James E. Joyce was raised on a farm outside Atlantic, Iowa graduating from high school in 1958. He attended college, receiving his Airframe and Power Plant certificate. Over the next ten years he worked as a mechanic on corporate aircraft and rentals. During this time he received his Private Pilot certificate.
In 1969, James accepted a teaching position in the aviation maintenance department with Western Nebraska Vocational Technical School in Sidney, Nebraska. Jim retired from the school, now Western Nebraska Technical College, in May of 2006, ending a 36-year tenure. During that time Jim also served as a Division Chairman for the technical programs. In 1996, he was instrumental in the project to build a new aviation maintenance facility at the Sidney Airport. Jim and his aviation assistant moved all of the aircraft and equipment from the original location at the Sioux Army Depot to the Sidney Airport.
Jim held his Inspection Authorization for 25 plus years. He inspected and maintained many of the local aircraft. Jim was often times called for advice on resolving a challenging situation.
He was elected to two terms on the Sidney Airport Authority, and served as chairman for several years. Projects in which he was instrumental included the repaving of the main runway and a new 22,000 gallon fuel farm.
James E. Joyce is an aircraft mechanic, but first and foremost he is an educator. His sense of humor and watchful eye made him an excellent instructor. Jim’s willingness to share his wealth of knowledge made learning exciting and fun, leaving a lasting impression on those that had the pleasure of studying under him. It’s impossible to know for certain, but Jim may have taught well over 1,000 mechanics.
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