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Fixed Wing Pilot and Expert Witness

Curriculum Vitae:

Daniel Mesnard

Fixed Wing Pilot & Expert Witness

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Daniel J Mesnard
Aviation Consultant & Expert Witness



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Bachelor of Science – Aeronautical Engineering (USAF Academy)

Master of Business Administration (Golden Gate University)


Flying Qualifications:

Airline Transport Pilot (ATPL): Single and Multi Engine Land
Certified Flight Instructor (CFIA): Single Engine Land
Certified Flight Instructor (CFIG): Glider Aero Tow

Flight Engineer

Flight Instructor: McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II, F-4 RTU

Flight Instructor: Northrop AT-38B Talon, Fighter Lead-In

Private Pilot (PPL): Glider, Single and Multi Engine Land


Flying Hours:

Total Time, 20,000+ Hours

Multi Engine Turbojet: 15,000 Hours

(Multi Engine Turbojet Instructor: 4,000 Hours)

Flight Engineer: 2,000 Hours

USAF Total Fighter: 2,500 Hours

(USAF Instructor: 1,000 Hours)

Glider, Single, Multi Engine Land: 500 Hours


Flying Ratings:

Airline Transport Pilot - Boeing B-727, B-757, B-767, B-777

Lockheed L1011 TriStar

McDonnell Douglas, DC-9, MD-88

Military - LTV A-7D Corsair II, McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II, Northrop AT-38B Talon, Northrop T-38, Cessna T-37, T-41

Professional Bodies:

Association of Graduates USAF Academy, Life Member

Reserve Officer’s Association, Life Member

McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II Society, Life Member

Career History:




2013 - date

GMR Consulting, USA and UK

Aviation Consultant and Expert
Providing Expert Witness services to lawyers in connection with aviation accidents, including research and analysis in accident reconstruction.



1985 - date

Major US Airline, Atlanta

Captain, MD-88, B-757, B-767, B-777

Line Check Captain, MD-88, B-757, B-767, B-767ER

First Officer, DC-9, MD-88, B-757, B-767, L1011

Second Officer, B-727

Line Check Second Officer, B-727
Currently a B-777 Captain flying ultra long haul flights in the Pacific, Europe and Middle East, managing a crew of 16 and responsible for the safety and comfort of 278 passengers per flight.




1974 - 1998

United States Air Force (Active and Reserve Duty)

          (1993 - 1998) 

USAF Reserve, Carswell Air Force Base, TX

Wing Public Relations Officer, Wing Staff Chief of Command and Control

          (1990 - 1992)

USAF Reserve, Buckley Air National Guard, CO

Wing Staff Chief of Command and Control

          (1987 - 1990)

USAF Reserve, Ohio Air National Guard, OH

LTV A-7D Operational Fighter Pilot, Wing Command and Control Officer

          (1985 - 1986)

USAF Reserve, Kansas Air National Guard, McConnell, KS

McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II Instructor Pilot

          (1983 - 1985)

USAF, Holloman Air Force Base, NM
AT-38B Fighter Lead-In Instructor Pilot, Squadron Weapons Officer, Squadron Scheduling Officer, Squadron Ground Instructor

          (1980 - 1983)

USAF, Torrejon Air Base, Spain

Operational McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II Fighter Pilot, Flight Leader, Wing Staff Weapons Officer, Wing Weapons Exercise Planner

          (1979 - 1980) 

USAF, MacDill Air Force Base, FL

Fighter Lead-In Training on McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II at the Replacement Training Unit (RTU)

          (1978 - 1979)


Undergraduate Pilot Training on Cessna T-37 and NorthropT-38 Talon

          (1974 - 1978)

USAF Academy, Colorado Springs

Gliders Instructor