James Barker

Commissioner

James Barker has been a professional pilot at the Columbus Airport since 2005, and in aviation since 1998. He has been a member of the Columbus and Muscogee County area since 2005.

James has worked as a flight instructor at CSG Aviation, then as a captain for the Bill Heard Family, Carl Gregory Enterprises, and has now transitioned to a position with Synovus and TSYS.  At his current job, James is a member of the flight department’s safety action group as well as a member of the Southeast Aviation Safety Roundtable.

James received his B.S. from Middle Tennessee State University in Aerospace in 2004.  He is a member of the Georgia Business Aviation Association, National Business Aviation Association, and Women in Aviation.

James and his family attend Saint Luke United Methodist Church and are active with their Homeless outreach program First Saturday. He and his family also volunteer their time at Animal Ark Rescue. James has also served his community through participation with the Civil Air Patrol as a Mission Pilot

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