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West Star’s Ruscitti is new program manager, government affairs

West Star Aviation has announced Vince Ruscitti as their new Program Manager for Government Affairs. He will be responsible for building and leading the Government Projects Aircraft Maintenance Program at the Cahokia, Ill., hangar and will serve as the primary point of contact to manage all aspects of aircraft maintenance, repair and delivery.

Vince has over 38 years of experience in the aviation industry with his B.S. degree in Business Administration from Almeda College, an A.A. degree in Aviation Technology from the University of Phoenix and a Master Certificate in Organizational Leadership and Business Analysis as well as a Six Sigma Green Belt from Villanova University. Vince also has active U.S Government Secret Clearance.

“Vince has extensive expertise in handling U.S. and foreign government contracts, including the oversight of security, project execution, customer interaction and special mission aircraft which will benefit West Star’s valued customers,” said General Manager (ALN) Brian Bauwens.

“I appreciate the opportunity to continue my career with West Star and bring my expertise to the team and customers of West Star,” said Ruscitti.

As an industry-leading MRO provider, West Star has been voted the #1 Preferred MRO for eight consecutive years from 2014-2021 in Professional Pilot Magazine’s annual PRASE Survey. 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, Ill.; Grand Junction, Colo.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; and Perryville, Mo., West Star Aviation also maintains satellite facilities at Chicago Executive Airport in Chicago; Centennial Airport in Denver, Colo.; Conroe-North Houston Regional Airport in Houston, Texas; and Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport in Minneapolis, Minn. The company also provides complete FBO services for transient aircraft at its East Alton and Grand Junction facilities, as well as AOG/MRT services nationwide. For more information visit or call 800-922-2421.

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