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Aviation Consulting in the areas of:
  • Security
  • Safety
  • Training
  • Your Flying Career


Jim Tilmon, Sr. is frequently called upon as an expert in aviation matters to share his opinion and commentary on many television and radio programs and stations around the country.The list of his appearances includes but is not limited to:

  • BET
  • Bloomberg Radio, New York
  • CNBC, including
  • Rivera Live
  • CNN, many shows including
  • Anderson Cooper 360
  • Abrams Report
  • CNN International
  • KFYI 550 AM Newstalk, Phoenix, AZ
  • KNXV-TV ABC Channel 15, Phoenix, AZ
  • KPHO-TV Channel 5, Phoenix, AZ
  • KPNX-TV NBC Channel 12, Phoenix, AZ
  • KSAZ-FOX 10 Arizona
  • KTAR 620 AM Newsradio, Phoenix, AZ
  • KTVK-TV Newschannel 3, Phoenix, AZ
  • MSNBC, many shows including
  • "Hardball" with Chris Matthews 
  • The News with Brian William
  • NBC News TODAY - The Today Show
  • NBC Nightly News
  • CBS Evening News
  • Nightline with Ted Koppel
  • WFLD-TV FOX 32, Chicago, IL
  • WGN Radio, Chicago, IL
  • WMAQ-TV NBC Channel 5, Chicago, IL
  • WNBC-TV Channel 4, New York, NY
  • WNCN-TV NBC 17, Raleigh, NC
Jim Tilmon’s interest in weather directly coincides with his interest in aviation and it began prior to his starting elementary school.  He always wanted to fly and flying is always contingent upon the weather. His desire to become a pilot was not realized until many years later in the United States Army.  Army aviators did not have the luxury of being provided a weather forecaster before their flights.  It was each pilot’s responsibility, as a matter of safety and security, to master the art of forecasting. In 1965, after serving for eight years in the military, Jim realized his ultimate dream and was among the first five African Americans in the United States to be hired as a pilot to fly for a scheduled commercial airline.   He was assigned by American Airlines to be based out of Chicago’s O’Hare Airport.    It was then that he first gained experience dealing with and learning the nuances of Chicago weather.  Chicago was his base for his entire 29 and a half year career.

In 1974 Jim was hired as a weather anchor/forecaster by WMAQ-TV Channel 5 Chicago.  Although his knowledge of weather patterns in and around the Chicago area was already extensive, Jim further enhanced his expertise for two years with the daily tutelage from one of American Airlines key meteorologists.  His career as a weather anchor and forecaster, and also as the station’s aviation expert and analyst, continued for twenty years with NBC during which time he enjoyed a very large television audience.  He also later served in the same capacity for WBBM-TV Channel 2 in Chicago for three years.

During and after his tenure as a television weathercaster, Jim has worked with law firms and corporations in Chicago acting as an expert witness on cases where weather was an important factor.