Banyan performs its first Pilatus wing demate

 - August 24, 2007, 6:50 AM

Banyan Air Service, located at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, recently performed the company’s first 10-year Pilatus demate. The 28-year-old maintenance facility has been an authorized Pilatus satellite service center since 2002.

The special tooling and custom fabrication of wing shoring was developed by company employees Curtis Florio, Hartley Starratt and Misael Rodriguez under the direction of crew leader Dan Day.

According to the company, during the past year it has serviced more than 50 Pilatus aircraft, exceeding 195 work orders for Pilatus avionics and maintenance. In addition, Banyan provides maintenance tracking for aircraft owners on maintenance requirements, service bulletins and airworthiness directives.

In anticipation of servicing the new PC-12/47E, the current production model, Banyan employees will receive training early next year and add the necessary tooling requirements. In addition to servicing Pilatus aircraft, Banyan works on King Airs, Citations, Hawkers and Learjets. Banyan is an FAA- and EASA-approved repair station and holds government maintenance approvals for Venezuela, Argentina and Brazil.