James Logue, AMT 2018 Next Gen 40 Under 40 Award Winner

Sept. 20, 2018
29, General Manager, Desert Jet Maintenance, Thermal, CA Years in Aviation: 11

Growing up in Marshfield, MA, James Logue was fascinated with aviation. He would hang out at the FBO just to talk to pilots and watch airplanes. He started taking flying lessons in high school but really enjoyed fixing cars and electronics so he chose aircraft maintenance as a career path.

Logue received his training from the National Aviation Academy. He has achieved the FAA AMT Award each year of his career and received the Gold Award twice. Advanced training includes Challenger 300 and Embraer Phenom and Legacy maintenance training, along with Rockwell Collins and Honeywell avionics training.

Logue started working in a GA avionics shop after getting his A&P and FCC licenses. He worked for Bombardier as an avionics technician in the KBDL service center for two years before going to Embraer. Then he worked for Air Bear Aviation performing AOG maintenance. He now works for Desert Jet Maintenance as the general manager, with responsibilities to expand the business and ensure that maintenance is accomplished in a safe, efficient, and profitable manner.

Nominated by Chris Little, Chief Marketing Officer, Desert Jet: “James Logue has been instrumental to the growth of Desert Jet's Maintenance business. He has doubled the staff, hiring talent within the local area and has developed strategic relationships for continued growth. James has instituted processes creating efficiencies to save the company money and reinvested back to incentivize and reward his employees. Through James’ leadership and his commitment to training and safety, Desert Jet Maintenance has been awarded the coveted FAA Diamond Award of Excellence for the first time. James is an innovator, motivator, and enthusiastic individual dedicated to his craft and elevating his team’s expertise and performance. His commitment to continuous improvement is a testament of his many successes, both personally and for the companies he has been employed by. He has earned the coveted Desert Jet “Awesome Award” in recognition of his accomplishments and dedication to going above and beyond for his team, company and/or customers.”

He enjoys mentoring new technicians and has also been a part-time Part 147 instructor.

Logue’s career goal is to grow and expand Desert Jet Maintenance. “We have grown a lot in the past year so my goal is to keep the momentum going and grow Desert Jet Maintenance into a major player in the industry.”