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Banyan Air Service is your gateway FBO to the Bahamas and the Caribbean. Grand Bahama and Bahama Out Islands extend special savings to pilots.  Fuel Credits of $150 and $300 may be applied to member property hotel invoice when you make reservations by June 30th for travel through October 31st, 2015.  For information on where to stay; terms and conditions see the websites.,

Visit for updates from Bahamas Civil Aviation and for information on Fly Ins you can join.  Photos, events, and Bahamas Aviation news can be found on The Bahamas Ministry of Tourisms Facebook page, or follow #BahamasFlying.

Bahamas group meeting at Banyan

Value Added Tax begins January 1, 2015 in The Bahamas.  The 7.5% VAT will be on goods and services.  What this means for General Aviation:  The 7.5% VAT will replace the 10% hotel tax.   Goods and services provided on the field, for example parking, fuel, oil, and gift shop items, will be subject to 7.5% VAT.  For example a $10 parking fee, plus 7.5%, will be $10.75.  Bahamas Customs Fees:  there will be no increase in the total charge even though VAT will now be incorporated as a part of the existing fee.   For example, if you are now paying $50.00 for the service, post VAT you will still be paying $50.00.

Banyan Air Service celebrated its 35th anniversary this year and gained many new accomplishments. The Banyan Maintenance team added the Challenger 605, Falcon 900EX, HondaJet, and CJ4 to their repair station certification and the Hawker 800 XP and 850 XP to their Chilean Repair Station Certification. Along with becoming a service center for the HondaJet, they became a GHAE Authorized Service Center.

The Piaggio maintenance hangar will be located in hangar 72.

Our avionics team finished 2014 with some special accomplishments as well. They hosted a Garmin seminar, a NextGen seminar, Garmin G500H installation on Eurcopter Model EC-350, numerous dual Garmin 600 installations on TBM and PC-12 aircraft. In addition they have new STCs; one for the Satcom Direct Router on Lear 60, Falcon 50, and Falcon 900 aircraft and the other which amends our Gulfstream STC to include the Satcom Direct Router on GII, GIIB, and G IV/IVSP aircraft. The year ended by completing a FANS system on a Boeing 727.

At NBAA 2014, Piaggio Aerospace signed an agreement to partner with Banyan to develop a centralized support facility for Piaggio maintenance, repairs and parts inventory. As we look forward to the new year, Banyan will work hard to gain more experience and knowledge to better serve our customers.


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.

by Michael O’Keeffe

I’m often asked by both current aircraft owners and non-owners what options are available for owning or operating private aircraft and what is the most economical. While there are numerous ways of owning a aircraft some of the most noteworthy are as follows:

Whole Ownership: This is traditional aircraft ownership whereby a corporation or individual owns the aircraft and enjoys all of the benefits. This offers maximum flexibility, tax advantages and has the greatest amount of financial risk.

Partnership: This method of ownership is similar to whole ownership but the benefits and risks are shared by the group of partners. The benefits include lower individual costs while the negatives include less availability of the aircraft to any one partner.

Lease: This is similar to leasing a car whereby the lessee pays a monthly rate for the aircraft for a given time period. With interest rates being so low, the popularity of a lease seems lessened. It’s often used by companies that don’t want to show the aircraft on the balance sheet. (This is not to be confused with a lease-back)

Fractional Ownership: This popular method of aircraft ownership allows an entity to purchase a “share” of an aircraft. Shares of ownership can be 1/2 of the aircraft down to just 1/16 of the aircraft. The quantity of available shares for a given aircraft model is determined by the fractional service provider. Each of the owners are allocated a given number of flight hours annually based upon their share of equity. Owners also pay monthly management fees.

Jet Cards: This popular form of travel is similar to a prepaid phone care whereby the card has a given value and that value is reduced each time you fly. This form of travel is popular due to its simplicity and a cardholder only pays for what they use. Some operators allow a card holder to utilize different aircraft types within the operator’s fleet depending upon their requirements.

Charter: This method of travel is similar to renting a limousine. You pay the cost to take you to your destination and back at a quoted flat rate. Charter is popular for its simplicity. The negative is you will pay for the aircraft to return home empty if you elect to stay at your destination for an extended period of time. If an aircraft was charted to take a week-long ski vacation, you will either pay for the aircraft and crew to sit on the ground at the destination or you will pay to have the aircraft fly home empty.

We’re happy to discuss the merits and pitfalls associated with each of these transportation methods in greater detail. Please feel free to call anytime.

The ideal preparation for a hurricane is to remove your aircraft from the storm’s path, if that is not possible here are suggestions to help you.

Each year, hurricanes season hits Florida lasting from Jun 1 to Nov 30th.  During this time, Florida is hit with everything from small tropical storms that cause minimal damage to hurricanes causing destruction on a large scale. Even with modern technology and advances in predicting hurricanes, you and your plane can sometimes get caught in a storm.

Although the first thing we recommend to any aircraft owners is to leave the area well before the hurricane and find an FBO out of the storm cone, we understand that this is not always possible. If you do get stuck, it is important to make sure you are as prepared as possible to wait out the storm.


Suggested tips for your plane if you stay:

1)      Make sure your aircraft is in flying condition

2)      Verify your aircraft insurance is up-to-date

3)      Get a complete list of all avionics inside your aircraft

4)      Make sure your batteries are fully charged

5)      Make every effort to tie your plane down so that it will  face the wind

6)      When tying down your plane, use both internal and external control locks (example:  a belt around the yolk could help prevent excess damage to control surfaces.)

7)      Make sure you have additional chocks

8)      Make sure you have a full take of gas

9)      Clear excess debris from around your aircraft and hangar

10)   Make sure the trees around your aircraft and hangar are cut back

11)   Make sure your neighborhood area is clear of debris

12)   Move your aircraft to the highest ground possible to reduce flooding and possible damage to the fuselage or engine compartments

13)   Contact your local FBO for modified hours during storm warning


Remember in addition to preparing your aircraft for a hurricane, you also need to be prepared.


Suggested Hurricane Supply:

1)      Water

2)      Canned and dried food

3)      Extra prescription medication

4)      First Aid Kit

5)      Cash

6)      Personal Hygiene items

7)      Batteries

8)      Can opener, bottle opener, scissors

9)      Flashlights

10)   Don’t forget to stock up for your pets (if applicable)

Customer support representative, Tonya Reeder, rolls out the red carpet at Banyan Air Service (FXE)

Banyan Air Service is often a visitor’s first impression to South Florida.  Every year, Banyan welcomes private and corporate aircraft arriving at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE) from all parts of the world.

“It is our pleasure to roll out the “red carpet” to welcome you and ensure your visit is memorable,” says Don Campion, Banyan’s president.  “Our location is an arrival destination for aircraft visiting South Florida for business and pleasure.  Visitors enjoy our warm sunshine, beautiful beaches as well as a wide range of other activities.”

To help visitors plan activities while in Fort Lauderdale, Banyan has added a web page of South Florida information.  In addition, Banyan’s customer support team can help with area information, hotel reservations, and on-site Hertz rental cars.

“While at Banyan, take time to visit Hangar63 (Banyan’s Aviation Store) and Jet Runway Café.  Both of these are attractions that you won’t want to miss,” said Campion.

Banyan provides 24-hour fixed base operation (FBO) services; such as fuel, ground support, hangar space, and gourmet catering.  The FBO is also a gateway flight center for aircraft traveling to and from the Bahamas, Caribbean and South America.  United States Customs is available from 9:00 am – 9:00 pm daily.

Banyan also provides aircraft sales, heavy aircraft maintenance and turbine engine services, avionics installations, parts distribution, Hangar63 (Banyan’s Aviation Store) and Jet Runway Café.  Pilot’s consistently vote Banyan in FBO surveys as one of the best aviation centers in the United States.