This year, Banyan Air Services is celebrating 30 years of service at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport in South Florida. Founded by Don Campion in 1979, Banyan started in a 4,000-sq-ft hangar as a small piston-aircraft maintenance shop for local charter operators. Over the years, the company added FBO services, aircraft sales, aircraft management, turbine airframe and engine maintenance, avionics repair and installation and aircraft parts distribution. Banyan operates two retail parts companies, the Hangar63 store at the airport and the online store Tropicaero.com.
Long wedged in a cramped section of the airport, Banyan expanded in 2006 with a new two-story 25,000-sq-ft FBO terminal, 20,000-sq-ft hangar and expanded ramp space and more recently added the Jet Runway Café. The complex now covers 85 acres and more than one million square feet of office and hangar space and employs more than 150 people. Later this year, Banyan will open a new 40,000-sq-ft hangar.