Bert Botta: Aviation Expert Witness, Former Airline and Corporate Jet Captain, Author, Storyteller.

Bert has over 35 years and 16,000 hours + of flight experience with TWA and NetJets.


9/21: Bert was hired as an Aviation Expert Witness by the defendant in a case involving a suit over lost wages by a Major Airline First Officer who was questionably unfit to return to duty because of serious injuries suffered as a result of an automobile accident enroute from the airport to the hotel. The case was settled out of court.

12/21: Bert was deposed after being hired by the defendant to respond to an Initial Expert Disclosure and Lost Earning Capacity report of a Major Airline Captain.

His Aviation Expert Witness General Specialties are: Flight Crew Human Factors, Pilot Judgment, Pilot Behavior Analysis, Accident Analysis

Specialty Focus: Aviation Psychology, Pilot Error, Pilot Human Factors, Pilot Professional Standards,  Flight Crew Performance, Pilot Complacency, Aviation Accidents, Pilot Fatigue, Emotional Intelligence, Crew Coordination, Aviation Emotional Intelligence, Corporate Flight Crews, In-Flight Safety, Cockpit Behavior

Education: MA, John F Kennedy University; BA, San Francisco State University; Post Graduate, Advanced Human Studies Institute, Miami, FL

Years in Private Counseling Practice: 10

Additional Information

Specialties and Experience: Bert combines 35 years of Professional Aviation as a Worldwide, International Airline and Corporate Pilot with 10 years as a former Licensed Professional Counselor in Private Practice.

General Specialties: Flight Crew Human Factors, Pilot Judgment, Pilot Behavior Analysis, Accident Analysis


• Masters Degree, Counseling Psychology from John F Kennedy University, Orinda, CA.

• BA, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA.

• Post Graduate Studies in Human Behavior, the Advanced Human Studies Institute, Miami, FL.

Bert has 35 years as a:

• Professional Airline and Corporate Captain

• FAA Designated Check Airman

• Licensed Professional Counselor with 10 years in Private Practice

• Chairman, TWA Airline Pilots Association (ALPA) Professional Standards Committee

Chairman, NetJets Professional Standards Committee 

This breadth of experience gives Bert a unique and in-depth perspective into the emotional makeup of aviation flight crews.

This kind of rare and unprecedented experience in the Psychology of Professional Flight Crews proves invaluable as an Aviation Expert Witness.

Expert Witness BIO:

Additional Experience:

• Chairman, Family Awareness Committee, TWA/ALPA, 1990
• Chairman, Family Awareness Committee Seminar, August, 1990
• Speaker, 5th International Aviation Psychology Symposium, Columbus, Ohio, 1989
• Author, Pilot Sinking Spells, Flite Facts, September, 1979
• Author, Air Safety and Mental Health, Airline Pilot, March, 1989
• Author, Sanity, Common Sense and Air Safety: Keys to Understanding Pilot Error, 1989
• Author, Power Trip, Family Awareness Committee, May, 1990
• Author, Flying Beyond Retirement, Airline Pilot Careers, July, 2001
• Author, 7 Secrets to Eliminating Worry and Insecurity in Your Flying Career, August, 2010
• Author, Fatigue, Understaffing Threaten Runway Safety, USA Today, January 10, 2008
• Author, Pilots Find Peace in Turbulent Times, Aviation International News March, 2002
• Author, Soul-Searching: Thoughts on Life and a Flying Career, AIN, November, 2001
• Author, A Pilot’s Life Comes Full Circle, AIN, May, 2002
• Certified Leader, Men’s Personal Leadership Training, ManKind Project, 1992 – 1998
• Search and Rescue, Instructor Pilot, Taos Civil Air Patrol, August, 1996 – June, 1998
• Seminar/workshop leader, St. Louis, MO, 1992 – 1998
• Airline Pilot Interview Prep Specialist: Aviation Consulting Services. 2000 – 2001
• Corporate Jet Pilot/Captain, NetJets, 2000-2009
• Chairman, NetJets Professional Standards Committee, 2000-2004
• Retired, NetJets, 2009