James Stephens

Executive Director, South Carolina Aeronautics Commission


James Stephens is the Executive Director of the South Carolina Aeronautics Commission, and is charged with managing the state’s executive aviation fleet as well as the state’s system of airports. He holds degrees in Aviation Management and Aircraft Maintenance from Bob Jones University, and is a licensed Airframe & Powerplant mechanic and Private Pilot.

Prior to his last five and a half years with the Aeronautics Commission, he served as Vice President of Marketing and Sales for the Special Services Corporation in Greenville, SC. During his time with Special Services, the aircraft management company grew from a fleet of four aircraft to ten aircraft, most of which were offered on the aircraft charter market for private use. Stephens’ past experiences also include airport management in McMinnville, Tennessee, and aircraft maintenance in Greenville, South Carolina.

Stephens is currently the chair of the South Carolina Aerospace Education Working Group, and is working with industry, academia, and government to promote the aerospace/aviation industry to South Carolina students. He serves on the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) Finance, Legislative, and Unmanned Aircraft Committees, and on the advisory committee of the Transportation Research Board’s, Airport Cooperative Research Program current study entitled “Developing Innovative Strategies for Aviation Education and Participation”.