West Star Aviation names Eric Valdes as program director for Embraer, accessories and NDT at East Alton location

West Star Aviation has announced that Eric Valdes has accepted the Program Director role responsible for Embraer, Accessories, and NDT at the company’s East Alton, IL (ALN) facility.

Eric has over 30 years of aviation experience, with the past 16 years at WSA.

He served in the U.S. Air Force as an AWACS crew chief at Tinker AFB. Eric received his A&P license at Southwestern Illinois College.

Valdes was previously responsible for doubling revenue and work force within the ALN Gulfstream program over the past 10 years.

“Eric’s long tenure at West Star gives him the experience and relationships needed to grow and support the Embraer program to meet current and future customer needs,” said Brian Bauwens, General Manager, ALN.