Month: May 2023

Garmin GI 275 for Part 23 and Part 25 applications

Garmin continues to impress with creative and functional products. The focus of this article, the GI 275, is no different.    In addition to filling a broad range of functions for single engine and multi-engine Part 23 aircraft, the GI 275 is delivering benefits into the Part 25 market in a very useful way.  The […]

West Star is pleased to announce the addition of Jay King as Project Manager for Bombardier at their Chattanooga, TN (CHA) facility. Jay has over 17 years of aviation experience, previously maintaining several corporate aircraft as well as volunteering at NBAA for the maintenance, scholarships and FAA Part 145 programs. Jay graduated from Middle Tennessee […]

West Star is pleased to announce Lee Smieja as their new Gulfstream Project Manager at their Chattanooga, TN (CHA) facility. Lee has more than 20 years of aviation experience including previously working at Gulfstream. Lee graduated from Concordia University with a Bachelor of Business Management and has his Airframe and Powerplant license. “Lee’s extensive and […]

West Star is pleased to announce new hire Monty McAllister as their new Program Manager for Accessories and Landing Gear at their Chattanooga, TN (CHA) facility. Monty has more than 30 years of management experience, excelling at building successful, award-winning teams. “Monty brings extensive management knowledge that will be beneficial to West Star and our […]

Gogo LTE Upgrade

At the start of 2023, Gogo announced that their current ground network will be upgraded for the first time to LTE.  This upgrade will create more bandwidth for aircraft with the AVANCE platform installed.  The LTE upgrade is currently underway and set to launch on January 1, 2026. When the LTE network goes online, those […]

Global Express – Fixed Cowl Chafing

During engine R&R or during a 120/240-month inspections, West Star Aviation has been discovering chafing of the fixed cowl on Global aircraft from a bleed air clamp.  This chafing has been observed roughly 15 to 18 times over the past two years. The issue requires a Technical Variance, in which Rolls-Royce will either call out […]

Citation Latitude Operators

Citation Latitude operators that have a 4-year inspection approaching, need to be aware of some variables that can affect delivery dates for completing their inspections.  Having completed at least 6 of these inspections recently at West Star Aviation’s ALN facility, our Citation specialists have observed or experienced some of these elements first hand and want […]

Americus, Georgia: Embraer Praetor 500

On 3/22/2023 West Star Aviation AOG/MRT was dispatched to Americus Georgia after an Embraer Praetor 500 hit a deer during landing.  The AOG Team was notified that there was extensive damage to the belly panels of the aircraft with wiring hanging out. MRT arrived to assess avionics issues and structural damage. All required system checks […]