Mont joins Scott Griffith’s Collaborators from a diverse career. As a Coast Guard Aviator, Mont flew helicopters, C-130 transports and medium range jets for 26 years, culminating in command of the Coast Guard’s largest overseas air station in Kodiak, Alaska during the tanker vessel Exxon Valdez disaster. In 1994, leaving the service with the rank of Captain, he re-entered civilian life as an EMS helicopter pilot for three years, followed by two years as Site Manager of the Pacific Disaster Center, a unique facility providing graphical information products for emergency managers via the internet. In 1999, Mont was hired as Director of Flight Safety and Compliance, and soon became Senior Director of Safety at Hawaiian Airlines, where he was one of five mandated persons required by federal regulation on the operating certificate.
In 2004, Mont became the Director of Safety at the Air Transport Association, facilitating the industry Safety Council, Flight Safety Committee, and Ground Safety Committee for 23 major airlines. In addition, he extended ATA’s reach to OSHA and the U.S./Canada Bird Strike working group. Finally, he created a joint maintenance/ground safety Human Factors working group, co-sponsoring annual symposia for hundreds of FAA safety inspectors and commercial airline persons. Mont has addressed many different audiences on a variety of topics.
In Washington DC, Mont served as an industry representative to the Commercial Aviation Safety Team (CAST) and its primary working group, which developed safety enhancements to reduce the likelihood of fatal accidents. In 2009, CAST was awarded the Collier Trophy, based on the collective work of the FAA, commercial airlines, employee associations, and academia. Mont has been a strong advocate of Safety Management Systems and is currently involved in a study of Fatigue Risk Management with the Flight Safety Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to global aviation safety.
Mont has a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from the United States Coast Guard Academy and a Master of Science degree in Aeronautical Systems from the University of West Florida. He is a member of the International Society of Air Safety Investigators and was chief investigator for 3 military and 2 commercial accidents. Most recently, he co-authored a paper on generational differences presented at the 2011 meeting of ISASI in Salt Lake City. He implemented the Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP) at Hawaiian, and has worked closely with industry and FAA to facilitate program growth and proper training of ASAP volunteers.
Mont is Just Culture certified through Outcome Engenuity. He holds safety management certificates from the University of Southern California, Arizona State University, USAF Jet Engine Accident Investigation (Chanute AFB), and the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey.
Throughout his military and civil career, Mont has acquired skills in maritime law enforcement, aeromedical evacuation, personnel administration and training. He is an acknowledged leader and facilitator, seeking solutions through collaboration and compromise, but never yielding on critical safety issues. Mont has known Scott Griffith for nearly ten years and has always admired Scott’s vision to bring the Just Culture to many diverse organizations.
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