Kit Darby

Mr. Kit Darby Aviation Consulting, LLC
1029 Peachtree Pkwy N, S-352
Peachtree City, , GA 30269
Mobile: 678-776-5633
Office: 877-334-2939
Fax: 770-487-6617

Nationally recognized airline pilot career expert. 30 years experience in pilot applications, selection, and training. Career value expert - pay, benefits, and retirement. Author of an annual airline pilot salary survey and numerous pilot career value studies for pilots, airlines unions, and litigation support. Retired airline captain and military instructor pilot. Previously an instructor pilot on the B-737 and B-717 for Boeing for 8 years. previously a flight instructor on the B-717 for a Major US airline for 3 years. Currently an ATP-CTP ground and simulator instructor for a Major US airline in Atlanta, GA.

Areas of Expertise
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Aviation
  • Compensation
  • Employment
  • Human Resources
  • Labor Economics
  • Labor Law
  • Negligent Hiring
  • Pensions
  • Transportation Safety

Expert Background
Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
ATP: S&MEL Airpln (B-717/27/37/57/67/DC-8)
CFI: Aircraft / Instrument (15 years
FE: Turbojet (B-727/DC-8)
Part 121: CPT/FO/SO (DC-8/9;B-727/37/57/67)
Parts 121, 135, 141, 91 & 63 experience

MILITARY - Retired
Instrument Examiner: F/W & R/W aircraft
Standardization IP: 5 F/W aircraft
Unit Training and Operations Officer
Maintenance Test Pilot
Ground & Simulator Instructor
Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
• Air Line Pilots Association: Member, outplacement services to furloughed/displaced pilots since 1983.
• Aircraft Pilots and Owners Association: Member, conducting pilot career workshops from 1983 to 2001.
• National Business Aircraft Association: Corporate member since 1983.
• Organization of Black Airline Pilots: Corporate member, conducting pilot career workshops since 1983.
• Women in Aviation: Corporate member, pilot career workshops at annual meetings since 1983.
• Experimental Aircraft Association: Corporate member, pilot career forums at Oshkosh since 1983.
Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: I have lead and produced over 100 Airline Pilot Career Development Seminars, Forums, and Job Fairs nationwide since 1985. These were both commercial events and that supported outplacement activities for union sponsors (Airline Pilots Association, Teamsters, and Allied Pilots Association) and air carriers. Mr. Darby designed the content and audiovisual presentations as well as hosted these events for the past twenty years. The venues draw typical crowds ranging in size from 250 to 700 pilots/technicians and 100 representatives from twenty-five to thirty-five airlines and pilot training and services vendors.

Additionally, his efforts lead to the production of seven three-hour career workshop programs for:
Furloughed Pilot’s and Technicians
Civilian-to-Airline Pilot Transition
CRM in the Pilot Interview
Pilot and Technicians Resumes and Applications
Airline Pilot Interview Survival
Pilot Testing and Simulator Evaluations
Military-to-Airline Pilot Transition.
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: 250
Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: Worldwide, Mr. Darby is recognized as an expert in US pilot hiring, pilot selection, pilot supply and demand forecasting, and interview preparation including: testing, simulator evaluations, medical exams and personnel interviews. He is regularly quoted in the national media - newspapers, magazines, and on television, including The Wall Street Journal, Atlanta Journal & Constitution, New York Times, Flying Magazine, AOPA Pilot, Airline Pilot Magazine, Time Magazine, Business Week, CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC and many more.
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
A: 50%
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
A: 50%
Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
A: 60
Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
A: December 2015
Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
A: 20
Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
A: 20
Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: 25
Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: Litigation support to include consulting, written reports, depositions, and trial testimony.
Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
A: $350/ Hour unretained, $300 retained, Retainer $2,500
Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: $350/ Hour unretained, $300 retained, Retainer $2,500
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: $350/ Hour unretained, $300 retained, Retainer $2,500
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: $350/ Hour unretained, $300 retained, Retainer $2,500
Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: Career earnings model for Major, National, and Regional airlines - $4,000, Expenses additional
Also provide models for Corporate, Fractional, Military, Charter, and General Aviation professional pilots.
Career models available for aviation mechanics and flight attendants.


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