James Temple started working in the business and general aviation industry when he was just 13 years old. He worked alongside his father, Marshall Temple, who founded Temple Electronics in 1973.
Temple began working during his summer school break in 1976. When he turned 16, he began building install lash-ups (marking wires and populating connectors). Two years later, at age 18, he began engineering and performing simple installations from start to finish. In his early 20s, Temple attended almost all the Honeywell, BendixKing and Universal Avionics training classes to receive as much education as he could. He also began bench working nav/comms and autopilots, flight line AP systems, and all avionics systems. By the late 1980s, he was running Temple Electronics with help from his father’s guiding hand.
In 1993, Marshall Temple retired, and James Temple has carried on his father’s legacy by continuing to grow the business and always looking ahead to new technologies that will help the company advance in the future. Temple Electronics has been an active member of the AEA since the company opened in 1973, and it sponsors the Marshall Temple scholarship through the AEA Educational Foundation.