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Lt Col Ned Linch, Ed.D., USAF (ret)

Human Performance Optimization is the process of applying evidence-based research, professional experience, and emerging technologies to calibrate, elevate, and sustain human performance. 

Human Performance Optimization is the missing link in preventing aviation mishaps.  

Collaborate with me to learn more.

  • Consulting

  • Training 

  • Instruction

  • Expert Witness services

Utilize my consistent elite performance and experience as a combat decorated F-16 fighter pilot, Accident Investigator, Delta Air Lines pilot, FAA Certified Flight Instructor (CFI, CFII, CFIG, AGI, IGI), and adjunct professor. 

  • Doctor of Education in Sport and Performance Psychology

  • Master of Aeronautical Science

  • Bachelor of Aviation Management 

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Consulting, training, instruction, and expert witness services.

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Human Performance Optimization

  • Health and Fitness (sleep, nutrition, & exercise)

  • Readiness (mental, physical, & emotional)

  • Development (operational, self, institutional) 

Optimizing your performance in order to perform under stressful and fatiguing conditions, especially when the risks are high and the options for success are limited.

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Performance when it counts

Featured in two documentaries on the Smithsonian Channel.

Air Warrior: F-16 documentary, Season 4, Episode 1. Series Producer: Elizabeth Elson. (2016).  

Air Warrior: Top Gunships documentary. Season 7, Episode 3. Series Associate Producer: Katie Nolan. (2020).

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For over 30 years, my parents prayed General McArthur’s prayer, “Build Me A Son” emphasizing this verse: “Lead him not in the path of ease and comfort, but under the stress and spur of difficulties and challenges. Here let him learn to stand up in the storm.”

I weathered the storms of war, earning the Distinguished Flying Cross for Valor—the answered prayer; thereby, proving to myself I was “brave enough to face myself when afraid” and “humble in victory”.   

Human Performance Optimization was at the heart of my success.

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