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BRIEF BIOGRAPHY
January 2009

Dr. Orloff has a Master’s degree in Physics and a Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering from the University of California
 
From 1971 until 1984 he worked as a research scientist for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration at the Ames Research Center where he was involved in airplane and helicopter aerodynamics research.

Under NASA sponsorship, he has taught physics, engineering, aerodynamics, aeronautics courses at the university level. He is a licensed Airframe and Power plant Mechanic and he holds FAA Inspection Authorization. He holds an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate and has accumulated in excess of 8000 hours of flight time. He is a Certified Flight Instructor for Airplanes, Helicopters and instrument flight.

For the past 25 years, Dr. Orloff and his staff have provided consulting services to plaintiffs and defendants in litigation resulting from aircraft accidents.  They have analyzed and reconstructed hundreds of fixed-wing and rotary-wing accidents.  Typical areas in which they have been asked to conduct forensic investigation and render expert opinions are:

      Midair Collisions

      Aircraft Wire Strikes

      Analysis of Recorded Radar Data

      Flight Path Analysis and Reconstruction

      Aircraft Wake Turbulence Encounters

      Aircraft Maintenance, Inspection, Alteration and Repair

      Aircraft Structures and Structural failure

      Aircraft Piloting and Pilot Error

      Integration and Correlation of GPS information, Flight Data Recorder, and Cockpit Voice Recorder with Flight Path Analysis

 

Dr. Orloff has testified in Federal and State Courts in the Continental US, Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, and as far-reaching as Guam.  In order to help judges and juries better understand his opinions and the foundations of the opinions, he frequently uses multi-media graphics, computer simulation and animation to simplify complex subjects.


EDUCATION 

B.S. Physics, Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, CA. 1962-1966 
M.A. Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA. 1966-1968 
Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA. 1968-1971 


TECHNICAL, ENGINEERING, AND RESEARCH EXPERIENCE 


Solid-State Research Engineer,Sigmatron,Inc.,Goleta,CA.1968 
Research Assistant, Department of Mechanical Engineering, 
University of California, Santa Barbara, CA. 1968-1971 
Aerospace Engineer and Aeronautical Research Scientist, 
NASA-Ames Research Center, Low-Speed Aircraft 
Research Branch, Moffett Field, CA. 1971-1984 


Major areas of research: 
           a. Aircraft Wake Turbulence 
           b. Helicopter Rotor Performance 
           c. Theoretical Aerodynamics 
           d. Experimental Techniques 
           e. Multi-element Airfoils 
           f. V/STOL Aircraft 

Research into methods for analyzing recorded radar data to determine aircraft Flight path and performance 1984-Present 


PUBLICATIONS 

From 1969 to 1984: 39 publications(Technical Journals and NASA Reports) 

1976: Contributed article on Aircraft Testing to the McGraw-Hill Year of Science and Technology 

Orloff, K.L.: WHY NOT SHOW IT LIKE IT PROBABLY WAS?. Proceedings of the 21st Annual SMU Air Law Symposium, March 5-7, 1987, Dallas, Texas. 

Orloff, K, L. and Bruno, A. E.: AN IMPROVED TECHNIQUE FOR FLIGHT PATH AND GROUNDSPEED ANALYSIS USING RECORDED RADAR DATA. 

Presented Paper No. ICAS-98-6, 5,3; Proceedings of the 21st Congress of the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 13-18 September, 1998. 

CONGRESSIONAL TESTIMONY 

"Lasers in Aerodynamics Research" - statement before the subcommittee on Aviation and Transportation R&D Science and Technology, House of Representatives, and printed in the Congressional Record, Washington, D.C., February, 1975. 

NASA AWARDS AND PATENTS 

Certificate of Recognition and Award for Patent on "Dual-Wavelength Scanning Doppler 

Velocimeter", 1975 

Certificate of Recognition and Award for Patent on "Combined Dual-Scatter, Local-Oscillator 

Laser Velocimeter", 1975 

NASA Exceptional Service Medal, November 1978 

Patent on "Rhomboid Prism for Rotating the Plane of Parallel Light Beams, 1982 

ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE

* Physics Instructor (part-time),West Valley College, 
Saratoga,CA 1972-1974

* Aviation Instructor (part-time), Math-Science Department, 
West Valley College, Saratoga, CA 1974-1979

* Visiting Professor of Engineering and Aeronautics
Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, CA 

*(Full-time, temporary NASA assignment) 1975

* Professor of Aeronautics (part-time),San Jose State University, 
   San Jose, CA, 1980-1981 
                           1982-1984 

Subjects taught:

              a. Subsonic Aerodynamics 
              b. Aircraft Performance 
              c. Aircraft Propeller Theory 
              d. Aircraft Stability and Control 
              e. Wind Tunnel Laboratory 

* Visiting Professor of Aeronautics, San Jose State University, 
   San Jose, CA, (full-time temporary NASA assignment) 1981-1982 

Subjects taught: a thru e above 

              f. Aviation Fundamentals 
              g. Aircraft Production Processes Laboratory 
              h. Aircraft Systems Laboratory 

AVIATION EXPERIENCE 

Charter Pilot (FAR 135), Maui Flying Service, Kahului, 
Maui, Hawaii 1966

* Flight Instruction Experience 
Claire Walters Flight Academy, Santa Monica, CA 1967 
Flying Club, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 1968-1971 
Santa Barbara Aviation 1967-1970 
Bates Aeronautics Program, Harvey Mudd College, 
Claremont, CA 1975 Part-time 1976-Present 

Aircraft Ownership 

               Piper J-3 1966-1968 
               Taylorcraft BC-12D 1968-1971 
               Beechcraft J-35 Bonanza 1971-1983 
               Taylorcraft F-19 1975-1979 
               Spezio DAL-1 (experimental) 1976-1987 
               Cessna 172 1981-1985 
               Hughes 269C Helicopter 1985-1993 
               Beechcraft B55 Baron 1990-1993 
               Cessna 172L 1996-1999 
               Cessna A152 1987-2003 
               Beechcraft V-35B Bonanza 1983-Present 
               Lancair IV-P;(experimental)2002-Present 

* Aircraft Maintenance, Repair, Inspection and Construction 

a. Built an experimental aircraft, conducted stress analysis of in-flight loads to determine changes necessary to the wing struts to prevent structural failure. 

b. Conducted engineering, performed work and interacted closely with FAA maintenance personnel for airworthiness approvals on several aircraft modifications for which no Supplemental Type Certificates were available. 

c. Have owned and operated maintenance facility (K&M Aero) at Pine Mountain Lake Airport, Groveland, CA, since 1979. Specializing in annual inspections, major and minor repairs, and major alterations for single and multi-engine general aviation aircraft. 


FAA CERTIFICATES, RATINGs AND FLIGHT HOURS

          * Airline Transport Pilot Multi-Engine Land Airplane 
          * Commercial Single-Engine Land Airplane 
          * Commercial Helicopter 
          * Private Glider 
          * Instrument Airplane 
          * Flight Instructor 
                      Airplane 
                     Helicopter 
                     Instrument Airplane 

           * Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic 
           * FAA Inspection Authorization
           * Total Flight Hours - 8000+ 

ORGANIZATIONS 

             Experimental Aircraft Association - Member 
            American Bonanza Society - Member 
            Mother Lode Aviation, Pine Mountain Lake Airport, 
            Groveland, CA - President