John Hardy Promoted to Director of Avant Aerospace

Avant Aerospace announces the promotion of John Hardy to director. In this new position, Hardy reports to Avant’s senior VP of Parts and Components, Pete McKernan, and is responsible for Sales, Marketing and Inventory Sourcing. He is based at the East Alton, IL (ALN), facility while overseeing all Avant locations.

“The key factor for this position was to bring someone forward to build on our relationships with other MROs,” says McKernan.  “John’s avionics expertise will be a valuable asset to help customers with decision-making on installs, application and product lines.”

Hardy has been with West Star Aviation for 13 years, formerly serving as director of Avionics, Accessories, NDT and Aircraft Services. He graduated from SIU-Carbondale and has over 30 years of aviation experience with previous positions held at Standard Aero Springfield.

Avant Aerospace is a wholly owned subsidiary of West Star Aviation Holdings, LLC. The company continues to operate under its unique brand while offering West Star Aviation customers its products and capabilities.

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