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Forum: Professionalism in Aviation

Ensuring Excellence in Pilot and Air Traffic Controller Performance

Board of Inquiry Technical Panel

Dan Bartlett is an air traffic investigator for the NTSB; he has been with the Safety Board since October 2006. Between 1999 and 2006, Mr. Bartlett was an air traffic control specialist supporting the Chief of Naval Operations, Office of Air Traffic Control and Airspace where he assisted with U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps air traffic control and airspace policy and procedure development, implementation and oversight. Prior to retiring from the U.S. Navy in 1998 after serving 24 years, Mr. Bartlett performed a myriad of air traffic control duties at numerous air traffic control facilities and aboard U.S. Naval vessels. Mr. Bartlett also served as a Naval Air-crewman aboard SH-3 helicopters as an antisubmarine warfare operator and search and rescue crewman. Mr. Bartlett holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. - Back to Top of Page

Evan Byrne, Ph.D.  is a human performance investigator for the NTSB.  He joined the NTSB in 1996 and has served the Office of Aviation Safety as Acting Deputy Director, Division Chief, and Aviation Psychologist. He has served as human performance investigator in more than a dozen major NTSB investigations, including SilkAir flight 185 in Indonesia; American Airlines flight 1420 in Little Rock, Arkansas; FedEx flight 14 in Newark, New Jersey; Fine Airlines flight 101 in Miami, Florida; Emery Worldwide Airlines flight 017 in Sacramento, California; Delta Air Lines flight 1288 in Pensacola, Florida; Continental Airlines flight 1493 in Houston, Texas; the Sunjet Aviation Learjet 35 accident in South Dakota; the Air Midwest flight 5481 accident in Charlotte, North Carolina; the Pinnacle Airlines CRJ accident in Jefferson City, Missouri; the Comair CRJ accident in Lexington, Kentucky; and the Colgan Q400 accident in Buffalo, NY.   Before joining the NTSB, Dr. Byrne was a research associate conducting NASA-sponsored research on automation at the Cognitive Science Laboratory at the Catholic University in Washington, DC. He earned his Ph.D. and M.A. at the University of Maryland–College Park in 1993, where he studied physiological measures of mental workload. He graduated with a B.S. in psychology in 1986 from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He is an active instrument-rated private pilot and owner of a Cessna 172. - Back to Top of Page

Roger Cox.  Captain Cox is a senior air safety investigator and has been with NTSB’s Operational Factors Division since 2006. He recently served as the Operational Factors Investigator for the Colgan 3407 accident in Buffalo, New York. His previous major investigations include the East Coast Jets accident in Owatonna, Minnesota, Cessna Citation accident in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the USA Jets DC-9 accident in Saltillo, Mexico, and the Excelaire-Gol Airlines mid-air collision in Brazil. He is a former airline pilot with 18,000 flight hours in worldwide operations and is type rated on the B-757, B737 and A-320. He was a USAF Flight Examiner in the C-141, and also flew B-727, B707, F-20 and BE-100. He served as a Safety Chairman and Master Executive Council Chairman with the Air Line Pilots Association. He is a graduate of Stanford University and earned an M.B.A. at Southern Illinois University. - Back to Top of Page

Vernon S. Ellingstad, Ph.D. is the Chief Technical Advisor, Investigations and Research in the Office of Research and Engineering.   Dr. Ellingstad was first employed at the NTSB in June 1990 as Deputy Director, Office of Research and Engineering. He became Director of the office in 1996 and served in that capacity until July of 2009 when he moved to the Senior Level position of Chief Technical Advisor.  He is responsible for primary scientific and technical review of NTSB accident reports, studies, and other major products, and he represents NTSB positions on technical issues to government and industry. He also works closely with the Safety Studies and Statistical Analysis Division in the development of transportation safety studies and analyses from the Board’s Aviation Accident Database.  Prior to joining the NTSB, Dr. Ellingstad was professor of psychology, Chairman of the Psychology Department, and Director of the Human Factors Laboratory and graduate program at the University of South Dakota (1969-1990).  He directed a variety of human performance, ergonomics, and transportation-related research in the areas of drug and fatigue effects on simulated driving performance; studies of human factors issues in human-computer interaction, psychomotor, and cognitive performance; and large-scale evaluations of traffic safety programs.  He is a member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, the American Psychological Society, and the American Psychological Association.  He earned a B.A., Psychology at Wisconsin State University-Eau Claire, and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Human Factors Psychology, from the University of South Dakota. - Back to Top of Page

Erin Gormley is an Aerospace Engineer for the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in Washington, DC.  She began her career in 1995 with the Vehicle Performance Division and has been in the Vehicle Recorders Division for almost 13 years.  Ms. Gormley specializes in flight data recorders and cockpit voice recorders and has participated in hundreds of aircraft accident investigations.  She serves as a group chairman for major aircraft accident recorder readouts, and has represented the United States around the world on overseas investigations and aviation safety activities.  Ms. Gormley has been involved with various industry committees and has trained investigative agencies on recording devices, data retrieval, and non-traditional sources of accident information.    Ms. Gormley graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a B.S in Aerospace Engineering and a Masters of Aeronautical Science in Aviation Operations and Safety.  Ms. Gormley is a member of the International Society of Air Safety Investigators (ISASI) and holds an airplane single-engine land private pilot license.  - Back to Top of Page



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