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NTSB Senior Meteorologist

Mr. Donald Eick is a Senior Meteorologist in the Office of Aviation Safety in the Operational Factors Division (AS-30), of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) where he provides technical weather analysis and documentation for accident Investigations in all modes of transportation. He has over 40 years of experience in aviation weather and has been with the NTSB since 1998. During that time has been involved in hundreds of general aviation, regional, majors, and international air carrier accident investigations. He has also been featured in several documentaries on weather related aircraft accidents.

Mr. Eick was formerly with Trans World Airlines for 14 years, where he started as an instructor in flight operations teaching meteorology, regulations, and flight procedures in their Kansas City training center. He was promoted to the position of head of meteorology at TWA’s Operational Control Center located at JFK International Airport in New York, where he was responsible providing worldwide weather support to operational control and flight dispatch, and assisted in the daily operation of the airline. He received numerous awards and has been recognized for his outstanding performance and achievements in aviation weather support.

Mr. Eick has also extensive aviation weather training background and provides instruction at the NTSB’s Basic Accident Investigation Courses (BAIC) in the aviation and marine divisions, and special military programs. Mr. Eick earned Bachelor of Science degrees from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Aeronautical Studies and from Florida State University in Meteorology. He holds a private pilot, aircraft dispatcher, and weather observer certificates, and has completed his commercial and instrument ratings.