is a 30+ year aviation professional with a vast experience in
aviation maintenance. He is a second-generation Pilot/Mechanic.
Having soloed in a J-3 Cub on his 16th birthday, he earned his A&P
from "in the field experience" by the age of 22. Jim holds an FAA
Airframe and Powerplant License with Inspection Authorization, FAA
Airline Transport Pilot Certificate with Learjet Type Rating, and is an IS-BAO accredited
auditor. Most recently, Jim became a Designated Airworthiness
Representative (DAR). This dynamic mix of pilot and technician has provided Jim
with a tremendous range of aviation experiences that have allowed
him to achieve a unique status in the aviation world.
He has held positions for FAR Part 91 and Part 135 Director of
Maintenance, operating nearly every business jet manufactured. He
has managed fleets from a single piston twin-engine
aircraft up to a mixed fleet of 17 corporate jets and turboprop
aircraft. He has been Chief Inspector and Quality Assurance Manager
for FAA Part 145 Repair Stations, with staffs ranging from 5 to 55
Jim has been instrumental in the purchase
selection process of client aircraft for determining the best value
in a group of candidate airplanes numerous times. He has personal
contacts at nearly every manufacturers service centers.
Additionally he has supervised several new “green”
airplane completions, and many refurbishments, from simple paint
stripes to complete paint and interior. He as even supervised
entertainment systems installations and upgrades.
Jim also has a strong background in auditing. He
is one of fewer than 100 IS-BAO accredited auditors in the world. He
has developed several in-house auditing programs for FAA Part 135
and Part 145 Operators for vendors and outside service providers. He
has experience with all safety organization audits and routinely has
exceeded their standards, while never having any findings in his
To further validate Jim’s qualifications, he also
holds an FAA Airline Transport Pilot license with a Learjet Type
Rating. Additionally he has been qualified as Second in Command in
Citation SII, Citation 650, and Gulfstream IV aircraft, and has over
3000 hours of flight time.
Jim has earned many FAA Technician Safety awards
and attended numerous Flight Safety and Simuflite training courses.
He has been recognized by the NBAA for over 27 years of incident-free maintenance operations.
Jim started out washing airplanes at
an early age just to be able to go to the airport with his dad. He
was also taught to fly by his father, in a J-3 Cub.
His dad passed
along the tradition of dope and fabric covering to Jim when they
re-covered the J-3 together. Jim worked with other local mentor
mechanics to learn everything from sheet metal to engine overhaul.
Once he had obtained his Airframe and Powerplant license, Jim
quickly became a skilled technician working for one of the leaders
in piston engine overhauls. Next, he was responsible for the
operation of a small airport that had the company’s sheet metal
division. He then made the transition to jet equipment when he added
the Learjet to the company’s repair station authorization.
there he began more than 20 years as Director of Maintenance for
several large Part 135 operators in the Midwest that featured nearly
every make and model of business jets flying.
Jim has been dedicated to aviation his entire
life, from career to hobby. It’s not uncommon to find Jim at the
airport working with the owner of an Antique or Classic airplane,
and the next day dealing with Gulfstreams and Falcons.
Jim has restored several airplanes and has
assisted numerous owners with award-winning restorations.