Month: August 2022

West Star is pleased to announce multiple candidates have completed the FAA OJT (on the job training) program to receive their A&P certifications. West Star is delighted to participate and offer this 30-month program to upcoming technicians as a way to work in the field while also obtaining their certification. The apprentices must document all […]

Citation 680

The Citation Specialists at West Star Aviation want to bring an issue to operators attention.  Increasingly, during inspection on Citation 680 aircraft, it has been observed that there may be excess wear or play at the main landing gear door pushrod trunnion attach point.  The steep pin used to attach the pushrod causes the hole […]

West Star Aviation will complete the Williams International Service Bulletin (WISB72.1023) to repair the Intermediate Pressure Compressor Rotor repair at their East Alton, IL (ALN) facility in October 2022, the first being completed in mid-August, 2022. Due to a machining issue during manufacturing, as the rotor ages it can induce cracking and blade displacement as […]


Williams International issued WISB-72-1023 (Link to PDF Here) after identifying an issue in the Intermediate Pressure Compressor Rotor (IPC).  Due to a machining issue during manufacturing, the rotor as it ages can induce cracking and blade displacement as a small number of FJ144-4A engines have had this occur.  Blade loss in this manner can result […]

West Star is pleased to announce Travis Reed has been recognized for AMT’s 40 Under 40 Award. Travis is currently the Quality Control Inspector at their Chattanooga, TN (CHA) location. Travis has over 13 years of aviation experience previously working for Sindelar and Embraer. Although he enjoyed working on commercial and general aviation aircraft, he […]

Challenger 604

The 7800-Landing inspection for the Bombardier Challenger CL604-series of aircraft is one of the most extensive and detailed inspections performed during the aircraft’s service life, and more and more aircraft are reaching this milestone as time goes on. Most operators are familiar with the requirements of the 96-Month/192-Month inspections including the detailed inspection (initial 96M) […]

West Star is pleased to announce Eric Bollman has been promoted to Avionics Team lead at their East Alton, IL (ALN) facility. Eric has been with West Star since 2015, being promoted through the years and previously working as an Operations Manager for Eco Systems. He will be responsible for all Falcon Avionics projects at […]

Protect Your Aircraft

Exterior Paint Let’s talk about the different levels of paint protection and products used in the industry today. Throughout the life of an aircraft exterior paint job, there are different products that can be used depending on the condition and oxidation levels of the paint.  A good baseline product is Wax, Nupower II wax, used […]