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Lead Aero Engineer

Local Address: Bakersfield, California, United States
ICON Aircraft Inc
LOS ANGELES, California 90066
United States

Company Description: ICON Aircraft is a privately held, early-stage venture originally started out of Palo Alto, California. ICON's founders developed the business plan and strategy...   more

Employment History


  • BS , Aeronautical Engineering
    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • BS , Physics
    Kenyon College
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The A5 prototype gets pushed off ..., 25 Aug 2012 [cached]
The A5 prototype gets pushed off the shore for the start of flight testing with ICON Led Aero Engineer and Test Pilot Jon Karkow at the controls.
ICON CEO Kirk Hawkins congratulates Jon Karkow after the flight.
Later that week, the ICON A5 ... [cached]
Later that week, the ICON A5 flew before record crowds at the Seaplane Base where Test Pilot and Lead Aero Engineer Jon Karkow demonstrated the ICON A5's impressive water handling capabilities.
Prior to that, only Jon Karkow, our Lead Aero Engineer and Chief Test Pilot had flown it.
Test pilot Jon Karkow commented that the A5 "cuts through waves very well and is not prone to 'porpoising' like so many seaplanes are.
ICON Lead Aero Engineer and Test Pilot Jon Karkow conducted the test flight, which demonstrated the performance and flying characteristics during takeoff, landing and low-speed maneuvering flight. In addition, the aircraft's performance during water operations was evaluated. Karkow is an accomplished test pilot who has flown first flights for many notable aircraft including the world record-setting Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer flown by the late Steve Fossett.
"Everything went as well as an initial test flight possibly could go; so I was very pleased," said Karkow, a member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots.
The prototype is on schedule for initial flight testing this summer by ICON Aero Engineer and Test Pilot, Jon Karkow.
ICON Aircraft | Team, 26 Nov 2012 [cached]
John Karkow
Jon Karkow Lead Aero Engineer
Jon Karkow spent 21 years in aircraft development at Burt Rutan's Scaled Composites and over that time rightfully earned the reputation as the most accomplished aeronautical engineer and project engineer in the history of Scaled.
A licensed airframe and powerplant mechanic, Jon received a BS in Physics at Kenyon College and a BS in Aeronautical Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is an active pilot and experimental test pilot with instrument, multi-engine, seaplane, helicopter, and glider ratings.
The airplane made its first flight ..., 12 Sept 2012 [cached]
The airplane made its first flight in 2011 in the hands of veteran test pilot Jon Karkow.
Your email campaign ( Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer Safely Returns Home to Salina Airport ) has been sent, 25 Feb 2006 [cached]
The GlobalFlyer, flown from Bournemouth to Salina by Scaled Composite's Project Engineer Jon Karkow, was processed upon arrival by the U.S. Customs Service as an international flight.
K-State at Salina students and faculty assisted the GlobalFlyer team with the repositioning flight and aircraft recovery. Nancy Milleret and Patrick Rinearson, seniors in professional pilot at K-State, provided mission control support to Karkow during his flight from England back to Salina.
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