Jim Jackson inducted into TIACA Hall of Fame

Jackson is an air-cargo handling and logistics innovator, a lifelong champion of international standardisation, and an engineering solutions-finder for the air cargo industry, who fostered the ubiquitous ULD—the LD3.


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James ‘Jim’ Jackson, a driving force behind the standardisation of aircraft unit load devices (ULD) and the supporting aircraft and ground-handling technical requirements, has been welcomed to The International Air Cargo Association’s (TIACA) Hall of Fame.

Jackson is an air-cargo handling and logistics innovator, a lifelong champion of international standardisation, and an engineering solutions-finder for the air cargo industry, who fostered the ubiquitous ULD—the LD3.

Gary Bartek, a member of TIACA Chairman’s Council, said “The development of ULDs like the LD3 became one of the great enablers for the advancement of the air cargo industry, beyond and past the bulk cargo era. We are very pleased to recognise this significant achievement.”

He spent 40 years with American Airlines, where he held management roles in line cargo operations, aircraft and cargo ground equipment development, aircraft specification and configuration, and cargo market and finance planning.

He chaired both the Society of Automotive Engineers’ (SAE) Air Cargo Committee (AGE-2A) and the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) ULD Board, and concurrently inaugurated and chaired the International Standards Organization’s (ISO) Air Cargo and Ground Equipment technical sub-committee (SC-9), from the mid-1960s through the early-1980s.

SAE’s Technical Board awarded him a Certificate of Appreciation in 1974 for internationalising the Standards development processes and securing worldwide acceptance of fundamental air cargo criteria.