Just ask West Star Aviation, the area’s premier FBO, which boasts a 10,500′ runway at Grand Junction Regional Airport.  

With over 400 employees and a payroll that exceeds $18 million, West Star Aviation is a leading employer and pillar in the Grand Valley business community.

But they are only a small portion of the local industry, which includes engineers, consultants, manufacturers and pioneers in the UAV Industry.

“In a nationwide search for a location to start his business and raise his family, [Ed Armstrong] chose Grand Junction for its quality of life, outdoor recreational opportunities and an economic environment in which his business could be successful and grow…”

– Armstrong Consultants, Inc.

Fly with the best

West Start Aviation | Wren Industries, Inc. | Jabil Lewis Engineering, Inc. | Twin Otter International | Mesa County Sheriff’s Office | Armstrong Consultants | Draganfly Innovations, Inc. | Colorado Flight Center

West Star Aviation Hangar Grand JunctionMeet a pillar of the Grand Valley aviation industry:  West Star Aviation


Six Reasons to Fly in the Grand Valley


The Grand Junction Regional Airport is a designated Colorado Aviation Development Zone, offering aircraft manufacturers special tax benefits.
West Star offers aviation maintenance in Grand Junction, CO


As Colorado’s first Jump-Start tax credit zone, a designated Hub Zone and an Enterprise Zone, Mesa County in the Grand Valley offers innovators in aviation and aerospace plenty of opportunities to grow and succeed.


The year-round mild climate and natural topography makes for a great testing ground for advanced sensor testing.


The FAA recognizes the Grand Valley as an ideal place for UAV operations – 14 operators have been Certificates of Authorization here, including the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office.


With an expanding engineering program and a new pilot training program, Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction is committed to supplying local business with the right talent.
West Star offers aviation maintenance in Grand Junction, CO


Colorado has the perfect atmosphere for aerospace. In the U.S., the state ranks first in private aerospace employment and 2nd in NASA prime contracts.

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Industry News and Events

KAFM Radio: Business Beat Feb. 2020

In February, Robin sat down with Grand Junction Regional Airport director Angela Padalecki to talk about growing direct flights, a Grand Junction Foreign Trade Zone, and how our local airport is a key economic driver.

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