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West Star Aviation Promotes John Sonsoucie to Project Manager (ALN)
23 Nov 21 Press 0

West Star Aviation Promotes John Sonsoucie to Project Manager (ALN)

West Star is pleased to announce the promotion of John Sonsoucie to Project Manager at their East Alton, IL (ALN) facility.

John is a Navy veteran serving from 1986-1992 with VFA-126 and VFA 25 onboard the USS Independence and USS Midway, and has been with West Star since 2014 as an avionics supervisor.

“John is a strong asset to West Star and know he will continue to grow with the company while offering his vast knowledge and expertise to the team,” said Scott Koehler, Senior Manager of Project Management (ALN).

“I appreciate West Star providing me the opportunities for advancement within such a progressive and growing company,” said John Sonsoucie, Project manager (ALN).

West Star Aviation Promotes Jake Zimmerman to Falcon Avionics Supervisor (ALN)
04 Nov 21 Press 0

West Star Aviation Promotes Jake Zimmerman to Falcon Avionics Supervisor (ALN)

West Star is pleased to announce the promotion of Jake Zimmerman to Falcon Avionics Supervisor at their East Alton, IL (ALN) facility. Jake will be responsible for all Falcon avionics projects at the ALN location.

Jake has been with West Star since 2015 and has experience with all airframes while holding lead avionics positions since 2017.

“Jake is highly skilled in the avionics segment and will be a valuable asset to the Falcon team,” said Rusty Gardner, Program Manager, Avionics Install (ALN).

“I appreciate the opportunity to continue my career with West Star and to be able to grow along with my team while providing the customers with the highest quality of service we are known for,” said Jake Zimmerman, Falcon Avionics Supervisor (ALN).

West Star Aviation Promotes Chuck Conway to Avionics Supervisor (ALN)
02 Nov 21 Press 0

West Star Aviation Promotes Chuck Conway to Avionics Supervisor (ALN)

West Star is pleased to announce Chuck Conway has been promoted to Avionics Supervisor at their East Alton (ALN) facility.

Chuck has over 13 years of avionics experience, starting his career as a technician with the USMC and moving up the ranks at various companies in the St. Louis area, eventually landing at West Star as avionics maintenance lead last year. Chuck will be supervising Embraer avionics projects at the full-service ALN location.

“Chuck is highly focused on customer satisfaction and brings a vast amount of technical knowledge to the team,” said Rusty Gardner, Avionics Program Manager (ALN).

“I appreciate the opportunity to advance within the West Star family and I’m looking forward to the continued growth of both my internal and customer relationships, while delivering and exceeding expectations,” said Chuck Conway, Avionics Supervision (ALN).

West Star Aviation Recognized As Gold Leader From Colorado’s Environmental Leadership Program For Seventh Consecutive Year
12 Oct 21 Press 0

West Star Aviation Recognized As Gold Leader From Colorado’s Environmental Leadership Program For Seventh Consecutive Year

West Star Aviation is proud to be recognized by the governor of Colorado, for a seventh consecutive year, as a Gold Leader from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environmental Leadership Program (ELP). 

The Environmental Leadership Program is a state-wide recognition and reward program offering benefits and incentives to members that go above and beyond compliance with state and federal regulations and are committed to continual environmental improvements. West Star Aviation entered the Colorado Governor’s Environmental Leadership Program in October 2010, in addition to being a Western Slope leader, which assists other companies to successfully enter the program. West Star continues to implement new ideas and innovations applicable to the program and environmental efforts, focusing on continuing to grow as a sustainable green company.

“Each and every year we strive to be good stewards of the environment and it takes every team member contributing to the cause to achieve our continued success with this valuable environmental program,” stated Kraig Meyer, Director of Environmental, Health and Safety (GJT), West Star Aviation.

West Star Aviation Inks Dealership Agreement with CCX Technologies
12 Oct 21 Press 0

West Star Aviation Inks Dealership Agreement with CCX Technologies

West Star and CCX Technologies have inked a dealership agreement. This new agreement grows CCX’s U.S.-based onboard cyber security solutions dealer network; West Star Aviation will be selling, installing and maintaining the portfolio of onboard products that provide actionable security capabilities and flight data. 

“It is gratifying to see the aviation industry recognizing the critical need for onboard cyber security solutions and actionable data,” said Chris Bartlett, president of CCX Technologies. “Having West Star join our growing team of authorized cyber security dealers gives customers greater access to our products and services. We are eager to work with their team to develop and deliver tailored onboard cyber security solutions.” 

What sets CCX Technologies onboard offerings apart from other solutions is that since they are installed on the aircraft, operators gain the ability to monitor their inflight networks with data sourced directly from the aircraft. The AP-250 empowers operators to improve their cyber security posture through actionable data showing what’s actually happening on their aircraft. CCX Technologies also offers enhanced solutions through proprietary and customized features or integrations.

“All this recent attention on security breaches has encouraged operators to want onboard cyber security,” said Aaron Berg, Avionics Technical Sales Manager (GJT). “It’s a rising concern and an emerging trend we see escalating. At West Star Aviation, we work hard to lead the market. Adding the CCX Technologies cyber security product portfolio allows us to deliver the best technological innovations to our clients. As we’ve learned, the AP-250 and dataPHY products are the type of innovation aviation needs—particularly with more and more aircraft becoming connected. We’re looking forward to helping our clients with CCX Technologies’ Cybersecurity and actionable data solutions.” 

The AP-250 is designed with the latest technology and features two dual-band Wi-Fi radios with encryption and a ½ km range, plus a 1 TB Solid-state drive with all data encrypted at rest. Equipped with Advanced LTE and a custom antenna, the AP-250 enables higher throughput, lower power consumption, and better coverage so more users can connect. The dataPHY is a compact device that receives onboard avionics databus data such as ARINC 429 for advanced monitoring for anomalies and other flight-critical data events.

West Star Aviation Announces Promotion of Bobby Price to Project Manager at ALN
30 Sep 21 Press 0

West Star Aviation Announces Promotion of Bobby Price to Project Manager at ALN

West Star is pleased to announce the promotion of Bobby Price to Project manager at their East Alton, IL (ALN) facility.

Bobby has worked at West Star since 2016 as an Avionics Technician and lead before moving up the ranks to supervisor. He graduated from Southwestern Illinois College.

“Bobby has demonstrated great leadership qualities that he will continue to share with the West Star team,” said Scott Koehler, Senior Manager of Project Management (ALN).

“I appreciate the opportunity to continue to apply my skills and grow along with West Star and my fellow team members with the expanding airframe programs,” said Bobby Price, Project Manager (ALN).

West Star Aviation Welcomes Anthony Gaal as Financial Operations Analyst at GJT
28 Sep 21 Press 0

West Star Aviation Welcomes Anthony Gaal as Financial Operations Analyst at GJT

West Star is pleased to welcome Anthony Gaal as new Financial Operations Analyst at their Grand Junction, CO (GJT) facility.

Anthony obtained his bachelor’s degree in business management from University of Missouri, with previous experience in the healthcare and IT fields.

“Anthony brings vast financial knowledge to West Star and will be a beneficial asset to the team here,” said Dave Krogman, General Manager (GJT).

“I am excited to learn more about the aviation industry while applying my financial skills to assist with the company’s growth,” said Anthony Gaal, Financial Operations Analyst (GJT).

West Star Aviation Announces Jim Ellis as New Avionics Technical Sales Manager (ALN)
07 Sep 21 Press 0

West Star Aviation Announces Jim Ellis as New Avionics Technical Sales Manager (ALN)

West Star is pleased to welcome Jim Ellis as the new Avionics Technical Sales Manager at their East Alton, IL (ALN) facility. Jim will work directly with the avionics sales and technical teams to provide support to current and new customers.

Jim has more than 26 years of avionics experience, formally serving as avionics senior crew chief and serving Air Force and Illinois National Guard. Jim has an associate degree in Electronic Technology, as well as specialized training including AET Aircraft Electronics Technician Certification, FCC License, SD AeroIT Certification, Dassault Engineering Services Fly By Wire Software Load and Certified Inspector.

“Jim brings a vast knowledge of avionics installation, configuration, troubleshooting and maintenance to this position,” said Marty Rhine, Vice President of Sales (ALN). “He has a clear understanding of airframe and related system maintenance requirements. It is not often that we are fortunate enough to bring on someone with this much technical experience and familiarity with our services,” Rhine continued.

“I appreciate the opportunity to apply my broad leadership skills and vast avionics expertise to the West Star team while also continuing the relationships with our valued vendors,” said Jim Ellis, Avionics Technical Sales Manager (ALN).

West Star Aviation Announces Alan Schaake as New Director of Accounting
07 Sep 21 Press 0

West Star Aviation Announces Alan Schaake as New Director of Accounting

West Star is pleased to welcome Alan Schaake as the new Director of Accounting at their East Alton, IL (ALN) facility. He will be overseeing the company’s accounting functions while also assisting with designing and implementing new financial solutions to further develop and refine the current systems.

Alan has over 35 years of combined experience in accounting, finance and operations. He is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Management Account for the state of Illinois. He holds a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy from Southern Illinois University, later returning to school earning an associate degree in Process Technology from Lewis & Clark Community College.

“Alan’s strong financial background will be a significant benefit for helping West Star continue to grow and succeed. I look forward to working with him to lead the accounting team and help the organization,” said Luke Williams, Corporate Controller.

“I’m excited to be joining such a well-established company and hope my skills and experience benefit the team, company and customers of West Star, while also achieving their short- and long-term financial goals,” said Alan Schaake, Director of Accounting.

West Star Aviation  Promotes Mark Bozada to Bombardier Project Manager at East Alton, IL (ALN) Facility.
02 Sep 21 Press 0

West Star Aviation Promotes Mark Bozada to Bombardier Project Manager at East Alton, IL (ALN) Facility.

West Star is pleased to announce the promotion of Mark Bozada to Bombardier Project Manager at their East Alton, IL (ALN) facility.

Mark has been with West Star since 2014, moving through the AMT ranks up to a lead spot in 2019. He graduated from Linn State Technical College with his A&P license.

“Mark has shown great initiative and we’re excited that he will be continuing to contribute his skills and expertise to the team,” said Scott Koehler, Senior Manager of Project Management (ALN).

“The advancement opportunities that West Star continues to offer allows me to develop my skills even further and grow within the company,” said Mark Bozada, Bombardier Project Manager (ALN).

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