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HISTORY AND HERITAGE HAVE A PLACE IN TODAY’S MOST SUCCESSFUL COMPANIES NO MATTER WHAT INDUSTRY THEY SERVE. HOWEVER, GREAT COMPANIES CONTINUE TO EVOLVE WITH THEIR CUSTOMERS AND THE MARKETS THEY SERVICE. WEST STAR AVIATION IS NO EXCEPTION. TODAY’S WEST STAR REPRESENTS THE BLENDING OF TWO TRUSTED, LONGSTANDING AVIATION SERVICE COMPANIES, PREMIER AIR CENTER AND WEST STAR AVIATION.

Premier Air Center, of East Alton, IL (ALN), was founded in 1947, originally as Walston Aviation. After an ownership change in 1987, the name was changed to Premier Air Center. Since then, the company has built a solid reputation for strong technical expertise and personalized customer service for maintenance and refurbishment of corporate aircraft. Similarly, West Star Aviation’s roots extend back to 1952 when the original company, Monarch Aviation, was founded at Walker Field, (GJT) Grand Junction, CO. On May 1, 1987, the Buescher Family of Grand Junction acquired Monarch Aviation and began the transformation of the company from an aviation sales and service business to a top-rated business aircraft maintenance and refurbishment facility. On December 31, 2004 the principals of Premier Air Center acquired West Star Aviation’s Grand Junction, Colorado facility, combining two of the industry’s top, full-service MRO facilities. Continuing with a pattern of planned, aggressive growth, the company established operations at Chattanooga, TN (CHA) in 2015, expanding full-service options throughout the United States. In 2017, West Star Aviation acquired Avant Aerospace, Dallas Aeronautical Services, LLC (DAS) and MSP Aero, which strategically enhanced the company’s capabilities and resources in parts, composite and assembly MRO as well as strengthening satellite maintenance locations. In 2018 West Star Aviation continued this direction and acquired FLITE Components and added its fourth full service MRO at Perryville, MO. West Star Aviation LLC, Avant Aerospace LLC, Dallas Aeronautical Services, LLC (DAS), and FLITE Components, LLC are wholly owned subsidiaries of West Star Aviation Holdings, LLC. Avant, DAS, and FLITE continue to operate under their unique brands while offering West Star Aviation customers their products and capabilities. For more information call 800-922-2421. The investment goes far beyond just facilities. It extends to the essence of these companies – the people. You will not find a more engaged, technically knowledgeable, proficient and personable group of professionals at any other maintenance provider anywhere in the world. The present-day West Star Aviation represents the blending of these industry renowned aviation service companies and the focus to build on and improve the synergies that resulted from the acquisition. Strong technical expertise, experienced employees, attention to detail, along with a constant focus on customer service and satisfaction, remain the staples of the West Star Aviation philosophy.
Jim Rankin

JIM RANKIN

RODGER RENAUD

JIM SWEHLA

MICHAEL L. DURST

SAMUEL A HAYCRAFT

HOWARD ALLRED

KATIE JOHNSON

Vice President, Human Resources
618.258.8030 office
314.378.5012 cell
katiejohnson@wsa.aero

KRAIG MEYER

Director of EHS
970.248.5225 office
970.986.1278 cell
kmeyer@wsa.aero

Pete McKernan

Senior Vice President Parts & Component Repair
316.941.5808 office
316.640.1301 cell
pmckernan@wsa.aero

Marty Rhine

Vice President Sales
618.258.8813 office
618.795.4899 cell
mrhine@wsa.aero

DEBI CUNNINGHAM

Vice President Marketing
217.416.3324 cell
dcunningham@wsa.aero

Tommi Krell

Director Corporate Communications
618.390.1116 office
618.610.6753 cell
tkrell@wsa.aero

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