Bert Botta

Captain TWA/NetJets (ret)

Petaluma, CA 94954

415.320.9811 cell

Email: botajet@gmail.com    

CAPTAIN BERT BOTTA

AVIATION EXPERT WITNESS CV & BACKGROUND

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General Specialties: Aviation & Aerospace and Human Factors
Specialty Focus: Aviation Psychology, Pilot Error, Pilot Human Factors, Pilot 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
Education: MA, John F Kennedy University; BA, San Francisco State University; Post Graduate, Advanced Human Studies Institute, Miami, FL

Years in Private Practice as a Licensed Professional Counselor: 10

Number of Times Deposed/Testified in Last Yr: 1
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

Education:

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, 3 years at the Advanced Human Studies Institute, Miami, FL.

 His work for 35 years as a

• Professional Airline and Corporate Captain

• FAA Designated Check Airman

• Licensed Professional Counselor with 10 years in Private Practice

• Chairman of the TWA Airline Pilots Association (ALPA) 

• Hand picked as the NetJets Professional Standards Committee Chairman

• 8 years as an Aviation Consultant and Pilot Career Consultant

Gives him a unique, in-depth and unprecedented perspective in the field of Aviation Expert Witnessing.

This kind of experience on the Psychology of the Professional Pilot proves invaluable as an Aviation Expert Witness.

  • TWA Captain: 16000 hours flying experience
  • NetJets Captain (World’s largest Corporate Jet Charter Company)
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (MO, FL, NM)
  • Professional Standards Committee Chairman (Airline Pilots Assoc)
  • 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 he’s a rare combination of Aviation Expert Witness skills since he’s intimately familiar with the psychological and emotional makeup of aviation professionals.

These kind of skills can help bring a quicker, more profitable and complete resolution to your aviation cases.

AVIATION EXPERT WITNESS, CONSULTANT AND RELATED POSITIONS:

AVIATION WITNESS EXPERT FOR:

(1) 2/21 MARIA A. CARUANA, ESQ.

Law Offices of John A. Biard,

(925) 945-4491

botajet@gmail.com

415-320-9811

After 7 months of deliberation, and prior to Bert being deposed, the case was settled out of court.

(2) 9/21 Lewis Brisbois

Las Vegas, NV 89118

T: 702.693.4354 

botajet@gmail.com

415-320-9811

(3) PrivateAviation, 2004. Bert was hired as an Expert Aviation Consultant to work with Sheryl Barden, CEO of Aviation Personnel International, to investigate a private jet captain who was purported to be conducting private jet flights recklessly and endangering his high-profile clients.

(4) Eastern Airlines (EAL) PEER program (Pilot Employment and Referral Service), Miami, FL. Bert was hired to determine the need for counseling and intervention to relieve stress as a result of the deterioration of Eastern Airline pilots working conditions during Frank Lorenzo’s takeover of EAL.

(5) US Airways Professional Standards Committee, Pittsburg, PA. Over a period of 5 days, Bert was hired to teach principles of stress reduction to the US Airways pilot and flight attendant Professional Standard Committee Chairmen in their dealings with line pilot and flight attendant behavior problems.

Captain Bert Botta CV and Aviation Background

TWA 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 AWARNESS COMMITTEE

TWA/ALPA SECOND OFFICER REPRESENTIVE

NETJETS

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 was hand-picked for and developed the NetJets Professional Standards Committee and was the first chairman of the committee.

AIRCRAFT SIMULATOR INSTRUCTOR: Aircraft Simulator Training, Santa Rosa, CA. 94903, 2016-2018.

CIVIL AIR PATROL, Instructor pilot, Taos, NM squadron

SOLAIRUS AERO: Chief pilot.

FAA CERTIFIED GOLD SEAL FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR (current)

PILOT INTERVIEW PREP SPECIALIST Aviation Consulting Services. 2000 – 2001. Interviewed, coached and prepared pilot applicants for major air carrier interviews and testing.

PROGRAM SPEAKER

  • 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.

LICENSED PSYCHOTHERAPIST

  • 1989-1996. Licensed in Missouri, New Mexico and Florida: 4500 Hours working with individuals, families, groups and industry.
  • 1993-1996: Creve Coeur Counseling and Psychological Associates, St. Louis, MO (Ralph Caraffa, PhD, Supervisor)
  • 1985-1988: Counseling Psychology, Advanced Human Studies Institute, Coral Gables, FL. Post Graduate Fellowship.

LEADERSHIP

  • 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. Envisioned, organized and developed men’s personal development and service community, St. Louis, MO 1992-1998
  • Envisioned, 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

PUBLICATIONS

USA Today

  • 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”

InFlightUSA

  • May, 2015: An Old, Bold 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)

BizAvJetsUSA

  • 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!

The Lancet

  • May, 1990: Power Trip
  • August, 1990: Family Awareness Seminar helps pilots avoid heart disease

Hub City News

  • Issue 19: Captain Upgrading
  • Lifestyles

Flight Facts

  • September, 1979: Sinking Spells

TWA Lancet

  • August, 1990: “The Heart of the Matter”

Marin Independent Journal

  • November 13, 2011: A Pilot’s New Direction

St. Louis Suburban Journal

  • March, 1993: Men and Community: The Sacred and the Profane
  • June, 1993: A Different Kind of Recovery
  • September, 1993: Are Toys Us?
  • February, 1998: Men, Mountains and Money

(More upon request)

PERSONAL REFERENCES: Available upon request

HEALTH: Excellent, FAA 1st Class physical 1/20