Brian Wilson recently joined Banyan Air Service as the director of avionics. Wilson will oversee all activities related to Banyan’s avionics department; including aircraft systems troubleshooting, bench repair and overhaul, aircraft avionics installations, and used avionics component sales.
"Brian brings a new vision and passion to Banyan’s avionics team. As the RVSM and TAWS mandates are coming to a completion, Brian is promoting cutting edge products including enhanced vision technology and satellite telephony as the next big push for Banyan’s installation capabilities," states Walter Rittenhouse, Banyan’s senior vice president of technical services.
Wilson’s avionics career started 29 years ago, when he joined the Navy. After an aptitude test revealed strong analytical skills, he was trained as an avionics technician. "My first task was to design a circuit using a battery, switch, relay, wires and a bulb. After succeeding at that task, it became my goal to learn everything I could about avionics and their respective systems. This enabled me to be a thorough troubleshooter as I know the systems and can pin point a problem very quickly," states Wilson.
While in the Navy, he spent four years troubleshooting units to the component level including NAV/COMMS, autopilots, A.H.R.S., Tacans and supervisory panels and another three years in line maintenance working on A-4 and T-2 aircraft. He also served on-board the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Ranger based in San Diego.
After the Navy, Wilson moved to South Florida and contributed as an avionics professional at the following companies; Walkers Aviation, Midcoast Aviation, Raytheon, and AMR Combs/Learjet/Bombardier.
During the last ten years, Wilson has been with Jet Aviation in West Palm Beach, where he was responsible for the daily operations of the avionics, engineering and completions departments. He was tapped to participate in the Jet Aviation Future Leader’s Program which was an educational and mentoring program designed to qualify participants for a vice presidential position.
Wilson has also served on the Rockwell Collins Dealer Board, which is a steering committee that requests feedback on existing equipment and reviews new concepts that are on the drawing board.
Banyan’s avionics department offers comprehensive avionics installations, repairs, modifications, instrument aftermarket sales, electrical engineering, sales and warranty support services for communications systems (SATCOM, HF,VHF, UHF), navigational equipment (VOR, GPS, FMS, MFD), autopilot systems, hazard avoidance systems (TCAS, EGPWS), radars and instruments, RVSM systems, and advanced entertainment systems. The location is a certified FAA Repair Station and authorized dealer for all major avionics manufacturers; including, Garmin, Avidyne, AirCell, Honeywell, Universal, Collins and Bendix-King.
Banyan Air Service, based at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport has recently built a new 25,000 square foot FBO terminal and offers 24-hour fueling and ground services. Banyan is recognized for providing comprehensive services for business aviation, including heavy maintenance, avionics, parts distribution, aircraft sales and Hangar63 (Banyan’s Aviation Store.) Banyan has been celebrating 27 years of aviation excellence and currently employs 140 teammates.www.banyanair.com
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