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Elon, North Carolina
November 12, 2012
Jack Lynch graduated college and began his flying career in 1964. He retired in 2000 after thirty-four years with AT&T, Lucent Technologies and General Dynamics in engineering and management. His wife, Mildred, is retired from teaching Dental Assisting at the local community college. They have two daughters, both in health professions.
Jack’s hobbies are surf casting on the North Carolina Outer Banks, gardening, flying and spending time with his grandchildren, Rachel and Jack.
Since 1968 he has owned two Beechcraft Musketeers, a Piper Arrow, and a Columbia 300. Presently, he owns and operates a Columbia 350. All have been based in Burlington, NC, where he has spent fourteen years on the Burlington-Alamance Airport Authority. He has previously been a Civil Air Patrol Mission Pilot and is a long-time member of the AOPA (Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association) and the EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association).
Jack shares, “My forty-five years of flying have brought to my attention three disturbing facts about our environment: 1) the increasing density of the haze layer, 2) scars in our mountains from coal mining and 3)draining of swamps in eastern North Carolina for agricultural purposes. I fly over our mountains of Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia and Kentucky at least once per year going to Airventure in Oshkosh, WI. When not over or in clouds, I am always awe-inspired at just looking at the mountains, until I see the scars from coal mining. Years ago it was the unsightly reservoirs of slimy-green water from strip mining. Today it is the mountaintop coal mining. We have not been good stewards of our universe. I thought as a child the mountains were sacred and would be left undisturbed. I hope the long-term goal of SouthWings is to help restore the grandeur of the mountains, what has not already been destroyed.”
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