Fort Lauderdale, FL – Banyan Air Service located at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport hosted a celebration lunch for its avionics and maintenance technicians on May 24 in honor of Aviation Maintenance Technician Day. The date is recognized in 30 states in memory of Charles E. Taylor, the mechanic who built Orville and Wilbur Wright's engine.
While enjoying lunch, Banyan's technicians listened to Director of Maintenance Dave Valenta give an overview of the accomplishments of Charles E. Taylor and the significance of the day. After which Don Campion, president of Banyan, addressed the group and stated, "Today we honor the men and women who make up the nation’s professional aviation maintenance work force. We recognize all aviation maintenance technicians for their dedication and crucial safety-of-flight accomplishments that have made air transportation safe and reliable."
Banyan's celebration of Charles E. Taylor was coupled with an awards ceremony for Banyan's maintenance and avionics technicians. Quality Assurance Manager Lou Homsher presented FAA AMT training awards to the maintenance technicians and Steve Ouellette, avionics chief inspector, presented the awards to the avionics technicians. A total of 36 FAA AMT awards were presented with several technicians having in excess of 100 hours of training.
"Quality is not something that can be imposed but must be built into a product or service from the very beginning, for us that beginning is the outstanding skill and dedication of our technicians," stated Homsher.
In addition, Steve Ouellette presented seven additional avionics technician awards from the (AEA) Aircraft Electronics Association for excellence in avionics training. "Training is a must for avionics technicians considering the complexity of the new systems being introduced to the aviation market place. At Banyan, we recognize this fact," stated Ouellette.
In addition to the individual awards, Banyan received recognition awards for having 100 percent participation in the FAA AMT Awards program and the company was also recognized by the AEA with an Excellence in Training Award. As Don Campion accepted the awards, he stated, "I accept these Banyan awards today with gratitude for your individual hard work. You took the challenge, completed the courses and today our company is recognized for our investment and your commitment."
Banyan Air Service is an FAA and EASA approved repair station and holds Argentinean, Brazilian and Venezuelan government maintenance approvals. Banyan is recognized by Professional Pilot Magazine's PRASE survey as one of the top five avionics shops nationwide. In addition, Banyan has just been appointed by Raytheon Aircraft Company as an Authorized Service Center.
Banyan offers comprehensive aircraft maintenance services, including heavy airframe maintenance and engine maintenance, structural repairs and modifications, avionics installations and support, interior refurbishment, exterior painting, parts sales and distribution. Banyan's maintenance facility specializes in King Air, Citation, Hawker and Lear inspections and modifications.
For more information about Banyan, visit www.banyanair.com.
Banyan pays tribute to Charles E. Taylor and recognizes the contributions of their own aviation mechanics and avionics professionals.
Banyan receives Certificate of Excellence from the FAA.