HondaJet makes first visit to Banyan FBO
Nov. 20, 2014, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. - Banyan Air Service, the newest dealer in the HondaJet sales and service network, recently welcomed the HondaJet to its facility at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE) for demonstration flights.
November 20, 2014 By Carey Fredericks
The HondaJet arrived on Friday, October 24 following the National Business Aviation Association’s Convention and Exhibition in Orlando and stayed throughout the weekend providing demonstration flights for customers.
“Seeing the HondaJet land at FXE was a very exciting time for both the Banyan team and our customers. Hearing the comments about this very sleek, efficient light jet and participating in a flight during this demonstration tour is definitely a highlight of my career,” said Don Campion, president of Banyan.
The visit of the first production HondaJet to HondaJet Southeast is part of a North American demonstration tour that started in September and has included stops at locations in several cities in the United States, Canada and Mexico. The HondaJet is in the final phase of certification testing with the Federal Aviation Administration.
The optimum Over-the-Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM) configuration of the HondaJet dramatically enhances aircraft performance, fuel efficiency and passenger comfort. The HondaJet can achieve a maximum cruise speed of 420 knots, burn up to 17 percent less fuel, and has the most cabin room over other light jets in its class.
HondaJet Southeast at FXE will provide sales and service for an eight-state territory that includes Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee and South Carolina. Banyan’s Michael O’Keeffe, senior vice president of aircraft sales, and Banyan’s Bob Van Riper, HondaJet Southeast sales manager, are responsible for all sales. Banyan’s Lynn Juengel, vice president of technical services, is responsible for service, including necessary tooling, parts inventory, and airframe and avionics training for Banyan technicians.