an airspace and procedures specialist at Memphis ARTCC.  In that role he designed and developed air traffic procedures for the newly commissioned Razorback (RZC) RADAR airspace in the vicinity of Fayetteville, Arkansas.  Prior to the introduction of RADAR, this area was almost entirely a non-RADAR environment.  The procedures that were incorporated in this new airspace worked so well that they were not changed after more than 10 years.  In 1994 he was detailed as an air traffic operations supervisor and in 1995 (and presently) he was selected permanently to that position.  Upon promotion, he requested assignment to the most difficult and busiest area in Memphis ARTCC.  He worked in the West Area of ZZME until 2002.  While there, he was the supervisor on duty September 11, 2001.   In June, 2006 he was elected National Chair, Air Traffic SUPCOM.  SUPCOM is a professional organization within the FAA that represents the perspective of air traffic supervisors in the ATO.  SUPCOM serves to assist the movement of the ATO toward attainment of organizational goals and provides a network/venue for air traffic operations supervisors (FLM’s) to articulate their concerns to high level ATO stakeholders.  SUPCOM works to develop interdependent relationships within the ATO, building bridges and relationships that provide the opportunity to influence.  The two areas of focus for Air Traffic SUPCOM are communications and leadership. - Back to Top of Page

David Conley began his aviation career in the FAA at the age of 19 as an air traffic controller at Little Rock, Arkansas, where for a brief period he held the distinction of being the youngest FAA-certified air traffic controller in their system.  He has held controller, staff, and management positions at number of ATC facilities across the country, including Savannah, GA; Jacksonville, FL; Cheyenne Mountain, CO; Philadelphia, PA; and Houston, TX.   In 2002, he worked at the Human Factors Lab at the FAA’s William J Hughes Technical Center in Atlantic City, working on projects such as the New York TRACON and Center Integration Study, Simultaneous Offset Instrument Approach (SOIA) for San Francisco, and Future En route Workstation.  Drawing from his experience in the terminal and enroute air traffic control, research engineers cited his ability to think “outside the box” and depart from convention as being one of his greatest assets.  David served as the Traffic Management Officer in two different facilities, overseeing daily traffic flow management for the Philadelphia TRACON and Tower, and later the Houston Air Route Traffic Control Center.  Recently, David served as the Director of Tactical Operations in both the Air Traffic Organization’s Central Service Area, as well as the Eastern Service Area.  Over the years David has become somewhat of a “jack-of-all-trades”.  He is or has been a private pilot, high school teacher, choir and music director, small business owner, and radio disc jockey.  Currently, he serves as the President of the FAA Managers Association, Inc. in Washington, DC.  In that capacity, he has appeared several times this year as a guest on Federal News Radio’s WTOP 1500AM in the Nation’s Capital. - Back to Top of Page

Diane L. Damos, Ph.D. is the president of Damos Aviation Services, Inc. She has worked in the area of pilot selection for almost 40 years. She received her doctorate in 1977 in aviation psychology from the University of Illinois. She then joined the faculty of the Department of Industrial Engineering at the State University of New York and subsequently accepted a position at the Department of Psychology at Arizona State University in 1981. In 1985 she was appointed associate professor in the Department of Human Factors of the Institute of Safety and Systems Management at the University of Southern California where she taught human factors and aviation psychology. During her academic career, she received numerous grants and contracts from the U.S. Navy, Air Force, Army, and NASA. In 1995 Dr. Damos founded Damos Aviation Services, Inc. She has worked as a consultant for air carriers and flying training schools in North America, Africa, the West Indies, and Asia. She has lectured and presented seminars on pilot selection in Taiwan, South Africa, Spain, and Canada as well as in the United States. She has authored over 25 articles in scientific publications and 50 technical reports and proceedings articles on training and cognition as well as on selection. Dr. Damos is also a Fellow of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. Dr. Damos has a Commercial Pilots Certificate with instrument and multi-engine ratings. - Back to Top of Page

Charles R. Drew.  Captain Drew is an aviation professional with a strong technical background in operations, information systems management, administration, and program advocacy and outreach. As Program Manager of the NASA Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS), he has provided management and oversight for the development and implementation of the ASRS Electronic Reporting System (ERS), ASRS Online Public Database (DBOL), the ASRS Internet Web Site, and the Analysts’ Workbench (end-to-end electronic report processing) program. Under his guidance and leadership, ASRS receives and processes more than 50,000 aviation incident reports annually, converting this information into useful products for the aviation community. These products include safety alerting messages, an ASRS web site, research summaries, and a monthly safety publication. Prior to joining the ASRS Staff in 1989, Captain Drew acquired 23 years of corporate international and domestic flight operations experience. He continues to apply insights from this rich operational background to management of ASRS projects, advocacy, and outreach efforts.  He  holds an airline Transport Pilot Certificate (U.S.) and Airline Transport Rating (Canada) with 12,000 hours flight time and type ratings in DH-125/3A, HS-125/600/700, BAe 800, Gulfstream II, IIB, III, IV, and flight experience in the Citation I and II. - Back to Top of Page

John Duncan is the manager of the FAA Flight Standards Air Transportation Division.  John joined the FAA as an Aviation Safety Inspector in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1986.  John served as a Principal Operations Inspector and Unit Supervisor in Cincinnati.  In 1992 John became the Manager of the Houston Flight Standards District Office.  In Houston his responsibilities included the Continental Airlines and Continental Express air carrier certificates as well as a wide range of general aviation activities.  John served as the Assistant Flight Standards Division Manager for the Central Region in 1997.  From 1998 to 2007 John was the Alaskan Region Flight Standards Division Manager.  In January, 2007 John became the manager of the General Aviation and Commercial Division moving to the Air Transportation Division Manager position in December, 2008. John began flying in 1964 at Titusville, Florida.  He worked as a flight instructor, chief pilot, chief flight instructor, corporate pilot, and air carrier pilot during his 20-year industry career.  John holds an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate with commercial privileges in seaplanes and gliders, and is a Certified Flight Instructor.- Back to Top of Page

Tim Flaherty is an A320 captain at Northwest Airlines.  He has flown as an airline pilot since 1985 flying both international and domestic routes.  From 1983 to 1985 he was a pilot at Simmons Airlines and captain on the SD3 and EMB110.  From 1978 to 1981 he was a journeyman ATC specialist at General Mitchell Field in Milwaukee working both tower and TRACON positions.  Before coming to the FAA as a controller he served as an air traffic controller in the USAF from 1975 to 1978.  He holds the following certificates and ratings: Air Traffic Control Specialist, Airline Transport Pilot, Flight Engineer, Airplane Multi-Engine Land.  Type Ratings EMB110, SD3, DC9, A320. - Back to Top of Page

Don Gunther is the Staff Vice President of Safety for Continental Airlines Inc. Previously, as the Manager of Human Factors, his team developed the Threat & Error Management (TEM) training programs.  He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1971, flew the Navy’s P-3 Orion for 20 years and retired from the Navy Reserves in 1993. He was hired by Continental Airlines in 1977 and has qualified on the Boeing 727, Boeing 737, DC-10, Boeing 757, Boeing 767 and Boeing 777 aircraft.   He has completed terms as Chairman of the Air Transport Association (ATA) Human Factors Committee, Chairman of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Human Factors Working Group and Chairman of the ATA Safety Council. He is currently a member of the Flight Safety Foundation Board of Governors, Industry Co-chair for the Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing (ASIAS) program and Industry Co-chair for the Commercial Aviation Safety Team (CAST). - Back to Top of Page

Chris Haber is Training Manager for KLM Flight Academy. Graduate of the American International School in Cyprus, thereafter the professional pilot program at Westwind Institute (later Pan Am international Flight Academy). Thereafter worked in programs for the Mauritanian Air Force, Instructor Conversion Program for the China Civil Aviation Flight College, and KLM Flight Academy.  He was appointed Director Flight Safety for PAIFA (Fort Pierce) in 2001.  In 2003 he transferred to KLM Flight Academy in the Netherlands.  In 2007 he was appointed Training Manager.  He holds FAA Commercial and JAA (f)ATP and relevant instructor ratings and is a Designated Pilot Examiner (JAA). - Back to Top of Page

Randall Hamilton is a captain and the Director of Training at Compass Airlines (wholly owned subsidiary of Delta Airlines).  Before moving to Compass he served at the Director of Pilot Training and Standards for Atlantic Coast Airlines (ACA)/Independence Air.  He is an ATP-rated pilot with 12,000+ hours of flight time.  In his 36 years as an aviation professional, he has served as a check airman and examiner in the military and civil aviation community. He is currently a qualified simulator and line Check Airman in the EMB-170/190 aircraft.   He entered the aviation field through the U.S. Navy, serving as an Aircraft Commander/Check Airman-Examiner on a verity of aircraft.  He gained expertise in the fields of flight safety, flight training, and operations during his U.S. Navy career, serving as a department head in each of these areas.  He retired in 1994 after a tour as the Commanding Officer of a C-2 Greyhound Squadron, completing more than 24 years of military service.  Joining ACA in 1995, he flew the line before joining the Flight Training Department.  In the Flight Training Department, he served as Ground Instructor, Flight Instructor (Check Airman and Aircrew Program Designee), Supervisor and Manager of Training.  In 1998, he became Director Training, with overall responsibility for all of ACA’s flight training programs.  Following the bankruptcy of Independence Air in 2006 he joined the start up team for Compass Airlines.  He has been an active participant in aviation industry forums, and has written a number of articles and white papers supporting the use of technology in flight training.   He currently serves a co-chair of the RAA Flight Training Committee.   He has a BS degree in History from Central Missouri State University and holds is a Certified Operational Analyst (US Navy). - Back to Top of Page

Chris Keinath.  Captain and Director of Safety, Horizon Air.   Captain Keinath has over 30 years of aviation experience since being designated a Naval Aviator in 1979.  He was trained as a safety officer at the Naval Postgraduate School while serving as a Marine Corps helicopter pilot. He has been an airline pilot for Horizon Air for 22 years and has served as Horizon's Director of Safety since 1995. He is currently qualified in the Bombardier Q400 aircraft and flies regularly in line operations. - Back to Top of Page

Tony Kern, Ed.D., is an internationally recognized expert in the field of human factors and pilot performance and has literally “written the book” on pilot discipline and airmanship.  He is the author of Redefining Airmanship, Flight Discipline, and Darker Shades of Blue: The Rogue Pilot.  His newest book, Blue Threat – a treatise on personal accountability was released for the general public November 2009.   Dr. Kern and has been honored with numerous awards for research and program management, including the USAF Academy “McDermott Award for Research Excellence” (1998), the Aviation Week and Space Technology “Laurel Award” for Aviation Program Leadership (2002), and the Flight Safety Foundation “Outstanding Achievement Award” (2003) for his contributions to aviation safety.   Following his military career, Kern served as the National Aviation Officer for the USDA Forest Service, where he led the world’s largest nonmilitary government aviation program in support of wildland firefighting.  Tony is a retired USAF Command Pilot and a former Professor and Director of Military History at the USAF Academy.  Kern holds Masters Degrees in Public Administration and Military History as well as a Doctorate in Higher Education, specializing in human factors training design. Dr. Kern is currently the CEO and Senior Partner of Convergent Performance, a full service consulting company that specializes in personal accountability training.  He also speaks nationally and internationally on human performance and related topics. - Back to Top of Page

Matthias Kippenberg is President/CEO, Airline Training Center Arizona, Inc.  In his role as President of Airline Training Center Arizona, Inc., he is responsible for the Lufthansa Pilot School in Goodyear, Arizona, at which the Core Phase of Lufthansa’s MPL program is trained.  He looks back at 32 years of Boeing operation for Lufthansa German Airlines as First Officer on the 727, 747-400 and Captain / Trainer on the 737. - Back to Top of Page

Garth Koleszar received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Resource Management in 1985 from California State University in San Bernardino. He is currently a 19 year veteran Air Traffic Controller at Los Angeles Air Route Traffic Control Center (ZLA). He has served the past 13 years in a leadership position for the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) at ZLA and has held every locally elected position including his current one of NATCA Facility Representative. Koleszar has been nationally recognized for his contributions as an on-the-job training instructor. He is a trained arbitration advocate and has served as a national legislative advocate for Air Traffic Controllers. Mr. Koleszar served on the 2009 NATCA contract team that achieved a pivotal agreement solidifying a collaborative relationship between NATCA and the FAA. Mr. Koleszar currently serves as a member of the NATCA/FAA professional standards committee. He lives in San Bernardino, CA with his daughter. - Back to Top of Page

Tom Longridge, Ph.D.  Dr. Longridge is the manager of the  Voluntary Safety Programs Branch.  He manages a family of voluntary safety programs for the FAA, including the Advanced Qualification Program (AQP), the Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP), the Flight Operational Quality Assurance (FOQA) Program, the Voluntary Disclosure Reporting Program (VDRP), the Internal Evaluation Program (IEP), and the Line Operations Safety Audit (LOSA) program.  Prior to his 20 years with the FAA, he conducted aviation research for the Air Force and for the Army. - Back to Top of Page

Kent Lovelace holds the rank of Full Professor and is Chairman of the Aviation Department at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, overseeing the academic program of 1,500 students enrolled as aviation majors in various undergraduate and graduate degree programs. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration along with a Master’s degree in Education from UND, holds an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate, Cessna Citation Type Rating along with a CFI Certificate with all of the fixed wing ratings, and has accumulated over 4,000 hours of flying experience.  He has developed or co-developed and taught many of UND’s aviation flight courses and has co-authored several publications for pilot certification courses as well as other aviation-related flight courses.  He has given numerous presentations at local, regional and national aviation conferences.   In addition to his academic responsibilities he is directly involved in the student recruitment program and industry relations for the department. He regularly meets with industry representatives to develop employment opportunities and internships for the students and to seek feedback for assessment of the aviation programs.  In addition, he is a Director of the National Intercollegiate Flying Association’s Board of Directors and is also a Director on the National Business Aviation Association’s Certified Aviation Managers Governing Board. - Back to Top of Page

Thom Mayer, Ph.D.  As President and Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Thom Mayer acts as the overall lead, manager and administrator for Austin Digital Inc, (ADI) a software technology firm specializing in data analysis for civilian aviation, corporate aviation and governmental agencies. Austin Digital is the FOQA vendor for several major US and European Airlines.   Dr. Mayer serves as the primary interface and point of contact for authorities and representatives on technical and program/project issues for both government and civilian programs.  Dr. Mayer supervises program/project operations which include software, configuration and integration operations by developing procedures, planning and directing execution of the technical, programming, maintenance and administrative support effort and monitoring and reporting progress. He manages acquisition and employment of program/project resources on all levels at Austin Digital and manages and controls financial and administrative aspects of all Austin Digital Inc programs/projects with respect to contract requirements. Dr. Mayer received his B.S Physics from Princeton University in 1978 and a PhD Physics from University of Texas at Austin in 1987. - Back to Top of Page

Michael McCormick is Acting Executive Director, Terminal Service Unit responsible for day-to-day operations of tower and approach control services for the Federal Aviation Administration.   His permanent position is Director of Terminal Safety and Operations Support responsible for standardization, safety and compliance of air traffic control procedures and operations in 292 FAA Airport Traffic Control Towers/Approach Controls and 245 FAA Contract Towers. He leads seven groups: Strategic Operations, Operations and Procedures, Quality Assurance, Airspace, Requirements, Safety Engineering and Contract Tower/Weather. Additionally, he serves as a representative on ATO Operations Steering Group and ATO National Airspace Council.  Previously, he was Manager of Special Operations Group for FAA where he was responsible for interagency coordination determining FAA policy regarding special military and security aviation operations. Additionally, he served as the Aviation Emergency Support Function Leader for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) during incidents of national significance.  Also, he served as Department of Transportation representative to United States National Search and Rescue Committee (NSARC) responsible for land, air and maritime policy and procedures.  He was the Air Traffic Manager of New York Air Route Traffic Control Center for eight years.   In 2004 and 2005, Michael supported Operation Iraqi Freedom. He served as Chief of Staff, Aviation for Coalition Provisional Authority and Aviation Advisor, U.S. Embassy, Baghdad.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Management and a Masters in Business Administration. Recent accomplishments include testimony to the National Academy of Science and a Civil Rights Leadership Award.  Michael received the Secretary of Transportation Gold Medal, the Department of Transportation War on Terrorism Medal and US Ambassador Certificate of Merit for his service in Iraq. Additionally, Michael is the recipient of the Secretary of Transportation’s 9-11 Medal for his actions on September 11, 2001. - Back to Top of Page

Robert E. McDonnell.  Captain McDonnell has worked in Professional Standards for the Allied Pilots Association(11,500 pilots) since 1992 and has been National Chairman, Professional Standards for the last six years. He is 767 International Captain, based in Boston, with 24 years experience with American Airlines. He is type rated in the A300-600, DC9, 757 and the 767 aircraft. He attended Airbus A300  training at the Airbus factory in Toulouse, France in 1988. His flying experience prior to American Airlines was with the United States Air Force. He was an F-111 Instructor Pilot at the USAF Fighter Weapons School and flew the A-10 in the Massachusetts Air National Guard.  Captain McDonnell is a graduate of The Phillips Exeter Academy, and the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Political Science. - Back to Top of Page

Gregory “Sid” McGuirk is currently an associate professor and coordinator of the Air Traffic Management Program at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach.  Prior to this assignment, he served 35 years with the Federal Aviation Administration in a variety of positions, including: Air Traffic Controller, Air Traffic Supervisor, Labor – Management Coordinator, Quality Assurance Manager, FAA Headquarters Branch Manager – Advanced Systems Training, FAA Headquarters Branch Manager – Air Traffic Accident Investigation, FAA Headquarters – Office of Chief Counsel – Staff Attorney, FAA Headquarters Assistant Division Manager – Air Traffic Training, and FAA Headquarters Division Manager – Technical Operations Training.  With an undergraduate degree in History and Political Science, Professor McGuirk completed a Master of Arts degree in Government from Hood College in 1980.  He then earned a Juris Doctor Degree from the University Of Baltimore School Of Law, passed the Bar Examination and is currently a licensed attorney. A Master of Laws degree in Taxation from the University Of Baltimore School Of Law was completed in 1992.  Courses taught at the undergraduate level include Air Traffic Management I, Air Traffic Management IV, and Health, Safety, and Aviation Law.  At the graduate level, professor McGuirk has taught courses on The Air Transportation System and Air Traffic Management in the National Airspace System.  - Back to Top of Page

Henry Mogilka started his Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) career in 1983 as an Air Traffic Controller at the Albuquerque Air Route Traffic Control Center.  At the Center, he also served as an Airspace and Procedures Specialist for 2 years.  In 1992, he became an Air Traffic Control (ATC) instructor at the FAA Academy in Oklahoma City.  He taught FAA students as well as students from India, Indonesia, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, and Tunisia.   From 1996 to 1998, Mr. Mogilka served as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) for the FAA’s development and validation of the Air Traffic Controller selection test called ATSAT.  He also served as an SME for the development of minimum English language proficiency levels for Air Traffic Controllers and pilots that FAA recommended to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).  From 2000 to 2005, Mr. Mogilka was the en route section manager responsible for training delivery, installation of new simulators, and development of new curriculum for en route controllers at the FAA Academy.  From 2005 to the present, he has been the Assistant Division Manager for the Air Traffic Training Division at the FAA Academy where he managed the delivery of initial ATC training to over 6,000 graduates.  He has earned a Bachelor of Individualized Studies degree from the University of Minnesota and a Juris Doctor degree from the Oklahoma City University School of Law.  In March, 2010, Mr. Mogilka completed the year-long Executive Potential Program from the Graduate School for Management and Leadership Development in Washington, D.C.  He is licensed to practice law in the state of Oklahoma. - Back to Top of Page

Gary Morrison has been in the aviation industry for 46 years including 37 years as an airline pilot for Eastern Airlines and later retiring from USAirways.  Most of his airline career was spent in training, training management positions and participation in industry committees.  After retiring from USAirways, he joined Embry-Riddle University was as one of the creators of a new ab initio training program.  As Director of Operations he helped build a program for ab initio pilot training that today would closely mirror the guidelines of the ICAO for MPL; even though the ICAO MPL guidelines had not been developed at the time.  He joined CAE in 2007 and is the Regulatory Affairs Department Head of Global Ab Initio and MPL Initiatives as well as all CAE initiatives for Canadian ATO and India initiatives.  In this position he is the primary CAE regulatory representative for interaction with the National Aviation Authorities throughout the world supporting CAE’s Global Academy, Multi-Crew Pilot License (MPL) initiatives, Canadian ATO and all CAE India initiatives.  He represents CAE on the IATA ITQI committee initiatives as well as the ongoing US Congressional initiatives for airline pilot training. - Back to Top of Page

Ron Nielsen.  Captain Nielsen’s aviation career began over 40 years ago and included his dream of flying fighter-type aircraft and a Vietnam tour before he settled some 30 years ago into the lifestyle of an airline pilot.  His love of aviation and curiosity about the role of psychology in pilot performance led him to an M.A. in Professional Counseling and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Human Resources.  Ron has devoted most of his adult life exploring learning technologies to understand how adults best learn.  During the last 22 years of his career, Captain Nielsen has been responsible for the development and delivery of human factors training at a major US airline. He was a co-developer of the first human factors program to include cabin attendants in this type of training.  He served on the Air Transport Association’s Human Factors Subcommittee.  He has spoken at national conferences on human factors in aviation.  He developed a breakthrough program based upon the concept of “facilitated debrief” to resolve conflict between flightcrew members and has acquired a highly touted reputation for turning around pilots who develop “problem pilot” reputations due to their unique personality traits.  His enthusiasm for aviation, teaching, and a serendipitous meeting with a clinical psychologist in 1987 led to the development of a nationally recognized program to help people overcome their fear of flying (  He is a keynote speaker on conflict resolution, performance management, and the paradox of personality.  As an aviation industry expert, he has been featured on The Today Show, Weekend Live, NBC’s Nightly News, CSNBC, and MSNBC, as well as countless print and electronic media.  As a speaker and trainer, he specializes in teaching individuals, executives, and organizations how to build top performance teams.   He helps people and organizations find insights to improve their performance in the context of emotional intelligence. - Back to Top of Page

Gerda Pardatscher is the European Aviation Safety Authority (EASA) Rulemaking Officer Flight Crew Licensing.  Before joining EASA she was the manager for personnel licensing at Austro Control GmbH (CAA of Austria).  As the Austrian member of the Licensing Sectorial Team at the Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA)  she was involved in the drafting of the latest amendments of JAR-FCL 1, 2 and 3 and acted as the national co-ordinator for FCL.  In addition, as the Austrian member of the Standardisation Team for FCL at the JAA and EASA Standardisation team for FCL she gained experience during standardisation visits to other CAAs.  Before joining the Austrian CAA she worked for the training department of a regional airline (Crossair, Basel/CH) which provided ab initio pilot training and type-rating training for Saab 340, Saab 2000, AVRO RJ, MD 80 and Embraer 145.  She has university studies in European Economics with a focus on European law and the languages English and French. - Back to Top of Page

Jay Pardee is the FAA’s Director of the newly-established Office of Accident Investigation and Prevention.  This office is charged with developing a new safety information sharing environment. Mr. Pardee also serves as the FAA Aviation Safety lead of the Joint Planning and Development Office (JPDO) Safety Integrated Product Team (IPT), and a key leader on the Commercial Aviation Safety Team (CAST).  Mr. Pardee also serves as the FAA Aviation Safety lead for implementing a Safety Management System.  A Safety Management System will set the standards for safety culture and safety risk management. Its foundation will be based on aviation safety information analysis and sharing.   Prior to accepting his current position, Mr. Pardee served Manager of the Engine and Propeller Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), in Burlington Massachusetts since 1994.  Mr. Pardee began his career in aviation as an airframe and power plant mechanic at a fixed based operation, applied his engineering degree as a flight test engineer at the Patuxent River Naval Air test center and has subsequently been with the FAA for over 40 years. - Back to Top of Page

Bill Peacock.  Serves as the Executive Vice President at Robinson Aviation (RVA) Inc., and provides executive leadership for the FAA Contract Tower Program and RVA’s 91 Air Traffic Control Towers and two Ramp Towers as well as International Programs and Business Development.   He retired from FAA as the Director, Air Traffic Service, responsible for the largest, most efficient air traffic control system in the world. He has over 35 years of Air Traffic control experience, working with users of the national airspace system including the military.    He has held positions of responsibility in FAA field facilities, regional offices and FAA headquarters, including Program Director, Tactical Operations, responsible for the efficient operation of the national airspace system.  He has developed and implemented major national programs, and has held air traffic control positions ranging from the smallest to one of the most complex facilities from a procedural control operation to a complex radar environment.  He is a former Marine; He has a BA Degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a Private Pilot License with Instrument Rating. - Back to Top of Page

Paul Preidecker is the Chief Instructor at Air Wisconsin Airlines. He is responsible for the airline’s simulator and ground training programs.  He is a captain and is qualified as a Line Check Airman, Simulator Check Airman, and as a FAA Aircrew Program Designee.  He has been involved in aviation training for 20 of his 22 years of flying in both airline and general aviation environments.  He holds an ATP certificate with two type-ratings, has more than 7,000 hours of flight time, and has administered more than 850 checkrides.  Through his own small business, he also develops flight training seminars.  Paul had two previous careers before aviation.  He was a vice-president of marketing for a manufacturer of biomedical instrumentation and was a biochemist involved in cancer research. - Back to Top of Page

Scott Proudfoot is the Lead Analyst for the FAA’s Air Traffic Safety Action Program (ATSAP).  He is a certified Air Traffic Controller and has been with the FAA since 1992.  He helped establish the ATSAP program and currently oversees 12 analysts.  At the FAA, Mr. Proudfoot has held positions as an Air Traffic Investigator for Air Traffic Safety Oversight Service and as a controller in various ATC tower and TRACON facilities.  From 2003-2007, he also served as an Air Safety Investigator and Safety Committee member for NATCA.   Mr. Proudfoot is an Advisory Board Member for the Air Traffic CTI Program at Community College of Baltimore County, Catonsville Campus.   He holds an Associate Arts Degree in Aviation Management. - Back to Top of Page

John Rosenberg.  Captain Rosenberg is the Chair, National Professional Standards Committee, Air Line Pilots Association, International.  He is a 1974 graduate of Purdue University holding a B.S. degree in technology through the Aviation Technology School’s Professional Flight program.   In 1978, he joined North Central Airlines as a Convair 580 first officer. Today, he flies for Delta Airlines as an Aircrew Program Designee/ check airman on the B-757/767.  Captain Rosenberg has a long history of ALPA volunteer participation, having spent almost his entire career as a member of ALPA’s Professional Standards Committee. After having served as his local council’s Professional Standards chairman twice and MEC Professional Standards chairman for two-and-a-half years, he is currently the national chairman of ALPA International’s Professional Standards Committee, which is a subcommittee under ALPA’s Pilot Assistance Committee.   As the national chairman, Captain Rosenberg provides oversight for all ALPA pilot groups’ Professional Standards Committees ensuring compliance with ALPA policy and protocol. John plans and executes the Professional Standards activities at the annual Pilot Assistance conference.   Captain Rosenberg is also active in the air safety arena. He is an active participant in Delta’s three-party ASAP program, representing ALPA as an alternate member of the Event Review Committee. - Back to Top of Page

Rick Rowe is the chief pilot for Learjet, Bombardier Business Aircraft.  He attended the University of Maryland, where he studied Marketing Management while on active duty with the United States Navy. He is a graduate of the National Test Pilot School.  He obtained his private pilot’s license while serving with the United States Navy in Edzell, Scotland, in 1977. Since that time, he has accumulated over 7,000 flight hours and earned four type ratings, including the Bombardier Challenger 300 super-midsize business jet.  He holds two NAA/FAI sanctioned aviation world records with a Bombardier Learjet 60 midsize jet and one in the Bombardier Learjet 31.  Over 25 years ago, He began his career in aviation with the Cessna Aircraft Company in Wichita, Kansas. He joined Bombardier in 1988, working with product support and technical publications. He joined the flight operations department in 1994 where he has served as Standards & Training Captain and Safety Captain.  He was promoted to his current position in 2008 and is currently based in Wichita, Kansas. - Back to Top of Page

Don Simons.   Mr. Simons is a senior manager with the Federal Aviation Administration.  He is currently the District Manager for the Washington Air Traffic District and the Air Traffic Manager at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Washington DC.   Mr. Simons has over 35 years experience in the air traffic control profession. He began his career in 1975 as a controller in the U.S. Air Force and joined the Federal Aviation Administration in 1979.   He has held positions as an air traffic controller at Washington Air Route Traffic Control Center in Leesburg, VA, Washington National Airport in Washington, DC, and Charlotte-Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, North Carolina.    He has served in several management positions, including tenures as the Deputy Air Traffic Manager, at LaGuardia Airport in New York City, and as the Deputy Air Traffic Manager and the Air Traffic Manager, at Baltimore–Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport  (BWI-Marshall).   Mr. Simons’ district consists of nine FAA and seven federal contract air traffic control facilities throughout the states of Maryland and Virginia, including Washington Dulles International, BWI-Marshall International, and Norfolk International airports. As the manager for the Washington District, Mr. Simons is responsible for a fifty million dollar budget and 300 employees. - Back to Top of Page

John Sluys. Captain Sluys is an 18-year veteran of Alaska Airlines, where he currently flies the B-737 from his base in Seattle, Washington. Prior to joining Alaska Airlines in 1991, he flew for People Express Airlines (1986-1987) and Continental Airlines (1987-1991).  During his twenty-four year airline career, Captain Sluys has flown the Embraer EMB-120 “Brasilia”, Boeing 727, Boeing 737 Classic/Next Generation, and Boeing 747-200 aircraft and has accumulated over 12,000 hours of flight time.   Since joining ALPA in 1991, Captain Sluys has served in a wide variety of leadership positions as a representative of the Air Line Pilots Association, International both locally for the Alaska Airlines Master Executive Council and on the National level.  Prior to his current position as executive vice-president and chairman of the Professional Development Group, Captain Sluys served as chairman of the ALPA membership committee from 1996 – 2009. His union activities while serving the Alaska Airlines pilots include serving as membership committee chairman from 1993-2000, merger committee member from 1996-2000, as chairman of Master Executive Council (MEC), the elected governing body of the Alaska Airlines pilots’ ALPA unit, from 2000-2003, and as negotiating committee chairman from 2003-2006.  He graduated from Purdue University in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science degree in aviation technology. He has been a member of the Purdue University Aviation Technology Industrial Advisory Committee since 1999 and volunteers as the Airline Career Experience (ACE) Club mentor for the students at Aviation High School in Des Moines, Washington. - Back to Top of Page

Kevin Stark started his career with the Federal Aviation Administration in 1986 as an air traffic controller at Los Angeles Air Route Traffic Control Center.  His employment record includes Certified Professional Controller, Quality Assurance Specialist, Front Line Manager, Western Pacific Region staff specialist, Support Manager, Operations Manager, Assistant Air Traffic Manager Los Angeles Air Route Traffic Control Center, Acting Manager Los Angeles Air Route Traffic Control Center and has been the Air Traffic Manager at Denver Air Route Traffic Control Center since July 2008. Prior to working for the Federal Aviation Administration he served in the United States Air Force as an air traffic controller. - Back to Top of Page

Ed Sternstein joined Delta Air Lines in 1978.  Captain Sternstein has held various positions with increasing responsibility within Flight Operations.  After flying the line for a number of years, Captain Sternstein became a Senior Flight Instructor, Proficiency Check Pilot, FAA Aircrew Program Designee, “In-Command Leadership Symposium” facilitator for new Captains, 737 Assistant Program Manager, 737 Fleet Captain, General Manager of Training, General Manager of Contract Training and Sales, and an Aviation Safety Action Program representative.  He is currently serving as the 767-400 Chief Line Check Pilot and is also a member of the Pilot Selection Team at Delta Air Lines.  In 1988, Captain Sternstein was a recipient of ALPA’s Superior Airmanship Award.   In recognition of his contributions to Flight Operations and Delta Air Lines he received the company’s highest honor when he was selected as a 2003 Chairman’s Club recipient.   His line experience includes extensive domestic and international flying on the DC-9, 727, 737-200/300/800, 757 and 767-200/300/400ER.  He is the co-author of From Takeoff to Landing. He has maintained his single and multi-engine, instrument airplane and Advanced Ground Instructor Certifications. - Back to Top of Page

Judy Tarver is Vice President, For over 33 years she has worked as an aviation consultant, writer and speaker specializing in the field of pilot selection and recruitment. She was Manager of Pilot Recruitment for American Airlines where she was responsible for facilitating the hiring of over 7,100 airline pilots and has consulted with several major air carriers and other aviation associations such as the Air Line Pilots Association and the University Aviation Association. She has worked on several FAA committees that related to pilot selection. Tarver is the author of "Flight Plan to the Flight Deck:  Strategies for a Pilot Career" and several magazine articles that have appeared in Aviation for Women, Flight Training, Air Line Pilot and Airline Pilot Careers. - Back to Top of Page

Doug Thoman.  Captain Thoman is a B757/767 captain and line check airman and serves as the ATC liaison for the Independent Pilots Association (IPA).  He also serves as the IPA representative for ATPAC.    He has been employed by UPS Airlines since 1988 and was previously employed by Evergreen International Airlines from 1986-1988 and A.G. Spanos Jet Center from 1983-1986.   From 1976 to 1981 he was an FAA air traffic control specialist.   He holds an ATP with B727, B757, B767 and DC-8 type ratings, and control tower operator certificate.   He earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Aeronautical Operations from San Jose State University. - Back to Top of Page

Al Thompson.  Captain Thompson is Chief Pilot, Flight Training-Simulators for Boeing Training and Flight Services and oversees all aspects of simulator training, courseware testing and instructor resources to ensure the quality and effectiveness of all flight training programs including MPL.   He has been involved in the aviation industry for 48 years. He started in the Royal Canadian Air Force and has worked for Canadian Airlines and Singapore Airlines prior to joining Boeing (Alteon). He has held various training, standards and management roles throughout his career.  He is based in Seattle. - Back to Top of Page

Steven Wallace is a second generation air traffic controller. He attended the University of Oklahoma and Southern Methodist University. He was hired by the FAA in 1991 and has been an air traffic controller at Miami Center (ZMA) for 18 years.  During his tenure at Miami Center, Wallace has served as an elected NATCA representative for the last 15 years. This has included such roles as Partnership Coordinator, Area Representative, facility Vice President and for the last 8 years as the Miami Center NATCA President. He is also an arbitration advocate. In June of 2008, Wallace testified before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Subcommittee on Aviation regarding air traffic control facility staffing issues, including concerns about staffing alignment and training at such facilities. - Back to Top of Page

Brian Ward.  Captain Ward is the Managing Director Flight Training for FedEx Express.  He has been employed as an airline pilot by FedEx Express since 1987. He began his flying career in the U.S. Navy, earning his wings in 1981 and retiring from the Naval Reserve in 1996 as a Commander.  During his 29 years of flying, he has served in various roles as an operational pilot, instructor, evaluator, curriculum developer and manager.  During his 23 years at FedEx Express, he has flown the B727, A300-600/A310 and MD-11/MD-10.  He was a simulator instructor and check airman in the A300 before becoming the training manager where he led the certification of the first Advanced Qualification Program curriculum at FedEx.  As senior manager, responsible for all pilot training programs at FedEx, he was invited to join Airbus Industries for a three year project to develop the manufacturer’s initial pilot training program for the A380.  Working with an international group of customer pilots, he was responsible for the job task analysis for the A380 as well as the development of classes of equivalence whereby aircraft malfunctions were grouped by required pilot skill.  During this time, he had the honor of being the first American to take off and land the A380 as well as fly the A340 with Lufthansa German Airlines.  In his current role as managing director flight training, he is responsible for all pilot training programs, the development and maintenance of an extensive distance learning program and three training centers comprising 18 full flight simulators and 6 fixed based devices. He also serves as the 2010 chairman of the Air Transport Association Training Committee.   Capt. Ward graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis in 1979. - Back to Top of Page

Laurie Zugay is the Air Traffic Manager at the Tampa Air Traffic Control Tower. She began her career with the Federal Aviation Administration as an Air Traffic Controller in Atlanta Air Route Traffic Control Center in 1982.  She later served as a Quality Assurance Specialist, a Traffic Management Coordinator, a Front Line Manager and an Operations Manager at Atlanta Center.  Ms. Zugay was a specialist in the Atlanta Regional Office from 1995 – 1999 working on procedures for the 1996 Olympics, labor management relations and air traffic operational issues.  In 1999, she was selected as the Tampa Tower Assistant Air Traffic Manager and in 2001 was selected as the Manager.  Laurie obtained her instrument rating in 1981.   She is a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.  She also serves in a voluntary capacity as the Director of Communications for the FAA Managers Association (FAAMA) where she is responsible for publishing the Managing the Skies magazine. - Back to Top of Page



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