West Star Aviation Receives Part 145 Repair Station Certification for Houston Satellite Location

17 May 18 News 0

West Star Aviation Receives Part 145 Repair Station Certification for Houston Satellite Location

May 17, 2018- West Star Aviation is pleased to announce their satellite location at Conroe-North Houston Regional Airport (CXO), has received FAA Part 145 Repair Station Certification.

In operation since 2016, the facility has provided quality maintenance and support services for aircraft at nearby Houston metropolitan airports. As a satellite location for West Star, this location offers 24/7 on-call AOG mobile service, limited maintenance and troubleshooting, as well as avionics repair. Additionally, satellite locations can assist with obtaining ferry permits so customers can utilize one of the three full-service MRO facilities located at East Alton, IL (ALN), Grand Junction, CO (GJT), and Chattanooga, TN (CHA).

“Receiving our FAA Part 145 Repair Station Certificate is further recognition of the experience level of our technicians in Houston, as well as our capabilities in Houston to service our customers in Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana,” said Jim Rankin, CEO, West Star Aviation. “We are pleased to continue to offer our Houston customers maintenance options at our satellite CXO facility, while still providing access to our full-service maintenance facilities in ALN, GJT, and CHA,” added Rankin.

For more information on specific models and ratings included in the Part 145 certification for Houston, please visit www.weststaraviation.com.

Voted #1 Preferred MRO for five consecutive years from 2014-2018 in Professional Pilot Magazine’s annual “Preferences Regarding Aviation Services and Equipment” (PRASE) Survey, West Star Aviation specializes in the repair and maintenance of airframes, windows, and engines, as well as major modifications, avionics installation and repair, interior refurbishment, surplus avionics sales, accessory services, paint and parts.

In addition to its facilities in East Alton, IL; Grand Junction, CO; and Chattanooga, TN, West Star Aviation runs maintenance operations at Aspen-Pitkin County Airport in Aspen, CO; Chicago Executive Airport in Chicago, IL; Centennial Airport in Denver, CO and Conroe-North Houston Regional Airport in Houston, TX. The company also provides complete FBO services for transient aircraft at its newly remodeled East Alton and Grand Junction facilities. West Star Aviation is an industry leader in technical experience and expertise while providing world-class customer services in all the organization’s divisions. For more information visit www.weststaraviation.com or call 800-922-2421.

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Houston Part 145 Certificate 5.17.18

 

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WEST STAR AVIATION Voted #1 in Professional Pilot Magazine’s 2018 PRASE Survey for Fifth Consecutive Year
10 May 18 News 0

WEST STAR AVIATION Voted #1 in Professional Pilot Magazine’s 2018 PRASE Survey for Fifth Consecutive Year

May 10, 2018 – West Star Aviation is proud to announce the company has been voted #1 Preferred Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) in the 2018 Professional Pilot Magazine’s Annual Preference Regarding Aviation Services and Equipment (PRASE) survey for five consecutive years. The publication began including the category “Best MRO” in 2014 and West Star has been voted #1 every year from 2014-2018.

Professional Pilot magazine is a staple in the business aviation industry and has nationwide coverage reaching over 22,000 readers worldwide. The publication provides feature information, editorial and industry news to pilots and corporate aviation professionals. The PRASE survey is an interactive reader to editor conducted survey on an annual basis by Professional Pilot magazine in which industry professionals, pilots, and aircraft maintenance professionals vote based on their experience, performance, quality and company knowledge in a wide range of categories.

“I cannot emphasize how thankful we are that we were voted #1 MRO provider for the fifth year by the readers who took the PRASE survey. These are customers and industry professionals who vote, and we are thrilled that our heritage of world-class service continues to shine,” said Debi Cunningham, Vice President of Marketing,  West Star Aviation. “We strive on a daily basis to provide excellent service and we hold these titles with honor at our company,” Cunningham continued.

Voted #1 Preferred MRO for five consecutive years from 2014-2018 in Professional Pilot Magazine’s annual “Preferences Regarding Aviation Services and Equipment” (PRASE) Survey, West Star Aviation specializes in the repair and maintenance of airframes, windows, and engines, as well as major modifications, avionics installation and repair, interior refurbishment, surplus avionics sales, accessory services, paint and parts.

In addition to its facilities in East Alton, IL; Grand Junction, CO; and Chattanooga, TN, West Star Aviation runs maintenance operations at Aspen-Pitkin County Airport in Aspen, CO; Chicago Executive Airport in Chicago, IL; Centennial Airport in Denver, CO and Conroe-North Houston Regional Airport in Houston, TX. The company also provides complete FBO services for transient aircraft at its newly remodeled East Alton and Grand Junction facilities. West Star Aviation is an industry leader in technical experience and expertise while providing world-class customer services in all the organization’s divisions. For more information visit www.weststaraviation.com or call 800-922-2421.

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07 Feb 18 News 0

West Star Aviation Expands Midwest Footprint With Acquisition of St. Louis Downtown Hangar

February 7, 2018- West Star Aviation is pleased to announce its expansion to St. Louis Downtown Airport (KCPS). The location will be fully operational and open to current and future customers by mid-February of 2018.

The 43,000 sq. ft. hangar will operate as an extension to West Star’s current full-service facility in East Alton, IL (ALN). The capabilities include maintenance on various business aviation aircraft including Gulfstream, Falcon, Bombardier, Hawker, Citation, Challenger, King Air and more. This location will be fully equipped with expert staff to accommodate current and future customers with all their maintenance, inspection, repair and overhaul needs.

“We are excited for this extension of ALN, we are growing at a rapid rate and this hangar was the perfect solution to ensure we are offering the quickest turn times and world-class service to our customers,” said Rodger Renaud, President and Chief Operating Officer, West Star Aviation. “This hangar will also provide centralized maintenance to all customers across the United States,” Renaud continued.

Voted #1 Preferred MRO in the 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 Professional Pilot magazine annual “Preferences Regarding Aviation Services and Equipment” (PRASE) Survey, West Star Aviation specializes in the repair and maintenance of airframes, windows, and engines, as well as major modifications, avionics installation and repair, interior refurbishment, surplus avionics sales, accessory services, paint and parts.

In addition to its facilities in East Alton, IL; Grand Junction, CO; and Chattanooga, TN, West Star Aviation runs maintenance operations at Aspen-Pitkin County Airport in Aspen, CO; Chicago Executive Airport in Chicago, IL; Centennial Airport in Denver, CO and Conroe-North Houston Regional Airport in Houston, TX. The company also provides complete FBO services for transient aircraft at its newly remodeled East Alton and Grand Junction facilities. West Star Aviation is an industry leader in technical experience and expertise while providing world-class customer services in all the organization’s divisions. For more information visit www.weststaraviation.com or call 800-922-2421.

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West Star Aviation Announces Michael Zeris Gulfstream Technical Sales Manager
23 Jan 18 News 0

West Star Aviation Announces Michael Zeris Gulfstream Technical Sales Manager

January 23, 2018 – West Star Aviation is pleased to announce Michael Zeris as Gulfstream Technical Sales Manager at its East Alton, IL (ALN) location.

Michael has 17 years of aviation experience, 13 of which were spent working with the Gulfstream product line. His aviation career began while serving in the United States Navy as an Aircraft Technician during Operation Iraqi Enduring Freedom. While serving in the Navy, Michael graduated from Florida Jacksonville College’s Aviation Maintenance program and became a licensed A&P technician.

Michael’s career in business aviation began when he worked at Midcoast/Jet Aviation as a Gulfstream technician and crew chief, as well as a technical sales associate. Michael joined West Star Aviation in 2015 working with the Gulfstream team as maintenance lead. He led the first GV 16C/192-month inspection to be performed outside of an OEM facility, and most recently led a GIV wing de-mate and separation project that resulted in a zero defect test flight.

“We are very happy to have Michael as part of our staff at West Star. He has grown tremendously over the last two years and his appointment to TSM is a natural progression of his success within West Star,” said Marty Rhine, Director of Sales, West Star Aviation. “Michael knows the ins and outs of a Gulfstream aircraft and can bring a maintenance mindset to the sales side of business,” Rhine continued.

Voted #1 Preferred MRO in the 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 Professional Pilot magazine annual “Preferences Regarding Aviation Services and Equipment” (PRASE) Survey, West Star Aviation specializes in the repair and maintenance of airframes, windows, and engines, as well as major modifications, avionics installation and repair, interior refurbishment, surplus avionics sales, accessory services, paint and parts.

In addition to its facilities in East Alton, IL; Grand Junction, CO; and Chattanooga, TN, West Star Aviation runs maintenance operations at Aspen-Pitkin County Airport in Aspen, CO; Chicago Executive Airport in Chicago, IL; Centennial Airport in Denver, CO and Conroe-North Houston Regional Airport in Houston, TX. The company also provides complete FBO services for transient aircraft at its newly remodeled East Alton and Grand Junction facilities. West Star Aviation is an industry leader in technical experience and expertise while providing world-class customer services in all the organization’s divisions. For more information visit www.weststaraviation.com or call 800-922-2421.

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Michael Zeris

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West Star Aviation Announces the In-house Application of Top Flight Supplies Titanium Paint Protection System for Aircraft at ALN & GJT
18 Jan 18 News 0

West Star Aviation Announces the In-house Application of Top Flight Supplies Titanium Paint Protection System for Aircraft at ALN & GJT

January 18, 2018 –West Star Aviation is pleased to announce the company will now offer Top Flight Supplies (TFS) Titanium Paint Protection in-house at their East Alton, ALN and Grand Junction, CO facilities.

The TFS Titanium Paint Protection is a two-part process that prolongs longevity of an aircraft paint job. The paint sealant bonds with the painted surface by fusing the paint pores and can even improve fuel efficiency by providing a slicker surface reducing overall drag.

“We are pleased to offer the TFS Titanium Paint Protection to our clients. We have seen great success with this application and it really makes the paint jobs shine,” said Jeremy Ficklin, Aircraft Service Manager, West Star Aviation.

This paint service is available at either of West Star’s state-of-the-art-facilities in East Alton, ALN, and Grand Junction, CO. Downtime varies from 2-4 days depending on size of aircraft.

Voted #1 Preferred MRO in the 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 Professional Pilot magazine annual “Preferences Regarding Aviation Services and Equipment” (PRASE) Survey, West Star Aviation specializes in the repair and maintenance of airframes, windows, and engines, as well as major modifications, avionics installation and repair, interior refurbishment, surplus avionics sales, accessory services, paint and parts.

In addition to its facilities in East Alton, IL; Grand Junction, CO; and Chattanooga, TN, West Star Aviation runs maintenance operations at Aspen-Pitkin County Airport in Aspen, CO; Chicago Executive Airport in Chicago, IL; Centennial Airport in Denver, CO and Conroe-North Houston Regional Airport in Houston, TX. The company also provides complete FBO services for transient aircraft at its newly remodeled East Alton and Grand Junction facilities. West Star Aviation is an industry leader in technical experience and expertise while providing world-class customer services in all the organization’s divisions. For more information visit www.weststaraviation.com or call 800-922-2421.

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04 Jan 18 News 0

West Star Aviation Finalizes Embraer Service Center Agreement at its Chattanooga Location

January 4, 2018 – West Star Aviation is pleased to announce it has finalized its Service Center agreement with Embraer Executive Jets at its full-service state-of-the-art maintenance facility in Chattanooga, TN at KCHA.

This agreement is for Embraer Base Maintenance on Phenom 100/300, Legacy 450/500 and Legacy 600/650. The Chattanooga facility will offer interior refurbishment, avionics, avionics installation and repair, inspections, part services, and engine inspections.

“We are thrilled to be able to accept Embraer customers at all three of our full-service facilities at ALN, GJT, and CHA,” said Bob O’Leary, Embraer Business Development Manager, West Star Aviation. “We are dedicated to the continuous growth of our Embraer capabilities and proud to offer complete maintenance on Embraer Phenom and Legacy models,” O’Leary continued.

West Star’s Chattanooga location is currently expanding its footprint to include a state-of-the-art paint facility and other updates to the existing current facility to be able to accommodate aircraft up to Lineage 1000 and Lineage 1000E. The paint shop expansion is projected to open September 2018 and will offer full-service paint capabilities on Embraer and other aircraft.

Voted #1 Preferred MRO in the 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 Professional Pilot magazine annual “Preferences Regarding Aviation Services and Equipment” (PRASE) Survey, West Star Aviation specializes in the repair and maintenance of airframes, windows, and engines, as well as major modifications, avionics installation and repair, interior refurbishment, surplus avionics sales, accessory services, paint and parts.

In addition to its facilities in East Alton, IL; Grand Junction, CO; and Chattanooga, TN, West Star Aviation runs maintenance operations at Aspen-Pitkin County Airport in Aspen, CO; Chicago Executive Airport in Chicago, IL; Centennial Airport in Denver, CO and Conroe-North Houston Regional Airport in Houston, TX. The company also provides complete FBO services for transient aircraft at its newly remodeled East Alton and Grand Junction facilities. West Star Aviation is an industry leader in technical experience and expertise while providing world-class customer services in all the organization’s divisions. For more information visit www.weststaraviation.com or call 800-922-2421.

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West Star Aviation’s Matt Neisler Wins 40 Under 40 Next Gen Award from AMT Magazine
12 Dec 17 News 0

West Star Aviation’s Matt Neisler Wins 40 Under 40 Next Gen Award from AMT Magazine

December 12, 2017- West Star Aviation is pleased to announce Matt Neisler, their Hawker Beechcraft Lead, has been awarded the 40 Under 40 Next Gen award from Aircraft Maintenance Technology (AMT) Magazine.

This award program was developed by AMT three years ago to encourage, educate and promote the industry to the younger generation by spotlighting industry professionals under 40.

Matt graduated from South Georgia Technical College with his Airframe and Power Plant rating. While in A&P school, he received training in aircraft maintenance at TIMCO Aviation. His hands-on experience at TIMCO and A&P classes provided him with advanced maintenance training and familiarization on Hawker 800XP, 850XP, 900XP and Pro-line 21 maintenance initial with Run and Taxi.

After graduation, Matt began his career with West Star Aviation as a mechanic, following two years of hands-on experience and adapting to West Star’s world-class service standards, Matt was promoted to team lead at their state-of-the-art facility in Chattanooga.

“I nominated Matt for this award because he has a passion for aviation and always takes the time to mentor a less experienced mechanic and he exudes the world-class service mentality that we pride ourselves on at West Star. He has a continued desire to learn and grow in the industry,” said Thomas Hilboldt, general manager, West Star Aviation.

Voted #1 Preferred MRO in the 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 Professional Pilot magazine annual “Preferences Regarding Aviation Services and Equipment” (PRASE) Survey for four consecutive years, West Star Aviation specializes in the repair and maintenance of airframes, windows, and engines, as well as major modifications, avionics installation and repair, interior refurbishment, surplus avionics sales, accessory services, paint and parts.

In addition to its facilities in East Alton, IL; Grand Junction, CO; and Chattanooga, TN, West Star Aviation runs maintenance operations at Aspen-Pitkin County Airport in Aspen, CO; Chicago Executive Airport in Chicago, IL; Centennial Airport in Denver, CO and Conroe-North Houston Regional Airport in Houston, TX. The company also provides complete FBO services for transient aircraft at its newly remodeled East Alton and Grand Junction facilities. West Star Aviation is an industry leader in technical experience and expertise while providing world-class customer services in all the organization’s divisions. For more information visit www.weststaraviation.com or call 800-922-2421.

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40 under 40 Matt Neisler PR_12.12.17

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05 Dec 17 News 0

West Star Aviation Expands Embraer Service Capabilities with RAM Air Turbine (RAT) Test Tooling

December 5, 2017 – West Star Aviation is pleased to announce they have acquired the RAM Air Turbine (RAT) tooling required for the 24-month check on the Legacy 450/500 airframe.

As of November 2017, West Star has completed two 24-month inspections on Legacy 500 aircraft and project increased numbers as their service center capabilities grow.

“We are thrilled to offer on-site availability of the RAT testing equipment without a rental charge to our customers. This will help ensure West Star meets scheduled deliveries and completion dates as well as further enhance our full-service capabilities for Embraer aircraft,” said Bob O’Leary, Embraer Business Development Manager, West Star Aviation.

In addition to the 24-month inspections on Legacy 450 and Legacy 500 aircraft West Star Aviation is able to perform full-scale landing gear maintenance on Embraer Phenom 100 and Phenom 300 models, and offers complete maintenance at their East Alton and Chattanooga facilities.

Voted #1 Preferred MRO in the 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 Professional Pilot magazine annual “Preferences Regarding Aviation Services and Equipment” (PRASE) Survey, West Star Aviation specializes in the repair and maintenance of airframes, windows, and engines, as well as major modifications, avionics installation and repair, interior refurbishment, surplus avionics sales, accessory services, paint, and parts.

In addition to its facilities in East Alton, IL; Grand Junction, CO; and Chattanooga, TN, West Star Aviation runs maintenance operations at Aspen-Pitkin County Airport in Aspen, CO; Chicago Executive Airport in Chicago, IL; Centennial Airport in Denver, CO and Conroe-North Houston Regional Airport in Houston, TX. The company also provides complete FBO services for transient aircraft at its newly remodeled East Alton and Grand Junction facilities. West Star Aviation is an industry leader in technical experience and expertise while providing world-class customer services in all the organization’s divisions. For more information visit www.weststaraviation.com or call 800-922-2421.

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Jet East Aviation Announces Michael Hamilton as Vice President of Operations and Fleet Accounts
13 Nov 17 News 0

Jet East Aviation Announces Michael Hamilton as Vice President of Operations and Fleet Accounts

Trenton, NJ, November 7, 2017 – Jet East Aviation is pleased to announce they have recently hired Michael Hamilton as Vice President of Operations and Fleet Accounts.

Michael has 24 years of aviation maintenance experience and over 8 years in upper management roles. His career began in 1993 as an aircraft mechanic for the US Navy where he performed maintenance on the H-60, P3, and S3 while also performing various in- flight technician duties. After the Navy, Michael served as a Maintenance Manager for Flight Options, DOM for Great Lakes Aviation, Logistics Manager for the V22 Osprey Program, and most recently serving as the DOM Procurement for TMC Jets.

“We are excited to have Michael join our team. We are looking for continued growth and someone with his background and experience is a perfect catapult to assist in client, business and eventually facility expansion,” said Gary Lee, President & COO of Jet East Aviation.

As Vice President of Operations and Fleet Accounts, Michael will be responsible for the Operations side of the business and the management of the Fleet Accounts. He can be reached at mhamilton@jeteastaviation.com or by phone at (215) 937-9020.

Jet East Aviation is located in Trenton, NJ and is known as the leader in mobile AOG maintenance in the Northeast United States, offering 24-hour AOG services. Jet East has a full-scale maintenance footprint providing services in mobile AOG maintenance, avionics sales, troubleshooting, repair and installation, major and minor inspections, maintenance services and Non-Destructive Testing (NDT).

Additionally, Jet East specializes in Hawker and Cessna Citation parts and accessories and maintains a large inventory of parts at their 2,000 sq. ft. parts facility in Trenton. For more information on Jet East aviation, please visit our website at  www.jeteastaviation.com or call us at (215) 937-9020.

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13 Nov 17 News 0

West Star Aviation Announces Apprenticeship Program

November 7, 2017- West Star Aviation is pleased to announce they have teamed up with Careerwise in Colorado to establish a long-term apprenticeship for upcoming talent.West Star will begin to host their apprentices in August of 2018.

Colorado launched a statewide initiative called Careerwise due to the workforce needs and lack of competencies needed for skilled/trade positions. West Star has agreed to employ a minimum of five apprentices a year for three years. The apprenticeship will provide impactful training, development opportunities, business coaching, as well as guidance and consideration for full-time employment when the duration of the apprenticeship is complete.

“There is a growing need for new trade and skill development, especially in aviation, and there is a lack of trade schools for aircraft maintenance and paint, so if we can train students interested in the aviation market, we can take them to whatever level we want or need them to be at,” said Katie Johnson, Director of Human Resources, West Star Aviation. “Working side by side with a West Star expert will help our apprentices develop the fundamental skills while still in school, and also continue to develop their passion for aviation,” Johnson continued.

West Star Aviation expects an additional 14 apprentice spots to open for 2018. Their initial plan is to hire two apprentices, one for aviation technology and the other for paint. The official number of open apprentice positions with West Star will be decided December 1, 2017.

Voted #1 Preferred MRO in the 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 Professional Pilot magazine annual “Preferences Regarding Aviation Services and Equipment” (PRASE) Survey, West Star Aviation specializes in the repair and maintenance of airframes, windows, and engines, as well as major modifications, avionics installation and repair, interior refurbishment, surplus avionics sales, accessory services, paint and parts.

In addition to its facilities in East Alton, IL; Grand Junction, CO; and Chattanooga, TN, West Star Aviation runs maintenance operations at Aspen-Pitkin County Airport in Aspen, CO; Chicago Executive Airport in Chicago, IL; Centennial Airport in Denver, CO and Conroe-North Houston Regional Airport in Houston, TX. The company also provides complete FBO services for transient aircraft at its newly remodeled East Alton and Grand Junction facilities. West Star Aviation is an industry leader in technical experience and expertise while providing world-class customer services in all the organization’s divisions. For more information visit www.weststaraviation.com or call 800-922-2421.

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