Month: June 2022

Chad Farischon

West Star is pleased to announce that Chad Farischon, Vice President of Strategic Development, has recently been elected to the NATA (National Air Transportation Association) Board of Directors. Chad has more than 30 years of aviation operations and business experience. He earned his B.S. degree in Aviation Management from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale and currently […]

Exterior Paint

West Star’s world-class Exterior Paint specialists already provide the highest quality paint jobs and adhere to strict QC standards.   They also provide extensive post paint inspection, hand detailing and initial polishing after an aircraft is painted.  But occasionally, a customer will ask “…how do I take care of my new paint job?  What about […]

Brian Bauwens

Brian Bauwens Scott Sweeney West Star is pleased to announce the promotion of Brian Bauwens to General Manager at their East Alton, IL (ALN) facility and relocation of Scott Sweeney, General Manager at their Grand Junction, CO (GJT) location. Both managers will provide leadership for all aspects of the sites, including operations, planning and project […]

Embraer Legacy 600/650 24-month Inspections

West Star Aviation is pleased to announce that it has purchased a set of Aft Fuel Tank Relief Valves to provide Embraer Legacy 600/650 operators the option to substantially reduce downtime associated with LU24 Inspections.  Aircraft down time can be reduced on average by three weeks during inspection when this exchange option is selected.  That’s […]

West Star announces the promotion of Judy Parker to Material Control Supervisor at their Perryville, MO (PCD) location. Judy has over 34 years of aviation experience, 26 years of which is in material controls. Judy has been with West Star since 2018, previously working at Sabreliner. “Judy brings several years of material, quality control and […]

Matthew DeLellis

West Star is pleased to announce Matthew DeLellis as their new Chief Financial Officer. Matt will oversee all aspects of the company’s finance functions, including accounting, financial planning and analysis and tax, as well as preside over the purchasing, material control, legal, risk and compliance areas. Matt has more than 20 years of finance and […]

As summer heats up, did you know that extreme heat was the second leading cause of weather-related deaths?  As the Environmental, Health & Safety Director for West Star Aviation I pay close attention to the heat index during these summer months.  Temperatures can skyrocket in a short period of time due to factors such as […]

West Star Aviation is pleased to announce Don Carter as the new Structural FAA Designated Engineering Representative (DER) at their Perryville, MO (PCD) facility. Don has over 30 years of aviation experience, previously working at Saberliner and, most recently, Flying Colours. With his extensive DER expertise, he is able to review, approve and certify major […]

Embraer Legacy 450/500 Thrust Reverser Corrosion

Embraer Legacy 450/500 operators should be aware of corrosion issues in HTF TRUs coated with CA8000 on the TRU doors and beams of the inner washed gas path surfaces.   Honeywell has introduced the Mapaero coating as an improved protective coating applied to the gas path surfaces of the TRU. SIL AS907 Thrust Reverser Unit […]

Global Express Operators – West Star Readies FANS over Iridium STC

West Star Aviation is working on a solution for Global Express operators wanting to introduce FANS 1/A+ & RNP 4 30/30 functionality via SB 700-32-053 who have run into an obsolescence issue for the SATCOM component.  All FANS solutions require a SATCOM system capable of sending CPDLC messaging on a dedicated channel.  Per the Service […]


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

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.