Summit Aviation unveils new platform for law enforcement

Summit Aviation has developed an Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) platform to aid law enforcement officials.

Starting with a modified Mahindra Aerospace GippsAero GA8 Airvan Astra, Summit modifies the GA8 with off-the-shelf commercial packages, 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, company officials explain.

“At Summit Aviation we have a long history of providing services for the Department of Defense,” said General Manager 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.

Located in Middletown, Delaware, Summit Aviation 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. For more information:

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