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West Star Aviation Receives ANAC Brazil Certification
14 Nov 19 Press 0

West Star Aviation Receives ANAC Brazil Certification

November 14, 2019 – West Star is pleased to announce they have received ANAC Brazil Authorization to perform maintenance inspections and repairs on Brazilian registered aircraft at their East Alton, Illinois (ALN) location.

“This certification extends our world-class aircraft MRO services to Brazilian aircraft operators at our ALN facility,” stated Santiago Carol, Regional Sales Manager, Latin America.

This authorization is in addition to existing DGAC Certification for Mexican registered aircraft.

West Star Aviation Announces Federal Apprenticeship Event for National Apprenticeship Week
14 Nov 19 Press 0

West Star Aviation Announces Federal Apprenticeship Event for National Apprenticeship Week

November 5, 2019 – West Star Aviation is pleased to announce their partnership with Madison County Career and Technical Education Office, along with Southwestern Illinois College (SWIC) for a Federal Apprenticeship Event for National Apprenticeship Week at their East Alton, IL (ALN) facility on November 14 and 15, 2019. This special event will allow students to inquire about aviation maintenance careers and explore the local opportunities available with the new AMT Apprenticeship Program, in conjunction with the 2-year Aviation Maintenance Technology program at SWIC.

The event will include a lunch, facility tour, presentation and commentary from current West Star employees working as Apprentices while attending SWIC, as well as management, plus college life details from SWIC’s enrollment specialist, typical daily routine, learning experiences, required supplies and cost information.

“We are excited to be able to share this real-life experience with students in the area. It allows them to explore the true working environment where they can complete their degrees and graduate with a secure job in the local area,” said Katie Johnson, Vice President of Human Resources. “We are always looking for ways to expand our hiring programs while exposing potential graduates to the corporate aviation industry, thus gaining the most experienced technicians and offering them an extended career with West Star,” Johnson continued.

West Star Aviation Announces New Gulfstream Program Director
14 Nov 19 Press 0

West Star Aviation Announces New Gulfstream Program Director

October 15, 2019 – West Star is pleased to announce the promotion of Eric Valdes to Gulfstream Program Director with associated programs for Egyptian contracts, Accessories, NDT and Window Repair at their East Alton, IL (ALN) facility.

Eric bring over 26 years of aviation experience with him, formally serving as Gulfstream Program Manager at West Star for the past 12 years and previously at Midcoast for nine years. He also served in the U.S. Air Force as crew chief on AWACS, stationed at Tinker AFB. Eric received his A&P license from SWIC.

“We are always excited to be able to offer advancement opportunities to our experienced team members,” said Scott Sweeney, General Manager (ALN). “Eric’s expertise and long tenure with West Star will continue to support the valuable relationships with our customers and assist with expanding the additional programs to meet their needs,” Sweeney continued.

“I am grateful to continue my aviation career and expand my skills with West Star,” said Eric Valdes, Gulfstream Program Director (ALN). “Working with our experienced team and providing our customers first-class service will continue to be a priority in building the individual programs,” Valdes continued.

West Star Aviation Announces Perryville Location Has Been Awarded FAA Repair Station Certification
12 Nov 19 Press 0

West Star Aviation Announces Perryville Location Has Been Awarded FAA Repair Station Certification

November 12, 2019 – West Star Aviation is pleased to announce that the Perryville (PCD) location has been recently awarded their FAA Repair Station Air Agency certificate.

The team had been working diligently over the past 18 months to complete the requirements put forth by the Federal Aviation Regulation Agency. The Part 145 certification allows Perryville to complete maintenance, repairs and additional services at the full-service facility.

“We are proud of the Perryville team for taking on and completing this task with such determination and enthusiasm,” said Kyle French, General Manager (PCD). “It is with great honor that we received this certification and take pride in offering our continued experience and quality workmanship that our customers expect,” French continued.

West Star Aviation Provides Falcon 2000 Baggage Modification Install
07 Nov 19 Press 0

West Star Aviation Provides Falcon 2000 Baggage Modification Install

November 7, 2019 – West Star Aviation has been granted STC approval to install the Falcon 2000 baggage modification.

This modification allows West Star to create usable baggage space in the Aft unpressurized area. The forward servicing compartment (FSC) panel enclosure will feature a 21.75 sq.ft. footprint, and 73.5 cu.ft. of usable baggage space. The installation weight of this modification is 115 pounds and can accommodate 185-275 pounds while still allowing access to all common service and maintenance items with no additional fire detection or suspension needed.

“This installation provides FAA-approved stowage provisions, as it converts existing space into usable and much needed baggage and storage space. It will provide structural restraint for security while still retaining existing aircraft equipment stowage provisions including tow bar, ladder, engine inlet cover tool and the fly-away kit,” said Eric Kujawa, Vice President Falcon Product Development.

This modification is available to over 500 Falcon 2000 aircraft models and will have a minimal impact on weight and c.g. balance. To date, the experienced West Star teams have already installed five of the baggage modifications to delighted customers.

West Star Aviation Announces First Aft Canted Bulkhead Modification
31 Oct 19 Press 0

West Star Aviation Announces First Aft Canted Bulkhead Modification

October 31, 2019 – West Star is pleased to announce their first Aft Canted Bulkhead Modification for a Citation 680 at their East Alton (ALN) facility. This modification can be performed at any of the three, full-service West Star Aviation Textron Aviation Inc. Authorized Independent Service Facilities.

Textron Aviation’s Mandatory Service Bulletin (SB680-53-08R2) for the Aft Canted Bulkhead Modification is applicable to both Sovereign (680 S/N 1-349) and Sovereign Plus (680-S/N 500-531). For aircraft with 7000 or more
flight hours at the time of receipt, this service bulletin must be accomplished within 1800 flight hours or 24 months, whichever occurs first, from the date of receipt. Cost of the modification is covered under warranty for specific aircraft. Contact West Star for additional warranty information.

The SB680-53-08R2 is a mandatory modification that involves removal of the APU, associated heat shield and containment structures. The Aft Canted Bulkhead is modified by adding structural pieces to reinforce the bonded
assembly to prevent potential de-bonding of the vertical and horizontal stiffeners. This modification is being completed at West Star’s ALN facility along with the customer’s routine inspection event to minimize downtime.

“We are happy to be able to offer our customers a large array of services and upgrades to their aircraft when their routine inspections are due,” said Pat Welch, Program and Service Manager Piaggio/Cessna (ALN). “Our customers continually look to us to complete their maintenance in one convenient location within a reasonable timeframe, and this modification is another benefit we offer,” Welch continued.

West Star Aviation Announces New Falcon Program Manager
10 Oct 19 Press 0

West Star Aviation Announces New Falcon Program Manager

October 10, 2019 – West Star Aviation is pleased to announce Brian Jansen as the new Falcon Program Manager at their Chattanooga, TN (CHA) facility.

Brian has over 29 years of aviation experience, from previous roles as lead and maintenance technician at West Star, Falcon Program Manager at AVMATS, and most recently as Director of Maintenance at Barry-Wehmiller. He received his A&P license from Southwestern Illinois College.

“Brian brings a long tenure of aviation maintenance to West Star, and we are excited to have him as part of the team again,” said Steve Goede, General Manager (CHA). “As a previous customer, Brian values the quality of workmanship we provide to our customers, making him a perfect fit for the position by continuing to provide personal service and exceptional maintenance to our Falcon clientele,” Goede continued.

“I am thankful for the opportunity to be part of this team again, and I appreciate the unlimited growth possibilities that are available at West Star,” said Brian Jansen, Falcon Program Manager (CHA).

West Star Aviation Honored For Economic Enhancements In Illinois
08 Oct 19 Press 0

West Star Aviation Honored For Economic Enhancements In Illinois

October 8, 2019 – West Star Aviation is honored to be recognized for economic enhancements by RiverBend Growth Association (RBGA) in southern Illinois.

West Star is one of only six honorees with this achievement and will be presented with their award at the annual luncheon happening in October. RBGA is responsible for working closely with state and local officials to develop new employment opportunities, along with providing leadership required to attract, promote and support new and existing enterprise growth throughout the community.

“We are honored to be recognized by RiverBend for our community and economic involvement in the region,” said Rodger Renaud, President & COO. “We will continue to contribute to the West Star communities while strengthening the overall economic growth in each area,” Renaud continued.

West Star Aviation Announces New Gulfstream Operations Manager
02 Oct 19 Press 0

West Star Aviation Announces New Gulfstream Operations Manager

October 1, 2019 – West Star is pleased to welcome Mike Ditmeyer as the new Gulfstream Operations Manager at their Chattanooga, TN (CHA) facility.

Mike has more than 32 years of aviation experience, formally servicing as a maintenance technician and SR Operations Program Manager for Gulfstream. He received his A&P license after completing four years as a B-52 crew chief in the Air Force, stationed at Castle AFB in California.

“We are extremely privileged to have Mike join the West Star family,” said Steve Goede, General Manager (CHA). “His extensive expertise, broad leadership skills and valuable business relationships will enhance the programs and services we offer,” Goede continued.

“I appreciate the opportunity to apply my specific skill set and continue my aviation career with West Star,” said Mike Ditmeyer, Gulfstream Operations Manager. “I’m excited to work closely with my team and provide techniques to assist the department to continue to operate cohesively and efficiently,” Ditmeyer continued.

West Star Aviation Announces New Regional Sales Manager
26 Sep 19 Press 0

West Star Aviation Announces New Regional Sales Manager

September 26, 2019 – West Star is pleased to welcome Robbie Johnson as the new Regional Sales Manager in the Mid-Atlantic sales territory.

Robbie has over 22 years of aviation experience as a maintenance technician and program manager with previous positions held at Falcon, MBNA Aviation and Dawn Aero. He also received his A&P license from the Aviation Institute of Maintenance in Philadelphia.

“We are excited to welcome Robbie to the West Star family. His many years of aviation maintenance experience will benefit our customers by providing the highest quality sales and service in the region,” said Marty Rhine, Vice President of Sales.


“I am thankful for the opportunity to advance my aviation career and believe my expertise in maintenance and customer relations will further develop and add to West Star’s continued growth,” stated Robbie Johnson, Mid-Atlantic Regional Sales Manager.

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