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01 Feb 16 News Comments Off on WEST STAR AVIATION Receives ODA/STC Certificate From FAA

WEST STAR AVIATION Receives ODA/STC Certificate From FAA

East Alton, IL, February 01, 2016 – West Star Aviation announced that they received an Organizational Design Authorization (ODA) allowing them to issue Supplemental Type Certification (STC) projects on behalf of the FAA.

West Star Aviation is now authorized to show compliance on behalf of the FAA in regards to STCs, and recently issued an STC on the FAA’s behalf, for the installation and certification of the Honeywell CAS-100B TCAS 7.1 upgrade.

“Having the ODA/STC Authorization is a huge milestone for West Star Aviation. The FAA is allowing us the authority to show compliance and issue STCs on their behalf” said Jeff Maszkiewicz, ODA Lead Administrator for West Star Aviation, “We are excited about this new opportunity and the ability to work with, and on behalf of, the FAA”.

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 worldclass customer services in all the organization’s divisions. For more information visit www.weststaraviation.com or call 800-922-2421.

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26 Jan 16 News Comments Off on Eastman Launches Web-based Visual Guide Showing Full Range Of Aviation Products

Eastman Launches Web-based Visual Guide Showing Full Range Of Aviation Products

Sees Value In Educating Market On Past, Present & Future Of Aviation Support

Kingsport, TN, January 25, 2016 – Eastman Chemical Company recently launched “Eastman Supports Aviation”, a digital, visual guide that highlights all areas where Eastman provides products and services to the aviation industry as a whole. Eastman has a long heritage of supporting the aviation industry and this illustration helps bring this history to life.

The guide is the latest in Eastman’s larger effort to continually provide its markets and existing customers an easier way to access high level information on the full range of products and services the company provides to each industry. The guide provides information on dedicated aviation products like Eastman™ Turbo Oils and Skydrol® hydraulic fluids along with solvents like Skykleen® and Omnia® , but also highlights other Eastman products that can potentially be used in the development and manufacture of many other aviation related products. Applications include window films, coatings, plasticizers and chemicals used in aerospace tire formulation. “Eastman Supports Aviation” can be found on their website at www.eastman.com/aviation

Eastman Aviation Solutions, the dedicated aviation products team within Eastman Chemical Company, wanted a user-friendly way to effectively communicate their full range of products that can support aviation outside of their dedicated aviation fluids. “The aviation industry recognizes our dedicated products such as Eastman Turbo Oil 2197 and Eastman Skydrol. Some of our other products that have real and potential aviation applications are not as well known. This illustration helps show all the ways that Eastman supports aviation,” said Paul Fridman, Eastman Aviation Marketing Manager. “The Eastman Supports Aviation guide allows existing and potential customers to see the many ways we currently support their operation along with other products that have a wide range of aviation applications,” he continued.

The interactive guide highlights the well-known products like Skydrol aviation hydraulic fluids, Eastman Turbo Oils and aviation solvents like SkyKleen, as well as other established aviation products like Clearway® deicers. The Clearway range, a leader in airport runway deicing, has been developed to include both liquid and solid formate- and acetate-based products. Clearway deicers have shown to be highly effective in various winter conditions while remaining compliant with the latest technical and environmental standards.

More importantly, the guide provides a complete overview of other Eastman technologies indicative of the company’s deep commitment to aviation, now and into the future. These products include specialized plasticizers, the Eastman Solus™ family of performance additives and cellulose esters. Eastman plasticizers are a broad range of non-phthalate products including fast fusers, viscosity reducers and sustainable solutions that provide performance and value for the transportation industry. The Eastman Solus family of performance additives are specifically engineered for the next generation of VOC-compliant coatings. These cellulose-based products are natural, renewable and include products for both high-solids solvent borne and waterborne systems applicable across a broad range of applications.

Additionally, as the world’s largest producer of window films and related products with brands like V-KOOL® , Llumar® , FormulaOne® , and Hüper Optik® , Eastman brings expertise in this specialized area to aviation. Technologies ranging from deep-dyed polyesters to nanoceramic multilayered sputtering window films, have a strong future in aviation. Similarly, Eastman’s Saflex® products are a line of high-performance PVB interlayers that help engineers meet the stringent design requirements for glazing in the automotive, architectural, and aerospace industries.

Eastman also provides a range of products that are integral in the development and manufacture of aerospace tires. Eastman Impera™ is a line of performance resin additives that optimize wet tire grip and rolling performance without compromising other key performance characteristics.

Eastman Santoflex® are antidegradants used to extend tire flexibility and service life by preventing premature tire aging due to ozone or oxygen exposure.

Crystex® vulcanizing agents for rubber prevent sulfur migration and bloom, which can interfere in the tire manufacturing process. Information about all these products can be found at Eastman.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 marketdriven 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 2014 revenues of approximately $9.5 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 Jan 16 News Comments Off on West Star Aviation Receives Business Expansion Award

West Star Aviation Receives Business Expansion Award

Grand Junction, CO, January 12, 2016—West Star Aviation is proud to announce they received the Business Expansion Award for 4th quarter from the Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce.

The Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business in Mesa County. The business Expansion Award honors companies that have expanded and created new jobs in the Grand Junction Area. West Star Aviation was honored for a $9.5 million project for constructing a new paint hangar at Grand Junction Regional Airport. The aircraft maintenance and repair operation also increased its payroll by 38 technicians to a total of 400 technicians at the Grand Junction Location. They received their award during a membership meeting in December.

“West Star is honored to have received this award, and we hope to keep on growing and expanding the business,” said Dave Krogman, General Manager (GJT). “We are excited to see what the new year brings.”

West Star is continuing to expand nationwide with preparations of opening a new location in Chattanooga TN. Their Grand Junction, CO, (GJT) location received approval from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). This will allow them to do overhauling and repairing landing gear and accessory overhaul operations.

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.

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05 Jan 16 News Comments Off on West Star Aviation Announces Approval by Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC)

West Star Aviation Announces Approval by Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC)

Grand Junction, CO, January 4, 2015– West Star Aviation announced that their Grand Junction, CO location has been approved by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).

West Star’s Grand Junction location is now in compliance with the China Civil Aviation Regulation (CCAR)-Part 145 Maintenance Organization. The purpose of the approval includes overhauling and repairing landing gear for business aircraft and also specialized service of Ultrasonic, Eddy Current X-Ray, Liquid Penetrate and Magnetic Particle Inspection.

This certification is the latest to be added to a growing list of authorizations which have allowed West Star’s landing gear and accessory overhaul to expand business worldwide. West Star Aviation overhauls and repairs provide a wide variety of business jet accessories including wheels, landing gear, batteries, oxygen/nitrogen cylinders, valves, and many other components.

“This new CAAC authorization will allow us to support landing gear overhaul events in China”, said Steve Goede, Grand Junction Accessory Program Manager for West Star. “We are excited as our business continues to grow and expand both in the US and worldwide”.

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 worldclass customer services in all the organization’s divisions. For more information visit www.weststaraviation.com or call 800-922-2421.

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23 Dec 15 Aviation, News Comments Off on WEST STAR AVIATION Appoints New Satellite Manager for PWK

WEST STAR AVIATION Appoints New Satellite Manager for PWK

Grand Junction, CO, December 21, 2015 – West Star Aviation is proud to announce the promotion of Darin Perryman to Satellite Manager for their Chicago Executive Airport (PWK) location, effective November 30th.

Darin has over 17 years experience in aviation and in his new role, he will oversee the Satellite team for West Star. Darin began his career in Aviation at Gulfstream Aerospace in 1998 as the Landing Gear Shop Team Lead. He joined West Star in 2011 to help start the Hawker landing gear program, and advance the Challenger gear program for the Accessory shop in GJT. He worked in this position as team lead before accepting the promotion to Satellite Manager of PWK.

“We are pleased to have Darin take over the Satellite Manager position for Tom Hilboldt who is being promoted to Director of Operations at West Star’s newest location in Chattanooga, TN (CHA) effective January 4,” says, Rodger Renaud, Chief Operating Officer, West Star Aviation. “Darin is a valuable asset to the West Star team and we are looking forward to seeing his success continue within West Star.”

Based at the Chicago, IL (PWK) location, Darin will be responsible for the development, supervision and performance of the Satellite Team. He will be directing the work and flow of multiple projects, and providing unmatched customer service. Darin can be contacted directly at 847-850-5445 or dperryman@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 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 Oct 15 News Comments Off on AV8 MRO Welcomes New Technical Sales Person

AV8 MRO Welcomes New Technical Sales Person

Houston, TX, October 22, 2015 – AV8 MRO is pleased to announce that Kevin Gettemeier joined the AV8 MRO team as their new Technical Sales person, effective Tuesday, October 20.

Kevin has more than forty years of aviation experience in flying, aircraft maintenance, operations and business development. He started his career in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and obtained his A.S. in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Technology from Parks College. He will be working directly with the three owners of AV8 MRO, doing outside sales, traveling to meet with customers and helping them evaluate how AV8 MRO can best fulfill their landing gear overhaul and repair needs.

“Kevin has been one of my mentors. He not only taught me the best way to create and run an aviation component overhaul shop, but also how to treat customers with integrity,” says Yoel Arnoni, AV8 MRO Principal. “I have worked with Kevin for almost 30 years, and he has always been a model of leadership to me. To have him agree to work with us is a source of great pride.”

To reach Kevin directly, call 713-589-2668 or email sales@av8mro.com.

Conveniently located in Houston, TX, AV8 MRO is an FAA and EASA-Approved Repair Station with the in-house capabilities to repair and overhaul all series of Hawker landing gear and major component parts. Specializing in the overhaul and repair of Hawker landing gear, AV8 MRO has the FAA Repair Specification Approval to make replacement parts, and to date, has approval for almost 400 parts for the Hawker landing gear. They also offer multiple FAA-approved component repairs that can save most major components from having to be replaced. Founded by Yoel Arnoni, Mike Washburn and Russell Eckhart, AV8 MRO has decades of experience in overhauling Hawker components, and now offers many solutions for all your component and landing gear needs. To learn more or to schedule service, please call 713-589-2668 or visit www.av8mro.com.

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21 Oct 15 News Comments Off on WEST STAR AVIATION Named Gold Leader Of Environmental Leadership Program

WEST STAR AVIATION Named Gold Leader Of Environmental Leadership Program

Recognition Administered by the Colorado Department of Public Health and
Environment’s Sustainability Program

Grand Junction, CO, October 21, 2015—West Star Aviation is proud to announce they are currently a Gold Leader Award winner from the Colorado Governor’s Environmental Leadership Program (ELP)—the highest level of recognition in ELP. This is the second year West Star maintains the Gold Leader status in the three-year recognition program. They were recognized as a Silver Achiever in 2010 after being first recognized as a Bronze Achiever.

West Star received their award during a ceremony held on October 16, 2015 at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum in Denver, Colorado.

The Environmental Leadership Program is a statewide environmental recognition and reward program administered by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Sustainability Program. The program’s goal is to foster relationships, reward environmental performance and create a healthier, cleaner and more sustainable Colorado.

“It is exciting for us to receive the Gold Leader Award for a second time since we first started participating in the Environmental Leadership Program in 2010,” says Dave Krogman, General Manager, West Star Aviation. “Environmental responsibility is one of our main priorities at West Star, and we will continue to expand our ‘green initiatives’ throughout our facilities.”

In order to be recognized again as an ELP Gold Leader, West Star had to continue to uphold the ELP requirements while also having in place a fully operational, facility-specific Environmental Management System. This means they passed the strict qualifications held by the state of Colorado, as well as upholding the regulations put forth by the Federal Environmental Protection Agency, including implementing sustainability efforts such as energy efficiency, waste minimization, and water conservation.

West Star has continued to expand their recycling program, which included: 3,600 lbs of lead acid and nicad aircraft batteries; 9,055 gallons of lacquer thinner; 6,650 lbs of aircraft and automotive tires; 5,105 gallons of used oil; 110 gallons of antifreeze; 213 gallons of cold solvent; as well as 3,616’ of universal waste lamps, 36 CFL lamps and 66 metal halide lamps. They also recovered 7.5 lbs of silver from their x-ray process from August 2014 to August 2015. In addition, West Star opened a new aircraft paint hangar that utilizes electrostatic paint applications, increasing the atomized paint transfer from 65 to 90 percent. This process reduced the amount of atomized particulate matter (P2.5 AND P10) by over two tons annually. The filtration system in this new booth exceeds the 98 percent post-application filtration efficiency for regulated paint booths.

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 the 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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13 Oct 15 News, Newsletter Comments Off on Hook, Line, and Sinker…

Hook, Line, and Sinker…

Your Marketing Needs a Hook

As a marketer, our number one job is to grab potential customers’ attention – get them on the “hook” and leave them wanting more. Once you have their attention you can tell them all about your product and convince them to buy it – but first, you MUST get their attention.

How do we grab their attention? With a hook! While the actual hook can come in many different forms, to be successful it must:

• Capture audience’s attention
• Pique interest
• Leave audience open and receptive to information

A hook is not a complete, neatly packaged offer; instead it should be a small sample or a teaser of the whole offer. Your hook should give potential customers just enough to get them interested in learning more. While there isn’t necessarily one right way to develop a hook, there are some tried and true ways to ensure you have a strong hook:

• Announce new or exciting information
• Sympathize with a problem and promise a solution
• Grab attention with shocking or unknown information
• Use coupons, contests, or free offers

Once you have their attention – you’re not done yet. The hook can only bring the prospects to you, and then it’s your job to turn them into customers, so be prepared. Even the strongest hook will be unsuccessful if you don’t have anything of value to offer.

Whatever method you choose to develop and deliver your message, be sure to keep the above objectives in mind it could mean the difference between a new customer and a wasted marketing budget.

 

Ted M. McDermott, Vice President, MAI – A full service marketing & communications firm specializing in aviation marketing.

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07 Oct 15 News Comments Off on English Field Aviation Welcomes New Avionics Manager

English Field Aviation Welcomes New Avionics Manager

Amarillo, TX, October 07, 2015—English Field Aviation (EFA) is pleased to announce that Scott Latino joined the EFA team as Avionics Manager, effective Tuesday, September 1.

Scott has been an avionics technician for more than 30 years, owned and operated his own avionics repair station for 10 years, and he brings valuable experience for helping onboard and train new technicians.

“Scott is a highly motivated professional whose addition will enable us to fast-track and boost new equipment installations and provide better avionics repair work service,” says Travis Lamance, EFA Co-Owner & General Manager. “His training experience has already been put to work in weekly workshops where he instructs a classroom of technicians-increasing the cumulative knowledge of the whole crew.”

Based at the Amarillo location with the ability to travel and provide services, Scott will be working with EFA’s Account Manager Jamison Adams and maintenance team. In addition to training technicians as well as managing avionics installations and repairs, he will also gather the required information for EFA’s sales team to make project bids.

Specializing in King Air aircraft, EFA (English Field Aviation) provides professional aircraft maintenance, avionics upgrades and inspection s and refurbishment services. From small inspections to complete renovation packages, EFA has the comprehensive capabilities to meet client requests and deliver concierge quality customer service. As an FAA approved Part 145 facility, EFA features fully trained and certified technicians who utilize the latest tools and practices to deliver accurate, timely and reliable aircraft service you can trust. Offering two convenient, mid-continent locations in Amarillo, TX, EFA is perfectly positioned to serve you at Rick Husband International Airport (KAMA) or Tradewind Airport (KTDW).

To learn more visit www.efa.aero or call 1-806-322-1971.

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