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Month: June 2021

West Star is pleased is announce a successful strategic partnership with Collins Aerospace in completing a CJ 1+ STC for a Pro Line Fusion® upgrade including all of the Fusion Optional Items. The project was performed, completed and recently delivered at West Star’s Grand Junction, CO (GJT) facility. Additionally, the Fusion upgrade and first certification […]

Conquest Operators & The Phase 58 Inspection

What Is It? On February 1, 2021, Textron Aviation issued a temporary revision to the Cessna 441/Conquest Maintenance Manual.  This revision included a new Phase Inspection, Phase 58.  The Phase 58 inspection deals with the inspection of the emergency exit door bond.  This inspection needs to be completed every 2000 hours or 4 years. Why […]

Challenger 300 Airworthiness Directive (AD 2021-10-26)

What is it? This AD was prompted by reports of DC motor pump (DCMP) failures during production flight tests. These failures caused the electrical system generators to disconnect due to excessive induced voltage in the bus, caused by the DCMP overheating at high altitudes. The FAA is issuing this AD to address failures of the […]

Challenger 600 Series Pylon Chafing

West Star Aviation’s Challenger Team is always looking for ways to keep operators informed with useful information, tips, and areas of interest for their specific airframe. One such relevant topic is Pylon Chafing. 96-month inspections on Challenger 604 and 605 aircraft require specific inspection to the right and left side engine pylon areas where they […]

West Star is pleased to announce Craig Duncan as Textron Project Manager at their Chattanooga, TN (CHA) facility. Craig has over 25 years of experience in aviation, previously working at Cessna and Garmin. Craig has his A&P license and an Associate’s degree in Aeronautics, while currently pursuing his bachelor’s degree in Aviation studies at LeTourneau […]

Pre-Purchase Inspections

1. How To Prepare For A Pre-purchase Inspection 2. What is in the “Sales Agreement” 3. The depth of physical work scope 4. The scope of the records research 5. How to define what the seller is responsible to correct 6. Defining the term “Airworthy Discrepancy” 7. The length of pre-purchase inspection downtime 8. Related […]

Randy Miller

West Star Aviation is pleased to announce Randy Miller as Technical Sales Manager for the Challenger/Global division at their Grand Junction, CO (GJT) location. Randy has over 25 years of aviation experience, previously working at StandardAero, Textron, Western Aircraft and West Star. Randy restores and flies antique aircraft, including a 1942 450hp Boeing Strearman and […]


West Star Aviation is pleased to announce the offering of ServiceEdge, a web-based communications portal developed for their customers. This new custom engagement platform provides direct communication to the service teams working on a customer’s aircraft, including necessary paperwork and work process updates. The ServiceEdge platform was jointly developed with CORRIDOR, a CAMP Systems company, […]

A Resource for Bombardier Landing Gear Overhaul in North America

As the #1 Preferred MRO for 8 consecutive years (Pro Pilot Magazine’s PRASE Survey), West Star Aviation is known worldwide as a full-service provider ofworld-class maintenance and modification services for the most sophisticated airframes flying today. However, as an international MRO operation, you might not know that West Star is also a major resource for landing gear […]

West Star is pleased to announce the promotion of James Davis to Aircraft Maintenance Supervisor of the Gulfstream department at their East Alton, IL (ALN) facility. James will be responsible for supervising all Gulfstream projects at the ALN location. James has over 23 years of aircraft experience and has been with West Star since 2014. […]

Mark White

RSM, California

Dave Godo

RSM, Ohio Valley

Mark Daniels
Tim Cane
Robbie Johnson

RSM, Mid Atlantic

Santiago Carol

RSM, Latin America

Steve Fleeman

RSM, Landing Gear

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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.