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James H. Jackson Receives 2001 Franklin W. Kolk Air Transportation Progress Award

Warrendale, PA,, March 18, 2003 - James H. (Jim) Jackson, a retired engineering executive with American Airlines, has received the 2001 Franklin W. Kolk Air Transportation Progress Award. Jackson received the award during a banquet ceremony at the 2002 World Aviation Conference.

This award, established in 1978, recognizes an individual for unique and outstanding contributions to air transportation and/or to the work of the aerospace technical committees in developing aerospace standards, specifications, technical reports, and data through cooperative research. The award acknowledges and commemorates the distinctive contributions of the late Franklin W. Kolk to the advancement of civil air transportation and to the associated work of the Society.

Jim Jackson is recognized throughout the industry for his solutions to air cargo logistics problems, technical contributions, and handling innovations that have been accepted worldwide. An advocate of international standardization, he simultaneously chaired both the SAE Air Cargo Committee (AGE-2A) and the International Air Transport Association's (IATA) Unit Load Devices Board during the air carrier industry's transition to jet and then wide-body aircraft. Under his leadership, the baseline technical standards for air cargo unit load devices (ULD), aircraft cargo handling systems, aircraft ground equipment and handling were developed and globally recognized. He also helped establish and then, as chairman, guided the first decade of the International Standards Organization's (ISO) Air Cargo and Ground Equipment technical committee.

Twice the Chairman of SAE's Air Cargo Forum (ACF), Jackson served on the ACF's Executive Committee for thirty-four years as that biennial event evolved into the air cargo industry's premier showcase for technical activity and market development. He is also a founder of The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA).

Jackson served in the U.S. Army during both World War II and the Korean Conflict. He received his degree from The University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and joined American Airlines where, over a 38-year career, he held management roles in line cargo operations, aircraft and cargo ground equipment development, aircraft specification and configuration, and cargo market planning. He retired from American in 1993.

He remains active in the air cargo logistics and technical development fields as a principal in his consulting group, Jackson & Associates.