East Alton-based West Star Aviation announced the promotion of Sharon Klose to director of Satellite/MRT and Engines. Since 2017, she was director of the Engine Program Development and recently took over managing the AOG/MRT teams early last year.
In her new leadership role, she will drive the company’s customer-centric culture, while continuing to manage the Engine Program Development and AOG/MRT services. She will lead satellite technicians in troubleshooting maintenance concerns and providing solutions that are best suited to help our customers get back in the air as quickly as possible.
Prior to joining West Star Aviation, she was senior sales/service engine manager at Duncan Aviation for more than 10 years.
West Star Aviation’s Satellite locations are strategically based at five business aviation airports across the United States, including Chicago; Denver; Houston; Scottsdale, Ariz.; and Minneapolis. Each facility is staffed independently with full technical and personnel support.
“We are thrilled to expand Sharon’s role within West Star Aviation. Her promotion is a testament to her 30 years of industry experience and solid leadership skills,” said Jim Rankin, chief executive officer. “Sharon’s strong background in business aircraft support will be an asset to the Satellite facilities as she works to maintain overall customer satisfaction and keep West Star a top choice for our customers.”
“The past year working with our MRT teams has been both rewarding and challenging. The level of service and work ethic this team produces is unsurpassed in our industry,” said Klose. “I am truly excited for the opportunities to facilitate the upcoming growth of the MRT/SATs and Engine Program,” Klose said.
West Star Aviation specializes 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, IL; Grand Junction, Colo.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; and Perryville, Mo.,
The company also provides complete FBO services for transient aircraft at its East Alton and Grand Junction facilities.