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WEST STAR AVIATION NOW OFFERING NEW PROGRAM FOR  CHALLENGER 601 LANDING GEAR.
13 Oct 11 Maintenance, News, Services Comments Off on WEST STAR AVIATION NOW OFFERING NEW PROGRAM FOR CHALLENGER 601 LANDING GEAR.

WEST STAR AVIATION NOW OFFERING NEW PROGRAM FOR CHALLENGER 601 LANDING GEAR.

West Star Aviation has acquired a Complete Ship Set of Challenger 601 Landing Gear to reduce downtime and accommodate operator specific schedules.  The landing gear will be available on a loaner/rental/exchange basis through West Star’s Grand Junction, CO (GJT) Accessory Shop.

The new program gives an operator a variety of options to choose from when they use West Star Aviation for their landing gear services. “Exchange” is offered to operators who prefer to have quick, seamless turn-around with minimum downtime. “Rental” landing gear will be offered for those operators who prefer to send their landing gear to GJT.  Rental landing gear will be offered at a fixed rate for the duration of the operator’s landing gear restoration. To further reduce downtime and restoration costs, WSA will continuously support extended lead time repairs with Loaner/Rental options to accommodate specific operator schedules.

“This new program will also provide a solution for operators who would like to have their aircrafts painted during a gear restoration,” says Steve Goede, Accessories Program Manager, West Star Aviation. “The complete ship set will allow for simultaneous aircraft painting and restoration to cut downtime in half.”

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; Columbia, SC; and Dallas, TX, West Star Aviation runs the maintenance operations at Aspen-Pitkin County Airport in Aspen, CO and at Spirit of St. Louis Airport in Chesterfield, MO. 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 http://www.weststaraviation.com or call 800-922-2421.

Challenger 601 Landing Gear

WEST STAR AVIATION RECOGNIZED AS SILVER PARTNER BY COLORADO ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
13 Oct 11 News Comments Off on WEST STAR AVIATION RECOGNIZED AS SILVER PARTNER BY COLORADO ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

WEST STAR AVIATION RECOGNIZED AS SILVER PARTNER BY COLORADO ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

West Star Aviation is proud to announce they have been officially recognized as a Silver Partner of the Colorado Environmental Leadership Program (ELP). By continuing their commitment to the environment, West Star has climbed from a Bronze Achiever 2010, to an ELP Silver Partner. They received their award during a ceremony held in Denver, Colorado, on Tuesday, October 4, 2011.

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.

“We look forward to working with West Star Aviation in the coming years to promote the type of commitment and environmental performance their facility demonstrates on a daily basis,” said Lynette Myers, Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) Coordinator.

In order to be recognized as an ELP Silver Partner, West Star had to uphold the requirements from the Bronze Achiever category while striving to expand their sustainability initiatives. This means they passed the strict qualifications held by the state of Colorado, as well as upheld the regulations put forth by the Federal Environmental Protection Agency, including no serious violations for 1 year or criminal for 2 years, and implanting sustainability efforts such as energy efficiency, waste minimization, and water conservation.

West Star has continued to expand their recycling program, which includes but is not limited to: Metal, wood, rubber, batteries (both disposable and aircraft), paper and new and used oil. In addition, their entire Paint Department is certified under the NESHAP 6H which allows them to apply paint more efficiently and reduces their air pollution footprint.

“Our paint department only uses non-chromium based primers and non-methlyene chloride based paint strippers,” says Kraig Meyer, Environmental, Safety, and Health Manager, West Star Aviation. “This has reduced the facility’s overall air pollutants (VOC/HAPS) by over 30%.”

In addition, West Star continues to reduce their power consumption with relighting projects and motion sensors. They have also installed a new, more efficient, 790 Air Compressor which supplies air for two buildings and has reduced their electrical demand by half.

West Star’s latest green initiative involves taking part in the beta testing of SmartBag™ Digital Tradeshow Bag this year at NBAA’s Annual Convention in Las Vegas, NV.  SmartBag™ is a complete digital literature management system that allows tradeshow exhibitors to offer their full catalog of sales and promotional literature in digital form (PDF). This program will reduce the massive amount of waste that is generated through printed materials and transform tradeshows into more environmentally friendly events. West Star is proud to be one of the first few select exhibitors to embrace this new program. For more information on SmartBag™ please see press release distributed on at NBAA or visit www.digitalsmartbag.com.

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; Columbia, SC; and Dallas, TX, West Star Aviation runs the maintenance operations at Aspen-Pitkin County Airport in Aspen, CO and at Spirit of St. Louis Airport in Chesterfield, MO. 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 http://www.weststaraviation.com or call 800-922-2421.

Silver Partner ELP Press Release

13 Oct 11 News, Services Comments Off on SATCOM1 LAUNCHES FIRST SWIFTBROADBAND BILLING SOLUTION FOR CHARTERS AND FRACTIONALS

SATCOM1 LAUNCHES FIRST SWIFTBROADBAND BILLING SOLUTION FOR CHARTERS AND FRACTIONALS

Satcom1 recently announced the launch of Flight Billing, the first of their Individual Billing Solutions for charters, fractionals, airlines and business jet operators.  The Flight Billing Solution was developed to make passenger communications billing easier and more efficient for providers, and poses less risk of leaving providers with large communications charges. Flight Billing is currently available for SwiftBroadband.

Traditionally, billing passengers for on-flight communication services has been an inefficient and labor intensive procedure for charter and fleet operators as it was necessary to distinguish which passengers should be charged for each service in the previous month. This resulted in a limited number of charter companies providing satellite connections due to the risk of high usage bills. However, Satcom1’s Flight Billing Solution takes the inconvenience out of offering satellite services on aircraft as it automatically charges usage of each flight to a specific customer.

Flight Billing requires no hardware to be added to the aircraft and allows users to browse the internet, access e-mails, and send instant messages from their laptops, iPads, iPhones, or Smartphones.  Any customer using Satcom1 as a service provider can take advantage of the convenient benefits that Flight Billing has to offer. Adding to this convenience, Satcom1 will handle all billing and invoicing directly to the user without any action from the aircraft operator. Flight Billing is a complete hot spot and billing solution for providing communication services to customers with no hassle to the operator.

Satcom1 customers will pass the ease and convenience of this solution to their customers as well. The Flight Billing Solution will have a familiar interface for users as it is just like connecting to the internet at a hotel or airport. Users can choose from different options for gaining access and paying for data using a credit card via a secure banking connection or vouchers provided by the aircraft operator.

In addition to Flight Billing, Satcom1 will launch a second Individual Billing Solution next year. Pay Per User will be a billing solution which is ideal for operators who want to bill usage to each individual user. No matter the amount of passengers on the flight, charges can be billed to the individual accounts that are set up in advance or while on the flight. Contact Satcom1 for more about this solution.

Satcom1’s ambition is to be the leading service provider for the Inmarsat, Iridium and Ku-Band satellite systems. Their core focus is aeronautical network solutions with data compression, encryption, video conferencing and VoIP for VIP, business jets and government aircraft. They also provide professional services for the maritime, vehicle and portable markets. Satcom1 provides everything from activation setup to software applications matching customer needs. Satcom1 strategy is breaking edge within aeronautical satellite solutions, always providing the latest technology to their customers. For more information on Satcom1 visit www.satcom1.com or contact jb@satcom1.com.

Satcom1 Billing Solutions

13 Oct 11 Hawker, News, Services Comments Off on WEST STAR AVIATION EXPANDS HAWKER BEECHCRAFT AUTHORIZED SERVICE CENTER AUTHORITY

WEST STAR AVIATION EXPANDS HAWKER BEECHCRAFT AUTHORIZED SERVICE CENTER AUTHORITY

West Star Aviation, Inc announced the expansion of ratings and locations to its Authorized Service Center Agreement with the Hawker Beechcraft Corporation.

The expanded ratings included in the Authorized Service Center agreement for the Beechjet, Hawker 400XP, Premier, King Air Series, Bonanza and Baron Series aircraft, plus Line Service Authority for Hawker 750/800/850/900 series aircraft.

The West Star Aviation locations applicable to the Agreement include: the West Star facilities at Grand Junction, CO (GJT), Aspen CO (ASE) and the newest satellite location at Spirit of St. Louis Airport, Chesterfield, MO (SUS).

“We are very pleased with this expanded Agreement and being recognized for our technical capabilities.” stated Robert E. Rasberry, CEO of West Star.  “This is another step forward in our ability to provide the highest quality aircraft service to corporate aircraft owners and operators throughout our nationwide network of service facilities.”

The announcement was made by Robert E. Rasberry, Chief Executive Officer of West Star Aviation and Robert Recchio, Vice President Aftermarket Operations of Hawker Beechcraft Corporation.

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; Columbia, SC; and Dallas, TX, West Star Aviation runs the maintenance operations at Aspen-Pitkin County Airport in Aspen, CO and at Spirit of St. Louis Airport in Chesterfield, MO. 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 http://www.weststaraviation.com or call 800-922-2421.

Hawker Beechcraft Press Release

AVFAB RECEIVES APPROVAL ON NEW KING AIR WINDOW SHADE
13 Oct 11 King Air, News, Parts Comments Off on AVFAB RECEIVES APPROVAL ON NEW KING AIR WINDOW SHADE

AVFAB RECEIVES APPROVAL ON NEW KING AIR WINDOW SHADE

Aviation Fabricators (AvFab) recently announced approval of their window shade for the King Air series aircraft. The kit is available for Hawker Beechcraft King Air 200, B200, and B200GT series aircraft. It has been approved, and AvFab expects issuance of the STC within the next month.

The new window shades will give the aircraft a more upgraded and contemporary look compared to the traditional Polarized windows.  The shades come in various colors to match the interior.

“These window shades will not only modernize the look of the cabin but add value as well,” said AvFab’s GR Lowe. “Once the window shade is installed, it will have the look of a much newer aircraft.”

The shades can only be installed in aircraft that have factory Polarizers. The kit includes everything you need for the installation, including comprehensive installation instructions. Other products are availablethrough Aviation Fabricators to further enhance the cabin, such as lateral tracking seat bases and integrated headrests.

AvFab provides inspection, repair and overhaul of corporate aircraft interior components, and is also an FAA-PMA producer of custom aircraft seating, parts and components.  AvFab’s sister company, Central Airmotive, is a comprehensive supplier of Original Equipment Manufacture interior products such as seats, divans, tables, toilets, cabinets and dividers.  Central Airmotive currently has over 90,000 sq. ft. of OEM seats and cabin components.  Together they represent a “one-source” solution to any corporate aircraft interior need.  For more information on this or any other product or service offered by AvFab, please visit their websites at www.kingairupdates.com and  www.avfab.com or call 660-885-8317.

Window Shade Press Release

NEW PROGRAM REDUCES WASTE ON TRADESHOW FLOOR AT NBAA
05 Oct 11 Aviation, News, Tradeshows Comments Off on NEW PROGRAM REDUCES WASTE ON TRADESHOW FLOOR AT NBAA

NEW PROGRAM REDUCES WASTE ON TRADESHOW FLOOR AT NBAA

Chesterfield, MO –October 4, 2011–SmartBag™-Digital Tradeshow Bag, a complete digital literature management system, is being debuted at NBAA’s Annual Convention this year in Las Vegas, NV. The program was developed to simplify the process of sharing information and reduce the massive amount of printed materials that are wasted on the tradeshow floor.

Now there is a smarter way to collect important information at tradeshows. SmartBag™-Digital Tradeshow Bag is based on a well established technology that continues to grow in popularity–Quick Response Codes, or QR Codes. By utilizing QR code technology, SmartBag™ allows show attendees to use their iPhones to scan an exhibitor’s code and access all of the vital information they came to NBAA to receive. Now attendees can select the items they are interested in and manage those documents from their iPhones or web-enabled computers. Using SmartBag™ attendees can review, print, or email any of the literature an exhibitor has available. They can even request a hard copy of the literature to be mailed to them, all without leaving the tradeshow floor.

NBAA attendees can simply download the FREE app, scan the QR codes located at NBAA booths, choose the materials they are interested in, and move on to the next. With SmartBag™, attendees can take advantage of the following benefits the program has to offer:

  • No need to carry large amounts of literature around the show
  • Review the information when you’re ready
  • Organizational Tools for show floor included in app
  • Efficiency increased – Ability to send/receive materials directly from show floor.
  • Access to exhibitor materials for 30 days after the show without shipping it home
  • Accessible from virtually any web enabled device
  • Eco-conscious choice

Exhibitors can expect to enjoy the benefits of reduced cost of shipping, drayage & printing necessary for each show by minimizing the amount of printed materials needed in their booths.  Plus, by using SmartBag™, exhibitors are promoting green initiatives while reducing the amount of waste produced at tradeshows.

Developed specifically for tradeshows and event environments, SmartBag allows trade show attendees to download a FREE app by visiting www.digitalsmartbag.com to transform their smartphones into a scanning device. Once the app is installed, attendees can scan the individual SmartBag QR Codes visible on every participating exhibitor’s booth to access a full library of brochures, sales literature and promotional materials.

The program is now available for the iPhone, with Android and BlackBerry versions coming soon. The program is being introduced and tested by a select few exhibitors at NBAA.  Attendees can find the scannable QR code and take part in the new program by visiting participating exhibitors by looking for SmartBag™- Digital Tradeshow Bag counter cards at NBAA.

SmartBag™ – Digital Tradeshow Bag was developed to provide a literature management system to for all companies or individuals who attend, exhibit, or manage tradeshows. The program features a custom Smartphone app interface for “on-floor” management of materials along with an easy to navigate web portal that makes it easy to manage SmartBag materials from your laptop, desktop or tablet. This program gives exhibitors and show management a way to reduce waste of printed material, save money, and make it even easier for prospects and attendees to receive and review critical sales information. For more information on SmartBag please visit www.digitalsmartbag.com or call 636-530-0088.

SmartBag Press Release

WEST STAR AVIATION WELCOMES NEW OPERATIONS MANAGER
20 Sep 11 News Comments Off on WEST STAR AVIATION WELCOMES NEW OPERATIONS MANAGER

WEST STAR AVIATION WELCOMES NEW OPERATIONS MANAGER

Chesterfield, MO, September 16, 2011 – West Star Aviation, Inc. recently announced Jeff Messmer has been appointed Operations Manager at their newest facility at Spirit of St. Louis Airport (SUS) in Chesterfield, MO.

With over 20 years of aircraft experience, Jeff began his career as an Aircraft Structural Technician for the U.S. Army. Most recently, Jeff held the position of Bombardier Customer Support Manager for Midcoast Aviation. Jeff has completed training at numerous technical schools including Gulfstream III Maintenance Initial, Falcon 2000EX Maintenance Initial, and Lear 45/45XR Maintenance Initial.

In his new position at West Star Aviation, Jeff will be responsible for all maintenance, avionics and customer service and support operations at the Chesterfield location. Jeff Messmer can be contacted directly at (636) 681-5626 (office), (314) 607-4069 (cell) or at jmessmer@wsa.aero

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; Columbia, SC; and Dallas, TX, West Star Aviation runs the maintenance operations at Aspen-Pitkin County Airport in Aspen, CO and at Spirit of St. Louis Airport in Chesterfield, MO. 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 http://www.weststaraviation.com or call 800-922-2421.

Jeff Messmer

WEST STAR AVIATION WELCOMES NEW ACCESSORIES SHOP TEAM LEAD
14 Sep 11 News Comments Off on WEST STAR AVIATION WELCOMES NEW ACCESSORIES SHOP TEAM LEAD

WEST STAR AVIATION WELCOMES NEW ACCESSORIES SHOP TEAM LEAD

Grand Junction, CO, September 12, 2011 – West Star Aviation recently announced Darin Perryman will join their team at Grand Junction (GJT) as Accessories Shop Team Lead.

Darin brings over 14 years experience with him to West Star, specifically with landing gear on all Hawker, Challenger and Gulfstream models. Most recently, Darin held the position of Overhaul Shop Lead for Gulfstream Aerospace. In this position he further developed his expertise in landing gear ship sets and components, all while directing a dedicated team.  Darin currently holds an FAA class II and III repairmen certificate as well as CDI inspection duties.

In his new position at West Star Aviation, Darin will be responsible for overseeing the Grand Junction (GJT) accessories team, as well as providing technical support, inspections, and ensuring FAA compliance. Darin Perryman can be contacted directly at (970) 248-5230 (office), (970) 261-4929 (cell) or at dperryman@wsa.aero.

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; Columbia, SC; and Dallas, TX, West Star Aviation runs the maintenance operations at Aspen-Pitkin County Airport in Aspen, CO and at Spirit of St. Louis Airport in Chesterfield, MO. 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 http://www.weststaraviation.com or call 800-922-2421.

Darin Perryman

WEST STAR AVIATION WELCOMES TWO NEW ADDITIONS TO SALES TEAM
13 Sep 11 Aircraft Sales, News Comments Off on WEST STAR AVIATION WELCOMES TWO NEW ADDITIONS TO SALES TEAM

WEST STAR AVIATION WELCOMES TWO NEW ADDITIONS TO SALES TEAM

East Alton, IL, September 13, 2011 – West Star Aviation recently announced Julie Anderson and Tim Johnson will join their team as Regional Sales Managers. Julie will be responsible for the western states including Arizona, California and Nevada, and Tim will take charge of the Upper Midwest region.

In their new positions, both Julie and Tim will be responsible for providing sales and support within their territories for all West Star Aviation’s products and airframes.  In addition, they will concentrate on maintaining relationships with current clients and developing new relationships with potential customers.

Julie Anderson was recently employed with Med Air where she held numerous sales positions and gained extensive experience in making sales with Directors of Maintenance, Chief Pilots, and Directors of Aviation for corporate flight departments. Julie is also a pilot and currently working on her A&P license. Julie will work from West Star Aviation’s Grand Junction (GJT) location and can be contacted directly at (970) 261-4458 or janderson@wsa.aero.

Tim Johnson joins the West Star team from Dassault Falcon where he also held the position of Regional Sales Manager. Tim brings an extensive background with Falcon, Gulfstream and Bombardier products with him to West Star. . Tim will be located at West Star’s East Alton (ALN) location and can be contacted directly at (618) 798-1622 or tjohnson@wsa.aero.

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; Columbia, SC; and Dallas, TX, West Star Aviation runs the maintenance operations at Aspen-Pitkin County Airport in Aspen, CO and at Spirit of St. Louis Airport in Chesterfield, MO. 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 http://www.weststaraviation.com or call 800-922-2421.

Julie Anderson and Tim Johnson

08 Sep 11 Airframes, Installation, Maintenance, News Comments Off on West Star Aviation’s East Alton Location Appointed Authorized Service Center for Embraer Phenom

West Star Aviation’s East Alton Location Appointed Authorized Service Center for Embraer Phenom

East Alton, IL, August 30, 2011 –West Star Aviation’s East Alton (ALN)  location has been appointed an Authorized Service Center for Embraer Phenom 100 and 300 aircraft models. West Star Aviation’s St. Louis location (SUS) is also included under the appointment of ALN as a service center.

West Star Aviation’s Dallas and Grand Junction facilities were a part of the initial Authorized Service Centers appointed by Embraer in 2006. All facilities provide a variety of services to the 100 and 300 aircraft models including: Unscheduled maintenance, AOG support, removal and installation of components, engine and APU, as well as all scheduled maintenance, modifications and repairs.

The launch of the Embraer Program in East Alton (ALN) and St. Louis (SUS) will be headed by Kevin Syfert, Pat Welch and Wade Evans. For more information contact West Star Aviation at www.weststaraviation.com, or contact the team directly: Kevin Syfert at 618-258-4726, Pat Welch at 618-258-4751, or Wade Evans at 618-259-3230.

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; Columbia, SC; and Dallas, TX, West Star Aviation runs the maintenance operations at Aspen-Pitkin County Airport in Aspen, CO and at Spirit of St. Louis Airport in Chesterfield, MO. 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 http://www.weststaraviation.com or call 800-922-2421.

WSA Authorized Service Center

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