EAST ALTON, Ill. — West Star Aviation has been named an approved window repair and replacement vendor for the C21 fleet, which consists of Learjet models 35s and 36s being utilized by the United States Air Force.
By JIM CAVANAGH
When the speed bug hit Jim Bradshaw back in the 1980s, he was flying a Piper Twin Comanche. The Comanche is a nice, nimble, speedy airplane that motivates quite well on two smallish 160-hp Lycomings. It feels “sporty” for a mid-sized twin.
As do all “go fast” junkies, Bradshaw sat down with a pencil and paper and tried to figure out how to make his airplane go faster without having to add horsepower. He accomplished this simply and effectively by cleaning up the airframe in what looked like turbulent, draggy areas and went on to win the CAFE 400 efficiency race in his category.
The result was a place in history and a small business in Burlington, Wis., that continues to grow, mature, and invent.
West Star Aviation’s latest expansion, a new 47,000-square-foot maintenance facility at its East Alton, Ill., (ALN) location, is now open. A ceremonial ribbon cutting and open house was held May 13, to celebrate the completion of the new facility and commemorate the milestone expansion.
Twin Commander-specific training for maintenance technicians now is available in a factory-authorized course.
BRAINERD, Minn. — Wipaire has launched a new program designed to develop and retain talented young airframe and powerplant mechanics.
The Gateway to Success program is comprised of several checkpoints for aspiring maintenance technicians.
ARLINGTON, Wash. — Bosch Aviation, a new aircraft maintenance and parts business has recently opened its hangar doors at the Arlington Airport (KAWO).
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Trine Aerospace & Defense has earned FAA Part 145 approval as a certified repair station. Based at the Colorado Springs (KCOS) airport, Trine Aerospace & Defense offers engineering, manufacturing, and aircraft modification on general aviation, commercial, and special mission aircraft. It also specializes in avionics and installation repair.
West Star Aviation is nearing completion of its new 47,000-square-foot maintenance facility at its East Alton, Ill. (ALN) location.
In addition to the new maintenance facility, the multimillion dollar expansion includes a 14,000-square-foot wood shop and 6,000-square-foot accessory repair shop, bringing the East Alton facilities from 250,000 to 317,300 square feet with approximately 300 employees.
VIENNA, OH — Winner Aviation, located at the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport, expanded its maintenance operations into a hangar it acquired in 2011.
YUKON, Okla. — Legacy Aviation now offers maintenance, modification and repair capabilities to the King Air line of aircraft.
The decision to invest in personnel, airframe and powerplant authorizations, as well as the recent expansion of available hangar space, was made in part because of the large number of King Air aircraft based near Legacy’s Yukon facility, according to company officials.