MIDDLETOWN, Del., June 3, 2013 – Summit Aviation, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it has rolled out a newly painted helicopter to reflect the original colors used during the Vietnam war.
The newly painted aircraft, an OH-6 Little Bird helicopter, is based in Carlisle, PA, and it is the oldest operational aircraft of its kind. Summit changed its blue and white scheme to reflect the original colors used during the era of the Vietnam War.
“Summit Aviation is honored to be able to support the ‘Operation Flying Heroes program,” said Retired United States Army Lieutenant Colonel and Vice President of Summit Aviation Ed Scully. “The program provides a vital service to our country’s veterans.”
Located in Middletown, Delaware, Summit’s Manufacturing Center offers new dynamic manufacture, assembly and testing along with aerostructures manufacture and assembly. The company also 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 which include Pratt & Whitney, Turbomeca, and others.
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.
Operation Flying Heroes currently provides flights for Iraq and Afghanistan Wounded Warriors.
“We wanted to pay our respect and appreciation to our Wounded Warrior veterans and volunteers who support our program,” said United States Army General (Retired) Richard A. Cody. “Summit was able to recreate the Vietnam era paint scheme to our exact specifications and turn it around in three weeks. They did a superb job preserving the heritage of the Vietnam era OH-6 Cayuse.”
Operation Flying Heroes is in its fourth year of operation. It provides a full day of flying, coaching and mentoring in a military setting, to Iraq and Afghanistan Wounded Warriors from Walter Reed Military Medical Center. The Cadre is made up of retired combat Aviators CWO from Vietnam. Each Wounded Warrior gets a front seat flight with General Dick Cody in the OH-6 helicopter, as well as rides in an R-44 and a Cessna 206 aircraft.
Summit Aviation is a maintenance service provider for helicopter and fixed wing aircraft. For technical support contact John Bonnell at (302) 834-5400 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ken Pike will also serve as facilitator between Summit's S76 Customer Support Center for legacy helicopters and Sikorsky.
Construction on the new hangar is expected to be complete in June, with completion of the paint facility in August 2011.