• Commercial Rotorcraft-Helicopter

  • Airplane SEL

  • CFI Helicopter

  • A&P Mechanic

  • Inspection Authorization


Director of Maintenance

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 operating a fleet of Bell 47 helicopters. James officially began his flying career in 1980 at Detroit Metro Airport (DTW). For the past 40 years, he has accumulated well over 7,000 hours in the air in numerous aircraft (primarily helicopters).

As Director of Maintenance, James has completed numerous factory training and safety courses for both maintenance and flight training, including courses at Bell Helicopter, Robinson Helicopter Company, Airbus, Rolls-Royce and Lycoming. James is tasked with managing McMahon's Part 145 Repair Station operations and a fleet of both single and twin-turbine helicopters.


James assists with regional customer helicopter sales, product support, and in his spare time, remains one of the few people in the United States with extensive knowledge of the Bell 47 series helicopter –the aircraft that truly started the commercial helicopter market.