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Summit Aviation Inc. announced that it has received its fourth consecutive HIRE Vets Platinum Medallion Award from the U.S. Department of Labor.

U.S. Secretary of Labor Martin J. Walsh recognized Summit Aviation as one of the 835 recipients of the 2022 HIRE Vets Medallion Award during a virtual award ceremony presented by the U.S. Department of Labor on November 9, 2022. The Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans (HIRE Vets) Award Medallion Program implements the requirements of the HIRE Vets Act of 2017 (Public Law 115-31). It is the only veteran-hiring award given at the federal level and recognizes a company or organization’s commitment to veteran hiring, retention and professional development.

“We are honored to once again be recognized with this elite reward,” said Ralph Kunz, vice president and general manager for Summit Aviation. “Our veteran employees exemplify unique leadership, technical expertise and problem-solving abilities – those are highly valued skill sets in any workplace – particularly ours. We are humbled to work alongside our veterans each day.”

Recipients of the 2022 HIRE Vets Medallion Award meet rigorous employment and veteran integration assistance criteria, including veteran hiring and retention percentages; availability of veteran-specific resources; leadership programming for veterans; dedicated human resource efforts; pay compensation and tuition assistance programs for veterans. More than 1,400 employers have earned a HIRE Vets Medallion Award since 2018.

Summit Aviation currently employs 75 veterans of the United States Armed Forces.

Summit Aviation Inc., a Greenwich AeroGroup Co., held a ribbon cutting to celebrate its new location in Greensboro. 

Summit Aviation Manufacturing was formed in 2014 when Greenwich AeroGroup retained the manufacturing side of then-owned Atlantic Aero upon its divestiture to Landmark Aviation. 

Summit Aviation’s manufacturing division will gain an additional 19k square feet of space compared to its former location in Kernersville, which it had been in since 2008. The 49-thousand-square-foot facility is also smack dab in the middle of a growing area of aviation and closer to many of its customers. 

“We are extremely excited to be in this new locale,” said Summit’s Greensboro Director of Manufacturing Garrett Wishon. “The increased space provides us with the opportunity to expand our capabilities and add new machinery that allows us to serve our aviation and other types of industry customers in a capacity we haven’t been able to do prior to this move.” 

Wishon added that among the new machinery is a 4 x 12-foot 5-Axis mill. It will allow Summit technicians to machine landing gear, leading edges, wing spars, etc. up to 12 feet long, noting it will be a game-changer for them. 

The new location’s open floor plan also affords the company the ability to create an optimal flow for lean manufacturing. 

Summit Aviation announced the Sikorsky S-92 helicopter has been added to its Sikorsky Authorized Customer Support Center Certificate.

Summit began serving S-92 operators in 2016. The company became a Sikorsky Authorized Customer Support Center for Sikorsky S-76 legacy aircraft in 2013, followed by Sikorsky S-76D helicopters in 2016.

“We are extremely pleased to include the S-92 helicopter to our current certificate,” said Ralph Kunz, vice president and general manager for Summit Aviation. “This authorization along with our recent EASA certification opens the doors for us to serve even more S-92 operators.”

Summit has been providing maintenance, repair and overhaul services for fixed wing and rotorcraft markets domestically and internationally for more than 60 years.

Summit Aviation has successfully received its EASA Part 145 Maintenance Organization certificate approval from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

The certification approval allows Summit Aviation to provide maintenance services on aircraft currently registered in member countries of the European Union. For Summit, applicable aircraft would include corporate, rotorcraft and foreign military.

“We are excited to add EASA certification to our current list of accreditations,” said Ralph Kunz, vice president and general manager for Summit Aviation. “It permits us the opportunity to provide services for EU member customer aircraft that we have been unable to in the past.”

EASA certification is for aircraft maintenance and repair organizations located in the United States and Canada. Summit has been an FAA-Certified Repair Station since 1966.

WICHITA, Kansas, July 14, 2021 Professional Aviation Associates and Summit Aviation, both Greenwich AeroGroup companies, were recently welcomed into the Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics Global Dealer Network.

Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics and its True Blue Power division provide instruments, avionics and power solutions to the global aerospace industry and are sold to qualified avionics and instrument shops, FAA repair stations, fixed base operators (FBO) and original equipment manufacturers (OEM).

“We are delighted to be part of this network,” said Daniel Lafrance, vice president and general manager for Professional Aviation Associates. “Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics continues to bring to market innovative and needed products that we can provide for our customer base.”

Professional Aviation Associates and Summit Aviation join their sister company, Western Aircraft in Boise, Idaho, which has been part of Mid-Continent’s Global Dealer Network since October 1, 2020.

Summit Aviation, a Greenwich AeroGroup Company, announced that it has promoted Dennis Hurst to the position of regional sales manager.

A veteran of the United States Marine Corps, Mr. Hurst has 17 years of mechanical experience with 15 of those years dedicated to aviation. Mr. Hurst was initially introduced to Summit Aviation in 2011 as a contracted flight test mechanic for Strom Aviation. He officially transitioned from that role to the Summit team in 2013. In time, he moved up as Summit’s flight test team lead, and most recently, program lead.

As a regional sales manager, Mr. Hurst will support Summit’s airborne law enforcement and ISR customer base; state and federal agencies; King Air owners and operators and other general aviation aircraft.

Mr. Hurst earned his bachelor’s degree in Program Technical Management specializing in Project Management from DeVry University. He is currently pursuing a Program Management Professional certificate from the Project Management Institute.

Summit Aviation, a Greenwich AeroGroup Company, announced that it has hired Bradley Card for its newly created position of Director of Program Management.

A veteran of the United States Air Force, Mr. Card has 30 years of aviation experience, including 15 years as a flight engineer. Upon leaving the Air Force in 2008, he joined ALOFT AeroArchitects in Georgetown, Delaware, where he gradually moved up the ranks ending in his most recent position as ALOFT’s program manager. He joins Summit Aviation in mid-March.

“We are delighted to welcome Brad to our team,” said Ralph Kunz, vice president and general manager for Summit Aviation. “We are continuously focused on efficiency and customer satisfaction and in this newly created position, Brad will be a key addition in Summit achieving its goals.”

As the director of program management, Mr. Card will direct and oversee all of Summit’s various programs and will ensure the quality of all customer communication in regards to schedule and costs. The position will work collaboratively with Summit’s director of maintenance and director of sales.

Mr. Card is a PMP-Certified project manager and holds an Associate of Applied Science in Aviation Operations and Aviation Maintenance from the Community College of the Air Force. Additionally, he has a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management, a Master of Business Administration with a focus on Management Information Systems and a second Master of Business Administration with a focus on Management Organizational Leadership, all from Wilmington University in New Castle, Delaware.

Summit Aviation, a Greenwich AeroGroup Company, announced that it has included the Leonardo AW139 helicopter to its Part 145 Certified Repair Station certificate.

This newly added capability allows Summit to perform aircraft maintenance including inspections, overhaul, repair and/or modification for AW139 owners and operators.

“We have been serving similar types of aircraft owners and operators since 1960,” said Ralph Kunz, vice president and general manager of Summit Aviation. “Adding the AW139 aircraft to our certificate aligns with our capabilities and offers those owners and operators an experienced and established alternative provider.”

In addition to general and corporate aviation, Summit has a broad customer base including state and local law enforcement, the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Government Non DoD and special mission and international militaries.

Summit Aviation, a Greenwich AeroGroup Company, announced that it is now partnered with New Jersey-based Cabin Crafters Inc. (CCI) to support fixed and rotor wing interior refurbishments.

Cabin Crafters has specialized in quality aircraft interiors for more than 35 years. As the first Federal Aviation Administration certified repair station specializing in aircraft interiors CCI is a pioneer and leader in the industry. The company’s 25,000 square foot facility is located in the tristate area adjacent to Teterboro Airport (TEB) in New Jersey.

“Cabin Crafters has robust capabilities and an excellent reputation for providing quality interior refurbishments and cabin reconfigurations,” said John Gonsalves, director of sales and marketing for Summit Aviation. “We believe our customer base will benefit substantially from its years of experience with both fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters.”

“Cabin Crafters is excited to partner with Summit Aviation,” said Mario Diaz, president of Cabin Crafters, Inc. “The extensive experience and history offered by each company will enhance our abilities to exceed customer expectations in interiors, paint and maintenance. Our teams have worked together in the past; however, this arrangement will streamline processes and offer advanced solutions and incentives for our loyal customers.”

Cabin Crafters is a Part 145 repair station, as well as ISO 9001:2015 and AS9100D certified. Interior services will be provided at CCI’s facility and on-site at Summit Aviation.

Summit Aviation, a Greenwich AeroGroup Company, announced that it has received the HIRE Vets Platinum Medallion Award from the U.S. Department of Labor for 2020 for its efforts to recruit, employ and retain the nation’s veterans.

This marks the second consecutive year Summit Aviation has received the prestigious award. The Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans (HIRE Vets) Award Medallion Program implements the requirements of the HIRE Vets Act of 2017 (Public Law 115-31), which President Donald J. Trump signed in May 2017. It is the only veteran hiring award given at the federal level and recognizes a company or organization’s commitment to veteran hiring, retention and professional development.

“Our veteran employees exemplify unique leadership, technical expertise and problem-solving abilities – those are highly valued skillsets in any workplace – particularly ours,” said Ralph Kunz, vice president and general manager for Summit Aviation. “We’re humbled to not only work alongside our veterans each day but also to receive positive recognition for the supportive culture of our environment.”

Summit Aviation currently employs 75 veterans of the United States Armed Forces.