Shawn Mack Safety Leader of the Year

Fort Lauderdale, FL - Shawn Mack, Banyan’s line service director of training, was recognized as the 2008 Safety Leader of the Year Award from Ground Support Worldwide magazine at the Aviation Industry Expo in Dallas.

“I am honored to receive the 2008 Safety Award and accept it on not only on my behalf, but also on behalf of every teammate at Banyan. This award would not have been possible without the inspiration and leadership from Banyan management, as well as, the commitment and hard work displayed by every teammate at Banyan. The procedure we follow has resulted in a flawless safety record for Banyan,” stated Shawn.

Shawn received this award for implementing safety towing procedures at Banyan Air Service. With an average of 100 aircraft movements per day, Banyan needed a refined spotting procedure to improve aircraft movements. Without a standard for spotting aircraft and marshaling, the line technicians would perform these tasks differently. Shawn worked with veteran teammates to expand their spotting procedure and developed a series of step-by-step actions which supplement the information in the NATA Safety 1st® training video. The new spotting procedure is conducted during training sessions and results in the tug drivers feeling confident in their spotters and an improved safety record.

“We congratulate Shawn on receiving the 2008 Safety Leader of the Year Award. He is a role model to our team and displays a total commitment to safety. He constantly looks for ways to promote safety and improve our systems. We are certainly proud to have Shawn on our team,” stated Bill Garghill, Banyan’s director of customer support.

Shawn is certified by the National Air Transportation Association as a trainer for their Safety 1st line service training program. He is responsible for training Banyan’s 37 line technicians, as well as, recurrent training for supervisors.

Banyan Air Service based at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport is a 24-hour fixed base operation (FBO) offering business aviation services. Banyan provides fuel and ground services; including aircraft washing and cabin cleaning. Banyan’s customer support team assists with gourmet catering, hotel reservations, on-site Hertz rental cars and Bahamas and Caribbean travel assistance. In addition, Banyan offers hangar space to accommodate aircraft up to a Gulfstream V. United States Customs is available daily from 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Banyan also provides aircraft sales, turbine engine and airframe maintenance, avionics installations and service, and Hangar63 (Banyan’s Aviation Store). For more information on Banyan, visit