Founded in 2005, AIM is an internationally recognized and trusted leader in aviation maintenance. We attribute our success to our outstanding service and value, our growth in capabilities and certifications, our continual investment in new technologies and our focus on the heart of our business – our Customer.
Manufacturers we support include: General Electric, Rolls Royce, Pratt & Whitney, CFMI, IAE, Hamilton Sundstrand, AerSearch, Barrett/Honeywell, Airbus, Boeing, Lockheed, McDonald Douglas, CRJ, De Havilland, Beechcraft, Cessna, Piper, Teledyne, Continental, Lycoming and Williams International.
Owner and general manager Craig Grave starts AIM.
AIM becomes accredited as an FAA 145 Certificated Repair Station. A second inspector is employed to help with the influx of work.
AIM becomes EASA certificated. The company’s service range expands to include top case repairs and engine stand rentals. More staff are employed to cope with demand.
AIM outgrows its premises in the La Cholla Airpark and moves to a 9,000 square foot industrial facility.
AIM invests in CFM56 engine shop tooling, which greatly increases its capabilities.
AIM’s staff complement reaches 25, with three technicians/inspectors based in Europe and Thailand.
Craig Grave is the founder, CEO, and President of AIM. He has a lifetime of experience in Commercial and General Aviation Maintenance and an equally long track record in flying.
He started AIM in 2005 and attributes its success to his knowledge of and insight into customer needs. “I spent many years as a customer of MROs such as AIM, so I know what they want and have structured my company to deliver the service I would have wanted,” he says.
Craig graduated first in his class with an Applied Science Degree in Aviation Maintenance Technology. As well as being a Licensed A&P, he is also a Commercial Multi-Engine Aircraft pilot, a helicopter pilot, and has a single-pilot type rating to fly Citation Jets.
Before 2005, he was the V.P of Powerplant Operations at Pegasus Aviation Group in Tucson, AZ; Quality Control/Powerplant Manager at Nations Air in Smyrna, GA, and Powerplant Manager at Capitol Air in Nashville, TN. Before this, he held various posts such as Inspector/Mechanic/Technical Support Specialist/Crew Lead and Supervisor in The Memphis Group (Memphis, TN), Air Tech Aircraft Services (Olive Branch, MS), America West Airlines (Oakland, CA) and Travis Aircraft Service (Oakland, CA).
Craig’s motto is: “Be better than the other guy. Do the job once and do it correctly. Hence, ‘AIM high and AIM for excellence!'” When not in the air, he loves hunting, fishing, motorcycling, and traveling.
Jacqui Paravano, Chief Financial Officer, is also AIM’s Director of Quality and Administration. She has 24 years’ management experience to her credit. She joined AIM in 2007 and two years later co-wrote the policy and procedure for AIM to obtain accreditation as an FAA/EASA 145 Certified Repair Station.
Jacqui is South African by birth and a graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. She moved to the USA with her husband and three daughters in 2006. In her leisure time, she enjoys cycling, motorcycling, traveling, reading, watching movies, and spending time with her family.
Garrett Schulze has been AIM’s Sales & Marketing Director for three years, and is responsible for marketing the company and incoming sales.
Garrett’s experience includes positions as Powerplant Manager, Aloha Airlines, and Operations Director, KP Aviation. He has also been Director of Maintenance at TIMKEN Overhaul Services and worked as a Powerplant Representative for Willis Lease Finance Corporation. These posts have given him a broad spectrum of knowledge about the industry, equipping him with the ability to provide holistic solutions to Customer problems and queries. He is passionate about Customer service and enjoys exceeding their expectations.
Garrett is a family-oriented person and spends his leisure time with his wife and children.
Jim Wright, AIM’s Director of Maintenance, has more than 30 years’ combined military and civilian aviation experience. He is a 26-year Air Force veteran who worked for industry giant Lockheed Martin before joining AIM. His experience as a Multi-Functional Quality Supervisor, a Multi-Functional Quality Assurance Associate Manager and Lead Quality Assurance Inspector brings both industry best practise and invaluable expertise to the team.
When not in the office, Jim can be found spending time in the outdoors hunting waterfowl and upland game birds. He is a native of Iowa with long time roots in Tucson, AZ.
Steve Badolato Jr, AIM’s Chief Inspector, has a proud history of 40 years in the aviation industry. He works closely with the company’s Quality Manager to ensure that the Inspection Department operates optimally. Steve is wholeheartedly committed to AIM’s standards as they set new industry benchmarks. He has experience in both business and commercial engine inspections, driven by his goal of exceeding customer expectations and converting them into repeat business.
Steve has an Associate Degree in Applied Technical Sciences from the Academy of Aeronautics. When not working, he can be found 150 feet underwater playing with sharks.
Autumn Rillos is AIM’s Human Resources Manager and is responsible for maximizing employee performance in service of the company’s strategic objectives; she also oversees employee-benefits design, recruitment, training and development, performance appraisal and reward management. Autumn brings 20 years’ experience in the private and public sectors to the AIM management team, which she joined in 2021. Her prior positions include tenures at The Department of Defense, the Vanaheim Group, Marine Corps Community Services and several large seafood companies in the Seattle area.
Autumn is originally from the Pacific Northwest and enjoys cooking, reading and traveling in her spare time.
Our team of 15 technicians and inspectors are highly skilled experts who’re committed to quality service and Customer satisfaction. They stay ahead of key developments in the industry through ongoing OJT-based training. They are complemented by two FAA Repairmen, which ensures they’re able to tackle any major and minor repair.