Jim is from Pierre, SD where his father taught him to fly in the 1970's. He began teaching himself aerobatics in 1992, and has since amassed over 14000 incident-free hours in over 100 aircraft types! His most recent addition to this impressive list is the P-51 Mustang. Jim was checked out in the storied aircraft by Mr. Mustang himself, Lee Lauderback.
Jim is the recipient of the most prestigious award in the airshow industry, the International Council of Airshows Sword of Excellence. He has performed in a wide variety of airshow aircraft. His first "real" airshow airplane was the venerable Christen Eagle, which he flew for eight years, Followed by a 14-year run in an Extra 300L. He has been flying the F33C Beechcraft Bonanza for over 10 years.
He believes that aviation is one of the greatest freedoms we enjoy in this country, and nobody probably enjoys it more than Jim. He flies his CERTIFIED aerobatic Beechcraft F33C Bonanza in an amazing demonstration that will leave all who see it completely mesmerized! The specialized Bonanza is capable of a wide range of aerobatic maneuvers including loops, point rolls, barrel rolls, snap rolls, Cuban eights, and hammerheads.
Jim also owns and operates Mustang Aviation, a full service FBO, charter company and maintenance facility at the Pierre Regional Airport. Be sure to stop in and visit Jim when you are traveling across the region! Jim has his own aerobatic box right on the field.
When he isn't flying airshows, operating Mustang Aviation or Alliance Aircraft Sales, Jim enjoys taking is Cessna 180 to the back country for some fishing or pheasant hunting in the hills of South Dakota.