Paul Baran grew up in Adams, MA, and graduated from Charles H. McCann Vocational Technical High School in North Adams, MA, with a diploma in machine technology (machinist) in June 1970. He enrolled and received his A&P license in September 1973 from East Coast Aero Tech (ECAT).
His first job was for a glider operation doing maintenance, inspection, and repair of gliders and the tow aircraft, a Super Cub, putting his dope and fabric and welding training to work. From there it was a move to corporate aviation at Sprague Aviation. The Flight Department operated a Cessna 310, Bell Jet Ranger and several Beechcraft King Airs over the years and did outside maintenance for other aircraft in the New England area. This is where the license to learn really began.
The manager of the Flight Department maintenance team was William (Bill) Bleil, a person who was instrumental in the shaping of his career. Bill purchased the maintenance department that December 1985, and renamed it Turboprop International. After Paul and his wife’s children graduated from college they moved to Florida and in June 2000 he landed a job at Banyan Air Service. It was great a challenge and he considers the extensive jet market an opportunity to continue to grow. As an inspector in the Quality Assurance Dept., he ensures the aircraft are properly maintained and the technicians have all the information available to complete the required maintenance. He and his wife enjoy the Florida beaches and parks, and also riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle.