About Aeronautica

Highly technical aeronautical solutions for a highly specialized industry

A team of aeronautical experts

Aeronautica was started by industry veteran James Burd, a former-Gulfstream/Lockheed Aerospace Structures engineer. From day, one James Burd has lead an all-star team with key engineering personnel handpicked from leading aerospace companies. With offices in South Carolina, Aeronautica has a well-rounded, highly technical engineering team, including specialists in structural design and analysis as well as electrical design and certification.

I’ve been working in the aerospace industry for 35 years, and I am still excited by new projects”

– James Burd, Founder of Aeronautica

James Burd—Founder/Owner

James has over 35 years of experience in the aircraft industry as a structures, stress and damage tolerance engineer. He has an FAA DER Delegation for full airframe structural design, static strength, fatigue and damage tolerance and process specifications for FAR’s Part 23, Part 25, and Part 26. James started his career in the USAF, which culminated in being selected as the ASIP manager for the C-5 aircraft. Since then, he has worked at Gulfstream Aerospace, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and L-3 Systems. James graduated from North Carolina State University in 1987 with a BS in Aerospace Engineering. In his early years, James grew up in Trieste, Italy where part of his family is from and is fluent in the language. For this reason he maintains close ties to both family and industry in Europe. In fact, this was one of the primary reasons he was selected while working at L-3 Systems to be the focal point for the structural engineering coordination effort on the Alenia G222 conversion to the USAF C-27A and spent a significant amount of time working with Alenia engineers.


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