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West Star Aviation acquires Jet East, a Gama Aviation Company

West Star Aviation, a portfolio company of The Sterling Group, has announced that it has acquired Jet East. West Star is a leading provider of maintenance, repair, and overhaul ("MRO") services to the business aviation industry providing maintenance, modification, and other services to aviation cus...

West Star Aviation launches In-house Academy

West Star Aviation has announced West Star Aviation Academy (WSAA), a new and innovative solution to addressing the Aircraft Maintenance Technician shortage. WSAA enables more women, men, and transitioning Military members to enter the aviation workforce by streamlining the old apprenticeship mod...

West Star Aviation to combine with Jet East

West Star Aviation, a portfolio company of The Sterling Group, has signed a definitive purchase agreement to combine with Jet East in the coming weeks following a shareholder meeting of Jet East’s parent company, Gama Aviation Plc. West Star is a leading provider of maintenance, repair, and ove...

West Star Aviation names Allen McReynolds as new chief operating officer

West Star has announced 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-...

West Star Aviation Scheduled to Break Ground on East Alton, IL (ALN) Expansion Project

West Star today announced plans to expand their East Alton, IL (ALN) MRO facility.  They will officially break ground on July 6th, 2023. Once complete, the expansion will add 75,700-square-feet of space bringing the total facility to just over 500,000 square-feet of hangar, back shop, modificatio...

West Star Aviation Awarded 2022 FAA Diamond Award of Excellence at All Locations

West Star has announced that each of their locations have been awarded the FAA Diamond Award of Excellence for 2022. The Diamond Award is the FAA’s highest achievement for technicians and employers that initiate and sustain the highly effective training programs. To qualify for this award, 100%...

West Star Aviation Announces Chad Farischon as Newly Elected NATA Board Member

West Star has announced that Chad Farischon, Vice President of Strategic Development, has recently been elected to the NATA (National Air Transportation Association) Board of Directors. Chad has more than 30 years of aviation operations and business experience. He earned his B.S. degree in Avi...

West Star Aviation announces Matthew DeLellis as new CFO

West Star has announced Matthew DeLellis as their new Chief Financial Officer. Matt will oversee all aspects of the company’s finance functions, including accounting, financial planning and analysis and tax, as well as preside over the purchasing, material control, legal, risk and compliance ar...

Chad Farischon joins West Star Aviation as new VP of Strategic Development

West Star has announced that Chad Farischon as their new Vice President of Strategic Development. Farischon will drive strategic growth opportunities through merger and acquisitions, integration and business optimization. Farischon has a diverse background in aviation and brings more than 30 y...

The Sterling Group completes the acquisition of West Star Aviation

The Sterling Group, an operationally-focused middle market private equity firm, has announced the acquisition of West Star Aviation, from Norwest Equity Partners. West Star is a provider of maintenance, repair, and overhaul ("MRO") services to the business aviation industry providing maintenance,...

West Star Aviation plans expansion of Grand Junction, CO facility

West Star is pleased to announce plans for major facility expansion at their Grand Junction, CO (GJT) in order to keep pace with customer demand. The Grand Junction, Colorado facility is planning a new 40,000 sq. ft. hangar with an additional 35,000 sq. ft. of shop and office space. The shop s...

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