John Hardy Promoted to Director of Avant Aerospace

Avant Aerospace is pleased to announce the promotion of John Hardy to Director, based at their East Alton, IL (ALN) facility, while overseeing all Avant locations. 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.

In this new position, Hardy will report to Avant’s Senior VP of Parts and Components, Pete McKernan, and will be responsible for Sales, Marketing, and Inventory Sourcing. “The key factor for this position was to bring someone forward to build on our relationships with other MROs,” said McKernan. “John’s avionics expertise will be a valuable asset to help customers with decision making on installs, application, and product lines,” McKernan continued.

Avant Aerospace is a wholly owned subsidiary of West Star Aviation Holdings, LLC. The company continues to operate under their unique brand while offering West Star Aviation customers their products and capabilities. For more information, visit or call 800-922-2421.

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