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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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STL Downtown Expansion Hangar_2.7.18

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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

Michael Zeris TSM_1.23.18

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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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TFS Paint Protectant_1.18.18

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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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CHA Embraer Finalized Approval 1.4.17

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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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Matt Neisler

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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RAT Tooling PR_12.5.17

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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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Michael Hamilton_VP of fleet operations 11.7.17

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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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West Star apprenticeship program_11.7.17

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13 Jun 17 News 0

Looking Back On 25 Years Of Aviation Marketing

I’ve always loved aviation and began building my technical foundation, first as an aircraft mechanic in the Air Force, specializing in U2 aircraft and later as an A&P technician in the corporate world. In those days, we wore many hats, both of the technical type and the sales type. Later on, as VP of sales and marketing for a large MRO/FBO, and then as COO for the same company, I found myself as a regular consumer of aviation advertising and all related components – a client if you will.

In dealing with various advertising and marketing agencies over the years in these roles, one overwhelming feeling always remained; that existing agencies and consultants continued to not only get it wrong when it came to the specific technical nuances of corporate aviation advertising, but often placed the burden back on me, the client, to provide an inordinate amount of input to educate them. So I worked harder, even with these groups that were supposed to make my job easier.

After leaving the MRO business, I decided to address the specialized niche I had identified in my previous roles and started MAI in the spring of 1992. I started with a stated goal of satisfying the need for an “Aviation Specific” advertising agency.

Fast forward 25 years and the journey has been amazing and humbling. The challenges and successes a have been equally as high. As any owner can tell you, the ups and downs of a small business start-up are very real. Ours came quickly with a major flood in 1993 that forced our relocation off the Spirit Airport. Even after persevering through natural disasters, ever changing mediums, business sectors, target markets and of course the demographics have continued to keep it interesting.

Now, 25 years later, we are grateful to count ourselves among the few purely specialized aviation marketing and communications firms in the country. And even more grateful to continue to developing award-winning work with industry leading clients, serving a wide spectrum of segments within the industry.

But I think what I am most proud of is the relationships we’ve built over the last 25 years. Unlike general industry agencies, we have had some clients as long as 20 + years and we have continued to evolve with them every step of the way.

I am confident the next 25 years holds equal challenges and changes but the diverse and experienced MAI Team are up to it.

Having personally been involved in the aviation industry for the past 51 years one thing never changes.

I still love the smell of Jet fuel in the morning.

Guy O. McDermott
Founder/CEO
MAI

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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