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Hall of Fame 2015 - James Jim Jackson

James "Jim" Jackson

Jim Jackson is recognized throughout the industry for his solutions to air cargo logistics problems, technical contributions and handling innovations that have been accepted worldwide. An advocate of international standardization and industry cooperation, he simultaneously chaired both the Society of Automotive Engineer’s (SAE) Air Cargo committee (AGE-2A) and the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) Unit Load Devices Board during the air carrier industry’s transition to jet and then wide-body aircraft. Under his leadership, the baseline technical standards for air cargo unit load devices (ULD), aircraft cargo handling systems, aircraft ground equipment and handing were developed and globally recognized. He helped establish and then, as chairman, guided the first decade of the International Standards Organization’s (ISO) Air Cargo and Ground Equipment technical committee.

Jim Jackson received the Franklin W. Kolk Air Transportation Progress Award for 2001. This award, established in 1978 and administered by the Aerospace Council of the SAE Technical Standards Board, recognizes an individual for unique and outstanding contributions to air transportation. Twice the Chairman of SAE’s Air Cargo Forum (ACF), Jim Jackson served on the ACF’s Executive Committee for thirty-four years as that biennial event evolved into the air cargo industry’s premier showcase for technical activity and market development. He is one of the founders of The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) and subsequently served as TIACA’s Treasurer, Chairman of the Finance Committee and Chairman of the Technical Committee.

Jim Jackson served in the U.S. Army during both World War II and the Korean Conflict, received his degree from The University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), and joined American Airlines where, over a 38-year career, he held management roles in line cargo operations, aircraft and cargo ground equipment development, aircraft specification and configuration, and cargo market planning. He retired from American in 1993. Jim Jackson is married, has two children and two granddaughters. He remains active in the air cargo logistics and technical development fields as a consultant, Jackson & Associates, and through participation on SAE (AGE-2) and ISO (TC-20/SC-9) air cargo committees.

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