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West Star Aviation promotes Laiten to Director of Bombardier Business Development

George Laiten

West Star Aviation recently announced the promotion of George Laiten to the Director of Bombardier Business Development at their East Alton, Ill. (ALN) facility.

Laiten will focus on new business opportunities with customers, vendors and OEMs while collaborating across departments and sites to identify key enhancements and solutions for West Star’s valued customers.

Since 2011, Laiten has been the driving force behind the Bombardier Program in East Alton, overseeing Bombardier, Challenger and Global series aircraft maintenance, avionics, interior, paint service and support. During this time, he has helped develop and grow the East Alton Program to 50+ technicians today.

Laiten is a licensed A&P Mechanic, Private Pilot, previously served on the Challenger, Global, and Challenger 300 Advisory Board, and continues to be involved with the Bombardier Challenger Industry Steering Committee.

“George has a wealth of aviation knowledge and strong industry relationships that will serve him and West Star Aviation well in this role,” said Marty Rhine, vice president, Sales (ALN). “George has made countless contributions to West Star throughout his time, and this is a much-deserved promotion.”

“I sincerely appreciate the opportunity to continue my aviation career with West Star. It has been such an honor to grow with the business as well as collaborating with my amazing team members,” said Laiten.

As an industry-leading MRO provider, West Star is proud to have 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, 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. West Star Aviation is an industry leader in technical experience and expertise while providing world-class customer services in all the organization’s divisions. For more information, visit or call (800) 922-2421.

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