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Reaching the Summit

Dec 30, 2020 02:39PM ● By Tricia Hoadley
Photos by Jim Coarse
Text by Richard L. Gaw

When Richard “Kip” DuPont began Summit Aviation in 1960, he set out to establish the 550-acre private airport as one of the world’s most respected maintenance centers for aircraft in the United States.

It was a goal that came true, because for the past six decades, the arrival of an aircraft hovering in the sky above Middletown signifies that upon landing at Summit Aviation, it will be welcomed by a talented crew of technicians, receive some of best aviation repair and maintenance in the world, and then fly off again, back into the world.

As both a Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) and Fixed Base Operator (FBO) facility, the Summit Aviation is equipped to welcome hundreds of aircraft every year that fly in for everything from routine maintenance and repair to avionics upgrades, mission system integration, modifications, painting, flight testing/training support and logistics support, as well as aircraft sales and leasing.

Summit Aviation’s customer base is as broad as the variety of aircraft that land on its runway throughout the year: U.S. and foreign military units, U.S. government, corporate and private businesses and general aviation.

On any given day, Summit Aviation’s team of technicians, mechanics, logistics and warehouse personnel will repair aircraft as wide ranging as a corporate plane to a military H-47 Chinook helicopter to Helevia aircraft that was used to transport engineers and scientists to an offshore drilling site near Brazil.

Partnering with the company’s assembly and manufacturing sites in Kentucky and North Carolina, the Summit Aviation in Middletown has maintained the core values that DuPont dreamed of 60 years ago – to provide the aviation industry with superior service at a reasonable cost, while never losing sight of quality workmanship, aircraft by aircraft – that fly over the Middletown skies and into the hands of some of the most qualified aviation technicians in the world.

To learn more about Summit Aviation, visit

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