Captain TWA/NetJets (ret)
Petaluma, CA 94954
CAPTAIN BERT BOTTA
AVIATION EXPERT CV & BACKGROUND
Current: September 25, 2023
General Specialties: Aviation & Aerospace and Human Factors
Specialty Focus: General Aviation, Pilot Error, Pilot Human Factors, Pilot and Flight Crew Professional Standards, Flight Crew Performance, Pilot Complacency, Aviation Accidents, Pilot Fatigue, Pilot Performance, Flight Crew Coordination, Corporate Flight Crews, In-Flight Safety, Cockpit Behavior, Emotional Intelligence
Aviation Expert Experience:
• SEAK Expert Witness Directory, 12/21
• SEAK Expert Witness Training, 2/22
• Aviation Expert Witness Experience:
Researched and Opined on:
• Pilot competency
• Pilot incapacity, medical issues
• Pilot wrongful death case settled.
• Wrong surface event, current, 11/22
“Bert, I am pleased to report that we resolved the case yesterday for a positive (yet confidential result).
The information you provided for the case allowed for myself and my clients to show the defense that we were worthy adversaries and knew what should have been done and what hadn’t been done in training and in the flight.
Without your expertise, we wouldn’t have been so successful.
I’ve not handled an aviation case before, and you (and the aerobatic expert you brought onto the case) were both great!”
Thank you, Kelly
Education: MA, John F Kennedy University; BA, San Francisco State University; Post Graduate studies, Advanced Human Studies Institute, Miami, FL
Years in Private Practice as a Licensed Professional Counselor: 10
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: Opining on Flight Crew Human Factors, Pilot Judgment, Pilot Behavior Analysis, Accident Analysis
• Masters Degree, Counseling Psychology, John F Kennedy University, Orinda, CA.
• BA, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA.
• Post Graduate Studies in Human Behavior, at the Advanced Human Studies Institute, Miami, FL.
35 Years as a
• Professional Airline and Corporate Jet 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
• 8 years as an Aviation Consultant and Pilot Career Consultant
Bert’s experience gives him a unique, in-depth perspective on the emotional and psychological makeup of aviation professionals as an Aviation Expert.
- TWA Pilot/Captain: 16000 hours flying experience
- NetJets Gulfstream and Citation Jet Captain, 4000 hours flying experience
- Licensed Professional Counselor (MO, FL, NM)
- Professional Standards Committee Chairman TWA/Airline Pilots Association
- Professional Standards Committee Chairman, NetJets
- Designated FAA Line Check Airman (Instructor pilot)
- Certified FAA Flight Instructor
- Expert Aviation Witness experience
- Aviation Industry Consultant
- Author, Aviation Writer, Podcaster
In addition to his 35 years of world-wide experience as an International Airline Captain, Bert is a unique combination of Aviation Expert Witness and Professional Counselor. This makes him knowledgeable about the psychological and emotional makeup of aviation professionals.
Captain Bert Botta CV and Aviation Background
TWA PILOT/CAPTAIN: 1966-1992: 16000 hours flying experience, Captain, First Officer, Flight Engineer. A/C types: DC3, B707, L1011, MD80/DC9, CE 525, CE 650, G200.
DESIGNATED FAA LINE CHECK AIRMAN TWA: 1989 – 1992, MD80/DC9
SAUDI ARABIA SPECIAL ASSIGNMENT, CAD License # TA325, 1976-1977
NOTE: As a Designated FAA Line Check Airman Bert was concurrently a Missouri Licensed Professional Counselor with a private practice in St. Louis, MO where he was based with TWA.
Because of his background as a Licensed Professional Counselor, his chief pilot often assigned him pilots who were having trouble passing their check rides and/or upgrading from First Officer to Captain.
The outcomes were extremely positive and, in two cases, he was able to help save the pilots careers.
TWA AIRLINE PILOTS ASSOCIATION (ALPA)
TWA/ALPA PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN: (Professional Standards is the committee that oversees and intervenes in anything involving pilot behavior that impacts the safety of flight, i.e. behavioral problems, alcoholism, drugs, interpersonal conflict, etc.)
TWA/ALPA CHAIRMAN, FAMILY AWARENESS COMMITTEE
TWA/ALPA SECOND OFFICER REPRESENTATIVE
NetJets GULFSTREAM AND CITATION JET CAPTAIN: 4/2000 – 12/2009, 4000 hours flying experience. Transported high net-worth individuals, i.e., heads of state, professional athletes, celebrities, corporate executives, etc.
NetJets PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN: Teamsters Union, 2001-2003. Bert developed the NetJets Professional Standards Committee and was the first chairman of the committee.
AIRCRAFT SIMULATOR INSTRUCTOR: Aircraft Simulator Training, 2016-2018.
CIVIL AIR PATROL, Instructor pilot, Taos, NM squadron, 1996-1998
SOLAIRUS AERO: Chief pilot, 2003, Consultant, 2018-2020
FAA CERTIFIED GOLD SEAL FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR (current – 2024)
PILOT INTERVIEW PREP SPECIALIST Aviation Consulting Services. 2000 – 2001. Interviewed, coached and prepared pilot applicants for major air carrier interviews and testing.
- Speaker, Fifth and Seventh International Symposium on Aviation Psychology, Ohio State University.
- Speaker, ALPA Professional Standards Committee Meeting, “A Counseling Methodology to Solving Pilot Behavior Problems”
WRITER/AUTHOR Articles published
- Airline Pilot Magazine
- Aviation International News
- Air Inc and other pilot career prep magazines
- Newspaper columnist, St. Louis Suburban Journal
- Columnist, Sedona Times, Sedona, AZ.
EDUCATION MA, Counseling Psychology, 1981-1984, John F. Kennedy University, Orinda, California, BA, Social Sciences, San Francisco State University, 1961-1964, AA, Liberal Arts, San Francisco City College, 1959-1961.
- 1989-1996. Licensed in Missouri, New Mexico and Florida.
- 1985-1988: Post Graduate Studies in Counseling Psychology, Advanced Human Studies Institute, Coral Gables, FL
- Workshop, Seminar and Men’s Group Leader: 1988-1996, St. Louis, MO Area Men’s Council
- Certified Leader, Men’s Personal Leadership Training, ManKind Project, 1992-1998. Developed men’s personal development and service community, St. Louis, MO 1992-1998
- Developed and led men’s personal and leadership development programs in St. Louis, MO, Taos, NM, San Francisco, CA, Marin County, CA and Sonoma County, CA: 1993-1998
- Staff Trainer, Men’s Awareness Training, Milwaukee, WI, 1992-1998
- MPAA (Minority Pilots Association and Academy) Bert helped develop minority kids interest in and qualification for aviation in Taos, NM, 1996-2000
- January 10, 2008: “Fatigue and Understaffing: The Threat to Runway Safety.”
Aviation International News
- November, 2001: “Soul Searching: Thoughts on Life and a Flying Career”
- March, 2002: “Can Pilots Find Inner Peace in Turbulent Times?”
- May, 2002: “A Fractional Pilot’s Life Comes Full Circle”
- September, 2002: “A Pilot’s Emotional and Spiritual Survival Guide”
- August, 2019: Speaker: “Grappling with Grief: Tales From the Flight Deck Podcast”
- May, 2015: A Pilot Discovers the Meaning of Life
- July, 2015: Mentor in a Poopy Suit
- December, 2016: Airline Pilot Wannabe
- January, 2017: A Look Inside the Life of Free Airline Travel
(More articles upon request)
- Articles published (available upon request)
Airline Pilot Careers
- July, 2001: Flying Beyond Retirement: Fractional operators hire pilots after age 60
Airline Pilot Magazine
- March, 1989: Air Safety and Mental Health
Fifth International Aviation Psychology Symposium
- April 17-20, 1989: Sanity, Common Sense and Air Safety: Keys to Understanding Pilot Error
The Catalyst: (TWA Master Executive Council)
- Professional Standards Report
- Stressed Out? Tips to Eliminate Merger Mania!
- May, 1990: Power Trip
- August, 1990: Family Awareness Seminar helps pilots avoid heart disease
Hub City News
- Issue 19: Captain Upgrading
- September, 1979: Sinking Spells
- August, 1990: “The Heart of the Matter”
Marin Independent Journal
- November 13, 2011: A Pilot’s New Direction
St. Louis Suburban Journal
- March, 1993
- June, 1993
- September, 1993
- February, 1998
PERSONAL REFERENCES: Available upon request