President / Commercial Pilot / A&P, IA / CFI/CFII
Jim holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Purdue University, ‘81 in Aeronautical Engineering. At Purdue Jim specialized in aircraft structures and aircraft guidance and control. Jim started flying in 1975 at age 15 on a grass airstrip in Lanesville Indiana.Jim is a commercial fixed wing and ATP rotorcraft pilot with more than 16,000 hours. Jim has owned and operated his own businesses since age 8 where he started a lawn chair repair business for aluminum/nylon lawn chairs. Jim started JR Aviation in 1992 as a Robinson Helicopter dealer and service center, as well as a flight school. He acquired St. Louis Helicopter Airways in 2002, changing the name to St. Louis Helicopter, LLC. Starting Bullseye as a DBA in 2013, then going on to start the company Ag Max, LLC in 2014 as an agricultural helicopter applicator.