West Star Aviation recently announced changes within their sales team. Greg Byrnes has been named Senior Vice President, Sales, while Rick Brainard, previously VP of Sales, has been assigned to a new position, Vice President, Business Development. The changes are effective immediately.

Greg Byrnes has enjoyed a very successful, long-term career in business aircraft maintenance and modifications. Most recently, Greg held the position of Vice President, Sales and New Business Development at Gulfstream Aerospace for the last 17 years. As a new member of the West Star team, Greg will be responsible for generating the maintenance and modification sales for all West Star Aviation locations.

“We are very confident this change will further elevate the growth of West Star Aviation and build momentum for the future, while maintaining a high level of customer service.” said Jim Swehla, Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing, West Star Aviation.

In his new position as Vice President, Business Development, Rick’s primary responsibility will be the development of new business for all West Star locations. This includes the aircraft dealer and aircraft broker network, managed fleet and fractional groups, as well as bankers and financial groups associated with the leasing and financing of business aircraft.

To learn more or to schedule service, contact Greg Byrnes at 817-454-0702 or

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 or call 800-922-2421.

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