James Helsham

James Helsham


James is an Aerospace Engineer at HeliMods, specialising in complex design and certification. He is passionate about designing products for positive impact, while using the latest and most advanced technology in the world.

When James graduated from Monash University in 2015 (BAeroEng/BCom) he didn’t yet know just how much opportunity HeliMods would give him to chase his career aspirations. In his first months with HeliMods, he was tasked with designing and certifying modifications to airframe structure, which hadn’t yet been achieved by industry. He took this early experience and responsibility and progressed to working on HeliMods’ global product range, working front and centre on what has now become the world-first, patented Powered Aero LoaderTM.

James followed this innovation from concept design – when ideas were merely conceptual sketches on glass and cast aside by competitor as impossible; all the way through detailed design for manufacture, certification and ultimately to being part of the team selling the product on the global stage. He has represented the company at many major expositions all over the world, from all across North America to HeliMods’ doorstep on the Sunny Coast.

James is now the technical lead on current and future engineering work with Ornge Air Ambulance, a global leader in Emergency Medical Services. He routinely uses 3D scanning, FEA software and advanced manufacturing to deliver results. One of the best parts of his job is hearing that these products are enhancing people’s ways of working and also helping to save lives around the world, which has been incredibly rewarding.