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Cahn Litigation Services is skilled and experienced at identifying aviation experts to provide expert witness services for air traffic control matters. Cahn is called upon by attorney clients to locate expert witnesses with specific knowledge in air traffic control systems and technology. Example cases requiring air traffic control expert witness service involve intellectual property, such as patent infringement litigation, inter partes review in the PTAB, or trade secret disputes. Forensic engineering of components can prove (or disprove) intellectual property infringement or theft. An air traffic control specialist might also provide expert testimony in a product liability case involving failure analysis, or be called upon to testify in a crash or accident investigation. An air traffic control expert witness typically has extensive experience in communications, computer science, aviation, air traffic management, human factors, airport operations, and/or FAA regulation.

Air traffic controller (ATC) professionals monitor airspace and track aircraft. The main focus of the air traffic control operation is to prevent an aircraft accident, and the work falls into three operational disciplines: air control, ground control, and flight data. The pilot is the final authority for safe flight operation, and may, in an emergency, deviate from ATC instructions for the purpose of safe aircraft operation. In addition to inflight operations, air traffic controllers are responsible for the efficient movement of aircraft and vehicles on the taxiways and runways. There is a plethora of technology involved in aviation safety ground support that encompasses networking, visual and audio communications, GPS, software, and hardware.

Litigation support by an air traffic control expert witness could include writing declarations and expert reports, and expert testimony at deposition and at trial. In a high-profile case, or litigation involving a significant financial stake, a law firm may request a qualified expert with prior expert witness experience. In addition, clients may seek an aviation industry expert for pre-litigation consulting work. An expert witness needs to not only have expertise in the underlying substantive field but must also possess the ability to explain evidence to judges and jurors.

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Cahn Litigation Services knows Air Traffic Control expert witnesses that are available for litigation support. Because all of our expert witness searches are customized to attorneys' precise specifications and preferences, attorneys are encouraged to discuss search parameters with a Cahn search specialist.