Jim Corning- President/Mechanical Engineer

Jim Corning’s professional life revolves around aviation, energy, and engineering. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT in 1977. Jim has worked in aviation since 1985, and he can’t  imagine life without flying and designing components for aircraft. He has logged over 1000 flying hours in small airplanes and looks forward to his next 1000!

In 30 years of working in aviation, Jim has enjoyed solving a lot of problems, sometimes by designing things, sometimes by analyzing and helping to upgrade systems. He has worked on F-111 and F-16 flight test instrumentation, obtained PMA approval for Pratt & Whitney radial engine crankshafts, designed PT6 engine air conditioning drives, made fiberglass parts to improve OH-6 helicopter oil cooling, done stress analysis on engine nacelles and helicopter blades, built a company to produce accurate and repeatable composite parts, designed ballistic armor for AK-47 protection, produced engine nacelles, designed PT6 engine ram air cowls for Air Tractor, built helicopter armor for the Department of State Air Wing, designed soft ballistic blankets for Mi-17s, set up a line to manufacture seats for Air Tractor, re-imagined and designed modern armored seats for Hueys and Bell 412s.

Jim brings a passion for problem-solving to Novakinetics’ customer relationships, and thrives on creating simple, lightweight aircraft systems. When he’s not working, Jim loves hiking, mountain biking, flying and backpacking around the beautiful mountain west.