Jim was born in Los Angeles, and was raised as a self-described military brat, living in Germany for over ten years.
Jim's fluency in five languages, German, French, Chinese, Taiwanese and English, (and he's working on sixth, Spanish) is a great asset to the team. Jim also utilizes his computer savvy to keep the crew members online on the second leg. Jim also helped to archive the journey with additional photography.
Jim was training student pilots at Univeral Air Academy, the pilots training center, located north of Los Angeles, California for a couple of years.
When he's not flying with the Do 24ATT, Jim is kept busy as a captain on the Dornier 328 at Iren's airline SEAIR on the Philippines.