Douglas Moss is a trained and experienced pilot and engineer. He currently flies as a commerical airline pilot and is also a faculty instructor in Human Factors at the University of Southern California's Viterbi School of Engineering. Additionally, he conducts accident investigation and reconstruction to determine the causal factors, including pilot error and product defects. He applies engineering analysis, human factors, and operational experience. He can also assess pilot salaries, hiring policies, safety, risk management, human factors and engineering design. Additionally, he consults on airport/land-use issues such as convective plumes from power plants, birdstrike hazards, and obstruction criteria under FAR Part 77.
His professional experience spans over 32 years in aviation as an engineer and professional pilot, including assignments as a USAF fighter pilot, USAF experimental test pilot, McDonnell Douglas engineering test pilot, airline pilot, and general aviation pilot. His academic education includes advanced degrees in engineering and business. He has also been a faculty instructor at the USAF Test Pilot School, teaching aircraft certification, flying qualities, performance, systems, and human factors.
Areas of Expertise
- Accident Investigation
- Accident Reconstruction
- Aerospace Engineering
- Aviation Valuation
- Black Box/Data Recorder
- Human Factors Engineering
- Negligent Hiring
- Transportation Safety
- Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
- A: Airline Transport Pilot
Type Certificates: A-320, MD-11, DC-9 (MD-80, MD-90)
Type Qualifications: B-727, A320, DC-9, MD-80, MD-90, MD-11, F-15, F-4, A-37, T-33, T-34, T-37, T-38, T-46
Single-Engine; Multi-Engine; Land & Sea; Instrument
Flight Engineer ñ Turbojet Powered
Over 9,000 hours flight time.
Concord Law School: Juris Doctor
University of Phoenix: Master of Business Administration
Georgia Institute of Technology: Master of Science ñ Mechanical Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology: Bachelor of Engineering - Nuclear Engineering
- Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
- A: Society of Experimental Test Pilots
Air Line Pilots Association
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Society of Automotive Engineers - SAE International
Association of Aviation Psychology
- Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
- A: TEACHING POSITIONS
ìFaculty instructor in Human Factors at the University of Southern California's Viterbi School of Engineering.
ìAcademic Instructor at the USAF Test Pilot School in subject of Performance and Flying Qualities Flight Testing.
ìCommon Errors in Cockpit Design, Displays, and Controls.î Society of Automotive Engineers: World Aviation Conference & Exposition., Anaheim, CA. Sep 1998.
ìMD-90 Developmental Flight Test.î various civic and aviation groups in the Los Angeles area. Dec 1996.
ìMD-80 Engine Anomalies and Autothrottle Operations.î Douglas Aircraft Company Twin-Jet Conference., Long Beach, CA. 1995.
- Q: Have any of your accreditations ever been investigated, suspended or removed? (if yes, explain)
- A: No
- Q: On how many occasions have you been retained as an expert?
- A: 12 times
- Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
- A: Human Factors;
Aircraft accident investigation;
Negligence of common carrier;
Loss of income for pilot;
airline standard of care
Major airline accident;
Airport Land/Use issues involving Convective Plumes, Birdstrike Hazards, and Obstructions under FAR Part 77.
- Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
- A: 30%
- Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
- A: 70%
- Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
- A: Four times
- Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
- A: 2011
- Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
- A: Three times, once by Nevada State Court, and twice in Federal Court
- Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
- A: Once
- Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
- A: Seven years
- Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
- A: Consultation, expert witness, investigation, site inspections, research
- Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
- A: No fee for initial consultation
- Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
- A: $225/hour
- Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
- A: $300/hour
- Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
- A: $400/hour, with a two-hour minimum.
- Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
- A: Actual and reasonable expenses for travel and incidental expenses, no surcharges.
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