2019 Business Aviation Safety Forum - SMS4007


James Albright Photo   James Albright

James Albright’s interest in aviation began as a teenager growing up in a plantation town overlooking the southern shores of Oahu in Hawaii. From there he had a daily view of Honolulu International Airport and harbored a dream of one day flying big jets. He got his wish when a Reserve Officer Training Corps scholarship to Purdue University turned him into an industrial engineer and an Air Force second lieutenant destined for undergraduate pilot training and the T--38 “white rocket.”

After earning his wings, Lieutenant Albright went on to fly the KC--135A “Strato Tanker” and theBoeing 707 (EC--135J), where he progressed from copilot, to pilot, to instructor pilot, to flight examiner. He repeated this process as a captain, flying the Boeing 747 (E--4B) on missions assigned to the Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff and the White House. His logbook continued to expand to encompass the world as an international captain flying various models of the Gulfstream III for the 89th Airlift Wing at Andrews Air Force Base, flying members of the White House, the cabinet, and members of Congress. He completed his Andrews tour as the wing’s chief of safety.

The pinnacle of his military aviation career was as the commander of the 76th Airlift Squadron in Ramstein Air Base, Germany, flying the Gulfstream III (C--20A) and overseeing combat operations into Bosnia and Herzegovina.

He completed his 20‐year military career as a lieutenant colonel, following tours with the Air Staff at the Pentagon, and working legislative liaison for the Commander In Chief, United States Transportation Command.

Lieutenant Colonel Albright once again became Captain Albright, flying for TAG Aviation in a variety of aircraft in Texas, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. Since the year 2000 he has flown as an international captain and check airman in the Challenger 604, Gulfstream IV, and V.

James has been the chief pilot for a Gulfstream G450 flight department in Bedford, Massachusetts since 2009. He is also the webmaster of Code7700.com, a website with a worldwide following that specializes in flight lessons, international procedures, and aviation mishap case studies. He is a regular contributor to Business & Commercial Aviation Magazine and a published author who writes about all things of interest to professional pilots.

He calls himself an average pilot with average stick and rudder skills with an above average desire to learn and instruct, which is why he is here.

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 Gregory Pinnell, MD
Senior AME, Senior Flight Surgeon USAFR
Airdocs Aeromedical Support Services

Dr. Pinnell is president of Airdocs Aeromedical Support Services, a multi-specialty group providing a variety of services to the aviation community.

He is a board-certified Family Practitioner and Senior Aviation Medical Examiner in Michigan. He serves as a Senior Flight Surgeon for the 1st Special Operations Medical Group at Hurlburt Field Air Force Base.

He serves as adjunct professor teaching Aviation Physiology and Human Factors at Western Michigan University College of Aviation. He is a board member for Civil Aviation Medical Association (CAMA) and AME Consultant to the Federal Air Surgeon.

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 Keith McGuire
Retired National Transportation Safety Board as Regional Director of the Northwest Region

Keith McGuire retired from the National Transportation Safety Board in 2006 as the Regional Director of the Northwest Region after a 28-year career as an investigator and manager with the agency. While with the NTSB, Keith investigated a wide variety of aircraft accidents ranging from general aviation to air carriers and represented the agency overseas as an accredited representative. He was also involved in the investigation of both government and commercial space accidents. 

Prior to the NTSB, Keith was a pilot and squadron safety officer with the US Air Force. He currently holds a commercial pilot certificate for both airplanes and helicopters, a type rating in L-382 aircraft and is a Certified Flight Instructor.

Keith has worked for the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to provide training and write accident investigation manuals. Keith was an instructor for NTSB at numerous training programs for over 20 years, including classes in China, Indonesia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, India, Sri Lanka and Germany. When the NTSB started an Academy in 2002, Keith coordinated the initial curriculum for the agency. In 2000, he initiated the ICAO/NTSB Accident Investigation Workshops in Asia and coordinated the program until 2006. 

Keith has a BA in Physics from the University of Northern Colorado and an MA in Counseling Psychology from Ball State University. He has also completed the Senior Executive Fellows Program at Harvard University.

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 John J. Nance
ABC Analyst, Professional Speaker
Author & Consultant

One of the key thought leaders to emerge in American Healthcare in the past decade, John J. Nance brings a rich and varied professional background to the task of helping doctors, administrators, boards, and front-line staff alike survive and prosper during the most profoundly challenging upheaval in the history of modern medicine. Having helped pioneer the Renaissance in patient safety as one of the founders of the National Patient Safety Foundation in 1997, his efforts (and healthcare publications) are dedicated to reforming American Healthcare from a reactive cottage industry to an effective and safe system of prevention and wellness. A lawyer, Air Force and airline pilot, prolific internationally-published author, national broadcaster, and renown professional speaker, John's leadership is propelled by a deep commitment.

As a native Texan, John grew up in Dallas where he earned his Bachelor's Degree and a Juris Doctor Degree from SMU, and is still a licensed Texas attorney. Named Distinguished Alumni of SMU for 2002 and distinguish Alumni for Public Service of the SMU Dedman School of Law in 2010, he is also a decorated Air Force pilot veteran of Vietnam and Operations Desert Storm/Desert Shield and a Lt. Colonel in the USAF Reserve, well known for his pioneering development of Air Force human factors flight safety education, and one of the civilian pioneers of Crew Resource Management (CRM). John has piloted a wide variety of jet aircraft, including most of Boeing's line and the Air Force C-141, and has logged over 13,900 hours of flight time since earning his first pilot license in 1965, and is still a current pilot. He was a flight officer for Braniff International Airlines and a Boeing 737 Captain for Alaska Airlines, and is an internationally recognized air safety advocate, best known to North American television audiences as Aviation Analyst for ABC World News and Aviation Editor for Good Morning America.

Before joining ABC, John logged countless appearances on national shows such as Larry King Live, PBS Hour with Jim Lehrer, Oprah, NPR, Nova, the Today Show, and many others. He is also the nationally-known author of 20 major books, including the acclaimed WHY HOSPITALS SHOULD FLY (2009), and, with co-author Kathleen Bartholomew, CHARTING THE COURSE (2012), plus five non-fiction: (Splash of Colors, Blind Trust, On Shaky Ground, What Goes Up and Golden Boy) and 13 international fiction bestsellers: Final Approach, Scorpion Strike; Phoenix Rising); Pandora's Clock; Medusa's Child; The Last Hostage; Blackout; Fire Flight; Saving Cascadia; and Orbit. Pandora's Clock and Medusa's Child both aired as major, successful two-part mini-series on television. (WHY HOSPITALS SHOULD FLY won the prestigious “Book of the Year” award for 2009 from the American College of Healthcare Executives).

John J. Nance has become one of America's most dynamic and effective professional speakers, presenting riveting, pivotal programs on success and safety in human organizations to a wide variety of audiences, including business corporations and healthcare professionals. Together with fellow author Kathleen Bartholomew (Charting the Course and Ending Nurse-to-Nurse Hostility - Why Nurses Eat their Young and Each Other), the two of them are highly sought after for their watershed presentations to boards, senior leaders, physicians, nurses, and staff on Quality and Patient Safety. He is a pioneering and well-known advocate of using the lessons from the recent revolution in aviation safety to equally revolutionize the patient safety performance of hospitals, doctors, nurses, and all of healthcare. He lives in Friday Harbor, Washington.

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