Banyan Air Service based at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport recently completed an extensive review of the different upgrade paths and favorable discounts being offered by some of the leading vendors in the aviation industry. With over 1100 aircraft operating with the Magnastar system and a discontinuation of service expiring in December of 2013, operators need to plan their upgrades sooner than later as the number of shops and available equipment will saturate come the fourth quarter of this year and crews will have to explain to the boss why the phone is “out of service”.
“The Banyan team understands no one likes to down their aircraft to perform an installation and we took the time to study how we can reduce the downtime to a minimum and make sure customers receive the best deal and largest savings offered by the vendors,” stated Brian Wilson, Banyan’s Director of Avionics.
To help stimulate operators to not wait to the last second and jeopardize their chance of not getting an installation slot, Banyan is offering aggressive pricing for those operators that will input their aircraft during the 3rd quarter of 2013.
“The magnastar phone has been a stable system on board these aircraft for over 25 years, but like any technology the time has come to remove this voice only system and upgrade to one that allows Internet, email and voice communication” stated Wilson. “Vendors are offering some very sweet deals that allow you to save up to $ 20,000.00.”
In addition to Magnastar upgrades, the Banyan Avionics team offers comprehensive avionics installations, repairs, modifications, and is an authorized dealer for all major avionics manufacturers. They have extensive installation experience with In Flight Entertainment and Connectivity (IFEC), glass cockpits, Flight Management Systems (FMS), cockpit voice recorders, flight data recorders, enhanced ground proximity warning systems, multifunction displays, satellite communications, Iridium, and traffic alert collision avoidance systems. Banyan’s avionics department is certified as both an FAA and EASA repair station and has also earned repair station designations for Argentina, Brazil, and Venezuela. For more information about Banyan, visit www.banyanair.com.