Patricia Ordaz, Director of Operations for COC Aerospace, joins Dr. Bunny to discuss how she went from scooping ice cream at Baskin Robbins to discovering her love of Aerospace many years ago. Patricia found that the daily unpredictability and problem solving was something she embraced & really loved!
Patricia shares interesting information about the Aerospace industry, what COC Aerospace does, and how their business is growing. This is a fascinating interview with a strong, intelligent woman!
About COC Aerospace:
Founded in 1967, COC continues over 50 years of customer solutions based support for the aging aircraft our customers operate. COC began operations with a single aerospace program supporting Bell Helicopter and their licensee program with Italian aerospace firm, Giovanni Agusta. We provided complete supply chain for procurement and international transport of the components of the Bell 204 and 205 helicopter that Agusta was assembly for sales outside the us. As these Agusta/Bell helicopters were delivered to governments worldwide, the operators began needing spare parts. COC took on the associated supplier role for both Agusta and Bell.
Soon, these end users from around the world were requesting a wide range of aerospace products from COC, including spares for all their US manufactured aircraft, ground support equipment, test equipment and technical training.
Over time, COC grew its customer base to more than 35 countries. In the early 1990’s, COC focused on platform-specific support of the F-5 and T-38. In 1992 Northrop-Grumman appointed COC as a licensee of their total spare support program for the F-5 and T-38. In 2007, COC teamed with EADS-CASA on a comprehensive F-5B life extension and structural upgrade program for the Spanish Air Force. 20 F-5Bs underwent complete rebuild with COC providing the aero-structure components and EADS-CASA performing the final assembly. Today, under CEO Chris Garville’s continued leadership, COC provides complex life extension and sustainment solutions including aero-structures, flight control components, landing gear reconstruction, modernization packages and periodic maintenance kits that provide customers with the ability to extend the service life of their aging aircraft.