New VP of strategic development for West Star Aviation


West Star Aviation has announced a new vice president of strategic development. In his new role, Chad Farischon is tasked with driving strategic growth opportunities through merger and acquisitions, integration and business optimisation.

Farischon has a diverse background in aviation and brings more than 30 years of expertise in operations and management skills. He is coming from Lynx FBO Network, which he cofounded, and where he held the position of president and partner. From 2016 to 2021 he built the Lynx FBO network of nine locations. Prior to that, he served for six years as regional vice president with Landmark Aviation. Farischon earned his B.S. degree in aviation management from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. He currently holds a private pilot license and is a member of the National Business Aircraft Association, American Association of Airport Executives and National Air Transport Association (Airport Business Committee Chair).

“As West Star continues to grow, we are looking for more ways to bring greater value to our customers,” said Jim Rankin, CEO. “Chad brings a wealth of industry knowledge, and we look forward to him leveraging our existing momentum along with his industry resources to further build the company. We’re excited to have him a part of our team.”

“I am excited to join the team at West Star and to continue to build on their service capabilities and facilities to key contracts and strategic growth initiatives,” said Farischon. “West Star is well-positioned for continued success, and I am excited to be part of this industry-leading management team.”

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.

In addition to its primary facilities in East Alton, Illinois; Grand Junction, Colorado; Chattanooga, Tennessee; and Perryville, Missouri; West Star Aviation also maintains satellite facilities in Aspen and Denver, Colorado; Chicago, Illinois; Houston, Texas; and Minneapolis, Minnesota. The company also provides complete FBO services for transient aircraft at its East Alton and Grand Junction facilities, as well as AOG/MRT services nationwide.

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