Our Staff
Brown Aero Technologies • Auburn, AL

Regina Brown - President
Regina Brown is owner of Brown Aero Technologies.  As a Commander in the US Navy she has 20 years of extensive program and project management experience specializing in training maintenance personnel in the operation and support of modern military aircraft and weapons systems. She holds certifications in Project Management, Life Cycle Logistics, and Lean/Six Sigma.  Regina is a Commercial Pilot and FAA Certified Flight Instructor.  

    Steve Swartz - Flight Instructor

Steve Swartz served as an aircraft maintenance and logistics officer (LtCol,
   USAF) and has over 40 years experience in safety, maintenance, and the
   economics of transportation systems.  He holds an earned Ph.D. in Business
   Administration (Operations and Sourcing Management) from Michigan State
   University in 1999, and multiple subordinate degrees in aviation and
   aeronautical sciences.  He has taught at the university level as research and
   instructional faculty at the Air Force Institute of Technology, the University of
   North Texas, and Auburn University.  His research areas include behavioral
   aspects of transportation safety, and the economic effects of General Aviation
airports on their served communities.  Steve is an FAA certified Advanced Ground Instructor, Commercial Pilot (since 1992) and Certified Flight Instructor.


Ned Linch - Flight Instructor
Lt Col Ned Linch (USAF retired) is a current FAA CFI/CFII, aircraft owner, airline pilot, retired military pilot, instructor pilot and safety officer/accident investigator.  Ned has over 30 years of flight experience with 7000 flight hours including over 2100 in the F-16 including combat where he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for Valor for combat actions in Iraq.  He holds an ATP certificate and is type rated in the Boeing 737, 757, and 767.  He also has commercial pilot privileges for Single Engine Land and Sea, Multiengine Sea, and Glider aircraft.  Additionally he is a Distinguished Graduate from Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training. He holds a Master of Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a Bachelor of Aviation Management from Auburn University. Ned has served as adjunct aviation management professor at Auburn University and a general aviation airport authority board member.

Jim Robertson - Aviation Consultant

Captain Robertson joined Brown Aero Technologies as our Aviation Consultant.  Previously he completed over 23 years of service in the U.S. Coast Guard retiring as a Captain.  During his service he served as the Chief of Training for the U.S. Coast Guard's Aviation Center.  After military service he became an American Airlines Captain on the Boeing 727 and retired after 13 years.  Captain Robertson brings a wealth of experience in general aviation as well.  He taught ATP, CFI and Commercial Pilot courses as Flight Instructor with American Flyers Flight Academy.  Over the past 6 years he served as the Chief Pilot and Maintenance Director for TG Investments LLC.  Captain Robertson has over 22,000 hours of flight time and is type rated in 9 different aircraft.

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