Jim Pace is the Lead Pilot for University of Cincinnati Air Care Flight Team and Metro Aviation, Inc. He has been with the program for 17 years. He graduated from Murray State University in Western Kentucky in 1983 with a BS degree in Business Management and was also a recipient of a track scholarship.
After college, he became interested in aviation and decided to pursue a career in the United States Army as a helicopter pilot. He served on active duty from 1985-1994. During his tour of duty, he served in Germany during the Cold War and in combat operations in Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm with the 101st Aviation Regiment at Fort Campbell, KY.
After his tour of active duty, he pursued a career with the Phoenix Police Department as a police officer. Soon thereafter, he returned to Kentucky and joined the Army Reserves flying Apache Helicopters at Fort Knox, KY. In 1997, he obtained a position flying helicopters offshore in the Gulf of Mexico with Petroleum Helicopters, Inc. and in 1998, eventually took a position with University of Cincinnati Hospital Air Care. In 2003, he became the Lead Pilot at UC and currently maintains that position today.
During his free time, he coaches track at Simon Kenton High school in Independence, KY. He has two State Champions and numerous State Qualifiers under his direction as a jumping coach. Jim is married to his college sweetheart, Kim, and has two children, Justin, 26 and Kristen, 23.