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02 May 16 Aviation, News Comments Off on Eastman Turbo Oil 2197 and 2380 Receive Approval for CFM LEAP-1A Engines

Eastman Turbo Oil 2197 and 2380 Receive Approval for CFM LEAP-1A Engines

New Engine Is Option for Airbus A320neo

Kingsport, TN, May 2, 2016 – Eastman Chemical Company is pleased to announce it has received approval from engine manufacturer CFM International for Eastman Turbo Oil 2197 and 2380 use in the CFM* LEAP-1A engine, one of the two options for the Airbus A320neo.

This latest approval is another testament to Eastman’s proven product portfolio that continues to be widely approved across existing engine platforms. Eastman Turbo Oils remain adept at enabling innovation, safety and efficiency within the engine market and aviation industry and are differentiated by their superior performance such as High Thermal Stability (HTS).

Manufacturer-conducted CFM LEAP-1A engine tests using Eastman Turbo Oil 2197 and 2380 confirmed positive lubrication system performance, oil sample results and lube system diagnostics as expected. The performance during this testing resulted in Eastman Aviation Solutions receiving approval on Eastman Turbo Oil 2197 and 2380 from CFM International for use with LEAP-1A engines.

“We are proud to have approval for the new CFM LEAP-1A engines, which will be used on the Airbus A320neo. This approval continues our strong heritage to provide our customers, the airlines, with the choice of proven products and performance attributes that create strong value for their operations.” said Mahendra Dorairaj, general manager of Specialty Fluids and Energy, Eastman Aviation Solutions.

Eastman Turbo Oil 2197 is designed to exceed the demands of current and future jet engines and is by far the most widely used HTS fleet oil in the world. Qualified to MIL-PRF- 23699 HTS Class and SAE AS5780 HPC Class, Eastman Turbo Oil 2197 has logged over 350 million hours of operation in the past two decades.

Eastman Turbo Oil 2380 is a standard performance lubricating oil qualified for MIL-PRF- 23699 STD Class and SAE AS5780 SPC Class. Eastman Turbo Oil 2380 has logged well over a billion hours of operation.

* CFM is a 50/50 joint company between Snecma (Safran) and GE.

About Eastman Aviation Solutions

Eastman Aviation Solutions, a dedicated team within Eastman Chemical Company, is an aviation fluids supplier that focuses on providing industry-leading products, technical resources, dedicated support and improved service to the commercial and regional airline, corporate aviation, and helicopter industries. As a leading turbine oil and hydraulic fluid provider, Eastman Aviation Solutions combines their industry recognized brands Skydrol® aviation hydraulic fluids and SkyKleen® aviation solvents with Eastman Turbo Oils (formerly BP Turbo Oils), merging over a century of experience in aviation fluids, and offering them to customers under one unique brand. Eastman delivers innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment of safety and sustainability to their global customer base. Serving approximately 100 countries, Eastman Aviation Solutions products are available throughout the world via approved distributors and direct sale opportunities. To learn more visit www.EastmanAviationSolutions.com.

About Eastman Chemical Company

Eastman is a global specialty chemical company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. With a portfolio of specialty businesses, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. Its market-driven approaches take advantage of world-class technology platforms and leading positions in attractive end-markets such as transportation, building and construction, and consumables. Eastman focuses on creating consistent, superior value for all stakeholders. As a globally diverse company, Eastman serves customers in approximately 100 countries and had 2015 revenues of approximately $9.6 billion. The company is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA and employs approximately 15,000 people around the world. For more information, visit www.eastman.com.

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29 Apr 16 Aviation, News Comments Off on West Star Aviation and Norwest Equity Partners Reach Investment Partnership Agreement, Secure Resources for Next Level of Growth

West Star Aviation and Norwest Equity Partners Reach Investment Partnership Agreement, Secure Resources for Next Level of Growth

East Alton, IL , April 29, 2016 – West Star Aviation is pleased to announce it has successfully reached an investment partnership with Norwest Equity Partners (NEP), a leading middle market investment firm founded in 1961.

Norwest has made a significant investment in West Star Aviation, one of the world’s largest and fastest growing independent providers of Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) and related services to the business aviation industry. The transaction was completed on April 28, 2016.

West Star is an industry leader known for world class facilities, deep technical expertise and focus on customer service and satisfaction.

“On behalf of the entire West Star team, we are confident that our new partnership with NEP will help us successfully achieve our next level of growth. In partnership with NEP, our operating philosophy will remain grounded in our strong technical expertise, experienced employees, attention to detail, and a constant focus on customer service and satisfaction,” stated Robert Rasberry, West Star Aviation CEO.

Tim DeVries, NEP Managing General Partner, stated, “West Star’s solid business model and industryleading management team have helped to establish extremely high barriers to entry within the business aviation maintenance market. West Star has done a great job to earn a global reputation as a highlyvalued, ‘go-to’ MRO services provider, and we’re going to work hard to leverage their existing growth momentum along with our combined NEP capital and resources to further build and grow the company.”

Todd Solow, NEP Partner, shared, “From expanding service capabilities and facilities to key contracts and strategic growth initiatives, West Star is well-positioned for continued success. The right team is also in place to help lead the way.”

Voted #1 Preferred MRO in the 2014, 2015 and 2016 Professional Pilot magazine annual “Preferences Regarding Aviation Services and Equipment” (PRASE) Survey for three 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 and Centennial Airport in Denver, CO. The company also provides complete FBO services for transient aircraft at its newly remodeled East Alton and Grand Junction facilities. West Star Aviation, Inc. 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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19 Apr 16 Aviation, News Comments Off on Eastman Selected For Cathay Pacific Group’s Main Engine Oil Fleet Conversion

Eastman Selected For Cathay Pacific Group’s Main Engine Oil Fleet Conversion

Planned A350 Deliveries Prompt Fleet Review  and Conversion to Eastman Turbo Oil 2197

Kingsport, TN, April 19, 2016 – Eastman Aviation Solutions is pleased to announce it has been selected by Cathay Pacific Group for a main engine oil fleet conversion, exclusively utilizing Eastman Turbo Oil 2197 as the main engine oil fleet-wide.

Cathay Pacific Airways recently reviewed their main engine oil requirements and benefits in anticipation of planned Airbus A350 deliveries as part of fleet expansion and modernization. The A350, powered by Trent XWB engines, is only approved for operation with High-Performance Capable (HPC) engine oils.

Eastman Turbo Oil 2197 is approved by all leading engine manufacturers and is designed to meet or exceed the demands of current and future jet engine requirements. With more than 350 million engine/accessory hours, ETO 2197 is by far the most widely used HTS fleet oil in the world and was the first oil approved to AS5780A specification.

“Our decision to convert the main engine oil of our fleet to Eastman Turbo Oil 2197 was based on the superior oxidative and thermal stability the oil delivers, as we’ve been seeing in our A330/Trent 700 fleet as well as its proven experience across a wide range of engines and accessories and availability on a global scale.” said Keith Brown, Head of Powerplant Procurement, Cathay Pacific.

The contract, which was effective January 1, 2016, includes the A350 aircraft that will begin to enter service in 2016, as well as the entire Cathay Pacific Group fleet consisting of Airbus A300, A320, A321, A330 series aircraft, and Boeing 747 and 777 variants. This includes the fleets of Dragonair, a whollyowned, subsidiary of Cathay Pacific Airways, and Air Hong Kong Ltd., a cargo and express freight operator, in which Cathay Pacific is a majority stakeholder.

“We are extremely pleased that Cathay Pacific Group, one of the region’s most influential airline groups, has selected Eastman Turbo Oil 2197 as their exclusive fleet main engine oil,” said Nick Cleary, Eastman Global Technical Services director. “The exceptional performance that ETO 2197 will provide as well as Eastman’s ability to regionally support the management of change process and supply Cathay Pacific Group’s global operations will prove invaluable as they continue to expand.”

About Cathay Pacific Group

Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. is an international airline registered and based in Hong Kong, offering scheduled passenger and cargo service to nearly 180 destinations in Asia, North America, Australia, Europe, and Africa using a fleet of approximately 150 wide-body aircraft. Cathay Pacific Airways is a founding member of the oneworld Global Alliance and has been named “World’s Best Airline” four times, and most recently “Best Trans-Pacific Airline” in 2015 in the annual Skytrax World Airline AwardsTM. The company employs more than 33,000 people world-wide. For more information on Cathay Pacific Airways, visit www.cathaypacific.com.

About Eastman Aviation Solutions

Eastman Aviation Solutions, a dedicated team within Eastman Chemical Company, is an aviation fluids supplier that focuses on providing industry-leading products, technical resources, dedicated support and improved service to the commercial and regional airline, corporate aviation, and helicopter industries. As a leading turbine oil and hydraulic fluid provider, Eastman Aviation Solutions combines their industry recognized brands Skydrol® aviation hydraulic fluids and SkyKleen® aviation solvents with Eastman Turbo Oils (formerly BP Turbo Oils), merging over a century of experience in aviation fluids, and offering them to customers under one unique brand. Eastman delivers innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment of safety and sustainability to their global customer base. Serving approximately 100 countries, Eastman Aviation Solutions products are available throughout the world via approved distributors and direct sale opportunities. To learn more visit www.EastmanAviationSolutions.com.

About Eastman Chemical Company

Eastman is a global specialty chemical company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. With a portfolio of specialty businesses, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. Its market-driven approaches take advantage of world-class technology platforms and leading positions in attractive end-markets such as transportation, building and construction, and consumables. Eastman focuses on creating consistent, superior value for all stakeholders. As a globally diverse company, Eastman serves customers in approximately 100 countries and had 2015 revenues of approximately $9.6 billion. The company is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA and employs approximately 15,000 people around the world. For more information, visit www.eastman.com.

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Media Contact: Ted McDermott / 636-530-0088 / tmcdermott@mai-stl.com

Media Contact: Paul Fridman / 973-971-3584 / pfridman@eastman.com

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12 Apr 16 Aviation, News Comments Off on RBR Maintenance, Inc. Has Been Designated Elite Partner Status By LoPresti Aviation

RBR Maintenance, Inc. Has Been Designated Elite Partner Status By LoPresti Aviation

Dallas, TX, April 12, 2016- RBR Maintenance, Inc. is pleased to announce that they have been designated as an Elite Partner by LoPresti Aviation to provide its next generation lighting products to its customers. Effective immediately, RBR Maintenance, Inc. will handle sales and installation of LoPresti lighting packages for business aircraft.

LoPresti lighting products are applicable to most modern business aircraft flying today and the partnership is the latest in RBR’s continued effort to expand the services available to their customers by offering a high quality lighting alternative to the OEM Landing Light System.

In addition to innovative lighting solutions, LoPresti Aviation is also well known for their manufacturing of PMA replacement parts and drag reducing, efficiency increasing modifications. They hold over 400 STCs for aircraft landing and taxi light installations.

“RBR is proud of this partnership and we look forward to being able to offer our customers LoPresti lighting products. Our current focus on Hawker, Citation, Gulfstream and King Air operators aligns perfectly with these lighting upgrades,” said Scott Carter, Service Manager at RBR Maintenance, Inc. “Additionally, it allows RBR to expand our potential customer base to include Falcon and Pilatus aircraft as they are applicable airframes for these products. It’s truly win-win.”

This partnership will allow RBR to add LoPresti lighting modifications to their portfolio of products and service options while maintaining their focus on high quality services which include maintenance, avionics, inspections, parts and structural repair on Hawker, Citation, Gulfstream and King Air aircraft.

With over 30 years of experience in the aviation industry, RBR Maintenance, Inc., is a Certified FAR-145 Repair Station, offering complete maintenance, inspection, avionics installation and repair, structural repair and modification, as well as parts services for Hawker, Citation, Falcon and Gulfstream aircraft. Conveniently located at Dallas Love Field, RBR’s facility is equipped with the latest technology, equipment and the most highly trained technicians in the business. To learn more, or to schedule service visit www.rbrmx.net or call 214-351-6604.

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Eastman Chemical Company Unveils New, More User-friendly Packaging Design for Skydrol Hydraulic Fluids
08 Apr 16 Aviation, News Comments Off on Eastman Chemical Company Unveils New, More User-friendly Packaging Design for Skydrol Hydraulic Fluids

Eastman Chemical Company Unveils New, More User-friendly Packaging Design for Skydrol Hydraulic Fluids

Kingsport, TN, April,5, 2016- Eastman Chemical Company has unveiled a new, updated packaging design for their line of Skydrol Hydraulic Fluids. The transition to this more user-friendly packaging will begin in May of 2016.

The packaging will change for all forms of Skydrol Hydraulic Fluid including Skydrol 500B-4, Skydrol LD-4, Skydrol 5 and Skydrol PE-5. The Eastman Skydrol Hydraulic Fluid products themselves will not change. The packaging change delivers aesthetic benefits of modernizing the look and feel of Skydrol products and unifying them along with Eastman Turbo Oils under the Eastman Aviation Solutions brand. More importantly, the design change is indicative of Eastman’s dedication to safety and improving ease of use of their products by making the product identification larger and easier to read. More information on the new Skydrol packaging can be found at Skydrol.com/Packaging.

“Our decision to update the Skydrol line of packaging allowed us to take a product that is extremely reliable and widely trusted across the aviation market, and make it easier to identify and use correctly.” said Paul Fridman, Marketing Manager for Eastman Aviation Solutions. “The Skydrol products themselves will not change and will continue to deliver all the approvals, quality and performance that operators have trusted for more than 65 years.” he continued.

The Skydrol® line of fire resistant hydraulic fluids includes Skydrol® 500B-4, Skydrol® LD-4, Skydrol® 5 and Skydrol® PE-5. Skydrol® PE-5 was developed to meet the Type V hydraulic fluid requirements developed by Airbus, Boeing, and the hydraulic fluid manufacturers.

Skydrol 500B-4 is the most workplace-friendly of the aviation phosphate esters; it is less irritating to skin and less prone to form mists which can be irritating to the respiratory tract . This has given the product enormous popularity for use in workshops and indoor test stands.

Skydrol LD-4 is well known for its low density, excellent thermal stability, valve erosion prevention, and deposit control benefits. It is the gold standard of Type IV fluids.

Skydrol 5 was the first Type V fluid qualified under the Boeing BMS 3-11 specification. Skydrol 5 offers higher temperature capability than Type IV fluids, the lowest density, and better paint compatibility.

Skydrol PE-5 was developed to exceed Type V fluid requirements. It provides for the longest fluid life of any commercially available fluid, low density and low viscosity at low temperature.

About Eastman Aviation Solutions

Eastman Aviation Solutions, a dedicated team within Eastman Chemical Company, is an aviation fluids supplier that focuses on providing industry-leading products, technical resources, dedicated support and improved service to the commercial and regional airline, corporate aviation, and helicopter industries. As a leading turbine oil and hydraulic fluid provider, Eastman Aviation Solutions combines their industry recognized brands Skydrol® aviation hydraulic fluids and SkyKleen® aviation solvents with Eastman Turbo Oils (formally BP Turbo Oils), merging over a century of experience in aviation fluids, and offering them to customers under one unique brand. Eastman delivers innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment of safety and sustainability to their global customer base. Serving approximately 100 countries, Eastman Aviation Solutions products are available throughout the world via approved distributors and direct sale opportunities. To learn more visit www.EastmanAviationSolutions.com.

About Eastman Chemical Company

Eastman is a global specialty chemical company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. With a portfolio of specialty businesses, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. Its market-driven approaches take advantage of world-class technology platforms and leading positions in attractive end-markets such as transportation, building and construction, and consumables. Eastman focuses on creating consistent, superior value for all stakeholders. As a globally diverse company, Eastman serves customers in approximately 100 countries and had 2013 revenues of approximately $9.4 billion. The company is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA and employs approximately 14,000 people around the world. For more information, visit www.eastman.com.

Media Contact:

Ted McDermott / 636-530-0088 / tmcdermott@mai-stl.com Paul Fridman / 973-971-3584 / pfridman@eastman.com

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15 Mar 16 Aviation, News Comments Off on West Star Aviation Is An Authorized Dealer And Installation Facility Of eABS System

West Star Aviation Is An Authorized Dealer And Installation Facility Of eABS System

Grand Junction, CO, March 15, 2016 – West Star Aviation has been approved as an authorized dealer and installation facility of Advent Aircraft System, Incorporated’s newly acquired Anti-Skid Braking System (eABS) STC.

“The system offers improved performance and light weight easy-to-install anti-skid braking systems. We are pleased to be able to offer dealer and installation service to our Turboprop and Light Jet customers.” said Dave Girard, West Star Turboprop/Light Jet Sales Manager, Grand Junction, CO, (GJT).

Additionally, the system offers enhanced tire protection, tactical feedback, smoothness in adverse conditions, and Low-Speed Cut-Out. The system is an easy installation process that will have West Star Aviation’s customers back in the air quickly.

Voted #1 Preferred MRO in Professional Pilot magazine’s annual “Preferences Regarding Aviation Services and Equipment” (PRASE) Survey for two consecutive years, West Star Aviation, Inc. 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 and Centennial Airport in Denver, CO. The company also provides complete FBO services for transient aircraft at its newly remodeled East Alton and Grand Junction facilities. West Star Aviation, Inc. 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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22 Feb 16 Aviation, News Comments Off on Wilson Air Center Marks Milestone Anniversary With Year-long Promotion

Wilson Air Center Marks Milestone Anniversary With Year-long Promotion

20th Anniversary Getaway Giveaway Promotion To Launch March 1st, 2016

Memphis, TN – February 22, 2016 – Wilson Air Center is celebrating its 20th Anniversary (1996-2016) in 2016 and is marking the occasion with the launch of a year-long promotion to thank customers for their continued loyalty and support.

Wilson Air Center, an FBO service and hospitality innovator since its inception, has been named the #1 Best Small FBO Chain eight times in the Professional Pilot PRASE Survey, the #1 FBO in Aviation International News FBO Survey an unprecedented nine consecutive years, as well as earning a Pilot’s Choice Award as the #1 Best Small U.S. FBO Chain for three consecutive years by Fltplan.com users.

“This is a major milestone for Wilson Air Center and we have worked hard to change the very landscape of FBO service over the years with our approach to hospitality and focus on the customer.” said Dave Ivey, vice president.

The Wilson Air Center Getaway Giveaway promotion will begin March 1, 2016 and run until late 2016.  Customers that visit any Wilson Air Center during the promotional period can take a quick digital survey right in the lobby and instantly get an entry into the Getaway Giveaway promotion AND an entry into a bonus monthly drawing for great prizes at that location.  One lucky Wilson Air Center customer will win a FREE vacation package to one of 12 fantastic destinations PLUS $10,000 in spending money!*  Grand Prize winner to be drawn January 5, 2017 in Memphis TN.

Each month there will be a new survey, so customers can get extra entries into the vacation drawing as well as the monthly prize drawings just by completing that month’s survey!  Each survey completed is good for one entry into the vacation and bonus prize drawing and non winning monthly prize entries stay in the pool, so the more you participate, the better your chances of winning.  For official rules and list of vacation destinations, please visit www.wilsonair.com.

“We are very proud that we have been able to serve and support aviation for the past 20 years,” said Bob Wilson, Founder, Wilson Air Center, “But we know we didn’t achieve this level of success without our customers.  The Getaway Giveaway is our way of saying ‘thanks’ to our customers, past, present and future.  Without them, we wouldn’t be here today.” he continued.

The opening of the original Memphis location in 1996 marked the beginning of a new approach to customer service within the FBO industry.  The facility, built for purpose, featured one of the first, and at the time, the world’s largest aircraft canopy that allowed customers to arrive and depart protected from inclement weather.

Wilson Air Center’s unique philosophy stems from Kemmons Wilson, founder of Holiday Inns. He forever changed the hotel and hospitality industry with his innovative ideas and practices toward customer service. Ideas such as bright, clean facilities that every customer can depend on, no matter what city they visit, and stellar customer service with a personal touch that makes every visit an experience to remember. Today these tenets have been updated and applied by Kemmons’ son and Wilson Air Center founder Bob Wilson, to modern-day FBO services.

Wilson’s innovative approach to customer service was quickly noted by customers and the company was the first FBO to feature professionally trained, hotel-style Aircraft Concierges.  This approach quickly allowed expansion to three other cities.

Vacation packages for this promotion are provided through Orange Lake Country Club, a Kemmons Wilson Company, the largest timeshare resort network in the world and offers their vacation destinations through Holiday Inn Club Vacations.  All vacation destinations in this promotion are offered through Holiday Inn Club Vacations, where you can expect the same great service you receive at Wilson Air Center!

With locations in Charlotte, NC; Memphis, TN; Houston, TX; and Chattanooga, TN, Wilson Air Center’s corporate aviation support facilities are renowned for their innovative approach to customer service and satisfaction that originated from roots within the hospitality industry.   Named “Best Small FBO Chain” in Professional Pilot an unprecedented eight times, most recently in 2015 and a third consecutive #1 Pilot’s Choice Award in 2015 for #1 Best Small U.S. FBO Chain by users of Fltplan.com, Wilson Air Center’s Award winning approach to customer service is based on a strong heritage of hospitality.

Kemmons Wilson was the founder and chairman of Holiday Inn, and his son Robert A. (Bob) Wilson is the founder and president of Wilson Air Center.  The Memphis location is the home of one of the world’s largest aircraft canopies, and is touted by the aviation industry as among the top fixed base operations in the United States for the quality of its services and the comfort and design of its facilities. For more information on Wilson Air Center or the services we offer, please call 901-345-2992 or visit www.wilsonair.com.

 

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18 Feb 16 Aviation, News Comments Off on WEST STAR AVIATION’s Grand Junction Location Approved As Embraer Service Center For Base Maintenance

WEST STAR AVIATION’s Grand Junction Location Approved As Embraer Service Center For Base Maintenance

Grand Junction, CO, February 18, 2016 – West Star Aviation announces that their Grand Junction, CO, (GJT) location was authorized as an Embraer Service Center for Base Maintenance of Legacy 450/500 model Aircraft.

This approval includes full maintenance support for authorized aircraft models and performing scheduled maintenance. West Star (GJT) was previously approved to conduct Base Maintenance on the Phenom 100/300 as well as Legacy 600/650 models.

“With the addition of the Legacy 450/500 models, West Star now offers all-inclusive service to the full line of Embraer Executive Jets.” said Joe Carr, Embraer Program Manager, at GJT. “West Star looks forward to continue to offer our world class service to the Embraer family.”

West Star’s Grand Junction, CO location has state-of-the-art equipment and facilities to provide all areas of Base Maintenance on select Embraer models including interior refurbishment, exterior paint, avionics, repairs and installations.

Voted #1 Preferred MRO in Professional Pilot magazine’s annual “Preferences Regarding Aviation Services and Equipment” (PRASE) Survey for two consecutive years, West Star Aviation, Inc. 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 and Centennial Airport in Denver, CO. The company also provides complete FBO services for transient aircraft at its newly remodeled East Alton and Grand Junction facilities. West Star Aviation, Inc. 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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10 Feb 16 Aviation, News Comments Off on WEST STAR AVIATION Received STC for Upgrade to the Honeywell CAS-100B TCAS II with 7.1 Software

WEST STAR AVIATION Received STC for Upgrade to the Honeywell CAS-100B TCAS II with 7.1 Software

East Alton, IL, February 10, 2016 – West Star Aviation has received Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the upgrade of the Honeywell CAS-81A/TPA-81A or the CAS-100A/TPA-100A with 7.0 software to the CAS- 100B/TPA-100B with 7.1 software.

This Approved Model List (AML) STC is applicable to various Hawker, Citation, Challenger, Falcon, and Gulfstream aircraft models. TCAS II 7.1 software improvements include the level off and reversal logic functions. Europe mandated the new software requirements effective December 2015. There is no proposed FAA mandate for TCAS 7.1 at this time.

“This is West Star’s first STC that has been approved using our newly issued ODA,” said Marty Rhine, Director of Sales, “The flexibility of this STC offers West Star Aviation additional possibilities to add new business,” Marty continued.

Voted #1 Preferred MRO in Professional Pilot magazine’s annual “Preferences Regarding Aviation Services and Equipment” (PRASE) Survey for two consecutive years, West Star Aviation, Inc. 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 and Centennial Airport in Denver, CO. The company also provides complete FBO services for transient aircraft at its newly remodeled East Alton and Grand Junction facilities. West Star Aviation, Inc. 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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18 Jan 16 Aviation Comments Off on West Star Aviation Appoints General Manager for New KCHA Location

West Star Aviation Appoints General Manager for New KCHA Location

East Alton, IL, January 18, 2016 – West Star Aviation is pleased to announce that Thomas Hilboldt will be the General Manager for their newest location in Chattanooga, TN (KCHA).

Tom has over 40 years experience in aviation and in his new role, he will oversee all operations for this location. Tom began his career in aviation at Midcoast Aviation in 1978 as the Technical Services Supervisor. He joined West Star in 2013 as a Shift Supervisor and he was quickly promoted to Satellite Manager at their Chicago Executive Airport (PWK) in 2014 where he worked until he accepted promotion to General Manager for KCHA.

“Tom Hilboldt has grown quickly in our company and we are pleased to have him as General Manager of our new Chattanooga location,” says, Rodger Renaud, Chief Operating Officer, West Star Aviation. “Tom is well known and respected throughout the aviation industry and has proven skills that will continue to add positive growth for our new location.”

Based at the new Chattanooga, TN (KCHA) location, scheduled to be operational February 1, 2016, Tom will be responsible for overseeing all operations of the new 40,000-sq.-ft. heated hangar and will oversee all maintenance, interior, avionics and mobile response team services. For more information on West Star’s KCHA location, please call (423) 661-8902 or thilboldt@wsa.aero.

Voted #1 Preferred MRO in Professional Pilot magazine’s annual “Preferences Regarding Aviation Services and Equipment” (PRASE) Survey for two consecutive years, West Star Aviation, Inc. 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 Columbia, SC. 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 a new facility opening this year in Chattanooga, TN. The company also provides complete FBO services for transient aircraft at its newly remodeled East Alton and Grand Junction facilities. West Star Aviation, Inc. 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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