Jim Sebastian ‘94

Jim Sebastian ‘94


Degree/University: BS - Aeronautics, Kent State University 

Hometown: Stow, Ohio

Current Location: Chicago Midway International Airport MDW

Employer: Southwest Airlines

Title: Captain, B737

Previous Employers: BP America Corporate Flight Department (Pilot, domestic and international), Continental Express Airlines (Captain, Check Airman)

Aircraft Currently Flying: Boeing 737

Aircraft Previously Flown: C152/172 PA28, PA44, DA50, DA200, BE-1900D, EMB-135/145, B737-200/300/500/700/800/MAX

Flight Hours: 15,000+

Years of Experience: Most recent - B737 Captain, Southwest Airlines. Internationally qualified (15 years). Kent State University Check Instructor, Adjunct Professor (17 years), Continental express - 6 Years as a BE-1900D and EMB-135/145 Captain and Check Airman Captain.

Biography: Jim is currently flying as a Southwest Airlines Captain based out of Chicago, who has more than 15,000 hours and 25+ years of flying experience. He is a 1994 graduate of Kent State University’s Aeronautics Program, with a professional background stretching across the industry. He began as a Flight Instructor for Kent State, moved on to become a pilot for BP America, a Captain/Check Airman at ExpressJet, as well as an Adjunct Professor with the University. On-top of his full- time job, along with being a Multi-Instructor and Check Instructor, and Professor with the University, Jim is also heavily involved with the Charitable Organization known as Props-4-Paws, and donates his time helping animals in need and at a local animal shelter.

Presentation: Pilot actions during abnormal and emergency situations/ Relevant actions pilots need to take in order to successfully handle an abnormal or an emergency and prioritize/sequence those actions including the use of checklists, RRM, crew coordination and task management.