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Jim was the first pilot in Canada to help establish helicopter skiing in the Bugaboos with the legendary guide Hans Gmoser which lead to a national industry through Canadian Mountain Holidays. He is most known for developing the helicopter sling rescue service in Canada starting with the Park Warden Service public safety program in Banff Alberta. His many awards include the Pilot Safety Award of Excellence from the Helicopter Association International, the Alberta Achievement Award for excellence in helicopter flying; the Carl Agar and Alf Stringer Award from HAC; and the Robert E. Trimble Memorial Award given annually for distinguished performance in helicopter mountain flying.

He was also one of the first recipients for the Summit of Excellence at the Banff Film and Book Festival in 1985. The scope of his work included working directly for Banff National Park for 24 years working with the wardens in public safety, wildlife control, and often dangerous jobs relocating bears.

The book is the story of his life and dedication to flying excellence in all kinds of conditions and circumstances. The book is called Vertical Reference published through Rocky Mountain Book Publishers and will be available in stores on September 29. Pre orders can be submitted to Amazon.com, or Indigo Chapters.