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Allen McReynolds

Allen McReynolds
Chief Operating Officer
West Star Aviation

As we reflect on 2023, I would like to share some highlights and achievements:

  • Our customer On Time Delivery (OTD) across the network improved by 3%
  • We had a mid-year facility expansion in Chattanooga, TN (KCHA), with the opening of a beautiful new hangar and support shops
  • Our training investment year-over-year is on track to increase by over 20%
  • We are wrapping up our first Emerging Leader training and development series
  • Our OSHA recordable injury rate across our workforce decreased by 7%

In looking toward 2024, as an enterprise, we will sharpen our focus on our culture, mission, and values. West Star’s strong culture and values have been a core part of its success over the years, so we want to ensure we are keeping these front and center as we continue to execute key components of our strategic plan.

Some of the exciting things on the horizon for 2024 are:

  • Launching the West Star Academy (WSAA), where we will be training our own technicians
  • Opening a new hangar and new and expanded support shops in East Alton, IL (KALN)
  • Adding some additional capacity in Chattanooga, TN (KCHA)
  • Implementing a Safety Management System (SMS) across the enterprise

In addition to these key items, we have a number of other operational initiatives underway that are focused on customer experience, efficiency, and further adoption of innovative technologies.

It is an honor to be with West Star and share these successes and the roadmap ahead. Expect big things from West Star and our affiliates in 2024.

West Star Aviation

West Star Aviation specializes in airframe repair and maintenance, engine repair and maintenance, major modifications, avionics installation and repair, interior refurbishment, paint, parts, surplus avionics sales, window repair and accessory services. The company also provides complete FBO services for transient aircraft at its East Alton and Grand Junction facilities. Learn more

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Contact Us

WSAA will be piloted at the East Alton, IL facility with the first round of apprentices anticipated to start in January 2024. For more information on West Star Aviation employment or WSAA apprentice selection criteria, please visit or contact Katie Johnson ( or Dave Lagermann (

Application & Selection Process

Before applying, please be aware of the standards of conduct for employment with West Star along with the strict requirements below while attending WSAA.

  • Working in Aviation requires a commit to being drug-free.  Pre-employment drug testing along with random and reasonable suspicion testing is required for all companies employing people working in safety sensitive positions. The position you are considering applying for is safety sensitive.  If hired, you must pass a DOT drug test to start working, if you fail the job offer is rescinded.  If you pass, you must remain drug-free during employment, failing a random or reasonable suspicion test may result in termination of employment.  Please note: marijuana is legal in certain states however the FAA follows Federal law where marijuana is illegal.  This means testing positive for marijuana, or any other illegal drug, will prevent you from working in Aviation. 
  • The first 7.5 months will follow a strict schedule: Monday – Friday 7:00am – 3:30pm (breaks and meal periods provided). 
  • The expectation is to arrive inside the learning center and clocked in at 7:00am.
  • While attending WSAA, no more than 4 hours a week can be missed.  Extenuating medical circumstances will be given full consideration with supporting documentation.
  • WSAA follows an FAA approved curriculum which has certain requirements including attendance. 
  • Testing for the FAA license at the conclusion of WSAA is required, along with passing.  Two opportunities to test will be provided, if needed.  Employment may terminate if the FAA license is not obtained.
  • Candidates will be contacted to complete pre-screening assessments and questionnaires. 
  • Qualified candidates will be contacted in late November and scheduled for a tour and interview with Hiring Managers at West Star Aviation in East Alton, IL.
  • To be qualified, candidates must pass the pre-screening process along with submitting a negative DOT drug test result.
  • Finalists will be selected after onsite interviews. Job offers will be extended in mid-December with a start date of January 9, 2024.
  • Pay while learning in the Academy will be $20 per hour.  Upon successfully graduating and obtaining your FAA license, pay will increase to $27 per hour.