Lt Col Ned Linch (USAF retired) is an aviation accident expert witness and accident investigator. He is a current FAA Certified Flight Instructor in airplanes and gliders (CFIA/CFII/CFIG), a general aviation aircraft owner/pilot, a current 767 major airline pilot based in Atlanta, a glider instructor and glider tow pilot, and a retired USAF F-16 fighter pilot, instructor pilot, and safety officer/accident investigator.
Linch is a decorated combat veteran and recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross for Heroism (Valor device), the USAF's Aviation Valor Award, the Lockheed Martin Semper Viper award, and two Air Medals for F-16 missions flown over Iraq. He is also a Distinguished Graduate from both Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training (ENJJPT) and F-16 pilot training. Linch has also earned numerous awards for his work as a safety officer and accident investigator.
He has a diversified aviation background which runs the flying gamut from general aviation to the airlines to extensive experience in the USAF flying fighters. He earned a Master of Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a Bachelor of Aviation Management from Auburn University. Linch is also a graduate of the USAF's flight safety officer course (conducted by the Southern California Safety Institute) where he learned to investigate aircraft accidents, study human factors, and create safety programs. Not only does he have the degrees, training and experience, he’s been an adjunct aviation management professor at Auburn University and a general aviation airport authority board member.
In addition, he holds an ATP (Air Transport Pilot certificate...the highest level pilot license) with an FAA "type rating" for the Boeing 737, 757, and 767. In addition to being an FAA Certified Flight Instructor, he has commercial pilot privileges for Single Engine Land & Sea, Multiengine Sea, and Glider aircraft. He has over 7000 hours of total flying time and over 30 years of flight experience including over 2100 hours in the F-16. Linch stays current and qualified in aerobatics, instruments, and mountain flying.
Linch has a keen interest in human factors in aviation, pilot fatigue, and midair collision avoidance. He is an accomplished expert in aviation accident causation and aircraft safety issues. He has been a featured author in Air Force and Navy safety magazines and the EAA's Sport Aviation magazine.
He founded Aces Aero to provide aviation consulting to include aviation expert witness & accident investigations, safety program development, and flight instruction using the concepts he developed in the USAF that have application to all pilots from general aviation to the airlines.
Linch has real-world aircraft accident investigative experience with military and civilian aircraft and has the expertise to determine the root cause of any aircraft accident.