Russ James is a second generation pilot and A&P mechanic. His father founded one of the first helicopter companies in southeast Michigan during the 1960's. Russ officially began his flying career in 1980 at Detroit Metro Airport. For the past 40 years, he has accumulated well over 7,000 hours in the air.
As Director of Maintenance at McMahon, Russ has completed numerous factory training courses for both maintenance and flight training at Bell Helicopter, Robinson Helicopter Company, Airbus Helicopters, Rolls-Royce and Lycoming. Day-to-day Russ oversees the maintenance department keeping McMahon's charter fleet and regional customer helicopters in the air.