Don Campion, president of Banyan Air Service, received the Edward V. Rickenbacker Award presented by the Greater Miami Aviation Association (GMAA) at the 89th Annual Wright Brothers Memorial Gala and Awards Ceremony on October 1. This award is named after Caption Rickenbacker, Chairman and CEO of Eastern Airlines, who made his mark on commercial aviation in Miami, with exemplified superb skills and work ethics.

Campion was selected for this award because of his dedication to aviation and leadership in building Banyan Air Service based at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, since inception in 1979, into a well-respected company that contributes to the local economic growth of the South Florida aviation industry.

About GMAA:

The mission of the Greater Miami Aviation Association (GMAA) is to support and increase the pool of qualified South Florida college graduates who are pursuing careers in the aerospace industry and to enhance the overall effectiveness of our members through knowledge, networking and cooperation. The GMAA represents the region’s aviation industry, providing a forum to increase public awareness and promote programs that leverage the positive impact aviation has on economic development in its local communities. For more information about GMAA, visit

About Banyan Air Service:

Banyan Air Service based at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport is a 24-hour, full-service fixed base operation (FBO), with more than 1 million square feet of hangar and office space within an 85 acre aviation complex. Banyan provides comprehensive business aviation services; including ground services, aircraft sales, heavy maintenance and interior modifications, turbine engine service, structural repairs, avionics installations and services, aircraft part sales, Jet Runway Café and Banyan Pilot. Banyan is a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and a European Aviation Safety Administration (EASA) repair station. In addition, Banyan has earned avionics and maintenance certifications from many Latin American countries including Argentina, Brazil, Columbia and Venezuela. Banyan caters to domestic and international aircraft owners, corporations, and governmental agencies. In aviation surveys, Banyan is consistently voted a top United States FBO by aviation professionals. For more information, visit

Photo Caption: Sueanne and Don Campion at the GMAA Awards.