About the Pilot: Jim Bourke

About the Pilot: Jim Bourke

Jim's aviation interests go back to his childhood. He loved airshows as a kid and earned his pilot's license as a teenager. He is an avid enthusiast of radio controlled models and drones. He has appeared on the Discovery channel and has made many media appearances related to aerobatics, aviation, and radio control.

Jim's company Knife Edge Software makes simulation products including the popular RealFlight simulator. He is an active leader in the flying community and currently serves a member of the IAC Board of Directors as the Membership Chair. Jim also created RCGroups.com, the world's largest website for enthusiasts of radio controlled aircraft.

As a competitve aerobatic pilot Jim flies at the highest level, the Unlimited category. He is the most active competitor in the country, averaging 10 contests per year from Washington to Florida. Known for his aggressive style Jim is a top-ranked freestyle pilot and a nationally qualified aerobatic judge. He holds over 75 flight medals, and 26 first place finishes.

Since 2017 Jim has been a member of the Unlimited US Aerobatic Team which competed in the World Aerobatic Championships in Malelane, South Africa in September. The US Unlimited Aerobatic Team team selection is held at the US National Aerobatic Championships. Only the top 8 pilots were chosen and Jim took third place in team selection.

Jim's show is a high energy display of the capabilities of the Extra 330SC featuring a complete repertoire of aerobatic maneuvers from precision flight to gyroscopic tumbling.