Banyan recently welcomed the HondaJet to its facility at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE) for demonstration flights of the world’s most advanced light jet. The HondaJet arrived on Friday, October 24 following the National Business Aviation Association’s Convention and Exhibition in Orlando and stayed throughout the weekend providing demonstration flights for customers.
“Seeing the HondaJet land at FXE was a very exciting time for both the Banyan team and our customers. Hearing the comments about this very sleek, efficient light jet and participating in a flight during this demonstration tour is definitely a highlight of my career,” said Don Campion, president of Banyan.
The visit of the first production HondaJet to HondaJet Southeast is part of a North American demonstration tour that started in September and has included stops at locations in several cities in the United States, Canada and Mexico. The HondaJet is in the final phase of certification testing with the Federal Aviation Administration.
Robert “Bob” Van Riper joined the Banyan team as the manager for HondaJet Southeast. He is responsible for HondaJet sales for an eight-state territory that includes Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, and South Carolina. Bob offers a wealth of knowledge about the HondaJet, and he will be instrumental in Banyan’s success in HondaJet sales.
Bob attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and earned a BS Degree in Aviation Maintenance Management and an AS Degree in Aviation Maintenance Technology. He also attended Troy University where he earned a Master of Science Degree in Management. His FAA ratings include Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certification for airplanes and helicopters and an FAA Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) Certificate. In addition, he served 12 years on active duty in the United States Navy as an Officer and Naval Aviator. After completing eight years in the Navy Reserve he retired at the rank of Commander.
Banyan’s Lynn Juengel, vice president of technical services, is responsible for service, including necessary tooling, parts inventory, and airframe and avionics training for Banyan technicians.