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GJT Hawker Program: Leading By Example

Hawker Program
Hawker Program

West Star Aviation’s well-established Hawker program at their Grand Junction, CO location is 18 years strong and growing.  And, as a Textron Aviation Independent Authorized Service Facility, GJT provides a full range of capabilities for the Hawker airframe including:

  • Avionics installation & repair
  • Airframe maintenance and modification
  • Engine & APU maintenance
  • Paint & interior
  • System Modifications
  • Landing Gear & Component Overhaul
  • Window repair services
  • NDT

The Grand Junction Hawker 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.

Kendall Kreiling
(Program Manager GJT)
30 years on Hawkers
42 years in the industry
Flight Safety trained

Dave Broshears
27 years on Hawkers
37 years in the industry
Flight Safety trained

Jeff Marlette
24 years on Hawkers
37 years in the industry
Flight Safety trained

Greg Bruns
19 years on Hawkers
29 years in the industry
Flight Safety trained

Robert Lawson
(Hawker Tech Rep.)
32 years on Hawkers
39 years in the industry
(24 years at Hawker/Beechcraft)

Jared Ballard
10 years on Hawkers
10 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).  The CHA and PCD locations also perform Hawker work in addition to Grand Junction.  For more information on Hawker services, please visit or contact any of the specialists listed below:

Dan Perrin

Dan Perrin

Technical Sales Manager, Hawker
Office: 970.248.5207

Larry Marler

Larry Marler

Technical Sales Manager
Cell: 423.598.1578

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 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.