Say Hello To ANN E-I-C Jim Campbell!
With the final days before the official start to EAA AirVenture
2008 counting down all too rapidly... and, not quickly enough...
ANN's senior staff is all-too-aware of the Herculean task ahead of
us in reporting EVERYTHING that's news at The World's Greatest
Fortunately, this year we'll have some help... and some really
GREAT help at that. Over the next several days, we thought we'd
take the time to introduce you to the staff members -- both
full-time, as well as our "stringers" -- who will be bringing our
readers and listeners all the news from Oshkosh that's fit to
pixilate, orate and videotape this year.
And now, without further ado...
ANN Editor-In-Chief Jim Campbell
James R. "Zoom" Campbell may be the
world’s busiest aviation journalist, having had his
adventures and/or stories documented in US Aviator, Popular
Science, Popular Mechanics, Time, Air Progress, Glider Rider, Sport
Pilot, Kitplanes, National Geographic, Private Pilot, Gulf Coast
Aviator, Pacific Flyer, The Aero-News Network and over 100 other
publications. The author of over 2000 magazine articles, tens of
thousands of news dispatches, the photographer of well over 200
magazine covers, and arguably one of the most experienced aviation
journalist/ test pilots in the aerospace/aviation writing business,
Jim Campbell is driven by a passion for aviation that few can
A commercially rated pilot who has earned Flight Instructor
ratings (CFI/A/I/ME/H) in fixed and rotary wing aircraft, Campbell
has logged over 17,000 flight hours in over 1100 different
ultralights, jets, multi-engine A/C, helicopters, gyroplanes,
autogyros, sailplanes, seaplanes, kit aircraft and general aviation
Among Campbell’s many other lofty accomplishments are his
1981 Ultralight World Record High Altitude flight to 21,210 feet
over Lakehurst, NJ; flying on behalf of President Ronald Reagan as
an airshow pilot during the 1981-82 Air and Space Bicentennial;
several years of film and TV aviation stunt work; his 1981
Ultralight Flight Across America; 17 published books in the
aviation field (with three more in the works); and is often the
first aviation journalist to solo and evaluate a number of exciting
aircraft, many of them still quite experimental. He is hard at work
on the next edition of the "SportPlane Resource Guide" and some
aggressive aerospace literary projects. He is also heavily involved
in a number of television, radio and other media projects utilizing
his aviation expertise.
In 2004, Campbell led the news and photography team that
provided primary media pool services for the Ansari X Prize
competition, including most of the SpaceShipOne air-to-air photos
that were published all over the world following the three
successful suborbital flights of Burt Rutan’s world-changing
spacecraft. He has also served as principal Zero-G photographer
during several hundred parabolas for the Zero-G Corporation's
Zero-Gravity flights, and was the photographer that took some
amazing photos of Professor Stephen Hawking during his Zero-G
adventures last spring.
A graduate of the National Test Pilot School, he was named in
2005 to be one of the four founding rocket pilots for X Prize
founder, Peter Diamandis’ Rocket Racing League. Most
recently, Jim has been heading up the team that unveiled Aero-TV...
an aggressive and innovative effort to continue what ANN has been
doing for a decade, to change the face of aviation news – and
the most exciting aspect of that is the many aggressive changes and
upgrades that are being prepared for this fall.