Peter R. Leffe, BsME, MArch, AIA, NCARB


Aviation accident investigation and reconstruction.  Wreckage analysis, structural reconstruction, design defect analysis.  Power plant teardowns, analysis and testing.  Maintenance reviews including reviews of airframe and power plant log books.  Systems analysis and redundant system integration analysis.

Failure analysis of materials and structures.  Stress analysis of structures and failure analysis of systems.  Stress corrosion cracking including the analysis of the inter-relationship of environment to component failure.

Flight path reconstruction using in-flight reconstruction of radar traces and Global Positioning System tracking.  Flight testing of aircraft and systems.

Specialty Education

Certificate, Aircraft Accident Investigation, School of Engineering,
          University of Southern California, 1997

Federal Aviation Administration, Aviation Safety Counselor training, 2001

NTSB, first responder training and certification, 2005

European Society of Air Safety Investigators Course:
          Air Accident Investigation in the European Environment
          Cranfield University, Bedfordshire, England 2008


FAA:     Private Pilot
FAA:     Instrument Pilot
FAA:     Commercial Pilot
FAA:     Airline Transport Pilot

FAA:     Repairman Certificate, Experimental Aircraft


Experimental Aircraft Association Convention, T-18 Award
San Diego Fly-In, Best Metal Experimental
Watsonville Fly-In, Best T-18
Cafe 400 Air Race competitor

Aviation Experience

Licensed pilot for 40 years
Airline Transport Pilot rating
Aerobatic Pilot
High performance and complex aircraft qualified
Tail wheel qualified with over 900 hours
Turbo prop and Jet experience
Former Chief Aviation Safety Counselor, Los Angles International Airport
NTSB, First Responder
Former member, NASA Astronaut candidate pool

Aviation Instruction

U.S. Navy Test Pilot School, Qualitative Evaluation Program, safety/instructor pilot
National Test Pilot School, Qualitative Evaluation Program, safety pilot/flight engineer
Empire Test Pilot School, Qualitative Evaluation Program, safety/instructor pilot
Contributor, The History Channel, aviation accident investigator & commentator
Instructor Pilot for Siai Marchetti SF-260 Aircraft, Airpower Aviation Resources
Instructor for Complex and High Performance training and certification
FAA Authorized Instructor


Member, International Society of Air Safety Investigators
Member, The Experimental Aircraft Association
Member, The Warbirds of America

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