Dave Girard, a technical sales manager at West Star Aviation in Grand Junction, has earned recognition for his achievements in the aviation industry.
The Federal Aviation Administration presented to Girard its Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award for 50 years of work.
“I am humbled to have received this award from the FAA. I started in this business as a teen-ager, and now I work with an excellent group of experienced aviation professionals providing knowledge and building dynamic relationships,” Girard said.
Girard began his career out of high school working for Boeing. He enlisted in the Air Force in the 1960s and served in the Vietnam War as a staff sergeant. He later worked for Cessna. He worked for West Star Aviation between 1981 and 1996, then returned to the company in 2001.
West Star Aviation provides maintenance, repair and overhaul services at facilities at the Grand Junction Regional Airport as well as the Aspin-Pitkin County and Centennial airports in Colorado, the East Alton and Chicago Executive airports in Illinois and Conroe-North Houston Regional Airport in Texas. West Star Aviation has been selected for four consecutive years as the top maintenance, repair and overhaul services provider in a survey conducted for the Professional Pilot trade publication. For more information, visit www.weststaraviation.com.