MIDDLETOWN, Del., July 17, 2013 – Summit Aviation, a Greenwich AeroGroup company announced today that it has developed a cost efficient Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) platform to aid law enforcement officials.
The solution is a modified Mahindra Aerospace GippsAero GA8 Airvan Astra. Utilizing off-the-shelf commercial packages, Summit has successfully modified the GippsAero GA8 with customizable features such as a full work station with moving maps and overlays, cross-cueing of various sensors, a 3D mapping aerial camera system and full motion video capability.
“At Summit Aviation we have a long history of providing services for the Department of Defense,” said General Manager of Summit Aviation Ralph Kunz. “We have taken some of the best practices and technology in terms of services for the DoD, and modified them into a cost efficient package applicable to meet the needs of law enforcement personnel.”
Kunz added that they chose Australia’s GippsAero GA8 as the aircraft to modify due to its level of airworthiness and safety certification standards, the high cabin volume and payload and its fuel efficiency.
Summit is showcasing the aircraft for the first time at this week’s Airborne Law Enforcement Association trade show in Orlando, Fla., booth number 472.
Located in Middletown, Delaware, the company offers aircraft and engine maintenance and modification services on Bell, Eurocopter, Sikorsky, Boeing and MD helicopters as well as on Pilatus, Cessna, Beechcraft King Airs, Beechjets and other light jet model aircraft. The company also provides engine maintenance and support to its customers that include Pratt & Whitney, Turbomeca, and others. More information available at www.summit-aviation.com
About Greenwich AeroGroup
Greenwich AeroGroup, Inc., owns and operates providers of general, commercial, government and military aviation services including: maintenance, avionics and interior refurbishments; fixed base operations; aircraft sales, charter and management; manufacturing and engineering; component repair and overhaul; parts distribution and financial services. Current locations include: Atlantic Aero, Inc., located at Piedmont-Triad International Airport in Greensboro, N.C.; Western Aircraft, Inc., located at Gowen Field in Boise, Idaho; Summit Aviation, Inc., located at Summit Airport in Middletown, Del.; DAC International, Inc., located in Austin, Texas; Matrix Aviation, Inc., located in Wichita, Kan.; Professional Aviation Associates, Inc., located in Atlanta, Ga.; Professional Aircraft Accessories, Inc., located in Titusville, Fla.; Aero Precision Industries, located in Livermore, Calif., NASAM, Inc., located in San Francisco, Calif., and GCCUS Inc. located in Aptos, Calif. Additionally, Greenwich AeroGroup owns an interest in Helivia Aero Taxi located in Rio de Janerio. News and information are available at www.greenwichaerogroup.com.