Aviation Aircraft Safety FAA Expert Witness

Provides Opinion & Testimony In:

Aviation Safety, Aircraft Safety, Cabin Safety, Flight Attendant, Cabin Crew, Flight Attendant Procedures, Pmergency Procedures, Aircraft Evacuation, In-flight Medical Emergency, In-flight Policy and Procedures, FAA, FAA Regulation, Faa Regulations, FAR, Federal Aviation Regulations, Disruptive Passenger, Passenger Restraint, Recurrent Training, Cbt, Emergency Manual, In-flight Fires, Airline Regulation, Airline Rules, Airline Contract of Carriage

TELEVISION & RADIO EXPERIENCE

Transportation Reporter & Producer, iHeartMedia Washington, D.C — 2017-Present
On Air Reporting For: Bloomberg Radio (DC), WBAL NewsRadio 1090 (Baltimore), SiriusXM, iHeartRadio Owned Stations in Washington DC, Baltimore. Produce and read traffic reports, commercials and public service messages to listeners on the radio. Identifies, researches, and creates copy regarding traffic, metro, airport news and information to feature during on-air shift; finalizes content using digital audio editing software or provides live reports.

Host & Producer, The Jet Set (Syndicated) Washington, D.C. — 2015-Present
Co-host and producer on the first nationally syndicated travel talk show “The Jet Set.” Seek destinations/clients, plan and book travel to showcase experiences, cultures and cuisine from different destinations. Host and produce my designated franchise segments. Participate and produce on-air lively discussion about trending news and current events in the industry.

Travel Expert/Contributor, NBC News New York, NY — 2017-Present
Pitch, write and co-produce travel related consumer television segments providing vital information to those viewers interested in travel, airline travel, cruising and hotel stays. Provide facts and information to NBC journalists for on-air reports and TODAY.com articles.

Travel Expert/Contributor, CNN | HLN Washington, D.C/Atlanta. — 2014-2016
I serve as co-host of the “Frequent Traveler” segment which airs on the CNN Airport Network every day at 7am and 11am in 50 airports across the country. Further, I’m called upon by both CNN and HLN to comment and provide insight on air about news and current events within the travel industry.

Correspondent & Producer, The Daily Buzz (Syndicated) Orlando, FL — 2013-2015
Produced, wrote and filed reports from destinations around the world that showcased destinations and travel hotspots. I also was on-call as the show’s resident travel and aviation expert to appear in studio and report breaking travel news, tips and information important to the viewer.

Travel Correspondent, The Better Show (Syndicated) New York, NY — 2013-2013
Filed reports from destinations around the globe for the show’s featured travel series “Trippin’ with Better.”

EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS

Pennsylvania College of Technology, Penn State
Williamsport, PA. — 2004-2005 — Associate of Applied Arts in Mass Media Communication

Rio Salado College
Phoenix, AZ. — 2005 —
Certificate of Completion,
Airline Operations

PRINT EXPERIENCE

Travel Contributor, Huffington Post Washington, D.C. — 2014-
Create opinion pieces, travelogs, and news articles for the Travel vertical.

Travel Contributor, Instinct Magazine Los Angeles, CA — 2012-2013
Created, maintained and published travel content for the magazine’s website. Provided two monthly full length columns for print.

TRAVEL INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE

InFlight Team Leader, Virgin America San Francisco, CA. — 2007-2015

As one of the original flight attendants hired for Virgin’s airline debut in the U.S. airline industry I acted as an extension of the InFlight Training Department on board all flights of which I operated, by ensuring FAA and company rules and regulations were followed.

Analyst, InFlight Policies & Procedures, US Airways Phoenix, AZ. — 2005-2007
Developed, tested, maintained and worked with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to create policies and procedures for the US Airways InFlight Emergency Manual (IEM). The IEM is a required training tool and FAA approved document issued to all of the airline’s flight attendants which contained company and FAA approved and enforced procedures for all aspects of domestic and international flights from safety to service.Managed the “Observation Ride Program,” which ensured compliance with approved in-flight procedures by way of a “secret shopper” method.

EXPERT WITNESS AVIATION & AIRCRAFT CABIN SAFETY, IN-FLIGHT POLICY & PROCEDURE

Career Overview: Developed, tested, maintained and worked with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to create policies and procedures for the US Airways/American Airlines InFlight Emergency Manual which contained company and FAA approved and enforced procedures for all aspects of domestic and international flights from safety to service. All flight attendants at the airline were trained on and had to prove proficiency with the procedures outlined in the IEM annually.

As one of the original Virgin America crewmembers and as an InFlight Team Lead, I acted as an extension of the InFlight Training Department on board all flights which I operated. Duties included ensuring FAA and company rules and regulations were followed as outlined in our Emergency Manual.

Presently, I serve as an NBC News Travel Contributor to “The Today Show,” host of the weekly travel program “The Jet Set” and appear on various national programs and in the press as a Travel Expert & Analyst.

Skills & Experience:

  • Highly experienced and trained in dealing with onboard emergencies including:
  • Serious medical and ill health situations.
  • Operational safety and security issues to ensure rapid response.
  • Technical problems.
  • Disruptive passenger handling and restraint.
  • Fully conversant with Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and regulatory requirements regarding safety, training, security and emergency procedures.
  • Crew performance during flight and procedure for resolving non-compliance issues
  • Complete familiarity with completion of mandatory documentation and reports to specific timescales.
  • International flight procedures for crew members and passengers.
  • Fleet experience includes Boeing, Airbus and Embraer aircraft.
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