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“Over many years I have had the pleasure of working with Colonel Peter Field on several aviation cases. To every investigation he brings a level and combination of experience, knowledge, objectivity and old-fashioned integrity that few aviation experts can match. Pete is always well-prepared and responsive to inquiries and scheduling demands, and is easy to work with—plus he is a great guy! His background and experience qualify him to serve as an expert in pilot operations, aircraft systems, aircraft and pilot interface with the FAA, ATC and airspace issues, aircraft design considerations, regulatory issues, and other aviation related areas. I invite you to visit his website at and then give him a call. And for further information feel free to contact me at“

Andy Scherffius
Conley Griggs Partin LLP

Colonel Peter B. Field, USMC (retired):

  • Pilot 50+years, experimental test pilot 11 years, 7000 hours, 99 types flown.
  • Chief Navy test pilot for the F/A-18 Full Scale Development Program.
  • General aviation & corporate pilot 25 years, Commercial, SE, ME, Instrument rated.
  • Industry Advanced Design & Research Project (X-53) Manager, 15 years.
  • 27 years active duty USMC, Colonel (0-6), Director U.S. Naval Test Pilot School.
  • 15 years case experience in 50 cases.

Services to Attorneys both Plaintiff & Defense and Industry:

  • Pre-litigation consulting
  • Aircraft accident cause & reconstruction
  • Litigation support flight test
  • Case development consultation
  • Aviation Expert Witness

Areas of Expertise:

NTSB Report analysis, accident investigation and reconstruction, aeronautical judgement, aircraft system failure analysis, avionics failure, aircraft maintenance and product liability, flight dynamics, airmanship, airworthiness, aviation codes and standards, flight testing, digital and mechanical flight controls, electronic (glass) cockpits, pilot training, airport development, homebuilt aircraft flight testing and test plans, military aircraft accidents and mishaps, weather factors.

Associated Areas of Expertise:

FAA Regulations applicability, air traffic control procedures, human factors engineering, helicopters.

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Test Pilot School F/A-18B

A Pair of F/A-18s in Close Formation

The Lancair 390 Built and Still Flown by Pete Field

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