Banyan was founded in 1979 by Don Campion and his partner, John Price. Together, they began the company in a small 4,000 square foot hangar where they served as an aircraft sales and maintenance facility at the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport. Catering to smaller aircraft, the facility at that time specialized in wholesale maintenance for charter operators.
By 1984, Banyan received its FAA certified repair station approval, and shortly thereafter, moved to a larger location and began offering fueling and FBO services.
In 1989, the company took another step toward servicing the aviation community, when it opened its new pilot shop, a 3,500-square-foot retail store, stocking everything from aircraft nuts and bolts, to Jeppesen charts, training aids, GPS equipment, clothing, cockpit supplies and pilot gifts.
Just one year later, Banyan expanded its services once again and the company began offering comprehensive avionics services, including technical repairs and installations, under its newly obtained FAA and JAA repair station approval.
To complement the maintenance department, in 1993, Banyan opened a turbine engine shop. That same year, a propeller shop was also added, offering propeller overhaul and repair services in addition to NDT testing services.
Banyan’s reputation as a premier provider of both piston and turbine aircraft services grew within the industry. Then in 1996, the facility was named a Twin Commander Service Center, where the first Renaissance conversion was performed on an Aero Commander 500S aircraft. The company also received Venezuelan, Argentine and Brazilian repair station approvals, allowing Banyan to better serve South American customers with registered aircraft.
It was evident that expansion was necessary to cater to the larger corporate aircraft. As a result, five new hangars were built and the company's technical departments were relocated into three new hangars, comprising 58,000 square feet of technical service space.
In 1999, Don Campion became the sole shareholder of Banyan. Over the years, Banyan has taken additional steps toward specializing in the maintenance division on every aspect of technical service for Citations, King Airs, Hawkers, Learjets, and Pilatus aircraft.
With a mission to acquire a more central FBO location at FXE, in 2002 Banyan purchased a competing FBO on the airport. With this purchase, Banyan acquired an additional fuel farm, additional hangars, and property suitable for a new two-story FBO terminal.
In 2006, Banyan moved into its new FBO terminal with an attached 20,000 square-foot hangar. The Banyan Pilot Shop was relocated closer to the new FBO and renamed to Hangar63 (Banyan’s Aviation Store).
Since the completion of the new terminal, Banyan has gained national industry recognition in FBO surveys and is consistently ranked one of the top FBOs in the nation.
Over the years Banyan has grown and adapted to the needs of the industry. The propeller shop was sold, Hangar63 was renamed to Banyan Pilot Shop, Jet Runway Café opened, and technical capabilities have expanded.
Today, there are few, if any, FBOs that provide such a large variety of aviation services located in a single location. The efficiency of completing all tasks within one location brings increased value and reduced downtime to our customers.
Banyan's future plans include a second location at Opa-Locka, Florida. A lease was signed in 2010, with ground breaking tentatively scheduled for late 2011. Stay tuned for more.....