West Star Aviation has brought on Jim Rankin to serve as the company’s new CEO. He will be located at the East Alton facility. Jim began his career as a pilot for Midwest Airlines and served most recently as president & CEO of Oregon-based Columbia Helicopters.


Former CEO Bob Rasberry has been named chairman of the board and Rodger Renaud will remain president and chief operating officer.  The leadership team continues to focus on delivering industry-leading service as the company maintains its rapid growth.


West Star has been voted #1 Preferred MRO by Professional Pilot Magazine’s annual survey for 5 consecutive years. The company specializes in the repair and maintenance of airframes, windows and engines as well as major modifications, avionics installation and repair, interior refurbishment, surplus avionics sales, accessory services, paint and parts.

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