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Lead Aero Engineer

Phone: (707) ***-****  
Email: j***@***.com
Local Address:  Tehachapi , 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

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  • BS , Aeronautical Engineering
    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • BS , Physics
    Kenyon College
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Jon ..., 5 July 2015 [cached]
Jon Karkow
Engineering Fellow
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.
ICON Aircraft | News [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.
Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer Returns Home to Salina Airport: Aviation News: Wings Over Kansas, 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.
Cut and Paste Aviation: 2006-03-05, 5 Mar 2006 [cached]
The flight, piloted by Scaled's Project Engineer and Test Pilot Jon Karkow, lasted one hour and thirty minutes .
Steve Fossett Challenges | Virgin GlobalFlyer [cached]
Steve's international support team will include key personnel Jon Karkow and Clint Nichols from aircraft builder Scaled Composite in Mojave, CA as well as flight planner Kevin Stass in the UK and Belgian meteorologist David Dehenauw.
Jon Karkow of Scaled Composites explained the problem:
Fortunately we have experts here: Chief Engineer Jon Karkow and Crew Chief Philip Grassa, both from Scaled Composites.
Jon Karkow, GlobalFlyer Lead Engineer at Scaled Composites, also welcomed the new record attempt:
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