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Summit Aviation has an extensive history of modifying CH-47 aircraft and a long-standing relationship with the OEM. Summit has a dedicated hangar on-site specifically for Chinook work.

Read it: Summit Aviation Accomplishes CH-47 Chinook Support Milestone

CH-47 Capabilities

  • CH-47 Inductions
  • CH-47 Maintenance, Inspection, and Repair
  • CH-47 Modifications & System Integration
  • CH-47 Completions
  • CH-47 Flight Testing & Training Support
  • CH-47 Refurbishment & Paint
  • CH-47 Parts & Logistics Support
  • Tethered Hover Capabilities
  • Laser Safe Pads
  • Aerial and Seaport Operations


DCMA 8210.1 Rev C./AR-95-50 Rev. C. Approved Facility
DoD-Approved Facility
AS9100D-approved quality system
DCMA-approved ground operating procedures
Resident DCMA QARs
24/7 ARFF coverage
NAS 3306-compliant
NFPA-compliant hangars
On-site ARFF services
Return to service delegation from U.S. Army and OEM
Military trained technicians

CH-47 Highlights & Recent Projects

  • US Army approved to support Chinook Maintenance
  • Trained by PM Cargo to support the CH-47F Maintenance Steering Group 3 (MSG-3) Scheduled Maintenance Program
  • Supported the National Guard Bureau, PA ARNG, OH ARNG, MT ARNG, SC ARNG, and MS ARNG with Phase Maintenance
  • Completed over 80 CH-47 deliveries via STRATAIR or Seaport supporting Boeing Direct Commercial Sales and PM Cargo Foreign Military Sales
  • Completed over 30 GSA commercial sales for the U.S. government
  • Completed over 300 Chinook Inductions (depopulation and salvaging)
  • Contracted to support PM Cargo CH-47F Block II efforts
  • Contracted to support the CH-47F and MH-47G Block I Induction programs
  • Contracted to support Boeing Ridley Park with CH-47F aircraft completions

CH-47A Model Refurbishment

Summit Aviation remodeled the oldest surviving “A” Model CH-47A. The craft was sitting at the Transportation and Mobility Museum in Ft. Eustis, Virginia, falling into ruin. The remodel included the following tasks:

  • Refurbished aircraft to original configurations and gave it a new paint job
  • Returned aircraft to museum and set it up for display
  • Complete exterior paint refurbishment

Modification/Validation Support

Summit Aviation has supported airframe modification for new systems and flight testing as well as validation and verification efforts for the U.S. Army and the OEM.

Improvements include:

  • Cargo On-Off Loading System (COOLS) - replacement for the existing HICHs System
  • Improving the Infrared Suppression System (IRSS) to reduce the IR footprint of a flying Chinook
  • Advanced Threat Infrared Countermeasures (ATIRCM)
  • Directional Infrared Countermeasures (DIRCM)
  • Improved Vibration Control System (IVCS)
  • Many others

Static Displays and Mock-ups

Summit Aviation has refurbished old airframes to be used as static displays and also has reconfigured airframes to represent possibilities for future builds.

Completed projects include:

  • V-22 Osprey Mock-up for OEM to advertise and sell in a search and rescue configuration
  • CSAR-X (Chinook Search and Rescue) mocked up to show the U.S. Air Force the capabilities and conception of a CH-47 Based Search and Rescue Platform
  • Mock-up and validation testing of an existing “E” Model aircraft.
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