James Darcy is Airbus Vice President of Communications for the Americas. He leads a team of communicators responsible for the full range of internal and external communications tactics and strategy across North and Latin America, including all Airbus lines of business – commercial aircraft, rotorcraft, defense and space.
Prior to joining Airbus (formerly EADS) in 2009, Darcy was Director of Communications for the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command, where he led a 30-person communications organization responsible all U.S. Navy and Marine Corps aviation programs. His career with the Navy spanned ten years, and included work as communications lead for the V-22 Osprey, F/A-18 Super Hornet, EA-18 Growler, X-31 VECTOR and other major aviation programs. Prior to working for the Navy, he was a writer and photographer for a U.S. Army newspaper.
James is a veteran photographer, and conducts the aerial photography for many of Airbus’ North American advertising and media campaigns. His aircraft photos have appeared on the covers of publications around the world, including Aviation Week, Rotor & Wing, Army Aviation, Flug Revue and Air et Cosmos.
James lives near Annapolis, Maryland, and is the father of two boys, ages 19 and 21. When he is not riding in helicopters, he enjoys building them out of Legos with his sons.