Oversight of Public Aircraft Operations:
Ensuring Safety for Critical Missions

Biographies


NTSB Staff

John DeLisi, Deputy Director, Office of Aviation Safety

Mr. DeLisi has been with the National Transportation Safety Board for since 1992, serving as Deputy Director of the Office of Aviation Safety for the past four years. In June 2011, he began a detail as the Acting Director of the Office of Marine Safety. He began his career with the Safety Board as an Aircraft Systems Engineer in the Aviation Engineering Division, and was an on-scene investigator for 20 major airline accidents and 6 international investigations. He authored 16 safety recommendation letters that have led to improvements on air carrier airplanes such as the B737, B747, B757, B767, and A 320. In 2000, Mr. DeLisi became Chief of the Aviation Engineering Division, which is responsible for investigating the airworthiness of aircraft involved in major aviation accidents. He also served as the Chief of the Major Investigations Division and oversaw over a dozen major airline accident investigations, including the investigation of the Comair Flight 5191 accident in Lexington, Kentucky.

Mr. DeLisi has presented technical papers at conferences sponsored by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the Flight Safety Foundation, the International Aviation Safety Association, and has been the Sigma Series Lecturer at the NASA Langley Research Center. He is a recipient of the Safety Board's Managing Director's Award and has twice been nominated for the Safety Board's Dr. John Lauber Award for technical excellence in accident investigation.

Mr. DeLisi is a cum laude graduate of the University of Michigan with a degree in Aerospace Engineering, and has done graduate work in Engineering Management at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. He also holds a private pilot certificate and has multi-engine, instrument, and aerobatic experience. Prior to joining the Safety Board, Mr. DeLisi spent 10 years as a Flight Test Engineer with McDonnell Douglas, where he was involved in flight test programs on F-15 and F/A-18 aircraft.

Georgia Struhsaker, Senior Aviation Accident Analyst, Office of Aviation Safety

Ms. Struhsaker is a Senior Aviation Accident Analyst in the Writing and Editing Division of the Office of Aviation Safety. She has been with the NTSB since 1995, and prior to becoming an analyst, she worked in the Regional Operations and General Aviation Division as an investigator and a supervisor. She was the report writer for two recent high profile public aircraft investigations the September 2008 Maryland State Police accident in District Heights, MD, and the August 2008 USFS accident in Weaverville, CA. As a regional investigator, she investigated numerous accidents involving air carrier, air taxi and general aviation aircraft. Prior to joining the NTSB, Ms. Struhsaker was co-owner of a fixed base operation providing flight training, aircraft maintenance and repair, aviation fuel sales, and pilot services. She is rated as an airline transport pilot in multi-engine airplanes, a commercial pilot in helicopters and single engine airplanes, and a flight instructor in single and multi-engine airplanes. She also holds an airframe and powerplant (A&P) mechanic certificate. Ms. Struhsaker earned a B.A. in Physics from the University of Colorado and an M.S. in Geophysics from the Colorado School of Mines.

Kristi Dunks, Senior Air Safety Investigator, Office of Aviation Safety

Ms. Kristi Dunks is a senior air safety investigator in the Office of Aviation Safety, Western Pacific Region. She has been with the NTSB since 2003 and has served as the investigator-in-charge as well as the airworthiness group chairman of numerous aircraft accidents. Ms. Dunks is a dual rated commercial pilot for helicopters and airplanes and a certified flight instructor with ratings for airplane single, multi-engine, and instrument. She also holds an airframe and powerplant (A&P) mechanic certificate. Ms. Dunks obtained a Bachelors of Science in Aviation Operations from Westminster College, and a Masters of Aeronautical Science with specializations in human factors and aviation safety from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Prior to coming to the NTSB, she worked in ground support for a regional airline and in flight instruction. Ms. Dunks is an active pilot and owns a Super Cub.

William English, Investigator-in-Charge, Major Investigations Division, Office of Aviation Safety

Mr. English is an Investigator-in-Charge in the Major Investigations Division of the Office of Aviation Safety. He has been with the NTSB since 1999, and prior to becoming an IIC he was in the Operational Factors Division as an Air Traffic Investigator and National Resource Specialist. He has been the IIC on numerous accidents involving aircraft and events ranging from an MD10 gear failure, Rolls Royce engine events, a 737 runway excursion, Regional Jet accidents, a 60 year old seaplane airliner structural failure, composite issues in Airbus 300 series airplanes, business jet accidents and numerous air carrier incidents. His US Accredited Representative investigations have taken him to Indonesia, China, Spain, Korea, England, to Brazil to assist with the 737/Legacy midair collision, and recently to Saudi Arabia and Dubai for large cargo airplane accidents. Mr. English is the investigator in charge of the Omega Air B707 accident discussed in this forum. As an ATC investigator he was a group chairman for numerous domestic and foreign investigations including, a fatal runway collision in Florida, and a midair collision between two transport jets in Germany. Mr. English also serves as the NTSB's resource for unmanned aircraft investigations and has been trained on the Predator-B. He worked for the FAA for 13 years as a controller and quality assurance specialist, and in the development of GPS navigation procedures. While with the FAA he assisted the Board in numerous investigations including TWA800. He is a certified instrument flight instructor and commercial pilot in single and multi-engine airplanes, flew corporate and electronics test aircraft and has extensive experience in flight inspection and advanced instruction. Prior to joining the Board he was a contributing editor to IFR Magazine. Mr. English is a graduate of Embry-Riddle University.

Jeff Marcus, Safety Recommendations and Quality Assurance Division, Office of the Managing Director

Jeff Marcus has been with the NTSB since 1999 where he is involved in evaluating responses to aviation Safety Recommendations and advocating for their implementation. Prior to the NTSB, Mr. Marcus was with the Federal Aviation Administration's Civil Aerospace Medical Institute (CAMI) in Oklahoma City for 7 years where he was the Acting Manager of the Aeromedical Research Division, and the Manager of the Protection and Survival Laboratory. Before his experience at CAMI, he worked for 12 years for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration where he ran the head injury research program, and he performed research evaluating crash dummy design and interpreting impact signals in terms of injury potential. Mr. Marcus holds an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park. He is the author or co-author of over 30 technical papers on biomechanics, transportation safety, and computer modeling. Mr. Marcus is also an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Computer Management and Information Sciences department of the University of Maryland, University College.

Robert V. Combs, Assistant General Counsel, Office of General Counsel

Mr. Combs is the Assistant General Counsel chiefly responsible for investigation support. He has been with the Board since 2006. Prior to becoming the primary investigative support attorney, he provided legal support for the Board's information law issues, including the Freedom of Information Act program, and, prior to that, he managed the Board's enforcement docket. Before coming to the NTSB, Mr. Combs retired from the United States Air Force after serving as a judge advocate for 23 years. During his military career, Lieutenant Colonel Combs had extensive Accident Investigation Board experience, primarily as the Deputy Staff Judge Advocate at Air Force Special Operations Command. He is a graduate of the Squadron Officers School, the Air Command and Staff College, and the Air War College. He earned a B.A. from Mississippi State University and a J.D. from the University of Mississippi.


Panel 1- Defining Public Aircraft

Karen Petronis, Federal Aviation Administration

Karen Leah Petronis is Senior Attorney for Regulations in the Federal Aviation Administration's Office of the Chief Counsel in Washington, DC. Ms. Petronis began her career with the FAA in 1988 as a staff attorney in the Airworthiness Law Branch. She became a senior attorney in 1997, specializing in aircraft noise and emissions certification. In February 2009 she was designated the agency's attorney for public aircraft. She is also the FAA's legal resource for flight recorder issues.

Ms. Petronis received her J.D. degree from the American University, Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C. and her B.A. in Public Law from Northern Illinois University in De Kalb, Illinois.

Joel Voisine, National Nuclear Security Administration

Mr. Joel Voisine is the Director of Safety and Standardization and Modernization Project Manager at the National Nuclear Security Administration, Department of Energy. He obtained a Bachelors of Science in Aviation Operations from Troy University and a Masters of Business Administration from Boston University. Mr. Voisine has 28 years of aviation experience in the United States Army, 4 years in civilian aviation, and 10 years in government aviation, serving as an instructor pilot, examiner, safety officer, and manager. He holds a commercial pilot certificate for airplane single and multi-engine land, and rotorcraft. He is instrument rated in aircraft and rotorcraft. Mr. Voisine holds numerous functional qualifications including Federal Project Manager Level 1, Contracting Officer Technical Representative, DOD Aviation Safety Manager Qualification, ICAP Certified ASO, DOE Aviation Manager and ASO Certification, and NNSA Aviation Manager and Safety Functional Qualification Standard.

William Payne, California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention

William Payne is currently the Senior Aviation Officer for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. This agency operates a fleet of fifty four aircraft that include: eleven Super Huey Helicopters, twenty three Grumman S2T air tankers, sixteen Rockwell OV-10s, two King Airs, one Baron and one Cessna Sky Master. All of these aircraft except the King Airs, the Baron and the Sky Master are un-certificated public use only aircraft. William has been with the department for seven years, prior to this assignment, he has been involved in many different aspects of the helicopter industry. His career began in 1969 as an Army helicopter pilot with service in Viet Nam. After the military, he worked as a chief pilot, director of operations, FAR part 135 company check pilot, for various utility, air tour and emergency medical transportation companies. He has amassed over 10,000 hours of pilot in command time. He holds an ATP and flight instructor certificates. William was also a Rotary Wing Designated Pilot Examiner for the Honolulu and Sacramento FSDOs of the Federal Aviation Administration. This experience has given him an intimate understanding of the Public Use Aircraft issues and challenges.

Kevin Spradling, US Transportation Command

Kevin K. Spradling assumed his duties as Deputy Chief of the Fiscal and Civil Law Division, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM), Scott AFB, Illinois, on 1 November 1999. In this capacity he is responsible for international, aviation, and transportation law issues impacting the Command. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Law Administration from the University of Oklahoma, Norman Oklahoma, a Master of Science degree in Public Administration from Central Missouri State University, Warrensburg, Missouri, a Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D) degree (cum laude), from St. Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri, and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree (summa cum allude) in Air & Space Law, Institute of Air & Space Law, McGill University, Quebec, Canada.

Mr. Spradling was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He graduated from college in 1976 and shortly thereafter entered the U.S. Air Force as a Security Police Officer assigned to the 351st Strategic Missile Wing at Whiteman AFB, Missouri. In 1979, Mr. Spradling was selected to attend law school under the Air Force's Funded Legal Education Program. He graduated from the St Louis University School of Law in 1982 and was assigned duties as a Judge Advocate, 50th Tactical Fighter Wing, Hahn AB, Germany. Mr. Spradling's subsequent Judge Advocate assignments included serving as the Chief Circuit Trial Counsel for the 4th Judicial Circuit in Denver, Colorado (1985-1987); obtaining a Master of Laws degree (LL.M.) from the Institute of Air and Space Law (1987-1988); and serving as Director of Space and International Law, Air Force Space Command, Peterson AFB, Colorado (1988-1991); Staff Judge Advocate of the 39th Combat Wing/Operation Provide Comfort, Incirlik AB, Turkey (1991-1993); and finally, Chief of the Civil & Air Law Division, Headquarters Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB, Illinois (1993-1997). Mr. Spradling retired from active duty in 1997, and entered private practice with the St Louis law firm of Guilfoil, Petzall & Shoemake, LLC, before returning to government service in 1999.

Mr. Spradling's awards include selection as the Outstanding Judge Advocate of the Year for U.S. Air Forces in Europe (1984) and Air Force Space Command (1990). In 1996, he was presented the Career Armed Services Attorney Award (Air Force) by the Judge Advocates Association. Military decorations include the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Air Force Commendation Medal, and the Southwest Asia Service Medal. As a member of the USTRANSCOM staff, he has been awarded the Air Force General Counsel's Award for 2007, and the Joint Civil Service Commendation Award (2009). Mr. Spradling completed Squadron Officers School, Air Command and Staff College, and Air War College. He is a member of the state bars of Texas and Missouri. Mr. Spradling and his wife, Rebecca, reside in Shrewsbury, Missouri, and have six daughters.


Panel 2- Defining Oversight

Jennifer Adair, Federal Aviation Administration

Ms. Jennifer Adair is assigned to FAA Flight Standards National Field Office, assisting Dr. Don Arendt, Manager of the FAA Flight Standards Safety Management System (SMS) Program Office (PO), in developing FAA flight standards approach to SSP and SMS implementation. This includes development of tools and guidance material, FAA Academy courses, FAA public web-presence, and interfacing with ICAO, other Countries, U.S. Government Agencies, FAA lines of business and Industry. As a member of the Safety Management Systems Program Office, Ms. Adair has performed numerous and varied duties required for designing, developing and deploying SMS to the FAA Flight Standards workforce, to the sector of the aviation industry the Flight Standards oversees, and in international collaboration efforts. She co-created and deployed SMS initiatives, guidance documents and tools, mentorship processes, seminars, and took the lead in developing, deploying and maintaining two FAA Academy SMS Courses.

Ms. Adair has trained over 23 SMS Instructors and Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) that currently support the FAA Academy SMS courses, and has been an instructor in the majority of FAA Academy courses that, to date, have trained over 1,000 FAA Inspectors. Additionally, she co-developed and beta-tested an "SMS Interface Lesson" for use in FAA Academy courses that have interoperability with SMS. She developed and co-conducted an "SMS Mentoring Seminar" for new-hires and trained over 30-National FAA Specialists in advanced SMS technician-level standards. Ms. Adair co-created and helps maintain the faa.gov public web presence for SMS: www.faa.gov/about/initiatives/sms She has spoken at numerous FAA and industry seminars, forums, and events, regarding the FAA's SMS efforts, both within the United States and internationally.

Donald Spruston, International Business Aviation Council

Mr. Donald Spruston is the Director General of the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC). IBAC is responsible for representing the business aviation community worldwide. Don has held this position since the beginning of 1999.

Prior to assuming his present role, Mr. Spruston held numerous positions in the field of aviation, including managing partner of Canadian Aviation Safety Associates where he conducted evaluations of civil aviation authorities and was advisor to ICAO in establishing the ICAO Universal Safety Oversight Audit Program.

Prior to this Mr. Spruston spent 6 years as Director General of Civil Aviation in Canada. He also gained considerable experience as an aircraft operator as Director General of Aircraft Services where he managed a flight department of over 90 aircraft. He also held a number of air traffic management positions including the Regional Director of Air Navigation in Transport Canada's Pacific Region.

Mr. Spruston holds a Bachelor of Sciences degree from the Royal Military College of Canada. He has an Airline Transport Pilot Licence and has flown in various roles, such as worldwide cargo operations, VIP transport and system evaluation flying. He has written numerous articles on aviation safety and has won awards such as the Transport Canada Safety Award, Canadian Owners and Pilots President Award and the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute C.D. Howe Award.


Panel 3- Role of FAA in Public Aircraft Oversight

John Allen, Federal Aviation Administration

John Allen joined the Federal Aviation Administration in November 1991 and was appointed as the Director, Flight Standards Service, in December 2008. He leads an organization of more than 4,800 aviation professionals responsible for promoting the safety of Flight for civil aircraft by setting regulations and standards for air carriers, air agencies, general aviation, airmen, and designees. Flight Standards also is responsible for the certification, inspection, surveillance, investigation, and enforcement of aviation regulations. The organization manages the aircraft and airmen official registry system.

Before his appointment as the Director, Mr. Allen served as the Deputy Director beginning in March 2003, and as Assistant Manager, Flight Standards Certification and Surveillance Division (AFS-900) at Dulles International Airport, beginning in December 1998. In his capacity as Assistant Division Manager, he assisted the Division Manager with leading 150 employees in the system safety-based certification and oversight of air carrier certificate holders. AFS-900 was responsible for the management of the Air Transportation Oversight System (ATOS), the Certification, Standardization, and Evaluation Team (CSET) and the Flight Standards Safety Analysis Information Center (FSAIC).

Prior to AFS-900, Mr. Allen served in the Advanced Qualification Program Branch (AFS-230) as an Aviation Safety Inspector (Operations). As an AQP ASI, he assisted the Certificate Management Offices (CMO) and flight training departments of Northwest Airlines, US Airways, Trans World Airways, Delta Airlines and other airlines with the initiation of "Single-Visit" training and their Advanced Qualification Programs.

Mr. Allen retired as a Brigadier General from the Air Force Reserves in 2009. He held various command positions during his 31-year active duty and reserve military career, to include vice wing commander and squadron commander.

He has over 4,800 flying hours; most of it obtained as an instructor and examiner pilot on the military C-141 for 20 years and as an Air Force instructor pilot in the T-37. He has an Air Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate with ratings in the A-320 and L-300 (C-141).

Mr. Allen received his Bachelor of Science degree in computer and information sciences from the University of Florida. He also received a Master of Science degree in aeronautical technology from Arizona State University.

He is married and has two sons. Hobbies include golf, flying, sailing and scuba diving.

Carl Johnson, Federal Aviation Administration

Carl Johnson is the Manager of the Commercial Operations Branch within Flight Standards. This branch is responsible for policy and regulatory issues related to the operational aspects of commercial operations under part 91, including subpart K, and parts 125, 133, 137, and public aircraft operations. Carl joined the FAA in 2008 after working as an FAA contractor and previously as an airline pilot for a regional air carrier. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Karen Petronis, Federal Aviation Administration

See Panel 1.


Panel 4- Oversight of Government-Owned Aircraft

Kurt Larson, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Kurt Larson has been the Quality Assurance and Ground Safety Representative with NOAA's Aircraft Operations Center at MacDill Air Force Base since 2008. Kurt has over 30 years in government aviation. Before retiring from the Air Force, he served as a Flight Mechanic on C 141 and C 17 aircraft. After retiring, he transitioned to the Defense Contract Management Agency where he provided oversight of contractors and served as the Aircraft Maintenance Manager providing guidance to the Government Flight Representatives, with day-to-day surveillance of contractor flight and ground operations.

Kurt received a B. S. in Professional Aeronautics with a double minor in Safety and Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He holds both Airframe and Powerplant Licensure, and Inspection Authorization through the FAA. Kurt is currently pursuing his master's degree from Embry-Riddle in Project Management. He is affiliated with the Federal General Services Administration's (GSA) Interagency Committee for Aviation Policy (ICAP), becoming an Aviation Resource Management Surveys and International Business Aviation Council IS BAO accredited team member auditing the Federal fleets of non-military aircraft. Kurt holds a rating as a GSA Aviation Safety Officer. He served as ICAP's initial Chair for the Energy and Environmental Subcommittee.

James Waltmon, Houston Police Department

J. D. Waltmon is a Lieutenant with the Houston Police Department Air Support Division. He has been with the department for 21 years and served in a supervisor role with the department for 14 years. For the past 4 years he has been assigned to the Air Support Division where he oversees the operations and training of the division . He is an active Commercial Rotorcraft Pilot. He is a member of the Airborne Law Enforcement Association.

Jamal Abbed, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Mr. Jamal Abbed is the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Aviation Safety Officer, within the Headquarters' Aircraft Management Division. He has over 25 years experience in aviation and is currently responsible for managing NASA's Aviation Safety Program and Aircraft Operations Inspection Program. Mr. Abbed is a retired Naval Flight Officer and has held positions as an instructor, mission commander, and leadership positions in both aircraft maintenance and safety in two separate maritime patrol squadrons. He is currently the Chairman of the Interagency Committee on Aircraft Policy (ICAP), Communications Subcommittee, and has served on several ad hoc working groups for the ICAP. Mr. Abbed has a bachelor's degree in Earth Science from the University of New Orleans.

Tom Short, Los Angeles County Fire & International Association of Fire Chiefs

Mr. Short is a Senior Pilot for the County of Los Angeles Fire Department, Air Operations Section. Mr. Short has been a pilot for 34 years of which the last 31 have been flying helicopters for a variety of assignments in the armed forces, commercial utility, EMS and public safety sectors. He has been serving as a pilot for the Fire Department for the last 16 years.

He has a Bachelor of Science Degree from San Jose State University, San Jose, California, in Aeronautical Operations and Maintenance Management. He holds an FAA ATP in helicopters as well as a CFI in both fixed and rotary wing aircraft. He is also a dual rated Instrument Instructor, ground instructor with advanced and instrument ratings and a licensed Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic. Mr. Short is also a graduate of the U.S. Army Aviation Training Center at Ft. Rucker, Alabama, and served with the California Army National Guard as a pilot and unit trainer in instruments and tactics during the 1980's and early 90's.

Mr. Short is also a former Police Officer/Pilot in California and held previous assignments as an FAR 135 EMS pilot/instructor as well as an FAA DPE (Designated Pilot Examiner). He has over 12,000 hours of rotary wing flight time in a variety of aircraft to include his current assignment as PIC of the Bell 412 and Sikorsky S-70/UH-60. He has over 1500 hours of NVG flight time in a variety of missions including wildland firefighting, SAR, EMS and night hoist rescue. Mr. Short has extensive experience in wildland firefighting as a contract pilot, CWN "call-when-needed" pilot and finally as an agency pilot while working for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CDF/CAL FIRE) and now the County of Los Angeles Fire Department. He is also a qualified ICS instructor, Aviation Safety Officer and is currently an NVG Instructor for his agency in addition to his duties as a Senior Pilot.

Mr. Short is also a qualified HLCO (Helicopter Coordinator) and has completed the USFS Air Attack Management Course as well as functioned as an incident HLCO on numerous large incidents since 1988 to include the San Francisco Bay area earthquake in 1989 and the Oakland Hills Fire in 1991 and all of the major fire campaigns in the Los Angeles area since 1995. His public safety aviation experience started in 1984 as a CWN "call when needed" pilot working for the USFS/NPS and the California Department of Forestry. His role as an "agency pilot" began in 1988 and continues today in his role as a Senior Pilot with the LA County Fire Department. He was promoted to Senior Pilot in 2008.

Mr. Short is a member of the Airborne Law Enforcement Association and has participated for many years on state and local committees and task forces responsible for drafting guidelines and procedures for the use of helicopters in the EMS and public safety roles.

Timothy Ochsner, Texas Department of Public Safety

Mr. Timothy Ochsner is the Assistant Chief Pilot for the Texas DPS based in Austin, Texas. He has been with DPS for 18 years and with the Aircraft Section since 1998. He holds an Airline Transport Pilot Rotorcraft and Commercial Single Engine Land (SEL) and Multi-Engine Land ratings with Certified Flight Instructor/Certified Flight Instructor - Instrument in both helicopters and SEL. He is responsible for operations, maintenance, personnel, and training of 62 crewman assigned to 15 air stations. He has served in the US Army since 1985 and is currently assigned to the Texas Army National Guard. He served overseas in Afghanistan as a US Army Special Forces Company Commander.


Panel 5- Oversight of Contracted Aircraft

Arthur Hinaman, United States Forest Service

Mr. Art Hinaman Graduated from the Pennsylvania State University in 1982 with a Bachelors degree in Aerospace Engineering; graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 2002 with a Masters in Systems Engineering; and graduated from the United States Army War College in 2007 with a Masters in Strategic Studies. He has been with the United States Forest Service for nine months and is currently the Assistant Director, Aviation. Prior to joining the Forest Service, Mr. Hinaman spent over 28 years as an Army Aviator in both active duty and National Guard capacity where he flew AH-1 and UH-1 helicopters as well as C-12 and C-26 airplanes. He is a qualified operational pilot, maintenance test pilot, and aviation safety officer. Aviation assignments in the Army include Air Cavalry, Attack Helicopter, Assault Helicopter, and Air Ambulance. He has commanded at the Company, Battalion, Brigade, and Land Component level. Duty stations include Korea, Kentucky, Egypt, Germany, Afghanistan, and the District of Columbia National Guard. While he was a part time Guardsman, Mr. Hinaman was an Aerospace Engineer with the United States Naval Air Warfare Center at Patuxent River Naval Air Station where he held various positions in the USMC H-1 program, culminating as the Assistant Program Manager (Training Systems). Mr. Hinaman holds a commercial pilot certificate for multi engine airplane and rotorcraft.

Keith Raley, Department of the Interior

Mr. Raley possesses over 20 years of experience in developing and managing aviation safety and quality management systems within government and private industry. Currently he serves as the Department of the Interior's (DOI) national manager of an ISO 9001:2008 certified aviation safety and quality oversight programs. His responsibilities focus on the safe, effective, and economical management of DOI aviation operations across a diverse array of high risk, high tempo aviation missions encompassing $50M in assets and $170M in operating costs that require both fleet (government owed) and vendor (contracted) aviation resources.

Prior to joining DOI, Mr. Raley held a number of key aviation safety leadership positions within the U.S. Coast Guard (11 years), U.S. Air Force (9 years), and in private industry. He's accumulated over 5,000 accident free flight hours in a wide variety of helicopters, light airplanes, and heavy transport aircraft in government and private industry across a wide range of mission areas. In the Health Care arena, Mr. Raley was responsible for implementing best practices of the aviation industry's safety systems and processes within a large Health Maintenance Organization by standardizing pattern practices and establishing proactive mechanisms to correct deficiencies before they occur. As an HEMS helicopter captain and first responder, he successfully completed hundreds of successful patient transports resulting from a variety of adverse situations.

As a Director of Safety in the United States Coast Guard, Mr Raley performed many ground and air mishap investigations requiring senior level recommendations that fairly balanced risk and operational effectiveness. In the maritime community, he served as a safety and oversight staff officer responsible for reviewing novel concept design and construction in order to ensure compliance with international consortiums, federal laws, and port state authorities.

Mr Raley possess a B.A. in Business Administration and attended the Naval Post Graduate School's Aviation Safety program. His FAA certificates include Airline Transport Pilot certificates in both airplanes and helicopters with type ratings in the Boeing 737 and Aerospatiale SA-365. He is also an accredited IS-BAO SMS and ISO 9001:2008 auditor.

Harlan Johnson, Department of the Interior

Mr. Harlan Johnson is a 1981 graduate of Washington State University in Forest Management. He has had operational wildland fire suppression, natural resource management and aviation experience since 1974. His contracting career began in 1988 with the USDA Forest Service and has continued with the Department of the Interior. He is currently the Contracting Division Chief for the DOI Aviation Management Directorate.

William Payne, California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention

See Panel 1.


Panel 6- Contractors' Perspective on Public Aircraft Oversight

Mark Gibson, Timberland Logging

Mark Gibson has been actively involved in the transportation industry for the past 27 years. Mark serves as General Manager and Director of Safety for Timberland logging's aviation division. Timberland's aviation program provides helicopter charter and utility services. In addition to his duties at Timberland Mark is President of Siskiyou Transportation and General Manager/Director of Safety for B.T.S., L.L.C., both sister companies of Timberland. Siskiyou provides trucking services, and BTS, a Part 135 certificate holder, provides aircraft for helicopter emergency medical service.

In addition to day to day business management Mark has been very active in both state and federal legislative as well as regulatory initiatives. Mark has served as Chairman of the Board for the Oregon Trucking Associations, is a charter member of the North West Association of Aeromedical Responders, and is Past Chairman and again serving as current Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Helicopter Association International. Mark is originally from Southern Oregon and has an Associates Degree in Diesel Technology from the Oregon Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Southern Oregon University.

Dan Snyder, Neptune Aviation

Mr. Dan Snyder is the president of Neptune Aviation Services, Inc. He started is aviation career in 1995 as an A&P maintenance technician and flight instructor at a small university in Michigan. After the university, Mr. Snyder became General Manager and Director of Maintenance for a part 145 repair station, and then moved to Alaska in 2001. While in Alaska, Mr. Snyder flew as a pilot and performed maintenance on a de Havilland DHC-5 aircraft operating as public aircraft. In 2003, Mr. Snyder joined SimCom Training Centers as an instructor, Training Center Evaluator (TCE), and Part 135 Check Airman. He left SimCom as Assistant Training Center Manager and Simulator Development Coordinator in 2008.

Mr. Snyder is now responsible for all operations of Neptune Aviation including the following: air tanker, Part 135 charter, Part 137 agriculture operations, and two Part 145 repair stations. He currently holds an A&P Certificate with Inspection Authorization, airline transport and commercial pilot certificates, and a current certified flight instructor certificate with multi-engine, single-engine, and instrument privileges.

Brian Beattie, Croman Corporation

Mr. Beattie has been the FAA 14 CFR 135 Director of Operations at Croman Corporation since 2007. Additionally he is the Program Manager for each of Croman's Government Contracts and is responsible for contract compliance. Mr. Beattie has been involved in the Heavy Lift helicopter industry and Government Contracting since 1992.

Croman operates a fleet of eleven helicopters including four Sikorsky S-61N's, two Sikorsky S-61A's, three Croman SH-3H's, one Aerospatiale SA-315B Lama and one Bell Jet Ranger. Croman holds operating authority under 14 CFR 135 Air Carrier, 14CFR133 Rotorcraft External-Load Operations and Part 137 Agricultural Operations. Croman Corporation has operated helicopters in the Western United States, Alaska and Canada since 1975. Our operations include Fire Fighting, Helicopter Logging, precision placement of HVAC units, Power line construction, remote area operations, external cargo and many other projects.

Croman has contracts with the US Forest Service, the US Department of Interior, the US Navy, the US Army and private companies.

Richard Fischer, National Security Technologies, LLC

Rick Fischer is the Aviation Manager for National Security Technologies (NSTec), a Management and Operations contractor to the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). Mr. Fischer retired from the US Army in 2001 and has over 21 years of aviation experience as a pilot and Aviation Manager.

As the Aviation Manager for NSTec, Rick is responsible for implementing NSTec policies and procedures as well as laws, rules, and regulations that govern all flight and maintenance operations for the fleet of aircraft owned by NNSA that perform Remote Sensing Operations. Assigned to the Remote Sensing Laboratory at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, Rick manages aviation operations from this base along with a satellite base of operations at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Rick's civilian education background includes a Masters of Business Administration and numerous courses in Aviation Safety and Management from Embry Riddle University. Rick is also an FAA Certificated Airline Transport Pilot and Flight Instructor as well as a certified Federal Aviation Safety Officer. Originally from Aberdeen, South Dakota Rick's career in the military took him to numerous stations around the world that include Europe, Asia and South America.

He settled in Northern Virginia in 2001 and resides there with his spouse and two children.


Panel 7- Role of Organizations

Robert Galloway, U.S. General Services Administration

Bob Galloway is the Director of Aviation Policy for the U.S. General Services Administration. Bob's 36-year aviation career began in 1975 with the U.S. Marine Corps as an Attack Helicopter Pilot. During his military career, he served as the Operations Officer for Marine Attack Helicopter Squadron 369, as well as the AH-1J Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI). He later served as the Standardization Officer for Advanced Helicopter Flight Training for Training Air Wing Five, NAS Whiting Field, FL, in addition to numerous fleet assignments in Operations, Safety and Standardization, Aircraft Maintenance, and Training. He completed his military aviation career as a C-130 pilot and Aviation Maintenance Officer for Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 53 (VR-53), NAF Washington, D.C., while flying Navy C-130T transports. Bob joined the U.S. Department of the Interior's Office of Aircraft Services (OAS) as the Aviation Safety Manager in August 1998. In August 2009, he joined GSA's Office of Governmentwide Policy in his current assignment as the Director of Aviation Policy. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Frostburg State University and a Masters of Science in Management from Troy State University.

James Di Giovanna, Airborne Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission

Jim Di Giovanna is the current President of the Airborne Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission. In this capacity, Jim participated in developing operational standards for law enforcement air units which have been adopted by the Airborne Law Enforcement Association and recognized by the Helicopter Association International as best practices for all law enforcement air units. He was directly responsible for the creation of an Accreditation Program wherein law enforcement air units could apply for accreditation through a process designed to objectively evaluate and certify a unit's overall compliance with the standards as developed and adopted by the Commission and ALEA.

Jim is also the Education Program Manager for the Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA) where he is responsible for coordinating education and training for all ALEA conferences and safety seminars. He has held this position since 2002. Jim is also responsible for grant program management and development for ALEA and has authored a grant proposal entitled the Airborne Law Enforcement Support Initiative (ALESI) seeking federal funding to assist state and local law enforcement agencies in replacing legacy aircraft and acquiring advanced technology for their air units. He has also been invited to speak on the topic of Airborne Law Enforcement at several international civil and police aviation conferences in Europe, Asia and Canada.

Previously, Jim's law enforcement career spanned nearly 35 years, retiring in March 2006 from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department as Captain and commanding officer of Aero Bureau having been assigned to the aviation unit from January 1989 until his retirement. His career in law enforcement included assignments as a patrol deputy, patrol and operations sergeant and patrol lieutenant watch commander. He also enjoyed successful assignments at the Sheriff's Information Bureau, Field Operations Headquarters and Custody Division.

Jim is a commercial pilot, helicopter and instrument rated, with over 5700 flight hours. He also served in the military, retiring in 2001 as a Colonel and Master Army Aviator from the California Army National Guard and United States Army Reserves after 35 years of service. His most noteworthy military assignments included Director of Army Aviation and Safety for the State of California and Commander, Aviation Brigade, 40th Infantry Division. He is a graduate of the Army Aviation Accident Prevention and Safety Course, and University of Southern California School of Aviation Safety and Systems Management.

Matt Zuccaro, Helicopter Association International

Mr. Matt Zuccaro began serving as HAI president on November 1, 2005. Prior to joining HAI, he was President of Zuccaro Industries, LLC, which provided international aviation consultation services, specializing in helicopter related issues.

During his 40-year career, Mr. Zuccaro held several executive and operations management positions, with commercial, corporate, air tour, scheduled airline, and public service helicopter operations in the New York City area. During his tenure with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, he served in operations management at Kennedy International Airport and the Port Authority's public and private heliports.

He is a former Chairman of HAI. During his 20-year association with HAI, he also served as Vice Chairman, Treasurer, and Assistant Treasurer, as well as a Director for six years, and Special Advisor to the HAI Board. He has also served as chairman or member of many HAI committees, as well as numerous industry research and task force groups.

Mr. Zuccaro is one of the founders and past chairman of the Eastern Region Helicopter Council (ERHC). Prior to joining HAI, he actively represented ERHC and its members in the New York City region on issues relating to safety, community interface, public relations, regulations, heliports, airspace access, and security.

He received his initial helicopter flight training as a U.S. Army aviator, and served with the 7/17 Air Calvary unit in Vietnam, for which he was awarded numerous commendations to include, 2 Distinguished Flying Crosses, 3 Bronze Stars, and 19 Air Medals. He then served as a flight and classroom instructor at the U.S. Army Flight School at Fort Rucker, Alabama.

Mr. Zuccaro holds Airline Transport and Instrument Flight Instructor Pilot certificates for both airplanes and helicopters. He is a recipient of HAI's 10,000 Hour Pilot Safety award and "Salute to Excellence" Community Service Award, as well as numerous other industry awards for his efforts and commitment to the helicopter industry.

Kurt Frisz, Airborne Law Enforcement Association

Captain Kurt Frisz has been with the St. Louis County (MO) Police Department for over twenty-five years. He currently serves as the Commander of the Central County Precinct. Assignments have included: Division of Patrol, Tactical Operations (SWAT operator/ pilot) Bureau of Drug Enforcement.

In 2003, Captain Frisz was assigned as the Commander of the Bureau of Tactical Support, overseeing Air Support Operations. After severe budget cuts, Captain Frisz developed a plan to create an alternative funding source to offset the reduced air support budget. The results of the efforts were the formation of a not for profit foundation dedicated to the air support unit, and merging operations with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department and the St. Charles County Sheriff's Department. The consolidation of the aviation assets in the St. Louis Region resulted in the air support unit increasing its ability to provide aerial support, an increase in operating funds due to the sharing of resources, and an influx of grant funding to enhance air operation. The Metro Air Support Unit received the East/West Gateways Inter-governmental Collaboration Award in 2006, and in 2007, Capt Frisz received the IACP Excellence in Aviation Award.

Captain Frisz holds both a fixed wing and commercial rotorcraft license, with an instrument rating and a rotorcraft certified flight instructor rating. In addition to his duties as a precinct commander, he provides flight instruction and administrative duties for the air support unit. He has been a member of the Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA) since 1990, and was elected President of the association in July 2011.

Captain Frisz is a graduate of Columbia College, with a BA in Criminal Justice, graduated the FBI National Academy, session 235, completed the United States Secret Service Dignitary Protection Seminar session 208-09, and the Drug Enforcement Administration's Drug Investigators Course.