Expert Witness Services
AvSafe, LLC investigates the circumstances of aircraft accidents and provides detailed causal analysis. Examples include examining wreckage, cockpit voice recordings, air traffic control and radar tapes, conducting witness interviews and reviewing other documentation or evidence to determine the sequence of events leading to an accident.
W. Jeffrey (Jeff) Edwards
AvSafe, LLC was founded in 1997 by W. Jeffrey Edwards. Mr. Edwards is a former U.S. Navy A-6 Intruder bombardier/navigator and U.S. Naval Safety Center aircraft accident investigator. While at the U.S. Naval Safety Center, he served as Investigator-in-Charge of many of the Navy and Marine Corps fighter, helicopter and training aircraft accidents. During this time Mr. Edwards had the privilege of completing the Armed Forces training program for Accident Investigators administered through various branches of the U.S. Armed Forces and prestigious institutions such as the University of Southern California. Following his service in the Navy, Mr. Edwards was an aircraft accident investigator and senior project engineer for McDonnell Douglas Aerospace. While at McDonnell Douglas he continued to investigate military fighter accidents involving the F/A-18 Hornet, F-15 Eagle, and the AV-8B Harrier. Additionally, he investigated a number of commercial accidents involving the McDonnell Douglas DC-8, DC-9, and MD-80 product line, including the Florida Everglades Valujet disaster.
Since founding AvSafe, Mr. Edwards has reconstructed a variety of aircraft accidents for clients around the globe. In addition to working for Captain Richard Ashby's defense team in the 1998 Marine Corps EA-6B Italian gondola case, Mr. Edwards has consulted for clients on matters in Japan, Mexico, Kuwait, and the United Kingdom. Mr. Edwards was also involved with accident reconstruction efforts in the Governor Mel Carnahan crash.
Mr. Edwards is an accomplished pilot, flight instructor and former FAA designated pilot examiner. He has reconstructed many aircraft accidents involving flight instruction or flight examination issues. Mr. Edwards was designated as a Master Flight Instructor in 1998, a position he held until 2011 when he became a Master Flight Instructor Emeritus. Out of approximately 81,000 Certified Flight Instructors in the United States fewer than 300 are designated Master Flight Instructors by the National Association of Flight Instructors. He was named the National Flight Instructor of the Year for 2003 as well as the FAA Central Region Flight Instructor of the Year for 2003. Mr. Edwards also received the distinct honor and designation of 2003 Accident Prevention Counselor of the Year for the FAA St. Louis Flight Standards District Office.
Mr. Edwards has been involved on the maintenance side of aviation for over 25 years. During his Naval career as a Squadron Maintenance Officer, he was responsible for maintenance on squadron aircraft and the 300+ personnel associated with those duties. He has built a Lancair IVP and most recently a Lancair Evolution, a pressurized composite airplane, including a total "glass" instrument panel. He was awarded an FAA Repairman Certificate upon completing both Lancairs. Mr. Edwards currently serves as President of the Lancair Owners & Builders Organization.
Mr. Edwards' experience, education, and active participation in his fields of expertise make him unique to the industry. A CV is available upon request.