Jim Viola is a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) executive and manager of the General Aviation and Commercial Division in the Flight Standards Service (AFS-800).
Jim is a qualified Operations Aviation Safety Inspector for both Airplanes and Helicopters.
His previous aviation experience comes from 27 Years’ service in the US Army including more than 10 years in Special Operations Aviation units, his last position in the Army was Chief of Current Operations for US Army Aviation, at the Pentagon.
Jim is the Government Co-chair for the United States Helicopter Safety Team (USHST), Government member of the General Aviation Joint Steering Committee (GAJSC) and Pilot Proficiency Director for the American Yankee Association.
He is a Master Army Aviator and a Master Jumpmaster/Parachutist. He holds Airline Transport and Flight Instructor certificates for Helicopters and Airplanes. Jim is qualified in a variety of helicopters that include the Robinson R-22/44, Sikorsky TH-55, UH-60 Blackhawk, Bell UH-1 Huey, OH-58 Jet Ranger, AH-1 Cobra, and the Boeing MH-47 Chinook. He has flown more than 30 single and multi-engine airplanes.
Jim holds a Master of Science in International Relations from Auburn University, Montgomery Al. and a Master of Strategic Studies from the Army War College, Carlie PA.