CEO and Founder of EPI, Inc.
Jack Kane founded EPI, Inc. in 1994, for the purpose of developing and producing high-performance vehicle propulsion systems. He is also the CEO and chief engineer of the company.
Jack was a dean's list student in the Electrical Engineering program at the US Air Force Academy. Later, he earned Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (cum laude) and Master of Science degrees (summa cum laude) from civilian universities.
Jack has been actively involved in piston engine development since the early ‘50’s, and has configured, built and modified successful engines for a wide variety of specialized applications and winning race cars.
Since the founding of EPI, Inc., he has been responsible for the design and development of liquid-cooled aircraft engines, gearboxes, and accessory drive units for various fixed-wing and helicopter applications. His technical articles published in RACE ENGINE TECHNOLOGY magazine have received acclaim from knowledgeable experts at the highest levels of motorsport.
Beyond engineering, he is an accomplished machinist, a commercial pilot, and has done development, modification and overhaul work on certified (Lycoming, Continental, Orenda) aircraft engines. In his younger days, he was a winning driver in a variety of automobile racing categories including rear-engine formula cars, sports cars, midgets and stock cars, and has won several championships.
Jack currently holds a commercial pilot rating in multi-engine, single engine, and glider aircraft, and a private helicopter rating. He has been a certified flight instructor for single and multi-engine aircraft, and has worked as a Part 135 charter pilot, corporate pilot, glider-tow pilot, ferry pilot, test-pilot, and instructor in very-high-performance, tailwheel and aerobatic aircraft.
He has PIC experience in a wide variety of aircraft, including Aero Commander 685 & 560; Air Tractor 401; Cessna 340, 310, 210, 182, 172, 170, 152; North American AT-6; Piper PA-34, 32, 28, 24, 23, 18; Schweitzer SGS-1-36, SGS-2-33, -300CB; as well as test-flight and demo work in various very-high-performance experimental aircraft.
Prior to starting EPI, Jack spent thirty one years doing conceptualization, design and development of complex mechanical and electronic systems. Those activities required a comprehensive understanding of a wide range of disciplines, including mechanical and electrical design and analysis, computer hardware and systems, software science, as well as strong skills in communication and organization. This is a summary of those activities:
He began his engineering career at United Aircraft Corporation, where he designed hydromechanical control system components for turbine engine controls. He went on to do significant design and research work on the first generation of Full Authority Digital Engine Controllers (FADEC). He also taught night classes at a small college in New England.
As a systems engineer with various companies including Litton Industries, Scan-Optics and Transaction Technology Inc (a division of CitiCorp), he designed and developed several complex real-time computer operating systems, control systems, and data communication networking systems, including subsystems for one of the first on-line banking networks in the world.
As an independent consultant, he worked under contract to various aerospace and technology companies including TRW Space Systems, Garrett AiResearch, SDC/Burroughs, Rockwell International, Magnavox Research Labs and August Aerospace Systems. He was responsible for the design and development of sections of complex computer-based systems (mostly classified) including GPS, Nuclear Systems, Missile Flight Control Systems, Data Acquisition Systems, and Satellite Communication Networking Systems. He was a pioneer in the use of multi-level finite state automata in the implementation of bulletproof real-time control software systems.