Costa Air Service

at Corning-Painted Post Airport


Aerial tours of beautiful upstate New York and the Finger Lakes region as well as northern-central Pennsylvania are offered year-round .

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If you have ever dreamed of learning to fly, Costa's can help your dream come true.

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We fly custom message banners across the Finger Lakes region and northern Pennsylvania.

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We have a full-service maintenance shop stocked with two full-time AI's.

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We were voted "most comfortable FBO couches," for upstate NY.

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Costa Flying Service primarily offers Cessna 172's.

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We offer ramp tie-downs and community or private hangar space. Please contact us for current prices and availability.

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We offer AvGas (100LL) at $5.35 per gallon and Jet-A fuel at $3.99 per gallon. Prices are subject to change.

Jim Doane

Owner of Costa Air Service and CFI Extraordinaire

Jim is a pilot with over forty years of experience. He formed Costa Air Service and took over operations of the FBO at Corning-Painted Post airport in 2018. When not out flying (which is often), or behind a desk, he likes to spend time with his hyper but lovable Weimaraner, Travis.


Aircraft Inspector

Nate joined Costa's in 2018 as an A&P mechanic, but has since acquired his Aircraft Inspector certification. Nate is an all-around wunderkind and a private pilot.


Aircraft Inspector

Mike has been with Costa's for a respectable time now and is our chief Aircraft Inspector. Despite this action shot, Mike has not "fallen and cannot get up."

Joe Costa (Jr.)

Owner of Costa Flying Service

Joe Costa is the son of the original founder of Corning-Painted Post airport and the glue that holds the Costa's airport family together. When Joe isn't dispensing invaluable advice, he can be found in the maintenance hangar working on his latest project.

Deb Giaconia


Deb is the newest addition to the Costa's crew. Deb started her career at Daniel Webster College earning an Aviation Management/Flight Operations degree. Deb then worked for Cape Air flying the Cessna 402 around the Boston and Nantucket area and in 1999 was hired by Piedmont Airlines as a First Officer. Deb also previously owned and operated her own flight school out of the Corning-Elmira Airport. "Flying has been a gift to my life that I am anxious and proud to share with others!"

Jeff Sharp


Jeff has been flying in the area for over 20 years. He started as a CFI and went on to work as a charter pilot and as a captain with Chautauqua Airlines. He also currently works as a corporate pilot. He is excited to get back into flight instruction and hopes to help the next generation of pilots earn their wings.


Sheet metal wizard/repair guru

Don is a staple at Costa's and he works his magic on repair and restoration projects in the maintenance hangar.

Costa Air Service based at Corning-Painted Post Airport (7N1) is an aviation business offering services such as aerial flight tours, flight lessons, aircraft maintenance and repairs, aerial surveys, banners, aircraft fuel, and aircraft storage.

Costa Air Service is an off-shoot of Costa Flying Service, also based as Corning-Painted Post Airport, which is the oldest flying service in New York state. Costa Flying Service was founded in 1930 by Joe Costa Sr., who was the first resident of Corning to get a pilot's license and later made aviation history when, in 1936, he attempted a transatlantic flight from the U.S. to Portugal in his Lockheed Vega. In 1993 the Empire State Aerosciences Museum honored him with the Aviation Pioneer Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the development and advancement of General Aviation. In 1994 the Rochester Flight Standards District Office of the Federal Aviation Administration honored him with a Lifetime Achievement Award, in recognition of his 65 years in aviation. Also in 1994, the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Administration Administration, Eastern Region, gave him a Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of 65 years of distinction as an aviator.

Costa Air Service is owned and operated by Jim Doane, a pilot with over 40 years of flight experience. Jim holds many FAA certifications including CFI, CFII, MEI, MEII, CFIG, and ATP.
  • 10 Costa Drive, Painted Post, NY, 14870, USA
  • Costa's Airport, Corning-Painted Post Airport Alternate address: 342 Victory Highway, Painted Post, NY 14870