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West Star Aviation Offers New G450 A-Level Cabin Upgrade Bundle
15 Dec 20 Press 0

West Star Aviation Offers New G450 A-Level Cabin Upgrade Bundle

West Star Aviation introduces a new G450 A-Level Cabin Upgrade Bundle with a special limited time packaged price. The install includes a new state of the art Collins Aerospace Venue™ cabin management system along with a world-class interior upgrade from West Star.

West Star has partnered with Collins Aerospace to deliver this limited time, dual upgrade with exclusive estimated savings of approximately $200,000 when completed together. The install replaces the original ACMS and the CMS-1 system and can be performed at any one of West Star’s four full-service, authorized Collins Aerospace dealer locations in East Alton, IL (ALN), Grand Junction, CO (GJT), Chattanooga, TN (CHA) or Perryville, MO (PCD).

“The original factory installed inflight entertainment systems are becoming increasingly complex to repair due to obsolete replacement parts, so we’ve developed this unique package offering G450 owners the ability to upgrade both the CMS and interior together, providing considerable savings,” said Walt Marcy, Avionics Technical Sales Manager (GJT).

Estimated installation for this limited time offering is 8-12 weeks and can be scheduled in conjunction with any other maintenance event needed to maximize your budget and calendar by contacting George Euler (970.248.5294) or Walt Marcy (970.248.5258) at West Star.

West Star Aviation Announces New GJT Project Manager Jason Mital
01 Dec 20 Press 0

West Star Aviation Announces New GJT Project Manager Jason Mital

West Star Aviation welcomes Jason Mital as a new Project Manager at their Grand Junction, Colorado (GJT) facility.

Jason has over 25 years experience in corporate aviation, which included project management from both Elliot and Jet Aviation. Previously he worked as a turbine shop mechanic, then quality control inspector with Garrett Aviation.

“Jason will bring a wealth of knowledge to West Star and his extensive experience will benefit the team immensely,” said Dave Krogman, General Manager (GJT).

“I was interested in West Star based on the prestige they held within the industry and am excited to offer my skills to the #1 MRO in the business,” said Jason Mital, Project Manager (GJT).

West Star Aviation Welcomes Sam McRickard as Project Manager at GJT
24 Nov 20 Press 0

West Star Aviation Welcomes Sam McRickard as Project Manager at GJT

West Star Aviation is pleased to announce Sam McRickard as the new Project Manager at their Grand Junction, Colorado (GJT) facility.

Sam has several years of aviation experience, with previous project management positions at Cirrus for their research and development programs, along with their engineering design and certification.

“Sam’s previous experience in program management will be valuable to the West Star team and be an extra asset to our customers,” said Dave Krogman, General Manager (GJT).

“I am eager to be working directly with customers again and passionate about helping them get exactly what they envision when transforming their aircraft and leaving with the best experience possible from West Star,” said Sam McRickard, Program Manager (GJT).

The Av8 Group Announces New Dedicated Embraer Phenom 100/300 Landing Gear Overhaul Program
19 Nov 20 Press 0

The Av8 Group Announces New Dedicated Embraer Phenom 100/300 Landing Gear Overhaul Program

The Av8 Group is pleased to announce the company has received FAA approval to provide complete landing gear overhaul services for Embraer Phenom 100 and 300 aircraft. The new Embraer program is a result of the company’s deep resources in engineering, PMA parts certification and experience in redefining landing gear overhaul processes.

This new program offers operators truly Fixed Price pricing, which provides customers with the most inclusive overhaul along with the best price protection available in the industry. Qualifying gear just needs to meet two simple requirements for the Fixed Price program, which eliminates additional bills, exceptions and exclusions. This means that the price quoted is exactly the same as the final bill. Landing gear will be inspected and overhauled in accordance with OEM standards, as well as FAA and EASA Authorizations. Turnaround times are expected to be four weeks from equipment receipt and exchange gear will be available if needed.

The Av8 Group provides exceptional value for the Phenom 100 and 300 gear overhaul through the use of PMA parts, while being engineered and certified in-house to OEM and FAA specifications. The company anticipates a savings of 10% or more from traditional factory overhaul, along with confirmation of a firm completion date and locked pricing for each overhaul project. More information is available at www.av8grp.com.

“The Av8 Group is very proud to be able to offer our services to Embraer operators around the world. We believe the 100 and 300 are very well-designed aircraft that deserve overhaul options of the highest quality. We are dedicated to providing the next level of landing gear overhaul so much so, that we have actually acquired two Phenom 100’s ourselves. They are outstanding airplanes,” said Yoel Arnoni, CEO.

West Star Aviation Announces New Embraer Program Manager
17 Nov 20 Press 0

West Star Aviation Announces New Embraer Program Manager

West Star is pleased to announce Michael Forehand as the new Embraer Program Manager at their Chattanooga, TN (CHA) facility.

Mike has over 19 years of executive aviation experience. He is a certified A&P and held previous positions of maintenance planner, customer service rep, maintenance sales manager, director of maintenance and most recently as production manager with Embraer.

“Mike brings a wealth of Embraer knowledge and passion and will be a valuable asset to the West Star team,” said
Steve Goede, General Manager (CHA).

“Customer service is my passion and I am always looking for a way to exceed customer expectations,” said Michael
Forehand, Embraer Program Manager (CHA).

West Star Aviation Announces New Avionics Technical Sales Manager
13 Nov 20 Press 0

West Star Aviation Announces New Avionics Technical Sales Manager

West Star is pleased to announce Michael Sichmeller as the Avionics Technical Sales Manager at their East Alton, IL, (ALN) facility.

Michael has over 37 years of aviation experience, served in the Air Force and holds a master’s degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry Riddle.

“Michael’s vast knowledge and experience will provide valuable expertise to the West Star team and we are thankful to be able to add him to the organization,” said Steve Bates, Technical Sales Manager (ALN).

“I appreciate the opportunity to be able to apply my skills to a growing company such as West Star and excited to join the experienced team,” said Michael Sichmeller, Avionics Technical Program Manager (ALN).

West Star Aviation Announces New Quality/Accountable Manager
08 Oct 20 Press 0

West Star Aviation Announces New Quality/Accountable Manager

West Star Aviation is pleased to announce the promotion of Todd Rasch to Quality/Accountable Manager at their East Alton, IL (ALN) facility.

Todd started his career as a Jet Engine Mechanic in the Air Force and currently has over 35 years of aviation experience, including 8 years as Chief Inspector at West Star and previously at Midcoast and Avmats.

“West Star recognizes great talent and strives to promote internally, so we are excited for the opportunity to have Todd advance to the management position, where he can continue to apply his many years of experience to our valued customers and quality team members at ALN,” said Gary Schandl, Director of Quality Assurance.

“It’s very important in these times to have a stable company to work for and the ability to apply my skills, I look forward to growing with the team and company for many years to come,” said Todd Rasch, Quality/Accountable
Manager (ALN).

West Star Aviation Receives Platinum Award From Garmin
01 Oct 20 Press 0

West Star Aviation Receives Platinum Award From Garmin

West Star is pleased to accept the Platinum Award from Garmin for Elite Performance in 2019. This is the first time West Star has been awarded this honor.

To qualify and receive this award West Star sold and installed multiple Garmin units, with the majority of the installs being performed at its satellite location in Minneapolis, MN (MSP). Dave Brown from Garmin presented the award to Lynn Boyd on September 24th, at the MSP location.

“We are delighted to accept this award on behalf of the entire West Star team,” said Lynn Boyd, satellite manager (MSP). “Garmin supplies quality products that we are confident in installing in our valued customers’ aircrafts,” Boyd continued.

West Star Aviation Completes Major Structural FOD Repair on Embraer Legacy 650E
10 Sep 20 Press 0

West Star Aviation Completes Major Structural FOD Repair on Embraer Legacy 650E

West Star Aviation recently completed a major structural repair to an Embraer Legacy 650E fuselage. The project also included a new exterior paint scheme.

The FOD incident occurred as a result of metal objects launched by a military helicopter landing next to the aircraft while in Peru. The aircraft was evaluated and subsequently ferried to West Star’s full-service MRO facility in East Alton, IL (ALN) for repairs. West Star is an Authorized Embraer Base Maintenance Service and warranty provider for most models at its ALN, GJT, and CHA locations.

“Significant structural damage occurred to the fuselage skin, frames, and ribs,” said Bob O’Leary, Embraer Business Development Manager. “We coordinated closely with Embraer on the engineering required for the repair, along with the corresponding parts recommended,” O’Leary continued.

“We are very grateful for all the effort during this complex process. I emphasize factors such as service, agility in responses and availability whenever necessary. Of course, unquestionable technical knowledge.
Among all the options that were given to us where we would have to quickly decide who we were going to deliver our aircraft to, you accepted the challenge and besides the most important thing that after
completing all the service we left with the certainty of having followed the best choice,”
said S. Almeida.

West Star Aviation Recognized As Gold Leader From Colorado’s Environmental Leadership Program For Sixth Consecutive Year
02 Sep 20 Press 0

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

West Star Aviation is proud to be recognized by the governor of Colorado, for a sixth 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.

“Contributing to the community’s ongoing environmental efforts and improvements gives our company and employees great pride knowing we are focused on growing a green company with new innovations and ideas,” said Dave Krogman, general manager (GJT), West Star Aviation.

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