Expands Chattanooga, TN Facility with Dedicated Embraer Support Facility

West Star announces the expansion of their Chattanooga, TN (CHA) facility with the opening of an additional leased hangar space of 19,200 sq ft and 7,000 sq ft of back shop support space that will be used as a dedicated Embraer support facility.

The hangar has been equipped with new LED lighting, fall protection and a completely remodeled office and lounge space for the comfort of our valued customers. Additionally, a fuel farm tank has been added along with dedicated support to the Embraer product line specifically.

“We are delighted to be able to offer this upgraded additional hangar and shop space, providing our team and customers with the much-needed area to service even more aircraft and specifically for our Embraer customers. As an Authorized Embraer Base Maintenance facility, the new space is a welcome addition for our Embraer operators,” said Steve Goede, General Manager (CHA).

West Star has also recently started construction on additional hangar and office space to increase the total operational footprint to approximately 256,828 sq. ft. effectively, once completed in June 2023.

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  • 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  If hired, you must pass a DOT drug test to start working, if you fail the job offer is rescinded.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. 
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