West Star's Perryville Shop Earns its Part 145 Approval

 - November 13, 2019, 1:03 PM

West Star Aviation’s aircraft maintenance facility at Missouri’s Perryville Regional Airport has earned its FAA Part 145 maintenance repair station certification. The authorization process took 18 months to complete the FAA requirements.

“It is with great honor that we received this certification and take pride in offering our continued experience and quality workmanship that our customers expect,” said Kyle French, the location’s general manager.

The Perryville location is the last of West Star’s large service centers to earn its FAA authorization, joining its facilities in East Alton, Illinois; Grand Junction, Colorado; and Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Starting tomorrow at East Alton, in honor of National Apprenticeship Week, the company will partner with the Madison County Career and Technical Education Office and Southwestern Illinois College (SWIC) to host a two-day event that will allow students to visit the facility, learn about aviation maintenance careers, and inquire about the company’s new AMT apprenticeship program, conducted in conjunction with a two-year aviation maintenance technology course at SWIC.

The event will include lunch, a tour of the complex, and a presentation from current West Star employees and management. College representatives will be on hand to provide information about college life and cost.

“We are always looking for ways to expand our hiring programs while exposing potential graduates to the corporate aviation industry,” said Katie Johnson, West Star’s vice president of human resources.