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Aircraft Interior Design

Many aircraft owners and operators view taking on an interior design project for their aircraft as daunting with regard to the time and involvement needed to ensure an exceptional finished product. Aligning customer availability and scheduling time to meet and review details is critical to creating a personalized aircraft interior project. The details can often […]

West Star Aviation is pleased to announce that it has joined the Aviation Technical Education Council and is actively supporting the mission of their sister organization, Choose Aviation. The mission of both organizations strengthens West Star Aviation’s longstanding focus on connecting with our local communities, K-12 educational institutions and part 147 aviation maintenance schools to […]

If you’re like many operators, in-flight connectivity is an important, necessary tool in the daily operation of your aircraft.  Whether it’s to ensure company employees can be as productive at FL350 as they are on in their offices, or giving your VIP/Charter fare the ability to stay connected anywhere in the world, global in-flight connectivity […]

West Star has a longstanding tradition of being an organization “Where Experience Shines”.  As business has grown and the market has evolved, experienced technicians are in great demand.  In 2018 it became apparent to West Star that the looming labor shortage would impact our future needs and the industry as a whole.  This meant shifting […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]


Making Access To Expertise Easy West Star Aviation successfully launched their ServiceEdgeTM Customer Portal in 2021.  The ServiceEdge platform was jointly developed with CORRIDOR, a CAMP Systems company, to fit West Star Aviation’s discerning clientele. Owners/operators have instant access to work order quotes, job status updates and additional job approvals. Notifications will be sent via […]

AOG Work Authorization Form

At West Star Aviation, the new year means new opportunities to refine our processes to make sure they are customer-focused and customer-friendly.  Our goal is to continually make it easier to do business with us and look for ways to improve communication with our customers.  This is a theme you will see throughout 2022 and […]

Interior Refurbishment

The idea of considering an interior refurbishment project on any airframe can be a little intimidating.  There are a lot of details that go into the process of defining the work scope, assembling the pricing, and selecting materials.  We want to make that process easier on you, the end customer, and help you, h elp […]

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

Contact Us

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.