West Star implements coronavirus procedures

Jim Rankin

An aviation maintenance and repair company with operations in Grand Junction has implemented procedures intended to protect employees and customers in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak.

“The safety of our employees, vendors and customers is always our main priority, so reinforcing our current requirements as well as adding additional levels of precautionary practices and disinfectant
services is of critical importance,” said Jim Rankin, chief executive officer of West Star Aviation.

West Star Aviation operates locations in seven states, including a full-service facility at the Grand Junction Regional Airport. The company also serves as a fixed-base operator at the airport in providing such services and facilities as fueling, parking and hangars.

While a portion of the West Star staff works remotely, social distancing protocols have been put in place for employees who continue to work on site, the company announced.

In addition, West Star has instituted temperature checkpoints for employees and customers entering facilities and requires them to wear protective masks covering their mouths and noses while they’re there.

While there are no regulations requiring the disinfection of aircraft, detail teams at West Star Aviation offer disinfection services on arrival and departure. The facilities at Grand Junction and three other locations also offer the use of portable systems for additional decontamination at the request of customers.

“We feel confident that going above and beyond on these safety measures, West Star can continue to effectively and efficiently service our customers’ needs,” Rankin said. “Every once of prevention is worth it if we can become a part of the solution to this current situation.”

In addition to Grand Junction, West Star Aviation provides a range of maintenance, repair and overhaul services at facilities at the Aspen-Pitkin County and Centennial airports in Colorado as well as at airports in Arizona, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Tennessee and Texas. The company has been selected for six consecutive years as the top MRO services provider in a survey conducted for the Professional Pilot trade publication.

For additional information about West Star Aviation, visit www.weststaraviation.com.