Aircraft Accident Reconstruction

and Litigation Support

Phone: 817-823-3374

Pilot Expert / Flight Operations Expert / Military Operations Expert

Where my broad based experience in civil and military aircraft and aviation operations provides a solid foundation for producing well-researched and accurate findings in accident investigations and reconstructions.


Extensive knowledge of aviation environment and operations.

Experienced accident investigator, reconstructionist and technical witness.

Highly experienced rotary wing pilot with over 5000 hours.

Excellent interpersonal, presentation and briefing skills.

Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Knowledge of military and civilian operations and regulatory environment.

Ability to understand complex issues and distill them into usable, focused data.

Significant experience with senior level customer contact, and relationship management.



3/12-Present, Owner/Manager, Helicopter Accident Consulting, LLC

Provide consulting services for aviation accidents and incidents to interested parties, including investigation, reconstruction, report writing and technical witness services.


6/67-4/72, Captain, US Army

Attended Officer Candidate School and was commissioned in the Corps of Engineers. Attended US Army Rotary Wing Flight School. Served a one-year combat tour in Republic of Vietnam.

5/72-4/09, Major, CW5, Army National Guard

Served in various aviation pilot and leadership positions including Standardization Instructor Pilot, Electronic Warfare Officer, Tactical Operations Officer, and Joint Operations Officer and platoon leader. Deployed to El Salvador for Humanitarian Support mission in 1998, Bosnia for NATO Peacekeeping mission 2/2003-5/2004, Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom 7/2006-7/2007. Retired US Army, 4/1/2009.

Held a TOP SECRET security clearance.

Qualified in OH-58, UH-1 and UH-60 aircraft.

Night Vision Goggle qualified (including HUD).

Shipboard Operations/Deck Landing qualified (including Dunker).

Joint Operations (Air Force, Navy, Marine) trained and qualified.


4/01-12/05, President, Haystack Marketing Communications, Inc.

Launched and operated a consultant-based marketing firm serving aviation/aerospace marketplace. Clients included Turbomeca Engine Corporation, Structural Dynamics Research Corporation and Flowserve, Inc.

8/82-2/01, President & CEO, Keeton & Rich, Inc.

Founded full-service marketing and communications firm specializing in the aviation/aerospace industry. With full responsibility for all company operations inclusive of strategic planning, business development, finance, sales and account management, grew sales from zero to $15MM annually and established the industry standard for helping aviation clients achieve increased sales and brand recognition.

Led team of thirty marketing and advertising professionals.

Built diverse client base of some of the most successful worldwide aviation/aerospace companies. Developed innovative and profit-producing marketing communications programs for clients.

Built strong and lasting business partnerships.

Provided strategic view of marketplace to senior-level client executives utilizing in-depth understanding of marketing and sales variables, and precise positioning of programs and products to achieve superior results.

Developed global marketing programs and provided strategic planning for foreign (French, Italian and German) parent companies of US subsidiaries.

8/75-7/82, Account Executive/Manager, Tracy-Locke Advertising

Provided marketing communications consulting and account management services to various aviation/aerospace clients, including LTV, Vought Corporation and Cooper Airmotive (Now Aviall).


I currently hold a FAA commercial certificate with rotorcraft, airplane and instrument ratings. I have accumulated approximately 5000 hours rotary wing and 1000 hours airplane total time.

Aircraft Qualifications:

Bell UH-IA,B,C,D,H,M, Bell OH-58A, Bell OH-13, Eurocopter BK-117, Sikorsky UH-60A/L, Cessna 150, 172, 182, Mooney 201, Beech A-36, F-33.


MS, Human Factors in Aeronautics, Florida Institute of Technology (Current)

Courses completed

Aircraft Accident Investigation

Situational Awareness and Decision Making

Human Factors in Man-Machine Systems

Human Performance

Implications of Aviation on Human Physiology

Sensation and Perception

Aviation Safety and Security Certificate Program, University of Southern California

Courses completed

Aircraft Accident Investigation

Helicopter Accident Investigation

Gas Turbine Accident Investigation

Aviation Safety Management Systems

Human Factors in Aviation Safety

Legal Aspects of Aviation Safety

Role of the Technical Witness in Litigation

Photography in Accident Investigation

BS, Marketing, San Diego State University

MBA Executive Management Series, Southern Methodist University

Numerous professional development seminars and courses in marketing and aviation through such organizations as NBAA, HAI, American Marketing Association and the US Army.


International Society of Air Safety Investigators

Helicopter Association International

National Business Aircraft Association

Combat Helicopter Pilots Association