We are New York's Oldest Flying Service!

Founded in 1930 by Joseph Costa Sr.,
Costa Flying Service now has over 80 years of Flight Experience
and enjoys full certification from the
Federal Aviation Administration.


Joe Costa Sr. 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 gave him 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 gave him 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.


Since our inception we have added many services to provide for the needs of the public, business, and general aviation communities, allowing us to become the New York Southern Tier / Central Northern Pennsylvania area’s
Premiere Flying Service!

In addition to serving the public and business commuter aviation needs Costa Flying Service also does aerial work for both the New York and Pennsylvania Departments of Wildlife, and Forestry Services. We are the only flying service in the entire region contracted to perform aerial work for the U.S. Department of the Interior.

- We are Fully Licensed and Insured -