West Star Aviation celebrates FAA OJT graduates


Multiple candidates at West Star Aviation have recently completed the FAA on-the-job training (OJT) programme to receive A&P certifications.

Upcoming technicians can participate in this 30-month programme at West Star to work in the field at the same time as achieving their certification.

The apprentices must document all their training in a logbook to qualify over the 30-month term. Four apprentices completed the current programme with several more well on their way to completion. West Star congratulated and welcomed its most recent mechanics – Dan Yates, Lance Schumacher, Brandon Shemonia and Molly Kircher.

“This has been a great programme for West Star, as it aides us in acquiring new technicians which are already familiar with our facilities and offering them the opportunity to continue their career within an environment and culture they are already accustomed to,” said Eric Valdes, programme director (ALN).

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, the company also maintains satellite facilities in Chicago, Illinois; Denver, Colorado; Houston, Texas; and Minneapolis, Minnesota. West Star Aviation 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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