Creig Rice, Vice President of Corporate Development and Director of Operations
It is extremely crucial to have an effective aircraft inspection and maintenance process to avoid sudden asset failure, decrease downtime, and ensure the safety of employees and passengers. Also, the Federal Aviation Administration has made it mandatory for each airline/operator to establish a Continuous Airworthiness Maintenance Program (CAMP) to ensure proper maintenance and inspection of aircraft. This is where third-party maintenance providers promise a feasible way forward. These independent service companies allow operators to outsource the cumbersome task of regular maintenance and repair. However, finding the right service provider is often challenging for businesses—given the fact that the quality of service is a prerequisite for the aviation sector. Also, the task requires high-level expertise and experience. So, all the maintenance checks and scheduling tasks should be performed by a qualified technical team.
"Quality of work has always been a priority for us. That's why we have built a team of experienced A&P and IA professionals and have equipped them with best-in-class equipment and training to ensure the optimum level of service," says Creig Rice, Vice President of Corporate Development and Director of Operations, Bode Aviation.
Bode Aviation is a diversified, veteran-owned aviation services business headquartered in Albuquerque, NM.
For more than two decades, the company has been serving both private and government clients with its full range of services that include 14 CFR Part 135 Charter, a Part 141 Flight School, and Fixed Base Operations. The company is also a 14 CFR Part 145 repair station focused on providing quality aircraft maintenance that exceeds standards. In fact, government agencies, including FAA, regularly inspect Bode Aviation's facilities and maintenance and repair processes to ensure they follow necessary safety regulations and standards for aircraft maintenance. As a result, clients can always be sure that they are receiving top-notch service. "We strive every day for perfection and ensuring quality in our workmanship. In fact, this philosophy led us to seek and gain our certification for AS9100D and 9110C based on ISO900. This is the factor that has helped us stay a notch above the rest and ensures that clients receive the best value of their investment," says Rice. In April, Bode Aviation achieved certification under both 9100D and 9110C for its quality management system.
Rice further adds that the company helps clients understand all the details of maintaining their aircraft and the costs associated with the maintenance process, thereby maintaining transparency throughout the process.
Further, to maintain the quality of service and ensure customer satisfaction, Bode Aviation always focuses on proper documentation before beginning the repair and maintenance process. "We also closely inspect the work once it's done and conduct proper audits along the way. This eliminates the chances of errors and ensures compliance with our stringent compliance standards and regulations," Rice adds.
Honing such capabilities, Bode Aviation has emerged as a full maintenance and repair service provider and is trusted by the major airlines that fly in and out of Albuquerque International Sunport. Today, the company has facilities in Albuquerque, Farmington, and Centennial and recently expanded its footprint to the Caribbean. They are also keeping an eye on the growing trend of smart connected aircraft and the increasing demand for modification work. That's why, in addition to adding traditional Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul capacity, they are also focusing on the internet of things. Not stopping there, the company has grown its avionics shop to provide capability for these types of aircraft modifications.
Truly, Bode Aviation leaves no stone unturned to deliver the best possible service or value to clients. Even during the pandemic, the company made the workplace environment safe for both its employees and clients. It also actively participates in community service and one of their primary operations business lines is supporting Aerial Firefighting, helping the National and State Wildland Fire agencies tackle the growing wild land fire problem—a testament to their social responsibility.