Joe Syslo has been a licensed commercial pilot since 1965, rated in both fixed and rotary wing aircraft, accumulating over 10,000 flight hours. He is a 1974 Graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU). His involvement in aviation safety began during his tour of duty with the Marine Corps in Viet Nam. He is a retired Army Warrant Officer, Aviation Safety Officer and Army Aviator, most recently having flown the UH-60L Blackhawk.
Joe has worked as both a manufacturer’s investigator and an aviation safety consultant. Joe has participated in over 520 domestic and international on-site accident investigations. Joe retired from Bell Helicopter in 2002, and became Senior Manager, Accident Investigation and Fleet Safety at American Eurocopter until his retirement in 2011. While at American Eurocopter, now Airbus Helicopters, Joe was instrumental in the development of the Eurocopter/Appareo Vision 1000 Flight Data Monitoring System, and was Co-Chair of the Global Helicopter Flight Data Monitoring (HFDM) Steering Group. He was also a member of the Helicopter Association International (HAI) Safety Committee, American Helicopter Society (AHS) Technical Safety Committee, General Aviation Manufacturer’s Association (GAMA) Safety and Accident Investigation Committee, International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) Founding Member and International Society of Air Safety Investigators Member (ISASI).
Since retiring from American Eurocopter in 2011, Joe has established SAFE INTERNATIONAL, Inc., which offers Accident Reconstruction, Operational Consulting and Pilot Expert Services, as well as Technical Consultation and Bogus Aircraft Identification.