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Roundtable: Preventing Inflight Loss of Control in General Aviation through Training and Technology -

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Participant Biographies
NTSB Boardroom and Conference Center
4/24/2018 8:30 AM



Topic 1: Pilot Training and Education

Patty Wagstaff – Patty Wagstaff Aviation Safety, General Manager

Patty Wagstaff is an American aerobatic national champion aviator. She qualified for the US Aerobatic Team from 1985 until 1996 and was the top US medal winner, winning gold, silver, and bronze medals in international competitions for several years. She earned the Rolly Cole Memorial Award in 1987 for her contributions to aerobatic sports, and in 1991, she won her first of three US National Aerobatic Championships, becoming the first woman to win that competition. She continues working in the aviation field as an airshow pilot, stunt pilot for films, consultant, and flight instructor of upset recovery and aerobatic training. She is an emeritus board member of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum and was on the Presidential Advisory Committee to the Centennial of Flight Commission. She flies airshows across North America in a variety of airplanes, including an Extra 300S, a T¬ 6 Texan, and a P-51 Mustang. In addition to airshows, she has flown OV-10 Broncos as a seasonal aerial firefighter in California. She is an instrument-rated pilot and has owned a Beechcraft Baron and a Cirrus SR22. She currently flies a Beechcraft Bonanza.


Doug Stewart – Society of Aviation and Flight Educators, Founding and Charter Member

Doug Stewart, the 2004 National Instructor of the Year and 10-time master instructor, is a full-time flight instructor and designated pilot examiner. Focusing on real-world instrument flight rules training conducted on multiday training trips, he has provided more than 12,000 hours of flight instruction. As the executive director emeritus of the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators, he serves on the General Aviation Joint Steering Committee (GAJSC), as well as on the GAJSC’s Statistical Analysis Team and the Loss of Control, System and Component Failure/Power Plant and Controlled Flight Into Terrain workgroups. He has served on various committees charged with creating the Airman Certification Standards and has been a major content contributor to the FAASTeam’s Flight Instructor Open Forum series of quarterly seminars and the Experimental Aircraft Association’s (EAA’s) Pilot Proficiency Center. He has presented seminars to thousands of pilots and authored the monthly Vintage Instructor column for the EAA’s Vintage Airplane magazine for many


Andrew Walton – Liberty University, Director of Safety

Andrew Walton is the director of safety for the Liberty University School of Aeronautics and Freedom Aviation, where he teaches aviation safety. He is also an instructor at the University of Southern California. He regularly presents at the FAA’s General Aviation Infoshare events. Through his training and various speaking engagements, he aims to address the GA accident rate, particularly as it pertains to loss of control in flight. He has used accident trend data to justify various safety improvements at the collegiate level, including reducing angle of attack (AOA) in stall recovery; fleet use of AOA indicators; and upset prevention and recovery training.


Paul Deres – AOPA Air Safety Institute, Director of Education

Paul Deres oversees the AOPA Air Safety Institute’s design and development team, which is responsible for creating online courses, safety videos, seminars, and other materials used by pilots around the globe more than 3 million times a year. He has a bachelor’s degree in missionary aviation from Piedmont Bible College, where he earned most of his pilot certificates and ratings, including his airframe and powerplant certificates. He holds the Project Management Professional (PMP) credential as well as an executive certificate in business administration from the University of Notre Dame. He is an active flight instructor and veteran of the US Army.


Corey Stephens – FAA, Accident Investigation and Prevention Operations Research Analyst

Corey Stephens is an operations research analyst with the FAA’s Office of Accident Investigation and Prevention. Prior to joining the FAA, he was a senior staff engineer with the Accident Investigation Section of the Air Line Pilots Association’s (ALPA’s) Engineering and Air Safety Department. He has served as an FAA and industry representative to the Commercial Aviation Safety Team (CAST) – Joint Implementation Monitoring Data Analysis Team. He also works with the Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing programs, serves as government co-chair on the GA Joint Steering Committee (GAJSC) Safety Analysis Team, and serves on the GA Issues Analysis Team. He has taught in ALPA’s Basic Accident and Advanced Accident investigation courses and has been involved in International Society of Air Safety Investigators for several years. He has also served for several years as the co chair of the CAST/ICAO Common Taxonomy Team, was co-chair of the CAST Wrong Runway Departure Working Group, and served on many CAST analysis and implementation teams in addition to the GAJSC Loss of Control working groups. He earned a BS in aviation and an MS in aviation safety from the University of Central Missouri, as well as an MS in space studies from the University of North Dakota. He is a GA pilot and serves as the Assistant Director of Safety for the West Virginia wing of the Civil Air Patrol.


Bradley Palmer – FAA, Manager of General Aviation and Commercial Division

Bradley Palmer manages the FAA’s General Aviation and Commercial Division, where he is charged with developing and maintaining regulations and policies regarding pilot training, certification, and operating rules governing general aviation (GA). His work covers the operational environment for most aircraft, including unmanned aircraft systems, large commercial airplanes, helicopters, and balloons. He previously held staff and supervisory positions in the FAA’s Flight Standards Service, where he served as a subject matter expert for the development of GA and air carrier policies. He was also a GA operations aviation safety inspector and an air carrier operations inspector, developing expertise in pilot training, recordkeeping, operations, and oversight of air carriers and the GA community. He has also served as the program manager of the FAA’s Pilot Records Database. After beginning his aviation career in western Pennsylvania, he went on to operate various small aircraft in the GA environment throughout the United States and Canada. Before working at the FAA, he served as an airline captain, a representative of a large airline pilot group, a flight instructor, and a personal pilot. He is an active GA pilot and flight instructor and holds an airline transport pilot certificate (multiengine) with type ratings. He holds degrees in aviation leadership, management, and applied sciences.


Carolina Anderson – Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Professor of Aeronautical Science

Dr. Carolina Anderson was born in Bogota, Colombia, and was introduced to aviation at an early age by her father. She started flying gliders at age 14 and soloed at 16. She is an associate professor of aeronautical science in the College of Aviation at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU), where she graduated with the first group of PhD candidates at ERAU in December 2013 and became the first woman with a PhD in aviation. She holds an MBA in aviation from ERAU and a BS in mechanical engineering from Los Andes University in Bogota, Colombia. In addition, she has ATP and commercial pilot certificates in single engine and multiengine instrument airplanes, gliders, and seaplanes; a CFI certificate in gliders, instrument, single, and multiengine airplanes; and is a check pilot and training center evaluator. She began her career at ERAU as a flight instructor, team safety leader, flight standards check pilot, and training manager. In 2011, she joined the faculty of the Aeronautical Science Department. She is a member of the AOPA High School Steering committee. She participated in the 14 CFR Part 23 Aircraft Certification Aviation Rulemaking Committee and was appointed chair of the Industry Liaison Subcommittee of the ASTM F-44 GA aircraft certification chapter. She is the vice president of an EAA International Aerobatic Club chapter, the faculty advisor of ERAU’s Sport Aviation Club, and president of the Daytona Chapter of the 99’s. Along with her husband, she has created several youth programs around the country that specialize in teaching high school students to fly in gliders, LSA, and tailwheel airplanes.


Stasi Poulos – Mindstar Aviation, President

Stasi Poulos is the founder and CEO of Mindstar Aviation, which develops software simulations for aircraft systems and avionics used in professional flight simulators and certain home-use aviation training products. In addition to flight simulators for civil aviation, Mindstar Aviation has been involved with a variety of aviation-related projects in the military and intelligence communities. Mindstar Aviation also produces simulated aircraft GPS units that use real-world navigation data to enhance training. He earned a BBA in business administration and business computing science from Texas A&M University and held a variety of software development positions during a 15-year career at Mobil Oil Corporation. An avid pilot since the early 1980s, he holds several type ratings and certifications.


Topic 2: Cockpit Technology

Malcolm Toon — ForeFlight, EVP Mapping, Navigation & Military Technologies

Malcolm Toon has been working with iOS mobile development since it was first available in 2008. He started developing EFB applications eight years ago and joined ForeFlight six years ago. He has developed various foundational technologies in the application, such as the profile view, synthetic vision, and the core map engine. In addition to the visualization systems, he has built glide rings, search and rescue features, and various external device interfaces, including Stratus and GDL90 support. He is a private pilot with ASEL and ASES ratings, and is working on his instrument rating.


Charlie Precourt – Orbital ATK Flight Systems, VP and General Manager

Charlie Precourt is the vice president and general manager of the Propulsion Systems Division of the Orbital ATK Corporation, which manufactures numerous rocket propulsion systems for the Department of Defense and NASA. He is also vice chairman of the Board of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) and EAA’s Safety Committee chairman. Additionally, he serves as the chairman of the Citation Jet Pilot Association’s Safety Committee. He is a former NASA astronaut and Space Shuttle commander, as well as a US Air Force test pilot. At NASA, he was the agency’s chief astronaut, responsible for the selection, training, and flight certification of 20 Space Shuttle crews and five International Space Station crews. At NASA, he flew four Space Shuttle missions, piloting the first ever Shuttle docking with the Mir in 1995. He has logged 12,000 hours in more 100 different types of aircraft, from the F-15 to the Helio-Courier to a self-built VariEze, multiple high-performance gliders, and Citation business jet models, among others. He holds commercial, multi-engine, instrument, and CFI ratings, and has Citation CJ-3, Mig-21, T-38, L-39, L-29 and Tucano type ratings and experimental authorizations. He earned the Barnes Memorial Trophy as the outstanding instructor at the USAF Test Pilot School and was inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame. He is also a Fellow of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots. He holds a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering from the USAF Academy, a master’s degree in engineering management from Golden Gate University, and a master’s degree in national security and strategic studies from the US Naval War College.


Melvin Johnson – FAA, Deputy Director, Policy and Innovation Division

Melvin Johnson is the deputy director of the FAA’s Policy & Innovation Division, where he oversees the development of aircraft certification services policy, such as airworthiness standards, production and type certification procedures, and continued operational safety policy. Prior to joining the Policy & Innovation Division, he was the acting manager of the Small Airplane Directorate, where he oversaw airworthiness standards, continued operational safety, policy, and guidance for small aircraft, gliders, light sport aircraft, airships, and balloons. The directorate also managed the administrative activities involving all aeronautical products within the geographical boundaries encompassing 21 states and international GA aircraft projects. Before his career at the FAA, he worked for Telair International, Raisbeck Engineering, Composite Solutions Corporation, and Boeing. He has been part of teams designing and certifying modifications for a variety of aerospace projects, from Boeing 747 modifications to the Beechcraft King Air. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering.


Sean Elliott – EAA, Vice President of Advocacy and Safety

Sean Elliott joined the EAA staff in April 1996, serving for 4 years as the executive director and president for EAA’s affiliate, the National Association of Flight Instructors, before taking over the EAA’s Aircraft Operations and Air Tours in 2000. As the head of EAA Aircraft Operations, he is responsible for developing and implementing pilot training and standardization as well as overseeing three national tours each year. He handles the significant challenges of maintaining a vintage fleet of aircraft with little to no factory support. He has been vice president of advocacy and safety since December 2010, where he is part of the EAA senior leadership team and manages the EAA’s government affairs offices at both EAA headquarters and in Washington, DC. He is responsible for reviewing and analyzing government policy and regulation on the federal, state, and local levels that affects recreational aviation, as well as advocating for EAA members and private individuals who build and fly aircraft for recreation. He is a pilot and instructor in most of the EAA’s vintage and experimental fleet and is qualified in and has flown many different types of vintage aircraft.  He holds an ATP Certificate and is an FAA-designated pilot examiner with over 8,300 hours of pilot-in-command time and over 5,500 hours of dual instruction time. He holds CFI, CFII, CFMEI, Gold Seal, AGI, and IGI certificates.


Jens Hennig – General Aviation Manufacturers Association, Vice President of Operations

As vice president of operations, Jens Hennig is responsible for the General Aviation Manufacturers Association’s (GAMA) activities for safety, security, and operations. He is the association’s primary staff person on air traffic control (ATC) modernization and issues affecting manufacturer flight operations. His engagement in policy and rulemaking committees covers a range of topics, including ADS-B, air traffic management, landing and takeoff performance, and rulemaking cost analysis. He chaired the FAA’s Airman Training and Testing Standards Rulemaking Committee, which developed the new framework for pilot training and managed the review of the Part 135/125 regulations. He is the chairman of the US Transportation Security Administration’s Aviation Security Advisory Committee General Aviation (GA) Subcommittee and served as co-chair of the FAA’s Aircraft System Information Security/Protection Working Group on Cybersecurity. He has testified about NextGen and homeland security before the US Congress. He has been a member of EASA’s Flight Standards Advisory Committee since its formation, focusing on extending the agency’s scope and establishing a safety agreement between the EU and the United States. He served as chair of EASA’s Operational Suitability Data Rulemaking Group and as a member of the committee that developed standards for operating single-engine airplanes in commercial service. He served as the GA manufacturing industry’s representative on the JAA Operations Sectorial Team. After serving as manager of flight operations for contract training at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU), he joined GAMA in 2003. He holds a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from ERAU and a master’s degree in aviation.


Dave Sizoo – FAA, Small Airplane Standards Staff

Dave Sizoo is a test pilot with 32 years of professional aviation experience. He earned an MS in aeronautical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is a graduate of the US Air Force Test Pilot School and the National Test Pilot School. He served 21 years in the US Air Force and was the first USAF test pilot assigned to the F35 Joint Strike Fighter. After the military, he continued flying as an experimental test pilot for Gulfstream. He is currently serving as an FAA test pilot on the Small Airplane Standards staff in Kansas City, where he leads the staff’s research projects in flight controls/mechanical systems and human factors. In 2017, he received the US Department of Transportation Team Award for his leadership in GA modernization efforts. He has logged time in more than 150 aircraft and is type rated in 15 jets, as well as in helicopters and gliders. He is an avid GA pilot, instructor, and evaluator who is passionate about bringing advanced technologies to small airplanes to make them safer and easier to fly.


Justin Barkowski – AOPA, Director of Regulatory Affairs

Justin Barkowski is the director of government affairs at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), where he has led the organization’s efforts to bring more affordable safety-enhancing equipment to the cockpit. He also leads and manages policy issues in the areas of airmen certification and unmanned aircraft systems. Prior to joining AOPA, he was an attorney involved in aviation insurance defense matters, where he managed litigation arising out of dozens of general aviation aircraft accidents across the United States. He is an instrument-rated commercial pilot.


Other Presenters

Thomas Baron – Remora Systems, Innovation Winner

Thomas Baron is co-founder of Remora Systems and a student at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. He studies space communications systems and serves as the project manager of the TJ REVERB, Thomas Jefferson’s student-run nanosatellite project. He has presented at the General Aviation Joint Steering Committee meeting and at EAA AirVenture. He is particularly interested in reducing loss-of-control accidents by keeping pilots aware of their critical flight data using a head-mounted display.


Justin Zhou – Remora Systems, Innovation Winner

Justin Zhou is co-founder of Remora Systems and a student at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. He studies computer and systems science and serves as the lead systems engineer of the TJ REVERB, Thomas Jefferson’s student-run nanosatellite project. He has presented at the General Aviation Joint Steering Committee meeting and EAA AirVenture. Along with his friend and co-founder Thomas Baron, he began developing a head-mounted avionics concept upon pursuing his private pilot’s license in May 2016.



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