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Gregory A. Feith  

Human Factors, Safety, Aviation Reporting

After 20 years of government service at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), Mr. Feith “departed the government pattern.” Technically too young to enjoy the spoils of retirement, he is engaging in his second career using his experience to enhance aviation safety and security in the private sector. During his tenure with the NTSB, Mr. Feith served in a variety of positions, including Air Safety Investigator (Field) Unit Supervisor, Regional Director, and Senior Air Safety Investigator.

He has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

He holds an Airline Transport Certificate with over 3000 hours of flight time; and owns a Piper PA-24-260 Comanche;

He served as the Investigator-In-Charge (IIC) of the NTSB “Go-Team,” from 1993 until his departure in 2001, and was either the IIC or U.S. Accredited Representative for the following notable accident investigations: Valujet Douglas DC-9, May 1996, Everglades, Florida; In-flight cargo fire;

American Eagle Avions de Transport Regional (ATR) 72, October 1994, Roselawn, IN.;

USAir Douglas DC-9, July 1994, Charlotte, NC; Pilot spatial disorientation and windshear;

American International Airways Douglas DC-8, August 1993, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; First commercial accident attributed to flightcrew fatigue;

Emery Worldwide Airlines Douglas DC-8-71, February 2000, Sacramento, California;

American Airlines McDonnell Douglas MD-83, June 1999, Little Rock, Arkansas;

Korean Air Boeing 747-300, August 1997, Agana, Guam;

Silkair Airlines Boeing 737-300, December 1997, Palembang, Sumatra;

Swissair McDonnell Douglas MD-11, September 1998, Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia;

Mr. Feith was also the U.S. Accredited Representative and Team Leader of six American investigators who climbed Mt. Illimani to an elevation of 21,223 feet MSL, to conduct the on-scene wreckage examination of Eastern Airlines Flight 980, a Boeing 727. This is the highest accident site in commercial aviation history.

Mr. Feith was awarded the 1996 Laurel Award from Aviation Week and Space Technology magazine in the category of “Outstanding Operations” for leadership during the conduct of the Valujet Airlines investigation in the Florida Everglades; and received the 2001 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Distinguished Alumni Award for “extraordinary distinction and success in the field of aviation and achievements;” and the 2003 SAFE Association, Michael R. Grost Award for “significant contributions to the life sciences area through leadership and evolutionary aircraft accident investigation using scientific mishap analysis, investigative study, historical documentation. Leading to system design improvements that enhance the life-saving potential of aircraft/spacecraft egress systems or life support;”

Currently, Greg Feith consults on aviation safety and security matters, instructs at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; contributes articles to Business & Commercial Aviation magazine including “Avoiding The Beast Below,” September 2002; and has been working as the technical advisor and actor in a number of television programs. He appears regularly as a guest aviation safety and security expert on NBC, MSNBC while maintaining a busy speaking schedule with The Aviation Speakers Bureau.

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