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West Star Aviation Announces Retirement of Robert Rasberry
18 Sep 19 Press 0

West Star Aviation Announces Retirement of Robert Rasberry

September 11, 2019 – After nearly 20 years, Robert (Bob) Rasberry, Chairman of the Board, is retiring from West Star Aviation. Bob will continue with West Star’s Board of Directors as Chairman Emeritus and join Norwest Equity Partners (NEP), a middle market equity investment firm and parent of West Star Aviation, as a Senior Advisor supporting NEP’s continued interest in aviation-related investments.

Bob, in collaboration with his co-founders, Sam Haycraft, Jim Swehla and Mike Durst, acquired the small MRO, Premier Air Center, in East Alton, IL in 2002. West Star Aviation in Grand Junction, CO was added in 2005, and
ultimately, the companies were united and rebranded as West Star Aviation. The Company has grown from 150 employees to over 1,400 and has been consistently named the #1 MRO (Pro Pilot’s magazine PRASE survey) in the country for the last six years.

“I find much comfort and pride in knowing that I leave West Star in extremely capable hands. Many leadership decisions have been made over the past several years to prepare for this day, including appointing Rodger Renaud as Chief Operating Officer and President, and hiring an industry veteran, Jim Rankin, as CEO. Their commitment to our employee and customer-centric culture is unwavering and aligns with the same principles upon which West Star was founded,” stated Bob Rasberry, Chairman of the Board, West Star Aviation.

West Star Aviation Announces Rusty Gardner As Avionics Install Manager
18 Sep 19 Press 0

West Star Aviation Announces Rusty Gardner As Avionics Install Manager

August 27, 2019 – West Star Aviation is pleased to announce Rusty Gardner as the new Avionics Install Manager at their East Alton (ALN) location.

Rusty has over 19 years of aviation experience and formally served as a project manager in the avionics department at West Star, along with previous positions held at Flying Colours, Jet Aviation and Duncan. He has also served in the Air Force for seven years as a Guidance and Control Systems Specialist (GACS).

“We’re excited to promote Rusty to this position, as his strong avionics background will bring additional experience to the department as we continue to promote from within and grow our avionics team,” said Scott Sweeney, General Manager (ALN).

West Star Aviation Announces New Bombardier Global Program Manager
18 Sep 19 Press 0

West Star Aviation Announces New Bombardier Global Program Manager

September 18, 2019 – West Star is pleased to announce that Jason Cohen has been promoted to Bombardier Global Program Manager at their Grand Junction (GJT) facility.

Jason has over 30 years of aviation experience, and has been at West Star for over eight years serving on the Bombardier Technical Sales team. He acquired his A&P license from Colorado Tech, as well as obtaining his pilot’s
license from Aero Training of the Rockies.

“We are excited to promote Jason to this new role and are confident that with his strong Bombardier experience and customer-centric approach he will bring added value and energy to the team,” said Ken Rice, Director of Maintenance, GJT.

West Star Aviation Welcomes New Paint Program Assistant Manager at ALN
10 Sep 19 Press 0

West Star Aviation Welcomes New Paint Program Assistant Manager at ALN

September 10, 2019 – West Star is pleased to announce Robert Wood as the new Paint Program Assistant Manager at their East Alton (ALN) facility. Robert will assist and collaborate on paint processes and projects.

Robert has over 26 years of aviation experience with previous positions held at Gulfstream, Jet Aviation and Midcoast. He also served four years in the Air Force as a Structural Repair and Corrosion Control Specialist working on fighter jets and cargo aircraft.

“We are happy to welcome Robert to the West Star family. He brings over 22 years of paint knowledge and troubleshooting expertise, making him a valuable asset to the department and team,” said Jeremy Turnbough, Paint Program Manager.

Millennium International Avionics Announces New Senior Software Engineer
26 Aug 19 Press 0

Millennium International Avionics Announces New Senior Software Engineer

Lee’s Summit, MO, August 22, 2019 — Millennium International Avionics is pleased to announce that Doug Miller has been hired as a new Senior Software Engineer. In this position Doug will be responsible for product
innovation within R&D, as well as expanding the engineering team and focusing on market growth initiatives.

“Doug has many years of experience in the technical field and his skill set will benefit our company growth and allow us to continue to expand our capabilities,” said Claude T. Peoples, Vice President.

Doug comes to Millennium International from IntelliFarms where he was a Senior Engineer. Doug worked to develop industry leading IoT solutions for the agricultural field to empower farmers. He brings over 15 years of experience in the technology industry, launching several successful products. Prior to working at IntelliFarms, Doug provided engineering solutions to medical facilities to improve management of operations
and client care. “I appreciate the opportunity to be able to apply my technical experience while learning new aspects of the aviation industry through continuous innovation,” said Doug Miller, Senior Software Engineer.

West Star Aviation Announces Jeremy Turnbough As Paint Program Manager
26 Aug 19 Press 0

West Star Aviation Announces Jeremy Turnbough As Paint Program Manager

West Star Aviation is pleased to announce Jeremy Turnbough as the new Paint Program Manager at their East Alton (ALN) facility. Jeremy has been with West Star for over 15 years, formerly servicing as a paint shop supervisor. His many years of experience with on-the-job training have gained him an expanded skill set to grow into this new leadership role.

“Jeremy brings a long history within the paint shop and has shown his strong leadership skills to be beneficial in leading the department. We are happy to be able to continue to promote our internal employees and offer them expanded opportunities within West Star,” said Scott Sweeney, General Manager (ALN).

West Star Aviation Authorized To Service Meggitt Securaplane Batteries
20 Aug 19 Press 0

West Star Aviation Authorized To Service Meggitt Securaplane Batteries

August 20, 2019- West Star Aviation is pleased to announce they are now authorized to service and repair Meggitt Securaplane Technologies Maine Shipp 9750W Pure Lead batteries at their full-service Alton, IL (ALN) location. The 9750 Battery is available for most Citation models. Additionally, they are authorized to perform “reblocking” of the XL245 XL246, Xl249, XL2410 and 2411 series emergency battery.

“We are happy to continue to grow our capabilities and include this service to Hawker and other aircraft operators in need of repairs or maintenance to their batteries,” said John Hardy, Director of Accessory Shop, West Star Aviation (ALN). John can be reached at the East Alton location, 800.922.2421.

The Av8 Group Announces New Sales Manager
20 Aug 19 Press 0

The Av8 Group Announces New Sales Manager

Houston, TX, August 20, 2019 – The Av8 Group is pleased to announce that it is expanding their sales team with the addition of Jeff Favati, Sales Manager. Jeff will be responsible for sales and business development across all segments of Av8’s markets.

Jeff has over 25 years of experience in the aviation industry. His background includes a variety of expertise in MRO & part sales, operations and component repairs management, along with airline operations. His previous positions composed of selling parts and services, while continuing with operations management, which included supply chain management, inventory, warehouse and logistics management and component repair management for airlines.

“We are excited to be expanding our sales team with Jeff, his many years of aviation experience and expertise will assist with our continued growth,” said Yoel Arnoni, CEO, The Av8 Group.

“I am eager for the opportunity to continue in the aviation industry while applying my career experience to build and grow with Av8,” Jeff Favati, Sales Manager.

Announce Director Of Military Business Development
06 Aug 19 Press 0

Announce Director Of Military Business Development

Lee’s Summit, MO, August 6, 2019 — Millennium International Avionics is pleased to announce Ray Atkisson as the new Director of Military Business Development. Ray will be responsible for developing
service channels and overseeing sales contracts for the military and government flight operation divisions.

“Ray’s extensive knowledge and experience provides an invaluable asset of resources and aviation connections, adding to our long standing relationships within the military community and technical operation
departments,” said Claude T. Peoples, Vice President.

Ray has over 25 years of aviation experience with previous positions held as Director of Military Business Development at Triumph Instruments and Velocity Aerospace. Ray has a BS degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford and an MBA from Pacific Western University. He is also a formal naval aviator and current FAA airline transport pilot.

“I appreciate the opportunity to lend my expertise to Millennium and help them grow this very important avionics segment for the military, while continuing to build the relationships I’ve had for many years,” said Ray Atkisson, Director of Military Business Development.

ABOUT MILLENNIUM INTERNATIONAL

Millennium International is an FAA and EASA approved Part 145 Repair Station, specializing in the repair and support of new generation and legacy avionics systems, components and the engineering support for legacy LCD displays as well as other avionics services. The company provides a wide range of services on glass cockpit (LCD & CRT) displays, TCAS, WX radar, Nav/Comm and more. Applicable markets include corporate operators, fleet operators, Part-135 charter operators, avionics brokers, military, OEMs, rotor wing and commercial air transport segments.

Centrally located in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Millennium International provides quick and reliable 24/7 AOG repair, sales and exchange support. For additional information on products, services, MSA programs including CPFH, FFP, and dedicated inventory, visit the website at avionics411.com or call 816.524.7777.

West Star Aviation Continues Advanced Safety Initiatives
01 Aug 19 Press 0

West Star Aviation Continues Advanced Safety Initiatives

August 1, 2019 – West Star Aviation is committed to the overall safety of its employees and customers alike. The latest safety update was completed at the Grand Junction, CO (GJT) facility with a fully integrated fall protection system. As the company-wide initiative continues, all four of the full-service locations will be at 90% completion by the end of 2019 and 100% complete by the close of 2020.

“We will continue to invest in overall safety for our customers and employees while making West Star’s safety a top priority,” said Rodger Renaud, President and COO.

In addition to the safety initiatives being implemented company-wide, the Grand Junction, Aspen and Denver facilities have been awarded a Cost Containment Certificate for the fifth year in a row by the state of Colorado, based on their impeccable safety records.

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