Summit Aviation, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, has hired Lou Karnes as its new Vice President of Government and Defense Aircraft Services.
A military veteran and experienced aviator, Mr. Karnes recently retired after more than 21 years in the U.S. Army where he most recently served as the Product Manager for the MH-60M Special Operations Forces (SOF) Blackhawk.
“We are thrilled to have this exceptional leader, aviator and communicator join our team at Summit,” said Vice President and General Manager of Summit Aviation Ralph Kunz. “Lou brings to the table years of hands-on experience that I believe will help propel our Government Services to the next level.”
Mr. Karnes’ prior experience also includes serving as an H-47 series operational pilot and maintenance test pilot with multiple combat deployments, and more than 10 years as an Army Acquisition Officer with experience as a Government Flight Representative and Chief of Flight Operations at DCMA Boeing Philadelphia and SOF support as a Program Manager.
He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Management, and he also holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Delaware.
Located in Middletown, Delaware, the company 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. More information available at www.summit-aviation.com.
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; component repair and overhaul and parts distribution. Current locations include Professional Aircraft Accessories, located in Titusville and Miami, Fla..; Professional Aviation Associates, located in Atlanta, Ga.; Summit Aviation, with locations in Middletown, Del., Somerset, Ky., Kernersville, N.C. and Western Aircraft, located in Boise, Idaho. News and information are available at www.greenwichaerogroup.com.