West Star Aviation can now install
Gogo AVANCE L5 platform in your aircraft!
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What is AVANCE L5?

  • Integrated in-flight connectivity and entertainment solution
  • The Gogo AVANCE L5 is a single platform that provides Gogo Biz 4G in-flight internet experience including streaming video, audio on-demand media, personal smartphone use and real-time data
  • Fully integrated system includes: 802.11 AC dual-band Wi-Fi, advanced router, moving maps/news clips/weather/CMS integrated and more


  • High performance 4G internet so you never have to worry about missing that important meeting, presentation or call
  • Home environment experience
  • More than 40 systems are in-flight with over 100 systems shipped for installation


  • Authorized Gogo Business Aviation Dealer for over 15 years
  • West Star Aviation is a trusted resource for the installation of both cockpit and cabin avionics systems on today’s most sophisticated airframes. Minimal downtime by providing installation during scheduled or routine maintenance

The experts at West Star Aviation have delivered 10 aircraft with the Gogo Avance L5 system and are currently in work on over 20 more. Once complete, installations will be successfully implemented on 17 airframes and variants, including Challenger 604, Challenger 605, Citation Sovereign, Citation X, Embraer Legacy 600, Falcon 2000, Falcon 2000EX, F2000LX, Falcon 900, Falcon 900EX, Falcon 7X, Global Express, Global 6000, Gulfstream G450,
Gulfstream GIV-SP, Gulfstream G550 and the Learjet 60.Start 2018 by visiting West Star Aviation to get your AVANCE L5 installed on your aircraft today!

To schedule your AVANCE L5 installation contact:
Mike Sichmeller / 618.225.7587 / msichmeller@wsa.aero
Aaron Berg / 970.261.6741 / aberg@wsa.aero
Josh Peterson / 970.260.8332 / jpeterson@wsa.aero
Jeff Messmer / 314.607.4069 / jmessmer@wsa.aero
Jim Ellis / 618.258.8065 / jellis@wsa.aero
Walt Marcy / 970.248.5258 / wmarcy@wsa.aero
To ensure reduced downtime, this installation can be completed in conjunction with scheduled routine maintenance.

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 www.weststaraviation.com/careers or contact Katie Johnson (katiejohnson@wsa.aero) or Dave Lagermann (dlagermann@wsa.aero).

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.