Names Allen McReynolds as New Chief Operating Officer

Allen McReynolds
Allen McReynolds

West Star is pleased to announce Allen McReynolds as their new Chief Operating Officer (COO), starting Monday September 11, 2023. Allen’s primary role as COO will be to support employees by making strategic investments in people, training, tooling, technology and processes, while improving our safety, on-time and squawk-free delivery performance to our valued customers.

Allen has spent his entire career in and around aircraft maintenance covering Business Aviation, Commercial Airlines and Defense. Beginning his career in the airline industry, he held roles of progressive responsibility in nearly every functional area, culminating in the position of SVP of Technical Operations of a large US carrier.

Previously, McReynolds held leadership roles in aftermarket and customer support with both Textron Aviation and Hawker Beechcraft, having responsibility over both Global Sales and Service Center network. Most recently, he was the Managing Partner at SeaTec Consulting where he spent the last 7+ years bringing innovative process and technology solutions to clients in the Airline, MRO, OEM, Government and Defense segments.

McReynolds holds an MBA from Robert Morris University and a bachelor’s degree from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. Additionally, Allen is an FAA licensed A&P mechanic and is Six Sigma Certified.

“Allen will be an outstanding addition to West Star, as his extensive aviation experience will play a pivotal and key role as we continue to grow and evolve to meet our customers’ maintenance needs,” said Jim Rankin, CEO.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to continue my aviation career with West Star. I see them as a progressive company that clearly values the importance of their employees, customers and vendors. This includes the current and future expansions of several facilities to better accommodate their valued customers while also providing additional jobs and contributing to the local communities,” said Allen McReynolds, COO.

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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.