Month: March 2022

West Star is pleased to announce the promotion of Jessie Melvin, the first female Lead Aviation Maintenance technician at their East Alton, IL (ALN) facility. Jessie started at West Star back in 2017 as an apprentice, growing and developing her skills over the years. She will continue to work in the Bombardier department, while being […]

West Star is pleased to announce the first dealer installation of the Cabin Management Solution’s (CMS) Evolve cabin management system on a F900EX-012. West Star installed Cabin Management Solutions new Evolve cabin control and entertainment system as part of an interior update project that included a complete cabin refresh and new cabin veneer. The Evolve […]

Embraer Operators

Attention Embraer Operators –  Embraer has recently issued a Service Bulletin (SB550-57-0005) regarding an update to their structural repair manual.  The revision is related to updated Wing Structural Repair Allowable Damage Inspection.  Embraer has identified a quality escape in the Structural Repair Manual (SRM) 3858, associated with discrepancies in some allowable damage instructions.  Structural Repair […]

(AW 600-29-2485 and AW 300-29-0211) – Operators have reported cases where certain hydraulic system clamps have shown premature deterioration of the cushion material on Challenger 604 (5301 to 5665) and 605 (5701 to 5990) aircraft.  The failures have been found to be when the cushion material has broken down prematurely, and in some cases, enough […]

Andy Pitstick

West Star is pleased to announce Andy Pitstick has been promoted to Program Manager at their Chattanooga, TN (CHA) location. Andy will be supporting Falcon projects in his new role. Andy has several years’ experience in aviation, six years at West Star in a variety of positions. He then moved from their Grand Junction, CO […]

At West Star Aviation, we have seen an increase in requests for technical evaluations or Pre-Purchase Inspection (PPI).  While not uncommon with pre-owned aircraft transactions on the rise currently, but a trend is developing regarding requests for a “modified” technical evaluation.  A modified technical evaluation can be an attractive option for new operators for two […]

As temperatures climb and summer approaches, Challenger operators based in high-humidity locations may notice the accumulation of moisture on cabin windows.  This fogging of the cabin windows common in high heat/humidity areas, can be a nuisance for passengers. A Bombardier Reference Information Letter (RIL) CL-0081 has been issued for the removal of this condensation.  The […]

West Star Aviation’s Interior Design Team work hard to stay on top of the latest design trends and processes.  Producing world-class interiors requires attention to every minute detail.  Even the smallest detail can add an entirely different feel to a cabin environment. An example of this can be found in the use of leather techniques.  […]

Michael Farrell

West Star is pleased to announce Michael Farrell as an IT Support Specialist at their East Alton, IL (ALN) facility. Mike has several years of aviation experience, previously working at Mid Coast and Elliot Aviation. He has been with West Star since 2010, starting as Finish Technician and has been moving up through the ranks […]

West Star Aviation has been acquired by The Sterling Group, an operationally-focused middle market private equity firm from the previous investor Norwest Equity Partners (NEP), a leading middle market investment firm. “Sterling’s employee-focused approach to their business partnerships and their expertise in the general aviation space makes them the perfect fit for West Star,” said […]