Why Novakinetics and Kinetic Defense?
Composites for Aircraft
High Accuracy Composites
Following are answers to our most frequently asked questions:
Do Novakinetics and Kinetic Defense have an aerospace grade quality system?
Yes, Novakinetics and Kinetic Defense share an AS9100D certified quality assurance system.
What are typical lead times for composite tooling and first article parts?
Depending on the complexity of the part, lead times for new parts development can range from three to twelve weeks from order placement to accepted first article.
What level of surface accuracy is possible in Novakinetics-produced carbon-epoxy parts?
.008” RMS accuracy compared to design data is possible in daily production on parts up to 24” across.
Can Novakinetics support long term high volume manufacturing?
Yes! We run daily autoclave loads of 15 parts or more, and produce hundreds of aerospace quality parts each month. CNC trimming is used on high volume parts, and our paint shop has also added equipment to keep up.
What are typical lead times for ballistic protection system deliveries?
Can Novakinetics help with one-off projects for hobbyists or consumers?
Sorry, but not at this time. We DO however enjoy sponsoring engineering student projects at Northern Arizona University.
Novakinetics started in 1996, in Texas, when Jim Corning designed a fiberglass part to improve oil cooling on a DEA-operated OH-6 helicopter. As he was filling an order for 20 of these parts, working in his garage, he found that several of his engineering consulting clients needed a reliable, quality-oriented composites supplier. So, Jim rented shop space, hired his first employees, and got to work.
Jim moved the business to Flagstaff, Arizona in 2001. Novakinetics by this time was producing production composite parts for the Air Tractor cropdusters and for the RAM Aircraft turbo/intercooler upgrades. Novakinetics also helped develop engine nacelles for the Eclipse 500 jet prototypes. Some of these nacelles, used with Teledyne cruise missile engines (for flight test purposes only, prior to Eclipse teaming up with Pratt & Whitney) had to incorporate ballistic containment!
Novakinetics is also continuously improving capabilities, and now offers autoclave processing of materials with extremely high surface accuracy.
Jim has an engineering degree from MIT, & still loves to create new products in the shop.
Vice President Manufacturing
Daniel joined Novakinetics in 2006, and has charted a very hands-on course into production management.
Vice President Programs
Rob joined the Novakinetics team in 2018, after an extensive career in composites & ballistic armor production with large contractors.
Perry had an extensive background in quality management and warranty resolution before joining Novakinetics in 2017.
Assistant Production Manager
Amanda has over 10 years experience with composites & ballistic protection, having first joined Kinetic Defense as a sewing & machine operating technician.
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