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Chattanooga Builds Veteran Falcon Team

Falcon Team
Falcon Team

As a full-service location, West Star Chattanooga (CHA) has expanded their Falcon Team from 6 to more than 25 FAA and factory trained technicians, with an average of 10.5 years of experience in 2023!

Our Chattanooga Falcon Team is experienced on:


Falcon Team

Highlights Include:

  • 104 Falcon Aircraft returned to service in CHA during 2022. 
  • Experienced on all major inspections including C/2C/3C/4C
  • Avionics upgrades, interior modifications and full paint capabilities
  • Prepurchase inspections for all models
  • TFE731/CFE738/PW308 Line Maintenance Authorized
  • Window repair services
  • NDT

West Star is a truly a one stop shop for your Falcon needs as we are committed to continually adding specific expertise for the airframes you fly. This explains why West Star Aviation has quickly become the first choice for Falcon maintenance, repair and overhaul services by many operators today.

The Chattanooga Falcon team features some of the most experienced and highly trained specialists in the business, ensuring that your aircraft is meticulously serviced and back in the air as quickly as possible.

The CHA Falcon Team is led by these experienced specialists:

Brian Jansen
(Program Manager CHA
  • 30 years on Falcons
  • 32 years in the industry
  • Flight Safety Trained
Derek Kilberg
  • 18 years on Falcons
  • 18 years in the industry
  • Flight Safety Trained
Jason Johnson
  • 15 years on Falcons
  • 25 years in the industry
  • Flight Safety Trained
Dave Pardee
  • 18 years on Falcons
  • 22 years in the industry
  • Flight Safety Trained
Brad McNellis
  • 11 years on Falcons
  • 21 years in the industry
  • Flight Safety Trained

West Star Aviation has 4 full-service locations:  Grand Junction, CO (GJT), East Alton, IL (ALN), Chattanooga, TN (CHA) and Perryville, MO (PCD).  All four locations have strong Falcon experience and capabilities.

For more information on Falcon services, please visit or contact any of the specialists listed below:

Larry Marler

Larry Marler

Technical Sales Manager
Cell: 423.598.1578

Jerry Sheetz

Jerry Sheetz

Manager of Technical Sales

Office 970.683.4852

Ryan Gibbs

Ryan Gibbs

Falcon Technical Sales Manager
Office 618.258.8825

Jeff Messmer

Jeff Messmer

Technical Sales Manager
Cell: 314.607.4069

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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.