Whether it is a global security, financial, or health threat, the airline industry often finds itself in the front-line trenches of these crises. After all, aircraft provide the quickest mode of transport for carrying troops, specialised personnel, or necessary medicals supplies from one point to another. And it is no different during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. While civilian flying is at a standstill, many aircraft continue to take to the skies as part of the emergency response plans against the pandemic outbreak. During these difficult times, what is vitally important to the industry is the proactive maintenance and continued airworthiness of their fleet. Interestingly, this is precisely where SUM Aviation Group helps airline companies lessen the hassle of fleet maintenance. As the industry is becoming more cost-sensitive with a growing number of airlines restructuring their services, the SUM Aviation Group is perfectly positioned to provide airlines with the necessary technical support and expertise to manage multiple aircraft types and fleet sizes worldwide.
The SUM Aviation Group brings together a suite of EASA approved Part CAMO, Part 145, and Part 21J services to meet the changing needs of its clients. Each entity—be it Part M Aviation Ireland, Bravo Aircraft Technical Services Malta, and Part 21 Design International Malta—is powered by experienced professionals. Their deep knowledge and understanding of the airline industry enable SUM Aviation Group to shape its expertise into a range of services intended to support and add value to a client’s operation.
“The last 12 months have taught us many lessons, the most important of which being that we must adapt to ensure we continue to meet the demands of a rapidly evolving industry,”
says Graeme Ogilvie, CEO of SUM Aviation Group. To this extent, the SUM Aviation Group strengthened its service offering by adding EASA Part 21J design capabilities to its scope amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Although quickly bringing such an initiative during the pandemic was not without its challenges for the SUM Aviation Group and its approving authority, EASA. It is important to note that the approval process would not have been possible without the solution-driven attitudes showcased by both entities towards achieving a common objective.
What’s more? Part M Aviation Ireland has recently introduced a superior aircraft maintenance management software system, expanding its global technical service engineer network and making the essential transition from Part M to the newly adopted Part CAMO standards. Alongside, Bravo Aircraft Technical Services has also secured significant regional aircraft storage options to support the growing storage requirements from airlines and the lessor community. Overall, this acquisition and the initiative are supported by SUM Aviation Group’s newly established aircraft ground handling and disinfection services.
Such enhancements in SUM Aviation Group’s service and capabilities have been well received by the industry resulting in a significant increase in the group’s clientele. “The number of aircraft under management by Part M Aviation Ireland has almost doubled in last one year, while we saw a significant increase in the use of our ground handling and Ad-hoc maintenance services,” underscores Ogilvie.
Moving ahead with such poised grace, the SUM Aviation Group’s management team is now focused on satisfying the future needs of the industry and plans to extend its global presence and services capabilities. The group’s vision is to provide a trusted and comprehensive range of technical and consulting solutions that can be uniquely adapted to meet the changing needs of the recovering airline industry. “We firmly believe that the strength and success of our business are founded on our customer relationships, and as we grow, we look forward to developing with our current and future customers,” concludes Ogilvie.