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West Star Aviation – Chattanooga Completes First Garmin 5000 Install For Citation 560XLS

West Star Aviation’s Chattanooga location recently completed their first Garmin 5000 installation on a Citation 560XLS. The installation marks the continuation of a longstanding relationship between West Star and Garmin to deliver in-demand avionics options to our Citation customers.

The Chattanooga, TN (CHA) location now joins the East Alton, IL and Minneapolis, MN (MSP) locations across the West Star Aviation enterprise that have successfully installed this system in the Citation XLS.

The Garmin 5000 Flight Deck Upgrade is now available for Citation Excel, XLS models and delivers significantly more functionality and improved productivity in the cockpit.

This Flight Deck Upgrade adds LPV and FANS-1/A capabilities as well as Garmin’s upgraded flight displays and touchscreen controllers for flight deck management. Additionally, it provides advanced situational awareness tools to the fold to modernize the flight deck of this popular aircraft.

The Garmin 5000 Flight Deck Upgrade Delivers:

  • Modern, Reliable Zero-time Avionics
  • A Complete Flight Display Solution
  • Advanced Autopilot
  • Data Comm Capabilities
  • Terrain & Charts
  • Weather Radar
  • Traffic Alerting
  • Global Connectivity
  • Wireless Cockpit (With addition of Connext/Flight Stream 510)
  • Situational Awareness Tools
  • Much More!

At West Star Aviation, we have extensive knowledge and experience with a full scope of Garmin product installations at all of our facilities. Citation operators may also be interested in:

  • Garmin G700TXi EFIS with Synthetic Vision (C500/550/550B/560 models) 
  • GTN Xi Series GPS/NAV/COM
  • G600TXi with the new GFC 600 autopilot
  • GTN Xi series (C525).

All of these installations are completed via STC.

Aaron Berg

Aaron Berg

Technical Sales Manager, Avionics (GJT)
Office 970.248.5281

Mike Sichmeller

Mike Sichmeller

Technical Sales Manager, Avionics (ALN)
Office 618.258.8863

Dwayne Chandler

Dwayne Chandler

Technical Sales Manager, Modifications (Satellites)
Cell 336.971.7474

Jim Ellis

Jim Ellis

Technical Sales Manager, Avionics (ALN)
Office 618.258.8065

Josh Peterson

Josh Peterson

Technical Sales Manager, Avionics (CHA)
Office 423.661.8928

Jeff Messmer

Jeff Messmer

Technical Sales Manager
Cell 314.607.4069

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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 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.