Month: November 2021

John Sonsoucie

West Star is pleased to announce the promotion of John Sonsoucie to Project Manager at their East Alton, IL (ALN) facility. John is a Navy veteran serving from 1986-1992 with VFA-126 and VFA 25 onboard the USS Independence and USS Midway, and has been with West Star since 2014 as an avionics supervisor. “John is […]

Jake Zimmerman

West Star is pleased to announce the promotion of Jake Zimmerman to Falcon Avionics Supervisor at their East Alton, IL (ALN) facility. Jake will be responsible for all Falcon avionics projects at the ALN location. Jake has been with West Star since 2015 and has experience with all airframes while holding lead avionics positions since […]

Charles "Chuck" Conway

West Star is pleased to announce Chuck Conway has been promoted to Avionics Supervisor at their East Alton (ALN) facility. Chuck has over 13 years of avionics experience, starting his career as a technician with the USMC and moving up the ranks at various companies in the St. Louis area, eventually landing at West Star […]

Plane Simpletm Ku Antenna System

West Star Aviation is pleased to announce that we will begin offering the SD Plane SimpleTM installations at our ALN, GJT and CHA facilities beginning in Q1 of 2022 on the following airframes: Dassault F2000LX, LXS, S, F900EX, DX, LX, EX Easy, F7X,  Challenger 650, 605, 604,  Global 5000, 6000, Express, and Express XRS.  Cabin […]


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  If hired, you must pass a DOT drug test to start working, if you fail the job offer is rescinded.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.