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Month: July 2022

West Star announces the expansion of their Chattanooga, TN (CHA) facility with the opening of an additional leased hangar space of 19,200 sq ft and 7,000 sq ft of back shop support space that will be used as a dedicated Embraer support facility. The hangar has been equipped with new LED lighting, fall protection and […]

Falcon 2000 Operators

Falcon 2000 operators can avoid extra costs during inspection by ensuring your MRO follows maintenance manual torque values for engine feeder cables.   Under and over torque of alternator have led to commonly finding that engine feeder cables are over-torqued, causing damage to the threading, causing them to fail inspection.  These failures add cost to […]

Tabitha Sparr

West Star is pleased to announce the promotion of Tabitha (Tabby) Sparr to Office Manager at their Minneapolis, MN (MSP) satellite facility. Tabby has been the office supervisor for the past three years, previously working for Duncan Aviation and the Marine Corps providing avionic work on helicopters. “Tabby is an integral part of the satellite […]

West Star is pleased to announce the company has completed the first installation of both the Collins Pro Line Fusion system and Collins Venue CMS system in a Challenger 604 aircraft at its Grand Junction, CO (GJT) facility. The avionics specialists at West Star Aviation are experienced with the in-depth cockpit and cabin upgrades over […]

Honeywell Primus 880 Series

Operators of these airframes may recall that Honeywell originally issued End Of Life Service Information Letters in March of 2020 with support and repair ending in June 2023.  With just under a year left of support, it may be time to address obsolete equipment if your aircraft is so equipped. The Honeywell IntuVue RDR-7000 Radar […]

West Star Aviation has officially launched its expansion program at their Chattanooga, TN (CHA) location, marking the occasion with a groundbreaking ceremony on July 13th with actual construction starting the same day. The all-new hangar complex will consist of 40,000 sq. ft. of active hangar space and an additional 17,000 sq. ft. of shop and […]

Tony Moorehead

West Star is pleased to announce the promotion of Tony Moorehead to Quality Manager of their Perryville, MO (PCD) facility. Tony has over 35 years of aviation experience, starting with the United States Marine Corps as well as serving in the Illinois Air National Guard as an F16 Crew Chief. Tony started at West Star […]

West Star Aviation Completes First Collins Pro Line Fusion + Venue CMS Installation In Challenger 604

West Star Aviation is pleased to announce the company has completed the first installation of both the Collins Pro Line Fusion system and Collins Venue CMS system in a Challenger 604 aircraft at its Grand Junction, CO facility.  The avionics specialists at West Star Aviation have plenty of experience with the in-depth cockpit and cabin […]

West Star is pleased to announce Randall (Randy) Bass has been promoted to Satellite Manager of their Conroe, TX (CXO) facility. Randy has worked at West Star for five years and has over 48 years of aviation experience at a variety of levels. He is a US Navy Veteran and licensed pilot. “Randy has a […]

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 August 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.