Win an airplane ride! For a 12 year old small-town newspaper boy in central Missouri this was a great motivator for selling more subscriptions. As a contest winner back in 1972 the paperboy climbed out of the four-seat Piper at the Columbia airport after a “trip around the patch” and then as a second part of the contest win, was a passenger on the Ozark Airlines airplane to Kansas City Downtown Airport.
This first “day of aviation” sparked what is now a 40 year passion for flying small airplanes. Today, it is even harder for Jim to imagine that he now has the opportunity to teach others to fly at this same historic downtown Kansas City airport where he stood wide-eyed and amazed 40 years ago as he walked down the stairs from that Ozark flight.
During his first career of hospital administration that spanned 25 years, Jim has always been a private pilot and member of a number of flying clubs and airplane partnerships. After several years of international healthcare experiences and building hospitals in India and the Middle East, he is now a professor of healthcare leadership at Rockhurst University and fulfills a lifelong of being a flight instructor joining us here at ATD Flight Systems. Jim is a FAA Gold Seal Flight Instructor, and he holds an FAA instrument flight instructor rating for single and multi-engine airplanes.
Jim also serves as an officer in the Charles R. Long Civil Air Patrol Squadron based here at the airport and he is a member of the Mitchell Flying Club in Lee’s Summit. His most recent flying accomplishment was receiving his multi-engine instrument instructor endorsement. He is a member of the National Association of Flight Instructors, the Experimental Aircraft Association, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, and serves as a FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam) Representative. He has been actively involved in teaching aviation safety and crew resource management techniques to health care teams for the past two decades. Jim brings a high degree of enthusiasm to his students here at ATD while sharing his love for flying.