Mr. Knutson's consulting expertise and career is COMPLETELY focused on the aviation/aerospace industry. He has investigated hundreds of aircraft accidents domestically and internationally since 1991. He has "hands-on" experience as an airplane and helicopter A&P Mechanic since 1981, a pilot since 1984, and a mechanical engineer since 1990. He's very adept with reconstructing failure events, troubleshooting systems, identifying potential hazards, and developing safer and more efficient systems. Mr. Knutson has worked as an engineer with Beechcraft and Boeing, and assisted the FAA, NTSB, and foreign government agencies involving air safety issues. He was the Director of Aviation for an established engineering and accident investigation firm prior to successfully guiding Knutson Aviation Services (KAS) since 2002. He stays active as an EAA Technical Counselor and with providing aircraft accident investigation-related education for companies, universities, and professional organizations. Furthermore, he has helped train/mentor numerous aviators, engineers, investigators who worked for the NTSB and other foreign investigation agencies, attorneys, and AAI consultants.
Education & Licenses
* Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering * FAA Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) Mechanic Certificates * FAA Private Pilot, Airplane Single Engine Land and Rotorcraft-Helicopter Ratings * NAFI Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator