Captain TWA/NetJets (ret)
Petaluma, CA 94954
CAPTAIN BERT BOTTA
AVIATION EXPERT WITNESS CV & BACKGROUND
Current: May, 2022
Aviation Expert Witness Experience:
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 Captain
• FAA Designated Check Airman
• Licensed Professional Counselor with 10 years in Private Practice
• Chairman of the TWA Airline Pilots Association (ALPA)
• NetJets Professional Standards Committee Chairman
• 8 years as an Aviation Consultant and Pilot Career Consultant
Gives Bert a unique, in-depth perspective on the emotional and psychological make up of aviation professionals in the field of Aviation Expert Witnessing.
- TWA Pilot/Captain: 16000 hours flying experience
- NetJets Gulfstream and Citation Jet Captain
- 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 skills since he’s intimately familiar with 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 REPRESENTIVE
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
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.
- 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: 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)
- 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: 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