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.