Expert witness testimony clarifies, explains and analyses key aviation matters for legal jurisdictions. Aviation Projects Managing Director, Keith Tonkin, is a frequent aviation expert witness in matters before various courts including the Planning and Environment Court in Queensland, the Land and Environment Court in New South Wales, the New South Wales District Court, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal and the Commonwealth Administrative Appeals Tribunal. He is able to assist with complex litigation matters by unravelling aviation industry protocols, behaviours, standards and facts for planning authorities, safety regulators, aircraft accident investigators, insurance companies, airports and aircraft operators.

Keith Tonkin has more than 30 years’ experience in the aviation industry. Some of this time was spent flying tactical transport and fast jet aircraft in the Royal Australian Air Force, then Boeing 737 and 747 aircraft for Qantas, and now single and twin engined aircraft in a private capacity. More recently Keith has established a reputation for offering well reasoned and independent advice to the aviation industry. Coupled with extensive post graduate qualifications, including approval by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority to conduct aerodrome safety inspections,  Keith's substantial experience allows him to look at aviation from the ground up.

For some examples of legal matters in which Keith Tonkin has been involved as an aviation expert witness, see Example Aviation Expert Witness Engagements.

Skills include:

  • Technical analysis
  • Aviation and safety related commentary
  • Unbiased and fact based-opinion
  • Survey
  • Conference of Experts
  • Concurrent evidence