James R. Cannon

James R. Cannon

506 Wind Flower Drive, Sunset, SC 29685
Tel:+1 (770) 235-0098 • Email: jim.cannon@sundogav.com


Qualifications Summary

  • Over 25 years of senior management experience in business aviation.
  • National Business Aviation Association, Board of Directors.
  • President of Jet Professionals, Inc.
  • Co-author of “Practical Applications in Business Aviation Management
  • IS-BAO Program Director; IS-BAO Auditor; ARGUS Auditor; BARS Auditor
  • Accumulated a total of 14,200 flight hours.
  • FAA Type Rated on 7 business aviation aircraft.

Key Strengths

  • Leadership, Team Building, Organization and Personnel Development
  • Aircraft acquisition, interior design and completion expertise
  • Excellent communication skills, public speaking
  • Startup, turnaround and expansion of flight operations
  • Safety Management System, Policy and Procedures specialist

Experience

Sundog Aviation, LLC July 2014 to Present

  • Safety Auditor
  • Consultant
  • Author

IBAC (International Business Aviation Council)May 2011 to July 2014

  • Director, IS-BAO Program

Parhelion Group, LLC. August 2008 to May 2011

  • Safety Auditor, Consultant, Author

AMB Group, LLC, Atlanta, GA  – July 2001 to August 2008

  • Chief Pilot – Gulfstream IV
  • Family flight operation for Arthur Blank, co-founder of The Home Depot.

The Home Depot, Atlanta, GA – March 1997 to July 2001

  • Director of Flight Operations – Global Express, 2 Falcon 900 B’s and 2 Citation II’s
  • Recruitment and staff development; process and procedures.
  • Created an effective team that grew from 8 associates and 2 aircraft to 46 associates and 5 aircraft.
  • Managed construction of a new hangar, acquired 6 aircraft, and demonstrated success in support of the rapidly growing corporation.

Dresser Aviation Transport, Dallas, TX – April 1996 to March 1997

  • Chief Pilot – Gulfstream IV and 2 Challenger 601-1A.

Haemonetics Services, Inc., Londonderry, NH – May 1993 to April 1996

  • Chief Pilot – Challenger 601-3A.

Jet Professionals, Inc., Fairfield, CT – January 1985 to May 1993

  • President
  • Developed personnel agency specializing in permanent and temporary placement within the business aviation community.
  • Entrepreneurial start up as a sole proprietor.
  • Conceived and grew the organization to 13 associates in 4 regional offices.
  • Focused concentration in marketing and sales as well as overall financial coordination.
  • Orchestrated sale of JPI to Kimberly Clark, September 1992.

Education

  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – PhD in Aviation; 1st Cohort; 6 courses.
  • University of Connecticut –  Post M.B.A Certificate, Organizational Development
  • University of Connecticut – M.B.A
  • U.S. Navy Flight School – Designated Naval Aviator
  • University of Tennessee – B.S. Industrial Management

Boards and Committees

  • ICAO Safety Management Panel Member –  2011 - 2014
  • Chairman of the Local Atlanta Committee for the NBAA Annual Meeting and Convention – 1999, 2007 & 2010
  • Co-Founded the Georgia Business Aviation Association – 1998
  • Board of Directors of the National Business Aviation Association – 1995 to 2001
  • Corporate Advisory Committee of the Flight Safety Foundation – 1992-1998
  • Fatigue Studies Committee of the Flight Safety Foundation – September 1994 to January 1996

Memberships

  • National Business Aviation Association
  • Georgia Business Aviation Association
  • Atlanta Aero Club
  • American Society for Quality

Books Published

Practical Applications in Business Aviation Management, Cannon & Richey, 2012, Government Institutes, Lanham, MD.


Articles Published

Business & Commercial Aviation Magazine:

  • Cabin Safeguards – July 2016
  • Sticking with SOP’s – March 2016
  • Global Rules of the Road – November 2015
  • Understanding Upsets – September 2015
  • Jimmy Doolittle: 100% Essential – January 2011
  • Command Decision – December 2009
  • Enhancing Flight Department Relevance – July 2009
  • EFBs Looking A-OK – February 2009
  • Disability and the Corporate Pilot – November 2008
  • Finding Balance – October 2008
  • Pilot Retirement: When and How? – April 2006
  • The New Candid Cameras – February 2006
  • Headsets for the Jet Set – November 2005
  • Distractions from the Back – November 2005
  • Six Feet Under; 36,000 Feet Above – May 2005
  • Off Duty but On Call: The Quandary – October 2004
  • Road Tripping – April 2004
  • Flight Attendants – February 2004
  • Certified Aviation Managers – September 2003
  • Developing Management Skills, By the Book – August 2003
  • Let’s Get Together to Discuss It – July 2003
  • Taking Full Measure – March 2003
  • Flying Through Corporate Turbulence – October 2002
  • Managing Your Aircraft’s Completion – June 2002
  • Making a Difference – April 2002
  • Disaster/Emergency Response – July 2002
  • Old or Good-as-Gold Pilots? – February 2002
  • The Flying Manager – December 2001
  • When Bad Things Happen – November 2001
  • A Matter of Character – September 2001
  • The Outsider – July 2001
  • Management Development – A Two-Way Commitment. March 1986

Business Aviation Advisor Magazine:

  • Better Audit, Better Odds – March 2016
  • Flying Skills and the Automated Cockpit – March 2015

National Business Aviation Association: Corporate Aviation Safety Digest:

  • 1995 NBAA Convention, Las Vegas: “Points of Focus”
  • 1995 NBAA Convention, Las Vegas: “Forming the Core”
  • 1994 NBAA Convention, New Orleans: “Managing the Single Aircraft Operation”

Papers Presented

National Business Aviation Association:

  • NBAA Flight Attendant/Flight Technician Conference 2016, Del Ray Beach
  • “Hazard Identification and the Flight Attendant/Techician”
  • NBAA Corporate Aviation Mangers Conference 1997, San Diego.
  • Panel Participant – Subject, “Adding Value”
  • NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference 1996, Nashville.
  • “Operational Considerations for Long Haul Flights”
  • NBAA Management Committee Presentation 1993 NBAA Convention, Atlanta.
  • “Importance of SOP’s to the Single Aircraft Operation”
  • NBAA Flight Department Survival Seminar, Atlanta, June 1992
  • “Cutting Costs: Right Sizing our Fleet & Work Force”
  • NBAA Maintenance Managers Conference, Philadelphia, Spring 1986
  • “Motivating Maintenance Technicians”
  • NBAA Training Seminar, Orlando, November 1985
  • “Career Development – How to Keep Good Employees”

Flight Safety Foundation/CASS:

  • FSF Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar: April 2012, San Antonio.
  • “Foundations of Safety and SMS Implementation”
  • FSF Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar: April 1995, Vancouver.
  • “The Effects of Extended Duty Periods. What Departments Can Do to Cope”
  • FSF Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar: April 1991, White Plains.
  • “Retention and Development of Aviation Department Personnel”
  • FSF Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar: April 1988, Williamsburg.
  • “The Pilot Shortage & Safety of Flight”

IS-BAO/IS-BAH Workshops

From May of 2011 until November of 2014, I conducted an average of 10 workshop pairs (Fundamentals of IS-BAO and IS-BAO Auditing) for the IS-BAO program per year as well as conducting the first two IS-BAH workshop pairs, Paris and Atlanta.