On 13 July 2022, construction began on an expansion to West Star Aviation’s facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee (CHA). The firm held a ground-breaking ceremony on the same day.
The new hangar complex will consist of 40,000ft² (3,716.1m²) of active hangar space and an additional 17,000ft² (1,579.4m²) of shop and support space. Additionally, West Star has started retrofitting one of its existing hangars to include a new design studio, customer accommodations and nearly double its Interior Shop capacity.
The complete planned expansion at the CHA location will increase the total operational footprint from 179,828ft² (16,706.6m²) to approximately 262,816ft² (24,416.4m²) effectively. The construction should be complete in less than a year, with a June 2023 expected completion date.
“We are very excited to start this expansion project and look forward to completion of the construction bringing 100+ more jobs to the local community along with offering our valued customers the additional space to complete their maintenance projects,” said Steve Goede, general manager, CHA.
West Star Aviation specialises in the repair and maintenance of airframes, engines and APUs, avionics installations and repair, major modifications, interior refurbishment, exterior paint, accessory services and parts. The company also provides complete FBO services for transient aircraft at two of its facilities, as well as AOG/MRT services nationwide.