SCSI Instructors

Mike Blackman

Mike Blackman brings to SCSI over 20 years expertise in avionics and electrical systems and nine years training advanced techniques to accident investigators.

He is an innovator whose recent roles include leading the design and implementation of an electronic troubleshooting system that is now the standard for all Bombardier business aircraft. He managed the development and strategy for the Bombardier Smart Link connected aircraft initiative and the design of the Aircraft Health Management system in the latest and most advanced business aircraft, the Global 7500.

Mike is currently developing IOT and connectivity applications for aircraft and has a patent pending for an advanced method for aircraft data communications. His accomplishments have been acknowledged by multiple awards, including the Canadian Air Force’s highest commendation for system design.

Nigel Breyley

Nigel has over 30 years of aviation experience starting with a career in the Royal Navy where he flew as an Observer (Naval Flight Officer) in Sea King airborne early warning helicopters and the Canberra T-17 electronic warfare aircraft on loan to the Royal Air Force. His final post in the Royal Navy was as Head of the Air Training Department at a major air station managing the design and delivery of training for a new aircraft type. He remains active in the Reserve as an Air Operations Officer and has worked frequently on exercises with both USAF and the USN squadrons.

After working with several US based defense contractors delivering flying operations to support NATO, Nigel joined the UK Civil Aviation Authority and worked closely with European Authorities and the FAA to develop the operating rules for ETOPS.

After leaving the CAA, Nigel has been a licensed crew resource management instructor since 2006 and delivered numerous training packages to both civil and military audiences. Most recently he has specialized in unmanned aviation, where he has been employed as a trials pilot for the last eight years and attended the USN Test Pilot School in 2005 for the short course in Unmanned Aircraft Test & Evaluation. His work has also involved the development of safety management systems for hazardous aerial activities ranging from missile firings to unmanned maritime surveillance projects and the operation of aerostats. In the unmanned field he has investigated a number of accidents and incidents with a particular emphasis on the human factors aspects utilizing his experience of operating systems from a range of international manufacturers.

Nigel also holds a diploma in journalism and has contributed over the years to many aviation and travel publications. His flying experience in the US has included flying in a Cessna Skyhawk from dirt strips in Arizona to seeing Florida upside down in an F/A-18 and operating a remotely-piloted aircraft over Oregon.

Frank Del Gandio

Frank has 50 years of experience in aviation and has a passion for aviation safety. He recently retired from the Federal Aviation Administration where he spent the last 32 years in the Office of Accident Investigation as the Division Manager. He was responsible for the NTSB and FAA internal safety recommendation programs. In addition, he was the Program Manager for the FAA's accident investigation school at the Transportation Safety Institute in Oklahoma City, and lectured there for 26 years.

Prior to becoming the Division Manager, Frank was the FAA IIC on 45 major accidents and participated in 18 NTSB public hearings as the technical advisor and the FAA spokesperson.

Frank's initial career at the FAA was as a Flight Standards Inspector. He was an air carrier maintenance inspector for five years and one and a half years as a general aviation maintenance inspector. He investigated 27 general aviation accidents as the FAA IIC.

Prior to joining the FAA, Frank worked as the Chief Inspector and Maintenance Sales Manager for Falcon Jet Corporation (previously Pan American Airways Business Jet Division).

Frank was a member of the New Jersey Air National Guard for 33 years. He began as a crew chief and retired as the Deputy Commander for Maintenance with the rank of Colonel.

Frank is currently the President of The International Society of Air Safety Investigators (ISASI), a position he has held for 17 years.

Frank is the Past President of the Westchester Aircraft Maintenance Association (New York).

Frank has numerous aeronautical licenses and holds a Master of Business Administration Degree from Central Michigan University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Mike Doiron

Mike is a recognized expert in the development of safety awareness training and specializes in Risk Management programs and Safety Management Systems, Crew Resource Management, Pilot Decision Making, Human Performance in Aircraft Maintenance, Human Factors in ATC Operations, Company Aviation Safety Officer training and Human Factors in Airport Operations.

For over 10 years, he served as an Aviation Safety Inspector with Transport Canada, and in that capacity, he conducted Research and Development of new Safety and Awareness Programs based on identified incident trends. He was also a Risk Management facilitator for Transport Canada reporting system for the Atlantic Region and served as the Minister’s Observer on a number of high profile aircraft accidents, most notable being the SWR111 accident September 2, 1998 and the MK 1602 Cargo B747 accident in Halifax 2004. He also provided Safety and Security guidance within the Atlantic region during the 9/11 events.

Notably, Mike served as a facilitator and instructor for Transport Canada’s Risk Management and Safety Management Systems implementation programs. In that role, he provided training to approximately 800 Transport Canada Safety Inspectors. He also evaluated the implementation and effectiveness of SMS programs for various operators.

During his tenure with the Transportation Safety Board, Canada, he completed a 14-month assignment as an Accident Investigator. He conducted investigations relating to aviation accidents, and his duties included accident investigation and determining the effectiveness of company Safety Programs.

Prior to that, Mike was Manager of the Halifax Flight Information Center in Canada. He was responsible for a large geographic area within Atlantic Canada providing weather briefing services for low-level, mid-level and high-level domestic and International flights using the full range of meteorology products and Satellite and Radar imagery. He provide flight planning services to both domestic and international flights. His other duties related to air-ground communications and airborne emergency services, airport operations, medevac, and search and rescue activity. He also assisted in the development of emergency response programs for offshore oil exploration.

Prior to that, Mike worked as a Flight Service Specialist at Halifax International Airport, where his duties included air-ground communications, emergency services, domestic and international weather briefing and flight planning services and airport operations. He also assisted in recruitment programs and the development of refresher and recurrent training.


Member of the International Society of Air Safety Investigators (ISASI).

Served as a member for Civil Air Search and Rescue for 25 years.

Member of the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association.

Delegated Examiner Restricted Radio License Industry Canada

Notable Recent Safety Projects

2009 ISASI SMS/Accident Investigation Reachout Abu Dhabi for Etihad Airlines
2009 August Human Factor Presentations Tianjin, China
2009 March Develop Safety Programs, Medallion, Alaska
2009 April Accident Prevention, Prague
2009 April SMS Workshop, Prague
2008 October SMS Programs Embraer Paris
2008 September Presented Weather Risk Management paper ISASI conference Halifax
2008 May SMS Workshop International Crews, Prague
2008 June SMS Programs Bahrain
2008 July SMS Programs Jeddah Saudi Arabia
2008 August Company Aviation Safety Officer (SMS), Medallion Foundation, Alaska
2006 COPA award Advocate of Aviation Safety
February 2006 Aviation Accident Prevention/SMS training Dept. of the Interior, Alaska
April 2006 SMS training for International Aircrews, Prague
May 2006 Human Factor/SMS Training South Africa Accident Investigators and South Africa Weather Services
October 2006 Aviation Safety Management Systems Implementation Los Angeles
November 2006 Aviation Accident Prevention Program Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
January 2007 Aviation Safety Management Systems Implementation Los Angeles
January 2007 Aviation Safety Management Systems Aircraft Maintenance Vancouver
February 2007 Accident Prevention/SMS Program in the United Arab Emirates
March 2007 Aviation Safety Management Systems Aircraft Maintenance Winnipeg
March 2007 Aviation Safety Management Systems Aircraft Maintenance Calgary
April 2007 Accident Investigation and SMS programs Prague, Czech Republic

William Fowler

William Fowler is a former Director of the Aircraft Accident Investigation Program for SCSI. Bill draws upon his extensive experience in investigations to deliver a unique perspective not available elsewhere. His depth and breadth of knowledge are a resource SCSI is pleased to offer our students.

Before joining SCSI, Bill was Regional Manager for the Transportation Safety Board (TSB), Atlantic Region with accompanying secondments to Transport Canada Aircraft Services Directorate as both Chief Pilot Fixed Wing and as a Regional Flight Operations Manager. Prior to rejoining the TSB in 1998, he held positions in Transport Canada as Chief, Airline Inspection Division and Chief, Foreign Inspection Division with responsibility for the safety oversight of the major Canadian scheduled and charter airlines, and for foreign air operators operating into Canada, respectively.

Bill's TSB experience includes major involvement in the Swissair 111 investigation and as Investigator-In-Charge of the MK Airlines accident at Halifax, N.S. Other TSB activities have included assignments as the temporary acting Director of Investigations and as a safety deficiency analyst, and also giving numerous safety briefings and presentations.

Bill was a B747 and B757 Captain with extensive international experience in commercial and military flight operations; and additional type ratings include the DA20, CV580, DHC7, L382, B767 and DC8. While with Transport Canada, he also flew the C550 and the KingAir C90A as a training and check pilot.

While in industry, Bill held senior Flight Operations management positions with Nationair Canada and served as President of the Nationair Flight Crew Association. He has experience as commercial and military check pilot, pilot flight instructor, military staff officer and Flight Safety Officer. He is a graduate of the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College, Advanced Management Course, Flight Safety Course, and the French Language Course.

Caj Erik Frostell

Caj Erik Frostell, one of the world's foremost experts in accident investigation, currently serves as Chief of the Accident Investigation and Prevention Section of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in Montreal. His promotion to chief of the section in 1996 followed his over 16 years of service as a section team member.

Throughout his continuing career with ICAO, Mr. Frostell has served on many special assignments. Most recently, in 1997, he served as accident investigator on a technical cooperation assignment with the Republic of Korea for the investigation of the accident to the Korean Air Boeing 747 in Guam on 6 August 1997.

Prior to that assignment, he served as accident investigator assigned to Saudi Arabia for the investigation of the mid-air collision between Saudi Arabian Airlines, .Boeing 747, and the Kazakhstan Airlines, IL-76, near New Delhi, India, on 12 November 1996.

Also in 1996, he was the team leader for the ICAO team investigating and reporting on the shooting down of two civil aircraft by Cuban military aircraft on 24 February 1996.

He also served as team leader for the ICAO team completing the investigation (December 1992 – June 1993) on the destruction of Korean Air Lines flight 007, Boeing 747 on August 31, 1983.

Before joining ICAO, Mr. Frostell was Chief of Accident Investigation with the Board of Aviation in Finland. He served in that capacity for 13 years and investigated over 300 accidents.

Mr. Frostell holds a Master of Applied Science degree from the Institute of Aerospace Studies, University of Toronto, Canada; a degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Technical University in Helsinki, Finland and received basic flight training in the Air Force in Finland.

Darren Gaines

Darren Gaines has been an Air Traffic Controller since 1991, working first as a Terminal controller at Akron/ Canton Tower, then as an En Route controller at Cleveland Center, where he is currently stationed. Mr. Gaines was recognized as the Controller of the Year in 2000 during the EAA Airventure fly-in at Oshkosh, WI. In addition to being a controller, Darren is an Aviation Safety Councilor for the FAA Flight Standards District Office in Cleveland, OH.

In 1994, Darren was selected to be an Air Safety Investigator for the National Air Traffic Controller's Association (NATCA), providing ATC expertise in numerous investigations of both accidents and incidents conducted by the NTSB. Mr. Gaines was later appointed, and currently presides, as Chairman of the NATCA Air Safety Investigations Committee. Mr. Gaines has also served two terms as Chairman of the International Society of Air Safety Investigators (ISASI) Air Traffic Services Working Group, where he promoted the improvement of aviation safety and increased exposure of innovative approaches to accident investigation internationally, and continues to do so as an active member. Darren also served as the ISASI representative to ICAO Air Traffic Management and Runway Safety awareness campaigns for the Asian

Pacific and Middle-Eastern Regions, delivering safety critical information to these regions in an effort to advance aviation safety on a global level. Darren also serves as an associate instructor at the Transportation Safety Institute where he teaches in the Human Factors course. Darren is on the staff of the Southern California Safety Institute, teaching the Air Traffic Control Investigation course. He was recognized by the East Central Ohio Pilots Association as the recipient of the 2003 Meritorious Service Award. Mr. Gaines is the holder of an FAA commercial pilots license with multi-engine, instrument, seaplane and instructor authorizations. He currently owns a 1981 Mooney and a 1946 Piper Cub and has accumulated 1500 hours flight time.

James (Jim) Gallant

Jim Gallant is a retired Inspector: ATC Evaluations and Investigations for NAV CANADA with almost 38 years in the aviation environment. Prior to his appointment to inspector in 2005, Jim was an operational supervisor and controller at the Moncton Area Control Centre. Jim began his air traffic control career with the Canadian Armed Forces, serving with dual qualifications as an Airport and a Terminal controller. After five years in the military Jim transferred to Transport Canada and served in various positions while retaining his operational qualifications as an Enroute controller. Jim was also an instructor, a project team leader and training supervisor throughout his career in Moncton ACC. Following the transfer and privatization of Air Navigation Services from Transport Canada to NAV CANADA in 1996, Jim designed, developed and implemented several training manuals and programs for supervisors, on-job-instructors and new controllers. For his work in advancing training, Jim received the NAV CANADA Chairman's Award for Employee Excellence.

As an inspector, Jim conducted unit evaluations of many NAV CANADA air traffic control facilities and investigated numerous incidents in all regions of Canada. Jim was also certified as a NAV CANADA observer with the Transportation Safety Board and a participant in several safety conferences involving other groups including the Nuclear Power Commission, the RCMP, the military and the construction industry.

Chris Hallman

Mr. Chris Hallman has over 28 years of aviation safety experience with industry and the U.S. Air Force. Through SCSI, Chris provides aviation human factors consulting and training to improve operational safety for organizations involved in high criticality operations. Chris was instrumental in developing and delivering Maintenance Resource Management (MRM) training to the US Air Force and Human Factors in Aviation Maintenance (HFAM) to the FAA.

Chris is the former senior manager of voluntary safety programs at Delta Air Lines. His responsibilities included leading the human factors training department, AQP, ASAP and FOQA programs. Chris attended the NASA Fatigue Countermeasures school and has assisted with fatigue research and education at Delta Air Lines and the U.S. Air Force. Chris retired from the USAF Reserve as a Lieutenant Colonel after 27 years of commissioned service. A C-130 Navigator and flying safety officer, Chris completed his Reserve career as the chief of operational risk management for Air Force Special Operations Command and a faculty curriculum developer for the distance learning program at USAF Air War College.

Tim Hines

Tim Hines has more than 30 years of aviation experience, and 25 in Aviation Safety.

He has logged over 3000 hours in the Navy's A-6 Intruder and other platforms as well. Some of Tim's various positions and qualifications include Maintenance, Quality Assurance Officer, and Nuclear Weapons Safety Officer, Flight Instructor, Instrument Checker, and Air Wing Strike Leader. His career in Safety began at the School for Aviation Safety at Naval Post Graduate School, Monterey, CA, and went on to be the Safety Dept, Head and Aviation Safety Officer for an Intruder Squadron.

Upon the retirement of the A-6 air frame, he was selected to join the Aircraft Accident Investigations Division at the Naval Safety Center acting as the Direct Representative to the Chief of Naval Operations as lead investigator to Class Alpha accidents for both fixed and rotary wing aircraft for the Navy and Marine Corps.

Shortly after retirement from active duty, Tim returned to the Naval Safety Center as a civilian Air Safety Specialist and Aircraft Mishap Investigator, performing more than 70 investigations through 17 years. He recently retired from his civilian position and remains active in Aviation Safety as a member of the ICAP Federal Aviation Safety Officer Community, International Society of Air Safety Investigators, and presenting at the South East Regional Conference of ISASI.

Gary T. Hook

Gary’s international experience in aviation safety has spanned more than three decades.  He served 35 years in the Canadian Air Force as a fighter pilot, senior trainer, SMS Manager and leader.  He has significant international experience as both a facilitator and trainer from Europe to Australian to all across North America.

For more than 10 years he has been directly involved in training the concepts of SMS, human factors, organizational factors, risk management, and communication on the international stage.  He has worked with major airports all across Canada, the Caribbean, Europe and Brunei.  He has worked with KLM in Amsterdam, FedEx in Memphis and a host of organizations across North America.  He is an experienced accident investigator and is the SMS and Human Factors trainer for IAAE-Canada (International Association of Airport Executives).

As a Lieutenant Colonel in the Canadian Air Force he was awarded three Commander’s Commendations, including the Air Force’s highest commendation.  The latter commendation was for his significant and lasting impact on influencing the safety culture within the Air Force for his work over six years as the Air Force SMS Manager.

As a pilot he has accumulated more than 5000 flying hours.  The majority of this time was spent on operational fighter tours in Europe (9 years) and Canada. His last regular force assignment was as Commandant, Central Flying School.  In addition to serving as the Commander’s Senior advisor for all flying training, he was also in charge of the Canadian Air Force’s training for Human Performance in Military Aviation, a composite program that covers MRM, CRM and TRM at all levels.

A brief overview of his extensive international experience with both civilian and military organizations includes:

  • Has worked as a lead trainer with SCSI since 2003 in areas of human factors, SMS, risk management, MRM, organizational change, human factors in maintenance, witness interviewing and  SMS in Healthcare
  • Conducted workshops on SMS, occurrence investigation, risk management, human and organizational factors for  major airports including: Calgary, Nanaimo, Ottawa, St Johns, Winnipeg, Vancouver, and the Grand Caymans International airports
  • Serves as the trainer for  the International Association of Airport Executives – Canada in SMS, Human Factors, and Training the Trainer 
  • Completely redesigned the Canadian Air Force Safety Management System processes and training.  He has trained more than 900 military personnel in SMS, human factors, and risk management
  • Served as the SMS Manager for the Air Force for six years and was awarded two commendations for his leadership and enhancement of the Air Force safety culture
  • Keynote speaker at numerous conferences including the 9th International Symposium for Australian Aviation Psychologists, Coalition of Airline Pilots Association (CAPA) Annual Safety Conference, and SWIFT
  • Presented major workshops at both the International Symposium in Aviation Psychology and Transport Canada’s Canadian Aviation Safety Seminar
  • A regular presenter at the SWIFT Conference(Summer Winter Integrated Field Technologies), the world’s premier airfield conference.
  • He serves as the Chairman of the NATO Human Factors Working Group as part of his duties as an Air Force  Reserve Officer
  • Has conducted two SMS training sessions for the NATO Airborne Early Warning component in Geilenkirchen, Germany
  • Outside of aviation he has presented major workshops to the Nuclear Energy Board of Canada, Manitoba Hydro and Sigfusson Northern Construction
  • He is also a certified facilitator for the Stephen Covey workshops having trained more than 1000 people
  • For 12 years has been the key facilitator for the Air Force training of supervisors associated with flying operations.  He has trained more than 800 professionals in this discipline
  • Conducted several leadership workshops for the Department of National Defence Fire Chiefs
  • Developed and delivered training workshops for major Canadian airports in:
    • Risk Management
    • Occurrence Investigation
    • How to be an Effective Supervisor
    • Training the Trainer

Gary resides in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada with his wife Charmaine.  He has two children, Nicholas and Caroline, one granddaughter Jaedyn and a flock of four legged ‘furries’ to bring more life into the household!

Jonathan Lee

Jonathan (Jon) Lee has been an aircraft investigator with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada for 13 years and has been a regional manager of air investigations for 8 of those years. He been involved in 50 investigations as IIC or 2IC where a report with findings as to cause and contributing factors has been published. Jon has had the fortunate opportunity to participate in foreign investigations as an Accredited Representative under ICAO Annex 13 and has worked with the NTSB (USA), ASC (Taiwan), AAIRB (Korea) and AAIB (Mongolia).

Prior to accident investigation, Jon flew in the commercial aviation industry for 12 years and gained experience as a pilot in regional airlines, transcontinental cargo, MEDEVAC and flight instruction operations. He has flown over 35 types of aircraft and has accumulated 6300 flight hours.

David McNair

David McNair is a Senior Investigator in Canada with the federal government agency responsible for conducting aviation safety investigations. He has a wealth of experience in operational flying and safety investigation. Having flown a number of different aircraft, including jet fighters, large turboprop and jet transport airplanes, in a variety of roles, his flying background includes tactical airlift, world-wide international flying experience as a check captain, flight test programs and VIP flying. David is a current Airline Transport Rated Pilot, flying as a captain of a corporate jet aircraft. He is a Professional Engineer of the Province of Ontario.

David has participated in many Canadian or foreign investigations as Investigator-in-Charge or as a team member. He has been the Accredited Representative for a variety of foreign accident investigations involving Canadian manufactured aviation products or Canadian operators. David was a Delegate for Canada at the ICAO AIG 2008 Divisional Meeting at Montreal, where Annex 13 and other related ICAO documents were updated. He has been an instructor at the Singapore Aviation Academy since 2002 and is a member of the International Society of Air Safety Investigation Investigators (ISASI) and the Australian Aviation Psychology Association (AAvPA).

Alexander (Alec) Moffat

Alec Moffat joined R.J. Waldron & Co. in 2006, after 5 years as an Aircraft Accident Investigator for the Transportation Safety Board of Canada. He has worked as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer - Avionics Specialist for several years and has been directly involved in over 500 aircraft accident investigations throughout the world. Alec has been accepted as a qualified expert witness in the field of aviation accident investigation and reconstruction in trials located in Canada and the United States.

Qualifications: He was appointed as an investigator by the Chairman of the Transportation Safety Board of Canada by the authority of the CTAISB act (2002-2006). Full member of the International Society of Air Safety Investigators (ISASI). Aircraft Maintenance Engineer License, valid for category E - all aircraft, with specialty training on the Boeing 737-200, -300 and -500, Boeing 747-400, Douglas DC10-30 and Airbus A319, A320 and A321.

Alec is a part time instructor for the Southern California Safety Institute (SCSI) - Air Accident Investigation course and Lecturer for the International Association of Air Safety Investigators (ISASI) Reachout Program.

Robert B. Orr

Having served 20 years on active duty as a pilot in the United States Marine Corps, Robert Orr brings a wealth of training and experience in aviation operations, safety, and investigations. His formal education includes a Penn State bachelor’s degree and an Embry-Riddle Master of Aeronautical Science degree with aviation safety specialization, graduating with a 4.0 GPA. He is also a graduate of numerous military and civilian aviation training courses, including USN/USMC Aviation Maintenance Officer, CRM Instructor, ORM Instructor, Aviation Safety Officer, Aviation Safety Commander, USAF Board President Course, USAF Jet Engine Mishap Investigation Course, SCSI, and the NTSB Academy, among others.

Rob has accumulated over 3300 pilot hours in over 6 different fixed and rotary wing military and civilian aircraft, including the CH-46E, Bell 206 B/C, King Air 350C/ER, T-34C, the Presidential VH-60N and VH-3D helicopters, and other single and multi-engine aircraft. In addition to several military qualifications such as night vision goggle instructor, terrain flight instructor, and flight leader, he also holds FAA commercial helicopter multi-engine, fixed wing ATP, and rotary and fixed wing CFI(I) certificates. His operational experience includes Middle East deployments, having flown counter-terrorism missions in Yemen after the USS Cole bombing and combat missions in Iraq. Other flight assignments included turboprop instructor in Pensacola, C-12 pilot based in Japan, and 4 years of duty as a Presidential Pilot in support of Presidents Obama and Bush, as well as the Vice Presidents, heads of state, and numerous other VIPs on over 50 worldwide trips and dozens of DC area missions. Rob also served as an aviation mishap investigations instructor at the Naval Safety Center’s School of Aviation Safety. Throughout his career, he has applied and augmented his experience and training while leading safety programs and conducting aviation safety inspections and mishap investigations. He is now employed as the Director of Safety at an international rotary and fixed wing aviation company.

Jeffrey (Jeff) R. Pettitt

Over 5300 hours of flight time, including 4800 in turbine helicopters. 28 years of experience in flying and directing fixed wing & helo day/night/all weather and NVG operations including SAR, homeland security, law enforcement, medevac, small boat hoisting, shipboard operations, and flight instruction.

Jeff specialized in Crew Resource Management (CRM) and Safety Training programs during his 30 year military career. A recognized leader in aviation safety, he retired in 2009 as an O6 after 30 years from a US Coast Guard helicopter flying career following back-to-back Commanding Officer assignments, including responsibility for the entire initial Flight Training efforts of the USCG. As a true safety innovator, he developed the Coast Guard's first CRM program and trained the first 40 CRM Instructors — and then successfully expanded the CRM program from aviation to the afloat and tactical USCG communities.

A respected and creative safety leader, he is a certified IS-BAO SMS Auditor & HAI Accreditation Program of Safety service provider. A US Coast Guard Academy graduate, he earned his Flight Safety Officer designation at the Naval PG School in Monterrey, plus a Master's Degree in Human Resource Management from Central Michigan University. He served in USCG Headquarters in Washington DC as a Safety Program Manager; trained in mishap investigation and risk analysis, and helped develop the extensive team-oriented aviation mishap analysis program still in use by the USCG.

His extensive safety background and experience provide the expertise needed to assist other flight departments in the development of targeted, effective Safety Management Systems. Jeff presently teaches numerous CRM and aviation safety classes plus International Flight Procedures courses for worldwide aviation training provider CAE SimuFlite. He is also an on-call Instructor and Safety System provider for The Squadron and HRS Consulting.

Aviation Specialties:
Shipboard & Small Boat Hoisting
Heavy Surf Environment
Law Enforcement
Vertical Reference
Elevated Platforms
Ice Operations
CRM Course Developer
Licenses & Qualifications:
IS-BAO Auditor
FAA Helicopter ATP
USCG Flight Safety Officer
Critical Incident Stress Mgmt Facilitator
Instructor: Helo & Simulator
Military Flight Examiner
Military Accident Investigator
FAA-approved Classroom Instructor

Mike Poole

Mike is a Professional Engineer with a current pilot's license and has considerable expertise in the field of flight data analysis. He chaired the Flight Recorder Working Group of the International Society of Air Safety Investigators and represented Canada as the national expert panel member to ICAO’s Flight Recorder Panel. He started in the field of aircraft accident investigation in 1977 and has worked for more than 20 years with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada. For the last 15 years of his career at TSB, he was the head of the flight recorder and performance laboratory, which he developed for the Board. He was the Flight Recorder Group Chairman on all major accidents in Canada as well as several international accidents during his tenure as the Recorder Laboratory Head.

Mike was the owner of Flightscape before selling it to CAE in 2007 and is now the CEO of Plane Sciences, a company specializing in flight data analysis, flight recorder labs and flight animation systems.

Richard Reinecke

Richard Reinecke has worked more than 35 years in the military and commercial aviation industry. A seasoned expert in aviation operations, his background includes a broad range of aviation areas to include Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) aviation programs, commercial airline flight operations, and military helicopter and fixed wing operations. He served as a Marine Corps weapons and tactics expert, commanded a composite Marine Corps squadron, and has significant experience operating aircraft from assault carriers. He has an extensive background in expeditionary flight operations both ashore and at sea. Following a 23 year career in the Marines, he was the director of training for a Part 135 and Part 121 aircraft operator in Alaska before spending the last decade developing, planning, and executing numerous ISR aviation programs. He’s developed and implemented helicopter and fixed wing operational risk management training programs as well as leading the Safety Management Systems program implementation for a Part 121 regional air carrier. Richard is a commercial and instrumented rated helicopter and multi-engine fixed wing pilot and retired Marine Corps naval aviator.

Jeffrey Rich

Jeff has over 30 years of experience in aviation and has participated in aircraft accident/incident investigations for over 20 years. Jeff’s initial career at the Federal Aviation Administration began as an air traffic controller at an FAA Level 12 Air Route Traffic Control Center. Jeff subsequently moved to the FAA Great Lakes Regional Office as a specialist investigating aircraft accidents and incidents. Jeff then accepted a position as an FAA Investigator-In-Charge in the Office of Accident Investigation in Washington, DC. While there, Jeff was the investigator-in-charge (IIC) on over 15 major accidents, and served as a Technical Advisor to the U.S. Accredited Representative on multiple foreign aircraft accidents worldwide.

Jeff returned to a Level 12 enroute facility as a Front Line Manager, and subsequently accepted a position as an incident/accident investigator for the FAA Air Traffic Organization Office of Safety. As the air traffic lead investigator, Jeff participated in over 20 major aircraft accident and incident investigations.

Following his FAA retirement, Jeff continues to work for an aviation consulting firm as an aviation analyst supporting the FAA’s Voluntary Safety Reporting Programs, the Airport Construction Advisory Council and the FAA Metroplex Airspace Redesign project.

Jeff has a Bachelor’s Degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and was inducted as a member of Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society. Jeff holds a commercial pilot certificate with single and multi-engine ratings and has accumulated over 2500 hours of flight time. Jeff has been a full member of the International Society for Air Safety Investigators (ISASI) for over 20 years.

Matt Robinson

Matt Robinson offers decades of knowledge and experience in myriad of aviation safety aspects. While on active duty at the Naval Safety Center, Matt was officially designated as a Lead Aircraft Accident Investigator. He led a multitude of investigations involving supersonic aircraft, tilt-rotors and helicopters in addition to aviation ground mishaps pertaining to maintenance and ground support equipment. Upon completing his Lead Investigator tour, Matt was hand-selected to teach at the Navy’s School of Aviation Safety in Pensacola, FL. Attendees of the five-week Safety School included foreign safety officers, commanding officers and members of the Navy’s Blue Angel flight demonstration team.

Matt’s aviation career began in high school when he and seven other classmates constructed an actual experimental aircraft. The build process was followed and documented by KITPLANES magazine. He went on to receive a B.S. degree as a Professional Pilot before accepting a commission in the United States Marine Corps. Matt obtained his M.S. in Aviation System Safety from Embry-Riddle where he is now an Adjunct Assistant Professor.

Matt earned his Naval Aviator wings and became a CH-46E helicopter pilot. During his career in the Marines, Matt served as a helicopter aircraft commander, aviation Safety officer, and airframes, flight-line and maintenance quality assurance director. He was also a flight instructor, pilot examiner, night systems (Night Vision Goggles) flight instructor and Crew Resource Management (CRM) Instructor.

Recently retired from the Marines, Matt now holds his Airline Transport Pilot & Certified Flight Instructor-Instrument (Rotorcraft) and Multi-Engine (Airplane) ratings. He is a full member of the International Society of Air Safety Investigators (ISASI) and a Certified Human Factors Analysis and Classification Professional (CHP). He lectures on behalf of the FAA’s FAAST team and frequently writes on investigations and Aeronautical Decision Making (ADM).

Jim Smith

Jim has over 36 years of aviation experience, including 28 years with Delta Air Lines where he retired in 2004, as a Director in the Maintenance division. After retiring from Delta, Jim co-founded an aviation consulting business where he served as Managing Director until 2011, when he sold his portion of the business to his former business partner. Jim then went on to start his own aviation safety consulting business called The Aviation Safety Team where he focuses on assisting organizations in the design, implementation and support of their Safety Management Systems. Jim's many years of operational experience coupled with his extensive training background and practical hands-on SMS experience make him uniquely qualified to share both classroom knowledge and real-life SMS implementation experience with his students and clients.

Ted Towne

Ted has over 36 years of aviation experience, including 26.5 years with Delta Air Lines and 10 years with The Boeing Company. Time with Delta included supervisory and management positions in the Line Maintenance and Technical Training organizations. For Boeing, Ted was the Technical Principal for ETOPS/EDTO (Extended Operations/Extended Diversion Time Operations) relative to maintenance and engineering. Ted has led many industry working groups that included regulatory, military, industry associations, and air carrier personnel working to a common goal of operational safety. Ted has led review teams who performed on-site evaluations of maintenance programs and associated departments, which provided recommended process and procedure improvements to achieve a higher level of safety. Ted has assisted many worldwide operators achieve ETOPS/EDTO operational approval with the local regulating authority, and has participated in creating/revising ETOPS/EDTO regulation and guidance material. ETOPS/EDTO is a pure example of a Safety Management System (SMS). In addition to the qualifications mentioned above, Ted has a strong technical background in the area of aircraft systems and avionics from his previous instructor time with Delta. This familiarity with systems and the associated reliability information allows him to associate proper procedures for maintenance organizations. Ted graduated from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and maintains an FAA Airframe and Power Plant license. The operational background defined above allows Ted to speak about real time situations and solutions in the area of Safety Management Systems (SMS).

Thomas R. Wondrock

Bringing an unbridled passion and enthusiasm for aviation and aviation safety to SCSI after 40+ years working on the most advanced fighter, bomber and transport jet engines for Pratt & Whitney, he retired to dedicate himself full time to aviation safety. Noted as an expert in all aspects of Jet engines from the design phase where he headed a team that developed a new engine for the USN, to designing and overseeing the installation of specialized instrumentation for experimental and production testing of new or improved engine models to the installation and testing of these test articles and on through production.

Early in his career he was associated with the F15 Streak Eagle program in which the USAF's frontline fighter swept away eight previous time to climb records including climbing to over 98,000 feet in under 3 and a half minutes.

He worked extensively on the engines of both "Swing Wing" fighters of the 70's and 80's the F111 Aardvark and the F14 Tomcat and the A6 Intruder and EA6B Prowler where he became proficient with hydromechanical and electronic control systems, developing a stall recovery system that functioned independent of the engine.

28 of these years of engine development and test extended to several flight test programs where he was the F100 engine flight test director at Edwards AFB for the USAF's F15 and F16 and for NASA's F15 ACTIVE program and the F16 VISTA programs. The F15 ACTIVE was equipped with two 29,000 lb. thrust engines that incorporate a fully axisymmetric exhaust nozzle which when combined with its canards give the aircraft amazing controllability.

He has experience with even today’s front line fighter engines powering the F22 Raptor, the F35 Lightning II and the Navy's UCLAS unpiloted drone the X47.

Tom spent his last 12 years working in conjunction with the USAF at their engine depot in Oklahoma City where he was the resident turbine engineer working in conjunction with the USAF engineers, their leadership and the production floor, all while developing new procedures and new tooling to increase safety and throughput as well as new repairs for highly complex hardware to restore serviceability, reduce cost and increase reliability. For one of these designs he was awarded the "innovator of the Quarter" award.

He worked hundreds of engine related failures and incidents during his career and he brings this analytical ability to SCSI.

During all of this time Tom has travelled the globe working alongside engineers and technicians ranging from the USA to Europe, the Middle East, the Far East and Southeast Asia.

He is a certified instructor for Pratt & Whitney and taught at many US and foreign Air Force locations domestic and international.

Now he brings all of this expertise and passions to SCSI. Come catch his enthusiasm for jet engines and become a great investigator through SCSI.

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