James Wisecup


Jim Wisecup is pictured above with Whirly-Girls President, Joni Schultz, at the 2020 Whirly-Girls Annual Awards Banquet in Anaheim, California. Jim acted as the Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE) for Joni’s commercial checkride.

We are saddened to announce that James “Jim” Wisecup passed away on July 30, 2020. Jim was a great friend of the Whirly-Girls and very active in the industry. Born in Wisconsin and raised in Texas, Jim joined the Army as a helicopter pilot and served as a member of the “Comancheros” in the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam. He earned the Silver Star, Purple Heart, Bronze Star, and Air Medal with 25 oak leaf clusters for his combat service.

Jim continued to work in the helicopter industry for another 50 years in a range of arenas: he worked for the Department of the Interior; he was active offshore in the US, Scotland, and Malaysia; and later he worked in Helicopter Air Ambulance for Rocky Mountain Helicopters and then as Assistant Chief Pilot for Air Methods. He also worked as a DPE in Texas.

He was very active with Helicopter Association International (HAI), serving on the Air Medical, Flight Operations, and Heliport Committees. He was later elected to the HAI Board of Directors, acting as Chairman between 2018 and 2019. He stepped down from the Board in June, 2020.

More information about Jim’s wide-ranging and impressive career may be found in his obituary and on the HAI website.

Jim is survived by his wife, Jessica, their five children and spouses, and six grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family is generously supporting the mission of the Whirly-Girls by requesting donations in Jim’s name be made to the Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund on our donation page. Please send condolences, memories, and words of support for Jim’s family to thewisecupfamily@gmail.com.