Aircraft Accidents and Dangerous Expertise

Several months ago, I was interviewed for a news channel. It didn’t go as well as expected; for one my son hung a creased twin sheet behind me during the Skype interview to hide the unpainted walls.
Also the interviewer asked me what kind of expert I was (I’m guessing to give the interview validity). I said I was not an expert and insisted on being titled ‘Former NTSB Investigator’. The interview was successful, but I could not help feeling the interviewer’s disappointment at not having an ‘expert’ to interview.
I am presently working on an aviation course rewrite; the other writers involved are ‘experts’, convinced they are the voices of authority. Instead they ignore criticisms while dismissing the advice of people like myself who point out inconsistencies and deviations from law. It is the ‘expert’ who refuses to see the forest for the trees.
Unfortunately, the terms ‘expert’ and ‘consultant’ are non-qualifying terms; they don’t need to be proven to be applied; they’re sort of like the on-line minister gimmicks that give people who apply the powers to marry others with only the filling out of a form; the title without the substance. But when do these self-nominated ‘experts’ start to realize their danger to others? Most likely, never.
Take the MH370 disaster; the ‘aviation experts’ dragged the victims’ family members through hopeless months and years of tortuous agony that their family members would be found, if only they would listen to advice of the ‘experts’. The emotional pain is real and yet no remorse on the effect they had on those poor people.
It also applies to those who assume the reins of ’expert’ in things they are unqualified for. As an aircraft mechanic, I’ve worked with pilots most of my life. However, I would never assume to place myself as an expert to comment on the physical, emotional or psychological issues that face that workgroup. Imagine the arrogance of me saying I know pilots, air traffic controllers, etc. just to sell myself as an ‘expert’ on television, radio or the web. Would one who would do this realize the damage they do to that profession by assuming the role of pilot expert/psychologist? Do they realize the legal ramifications of placing one in that position of ‘expert’?
What of writers who write about real people and real aircraft, using them wrongly to sell a magazine or book. How many writers have I read where actual aircraft or people are misused, damaging the reputation(s) with no regard to the consequences of their misdemeanor.
I would never call myself an ‘expert’; never would I falsely parade myself, putting others’ livelihoods and/or reputations at risk. I’m not an expert; you’ll never hear me say otherwise.

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