fall 2018/winter 2019
i n this iss u e
>>> Letter from
the CEO 1
>>> Poised for
>>> Plane Folk 10
>>> The Making of
a Photo Shoot 11
>>> Mile Markers 12
Dear Customers, Meridian Family, and Friends,
As you will see in this issue of The Extra Mile, Meridian has much to celebrate. We are thankful for our
outstanding employees, valued customers and new opportunities. Our customer service culture never
allows us to stop striving for perfection every single day. Our corporate determination has been tested like
never before during the construction of our new Hangar 12. Steve Chandoha and his entire team worked
tirelessly to finish this complex project while serving our customers at the highest level of service, safety
and friendliness. We are family and it shows.
Meridian is committed to supporting our team members and their families in every way that we
can. Every office door at Meridian is open so that employees can give us a suggestion, tell us what they
need or how we can be more helpful and supportive. We are committed to refining and growing our four
major areas of expertise: FBO, Charter, Aircraft Management, and Aircraft Maintenance, while providing
opportunities for our employees to grow and advance.
We’re excited about our new managed airplane base at West Palm Beach (PBI). Our brand-new
Challenger 650 will move to PBI from Teterboro (TEB) in January. We’ve also
added a Citation CJ3 based at Meridian Hayward. Like many of our California
customers, the CJ will be a frequent guest at our Meridian TEB facility.
I hope that you enjoy this issue of our newsletter and thank you for
your friendship and support.
Poised for Growth
Hangar 12, our new state-of-art hangar at
Meridian Teterboro, is fully operational!
Construction was completed early this summer.
The new building replaces the original hangar,
which was demolished in the summer of 2016. The
modern facility includes a 40,000 sq. ft. hangar
and a two-story support building, effectively
doubling the size of the previous facility. The first
floor includes tenant office space, as well as a
comfortable customer reception area. The second
floor is primarily reserved for charter support, including
maintenance, quality assurance, and inflight
services. The hangar will serve as a maintenance
facility, as well as provide parking accommodations
for both managed and transient aircraft.
“The new Hangar 12 enhances Meridian’s
footprint at TEB and gives us more space and
flexibility for maintenance, and allows us to hangar
additional aircraft,” said Steve Chandoha, President
of Meridian Teterboro. “As we continue to grow and
as traffic increases in the busy Northeast corridor,
this expansion will help us continue to serve our
customers and meet their needs.”
The new Hangar 12 is designed to handle
a variety of large cabin aircraft, including the
Gulfstream G650 and Global 6000. The facility
features larger hangar doors for easy access and
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Teterboro Update continued from page 1
other features that will enhance service and support
capabilities for Meridian customers.
In addition to Hangar 12, Meridian’s complex
at Teterboro includes its headquarters facility, which
features a 40,000 sq. ft. hangar and a 30,000 sq.
ft. executive terminal, and another 22,000 sq. ft.
hangar with additional office and support space at
the south end of the airport.
Meridian continues to receive top honors
in the industry’s leading FBO surveys. We were rated
as the top FBO in the Northeast by the readers of
Aviation International News (AIN), as well as the
#1 FBO in the New York City subcategory. AIN also
ranked Meridian Teterboro in the top 10% of FBOs in
the Americas, with an overall average of 4.67, placing
us at #15 among all FBOs in the Americas. We are
pleased that our AIN rating was up slightly over 2017
and look forward to continuing to serve our valuable
In Professional Pilot’s (ProPilot) annual
PRASE Survey, Meridian was rated as the #15 best
FBO in the U.S. and also the #7 best independent
FBO in the country. Both rankings are up from 2017.
Meridian was also again named as the best FBO at
Both surveys also measure customer service
and we are proud that Betsy Wines was, once again,
recognized by AIN in the Above & Beyond category
for continually providing outstanding customer service.
In ProPilot’s survey, Betsy was named the
#1 Best Customer Service Representative (CSR) and
Victor Seda was ranked #5. This is the 12th year in
a row that both Betsy and Victor have been ranked
among the top five CSRs in the country.
Meridian Hayward has had a busy spring and summer.
On June 14, Hayward General Manager
Carlos Rodriguez was the guest speaker at the
Hayward Chapter (Chapter 29) of the Vintage
Aircraft Association’s June general meeting. Carlos
gave the history of Meridian and answered questions
about what we do and the function of FBOs, along
with other general aviation questions.
On July 19, the Hayward Police Department’s
Special Response Unit (SRU) had the opportunity
to conduct training for helicopter rescue operations
and marshalling at Meridian Hayward. The unit was
aided by a Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin Eurocopter,
specially designed for rescue operations, and a CHP
(California Highway Patrol) A350 Eurocopter.
This was the first time the SRU had
conducted training at Meridian HWD and General
Manager Carlos Rodriguez extended the invitation
to return for any additional training the SRU may
require. “It’s important to support the community
and to give back, in any way we can, to those that
protect it. We’re happy to have been able to help the
Hayward Police Department and we thank them for
everything they do!”
Meridian is excited to have been able to
assist the Hayward Police Department train for such
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A. An aerial view of the
recently completed Hangar
12 on Industrial Avenue. The
new 40,000 sq. ft. hangar
is double the size of the
former structure located
on the site. The new facility,
which features a hangar and
a two-story support building,
opened this summer and is
now fully operational.
B. An interior view of
Meridian’s new 40,000 sq. ft.
hangar. The facility features
larger bay doors to accommodate
a variety of large
cabin aircraft, including the
Gulfstream G650 and Global
C. The main lobby to the
offices of the new Hangar 12.
Meridian has been very active in the last few months with both
company and industry events.
On Saturday, June 2, we embraced the beautiful spring weather
by hosting the very first “Super Saver Saturday” with a barbeque at
our Hayward facility. The purpose of the event was to show appreciation
for our fellow airport-based tenants by offering them exclusive price
cuts on fuel every Saturday during the month of June. The tenants
were also invited to experience good food at a fun-filled barbeque on
our ramp, as well as having the opportunity to tour our facility and
experience the Meridian culture.
In addition to Super Saver Saturday, Meridian also hosted
The Bay Cities 99s Annual Poker Run. The Oakland-based organization
of women pilots is dedicated to the advancement of aviation through
education, scholarships and mutual support, while honoring its unique
history. Every year, the 99s host this poker run to benefit its scholarship
fund, which funds young individuals that share a passion for flight. For
more information on the Bay Cities 99s, please visit its website:
The day was a lot of fun and a great success for everyone.
Attendees were able to enjoy hot dogs, hamburgers, and a variety of
other dishes while soaking up the California sun. At one point, over 20
aircraft were parked on the Meridian ramp! The turnout was excellent
for the Bay Cities 99s with a near-record attendance this year for its
Carlos Rodriguez, Meridian Hayward’s General Manager, who
served as an on-site cook for the event, said, “This event was not only
a success for Meridian, but also for the Bay Cities 99s. It was a great
turn-out and a fun event that provided a warm inviting atmosphere
for all of our airport friends.”
Special thanks to everyone who participated in the event. We
look forward to more events like this in the future!
In June, Meridian was, once again, a proud sponsor of Flight-
Safety’s Annual Customer Appreciation Golf Tournament. Held on June
25, this was the 22nd year for this event. Meridian sent a foursome to
play in the tournament, as well as other team members to greet golfers
at our sponsored hole. Meridian sponsored the “Closest to the Pin”
contest hole on the Meadows course, which was hosted by Heather
DeRegis from Charter Operations and Victor Seda from Customer
Service. Heather and Victor welcomed golfers throughout the day, offering
them Gatorade, water bottles, power bars, sunscreen and Meridian
A. The Meridian Hayward team takes a selfie with the Hayward Fire
Department during the company’s End of Summer Barbeque and
Employee Appreciation Day held on September 8.
B. Heather DeRegis, Bob Platten, Ron Palmer, and Chris Battaglia
pose for a selfie on the golf course during the 2018 FlightSafety golf
tournament in June.
C. Meridian runners gather before the PSE&G Teterboro Airport 5K
on July 14. The team finished fourth in the race, missing the podium
by only 90 seconds!
golf balls. The Meridian golfers included Ron Palmer, Bob
Platten and Chris Battaglia. While Team Meridian did not
win any prizes, the final score was a respectable 64 (8
under par) in the scramble format.
There were 171 golfers and over 220 total attendees
that participated in the annual tournament. The
contest winners of Meridian’s “Closest to the Pin” hole
were Dianne Tarantino for the women and Ken Eklund for
the men. The prizes were Ping and Odyssey putters. In
addition to a fun day on the links, there was also a charitable
component, with $1,500 raised for Corporate Angel
Network (CAN). CAN is the only charitable organization
in the United States whose sole mission is to help cancer
patients access the best possible treatment for their specific
type of cancer by arranging free travel to treatment
across the country using empty seats on corporate jets.
Michele Posey, FlightSafety’s Director of Sales
and organizer of the event, said, “The annual FlightSafety
Golf Tournament is a fun way for us to thank our valued
customers each year by providing a relaxing day on the
golf course followed by a dinner with awards and prizes.
We also want to thank our sponsors for their generosity
and support. Now that the 2018 tournament is behind
us, we’re already planning for next year.” Meridian is
pleased to be recognized as one of the sponsors of this
enjoyable and long-running event.
On Saturday, July 14, Meridian sponsored a
team of ten runners for the PSE&G Teterboro 5K, an
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A. The company was well-represented at the European Business
Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) in May. Each year, Geneva,
Switzerland, hosts the largest business aviation event in Europe at the
Palexpo Convention Center, located conveniently at Geneva Airport
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annual race in its 21st year, organized by the United Way of Bergen
County. This year, the race attracted over 500 runners from around the
Tri-State Area and over 1,000 spectators, vendors, and volunteers to
the airport. Funds raised by the event go to help build safe and affordable
homes for homeless veterans in New Jersey.
The TEB 5K is a certified and sanctioned USA Track & Field
Association race that features a flat, straight running surface along a
segment of Teterboro’s 1-19 runway, giving runners the best chance to
improve their fastest times on its foot-friendly tarmac. This, along with
the opportunity to race while overlooking the New York City skyline,
makes this one of New Jersey’s best 5K events.
Team Meridian finished fourth with a time of 1:16:45.2. Meridian
just missed the podium by 90 seconds. We are confident we’ll contend
for the gold in 2019!
Industry Trade Shows
Meridian again participated in the 2018 edition of the European Business
Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2018). This year’s show took
place from May 29 to 31 at Geneva’s Palexpo conference center and
Geneva International Airport. The company sent six associates to the
show representing various departments, including Charter Sales,
Charter Operations, Aircraft Management and Marketing. The team
took full advantage of the event by meeting with customers and
prospects, reconnecting with industry colleagues and friends, and
identifying new opportunities.
“Every year EBACE proves to be a productive endeavor for
our company,” said Kirk Stephen, Director of Marketing, commenting
on the optimism of the event. “We are able to take advantage of the
access to many other aviation companies that Geneva affords us
because of its proximity to Europe, Asia and Africa. This year’s show
was noticeably different because each day of the event was surrounded
by energy and excitement for the future. While it’s still too early to tell
how 2018 will end, if EBACE is any indication of things to come, then
we should finish the year in a good place.”
Organizers said the show, once again, served as a powerful
and forward-looking showcase, reinforcing its reputation as the
industry’s most important event in Europe. EBACE is jointly hosted by
the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and the European
Business Aviation Association (EBAA).
The busy three-day event featured 418 exhibitors, many of
which used the opportunity to announce new aircraft, products and
services with press conferences and media events throughout the
week. This was an overall increase from last year’s event, as EBACE
welcomed numerous first-time exhibitors from over 100 different
countries. The event had a sold-out static display that featured 54
aircraft on the Geneva Airport’s ramps. Attendees got to see a variety
of aircraft, including intercontinental jets, turboprop and
piston aircraft, and helicopters.
In addition to the upbeat and positive atmosphere,
EBACE featured numerous informative sessions that
homed in on the future of the business aviation industry.
The event also hosted the second annual Careers in
Business Aviation Day, which introduced more than
250 students from high schools and universities across
Europe to the broad range of potential business aviation
EBACE will return to Geneva May 21-23, 2019,
and Meridian is again planning to exhibit. We are already
looking forward to seeing you there!
On June 21, Meridian exhibited at the National
Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Regional Forum in
White Plains, NY, held at the Westchester County Airport
(HPN). In addition to hosting a 10’ x 10’ display stand, the
company sent 15 employees to meet and greet visitors.
Kirk Stephen, Director of Marketing, said, “This Regional
Forum is the premier event for business aviation in the
Northeast because it provides a great venue for vendors,
customers and prospects to come together under one
roof and conduct business face-to-face. There are so
many attendees at this show, that it really creates a
unique networking opportunity for everyone. This is a
must-attend event for us.”
According to NBAA, the event demonstrated a
growing confidence of the industry, which was reflected in
the Forum’s numbers. 190 exhibitors and 2,700 attendees
were on-hand, along with a variety of aircraft ranging
from single-engine piston-powered models to intercontinental
business jets. “The energy and enthusiasm for
business aviation was evident at this year’s White Plains
Regional Forum,” said Mike Nichols, NBAA’s Vice President
of Operational Excellence and Professional Development.
“Exhibitors conducted significant business, attendees
gained valuable insights from the education session
content, and the mood projected a positive outlook for
The prior evening, Meridian and Fontainebleau
Aviation co-sponsored a bus trip to Yankee Stadium for
aviation colleagues attending the Forum. On the bus,
guests were all given judge wigs to show their support
B. Meridian made a strong showing at the NBAA Regional Forum in
San Jose, California, on September 6 with team members from both
the Hayward and Teterboro locations.
C. The Meridian team is ready to start the day at
the NBAA Regional Forum in White Plains, NY.
D. “All Rise!” Meridian and Fontainebleau Aviation
co-hosted a bus trip to Yankee Stadium for aviation
colleagues attending the White Plains Regional
Forum. Everyone on the bus was given a judge wig
to show their support for Aaron Judge, the popular
Yankee slugger, as New York played the Seattle
Mariners at Yankee Stadium.
for Aaron Judge, the popular Yankee slugger, as New York took on the
Seattle Mariners. The Yankees won the game with a walk-off home run
in the bottom of the 9th inning for a dramatic ending to a fun evening.
On September 6, Meridian participated in the San Jose
Regional Forum, NBAA’s final Regional Forum of the year, with a 10’ x 10’
display and eight team members in attendance. The one-day event
hosted over 1,800 people, 176 exhibitors and 15 static aircraft displays.
“The future of business aviation looks bright, and technologies
on the horizon make this an exciting time to be in the industry, but only
if we meet challenges head-on, including the state of employment in
the industry,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen.” Further
addressing the theme of the Forum, author Jeff Butler presented data
and case studies highlighting the issues that multi-generational companies
may face in making the business aviation industry more attractive
to younger professionals and travelers.
Overall, the event was very upbeat. Mike Nichols, NBAA’s Vice
President of Operational Excellence, stated, “The mood was extremely
positive. There were a lot of buyers and prospects here that were new
to the exhibitors.”
Meridian used the Forum as an opportunity to
introduce our CAA Campaign for the Hayward facility to
be named the CAA Preferred FBO at Hayward Executive
Airport. “There really isn’t a better time or place to introduce
this campaign,” said Carlos Rodriguez, HWD General
Manager. “We’re just a short drive from Hayward; this is
the audience we’re trying to reach.” More information
about the CAA Campaign can be found in the Hayward
Update on page 9.
These events serve as a great barometer for the
industry, and were very productive for Meridian this year.
We look forward to seeing everyone at the 2019 Regional
As this issue of The Extra Mile is being distributed,
Meridian is participating in the last big aviation event of
the year, NBAA’s Annual Business Aviation Convention &
Exhibition (BACE). Meridian has a full team of associates,
representing all areas of the company. The event is being
held in Orlando, Florida, from October 16-18. If you are in
attendance, we hope you will stop by our booth, #4212.
M E R I D I A N R
E F L E C T I O N S
Flying Safety Award
On Monday, July 16, Meridian Air Charter received
the National Business Aviation Association’s (NBAA)
Commercial Business Flying Safety Award for 27
years of flight safety and 142,729 hours of accident-free
flight. The NBAA Commercial Business
Flying Safety Award tracks years (from January
1 to December 31), and hours of flight time and is
cross-referenced with the FAA. Meridian’s high
safety standards have contributed to a stellar safety
record for almost 30 years and is in good company
with a short list of reputable operators that have
managed to fly safely for over 25 years. The official
rules and requirements for the award can be found
at NBAA’s Flying Safety Awards page.
Meridian’s safety standard ranks among
the highest in the industry. In addition to our own
internal evaluation program, we also regularly undergo
rigorous third-party audits conducted by the
industry’s leading vendor and international industry
auditing associations. Meridian is one of only 135
operators worldwide to hold the ARG/US Platinum
rating, the highest level awarded. We are also IS-
BAO Stage 2 Certified and IATA TCO Approved. We
maintain the Wyvern Wingman Certification, which
fewer than 100 operators currently hold worldwide.
Congratulations to the entire Meridian Air
20 Year Milestones
We have several employees across different areas
of the company celebrating their 20-year milestone
this year! Here’s a look at a few of them.
Heather DeRegis, Flight Operations Manager,
celebrated 20 years with Meridian Air Charter on
April 20. Heather started her career with Meridian in
1998 after earning a Bachelor of Science degree in
Aeronautics & Management from Dowling College
in Oakdale, NY. She joined Meridian as a member
of our Charter Sales team, and in 2001 transitioned
into Flight Operations as a Coordinator. Heather is
now our Flight Operations Manager and she continues
to come into work every day with a smile and
“I can’t believe how quickly 20 years have
gone by,” said Heather. “It seems like just yesterday
that I started here, and both the airport and the
company were very different back then. I am looking
forward to the next 20 years with Meridian!”
On July 19, we celebrated Chief Pilot,
Bob Ferraro’s 20th year. Bob started in 1998 as a
Flight Instructor for Million Air, which would later
become Meridian. In 2000, he observed and trained
pilots as a Check Airman and Training Captain. He
was promoted to Chief Pilot in 2007. Bob ensures
that Meridian’s crew performance meets our high
standards and complies with FAA regulations by
maintaining and carrying out our training regimen.
He also assigns all crews to their flights and
monitors their performance.
With his years of noteworthy accomplishments,
perseverance and commitment to excellence,
Bob has embodied the highest standards of the
A. Several members of the Meridian Air
Charter team display the 2018 NBAA
Commercial Business Flying Safety Award.
(l to r): Robert Santangelo, Director of
Maintenance; Bob Ferraro, Chief Pilot;
Heather DeRegis, Flight Operations
Manager; Kae Imura, Quality Assurance
Inspector; Emil Iannone, Director of
Operations; Lou Ramm, Director of
B. Heather DeRegis, Flight Operations
Manager, celebrating her 20th year working
at Meridian with a cake befitting the
C. Meridian colleagues celebrate the 19-year
career of Guillermo Escobar.
D. The Hayward Police Department’s Special
Response Unit (SRU) poses for a photo in
the Meridian Hayward hangar. On July 19, the
SRU had the opportunity for the first time
to conduct training for helicopter rescue
operations and marshalling at our facility.
Joe Langschultz, Aircraft Parts Manager, celebrated 20 years with
Meridian in September. He unknowingly began his career with us in 1996
with a summer job in Line Service. He joined Meridian as a full-time employee
two years later.
Joe says he really enjoys his job and the work he does, from dealing
with the customers to negotiating with the vendors to get the best possible
price on the products. “This keeps our maintenance team happy, our finance
team happy, and ultimately our customers happy. That’s what
it’s all about!”
Nehemias Camacho, more commonly known as “Camacho”, joined
Meridian in December of 1998 as a Line Service Technician. He assumed the
responsibilities of training and safety for the department in 2003, and two
years later, he was promoted to the position of Line Service Manager, which
he has held since then. Since his promotion, he has seen his department
double in size from 30 to almost 60 line technicians.
“What I have enjoyed the most is that I’ve worked for the same
owner and company executives, as well as individuals from other departments,
during these 20 years,” says Camacho. “There are also several individuals
within my department that I’ve worked with for all 20 years. Few companies
are this stable!”
Melvin Alcantara is celebrating his 20th anniversary this month. He
is currently a Line Service Technician and, like Camacho, he also has worked
alongside the same core team for these 20 years.
Charles Faust, Jr. celebrates his 20 years at Meridian in December.
Currently an Operations and Sales Coordinator, Chuck joined Meridian in
1998 as part of the Line Service team, moving up to Line Service Supervisor.
He moved to Operations in 2016.
We congratulate Heather, Bob, Joe, Camacho, Melvin and
Chuck for their 20 years of service with Meridian and thank them all for
their hard work and dedication!
On June 29, Meridian celebrated the retirement of Guillermo Escobar,
one of the company’s longest tenured Ground Support Equipment (GSE)
technicians. Guillermo began his career with us on June 30, 1999, and
arrived before dawn – every day – to ensure that Meridian’s ground equipment
was running in top condition. He witnessed a lot of changes at the
company during his 19 years here, including a company name change
from Million Air Teterboro to Meridian.
Nehemias Camacho, Line Service Manager, commented on the
technical expertise Guillermo demonstrated through his tenure with the
company. “He is a breed of mechanic that is hard to come by nowadays.
He could fix anything.”
Camacho added, “Guillermo is a true MacGyver of his generation.
While he will be missed, we wish him an enjoyable retirement and we
sincerely thank him for his devotion and commitment to our company
for the last 19 years.”
On behalf of everyone at Meridian, thank you Guillermo, and
congratulations on your retirement!
Hayward Update continued from page 2
a vital task and looks forward to continue supporting
the local communities surrounding both of our FBO
On August 25, Meridian hosted two area
youth organizations, the Golden Gate Unit of the
Young Marines and the Young Eagles. The Young
Marines is a national non-profit youth education
and service program for boys and girls, ages eight
through high school. The Young Eagles, whose
members range from 8 to 17, is the only program
of its kind whose sole mission is to introduce and
inspire kids in the world of aviation. The groups
were given a tour of the HWD facility and learned
all about what a FBO offers and also about potential
career paths in aviation.
On September 8, Meridian hosted an End
of Summer Barbeque and Employee Appreciation
Day. The day kicked off with an Employee Appreciation
Lunch, followed by the HWD Tenant End of
Summer Barbeque. Tenants had the chance to tour
the facility and see all that Meridian has to offer,
as well as enjoy good food and fun.
Meridian has been busy campaigning to
have our Hayward facility named the Corporate
Aircraft Association’s (CAA) preferred FBO at
Hayward Executive Airport. CAA’s goal is to increase
the operating efficiencies of its members by
combining their collective purchasing power and
working with highly respected vendors of services
and products that corporate operators use.
A CAA Preferred FBO is a combination of
good service and fair pricing provided to member
operators. CAA Members vote for the FBOs they
would like to become CAA Preferred FBOs. The
voting process takes place throughout the year, on
a rolling basis for different areas of the country.
A successful FBO is then tendered a three year
exclusive contract at its airport. CAA only allows
one CAA Preferred FBO at an airport. The voting
for Hayward, took place October 1-7, and we look
forward to sharing the results soon! This is the first
opportunity we have had to bid for CAA status
since HWD became operational in 2016. Meridian
Teterboro has been the CAA Preferred FBO at
TEB since 1996.
Managed Fleet Update
Two late-model large cabin aircraft have recently
joined our managed aircraft fleet, a Gulfstream
G550 and a Challenger 650. The Challenger 650
is a brand-new aircraft which can carry up to 12
passengers. The well-appointed cabin features
Wi-Fi, an inflight satellite phone system, moving
map display and multimedia entertainment system
with USB and iPod connectivity. The aircraft, which
has a range of up to 4,000 nm, comfortably sleeps
up to five passengers.
The Gulfstream G550, a popular aircraft
for both transcontinental and intercontinental trips,
can accommodate up to 18 passengers and sleeps
eight. The Wi-Fi equipped cabin offers an inflight
satellite phone system, Airshow® moving maps
and flight information, multimedia entertainment
system (DVD & CD players) and other amenities.
Petrika Robo is part of Meridian’s Building Maintenance
team. He joined Meridian in 2007, moving
east from Chicago. There are five members that
work in the department and, according to Petrika,
their days and evenings are filled with a variety of
projects. The department is responsible for everything from the building
exteriors to the hangar floors.
Petrika is originally from Albania. He immigrated to the US in 1995
with his family, which includes his wife and two children. He said he wanted
his family to have more opportunities by coming here and, from all accounts,
his family has thrived. He is already a proud grandfather, with a second
grandchild on the way. It is obvious that Petrika is happy here, and also
very proud of his family.
One of the things he likes most about working at Meridian is how
well everyone gets along. “Meridian is also my family,” he says. “Working
here is like being part of another family.”
Every day is different Petrika says, with numerous projects and
tasks that need to be completed. The winter is the toughest time of year
because they need to make sure the ramp and other exterior areas are free
of snow and kept as clear as possible, in addition to the department’s
Meridian is proud that the FBO and other parts of the Teterboro
facility are in excellent condition, and that employees and visitors alike feel
comfortable here. The Building Maintenance team, including Petrika, does an
outstanding job in making sure that the facility operations at Teterboro run
flawlessly each and every day.
Promotions & New Assignments
Promoted to Aircraft Technician
Promoted to HR Assistant
Promoted to Owner Services
Charles Faust, Jr.
Promoted to Aircraft Technician/
Michael Kasica, Sr.
Rick De Paiva
Promoted to Aircraft Technician/
Promoted to Flight Follower
Promoted to Chief Inspector
The Making of a
n August, Meridian staged a two-day photo shoot
at our Teterboro headquarters. Photographer
Jim Smith of Stone Ridge, New York, and his crew
worked with our company to capture a wide variety
of photographs of the facility. Some areas of focus
included the FBO executive terminal, the maintenance
hangar, the new Hangar 12, the ramp and
various aircraft in our charter fleet. Smith’s team
also took professional headshots of Meridian team
members to use for company materials and other
needs, as well as documenting the many activities
that occur daily at TEB.
“We were basically shooting ‘A Day in the
Life of Meridian’,” said Jim Smith. “We followed
everyone from the maintenance team to the line
crew to the management staff. We also shot a variety
of photos focused around customer activities, both
on and off the charter fleet.”
The last time we staged a major photo
shoot with Jim’s company at TEB was in 2012.
“There have been many changes and enhancements
at Meridian Teterboro since then,” said Meridian’s
Director of Marketing, Kirk Stephen. “Most recently, our
newly opened Hangar 12. It’s great to have a fresh
stock of images that we can use in our marketing
materials and advertising campaigns.”
The shoot started before dawn on August 7
and ended at sunset on August 8, resulting in some
great “twilight signature shots” that will develop
into some really impactful and memorable images.
“I’ve worked with Meridian for well over
a decade,” added Jim. “It’s always a true pleasure
working with them and showcasing the company. As
a photographer, it’s very gratifying to work with an
organization like Meridian to create a high-quality
We are looking forward to sharing these
new images with you as we continue to demonstrate
Meridian’s commitment to excellence!
Jim Smith demonstrates his craft and
professionalism while shooting at various
locations around the Meridian Teterboro
facility, including the main lobby and one
of our charter aircraft.
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and wooded areas. The city is one of the sunniest
locales in Germany, featuring mild summer evenings.
The city has a Mediterranean flavor and both
locals and tourists enjoy the restaurants situated
on the lively squares around the city center and
numerous open air events.
Notable among many famous people from
the area, are Karl Benz and George Bayer. Bayer,
who immigrated to the United States, is honored as
the founder of Hermann, Missouri and the Missouri Rhineland. Benz, a wellknown
engine designer and automobile engineer, patented the Benz Motorcar
in 1886. It is considered the first practical automobile. He was the founder of
Benz & Co., Daimler-Benz and Mercedes-Benz (now part of Daimler AG).
A visit to Karlsruhe offers something for everyone. From the
breathtaking views of the Black Forest landscapes that surround the city to
the numerous museums, theatres, concert halls, restaurants and shopping,
Karlsruhe is a vibrant destination well worth experiencing.
485 Industrial Avenue
Teterboro, New Jersey 07608
mile markers: Karlsruhe, Germany
One of Meridian’s large cabin, long range aircraft recently traveled
to the city of Karlsruhe, Germany. Located in southwestern
Germany near the French-German border, the city was founded in
1715 by Margrave Karl-Wilhelm, who built a grand palace and then
designed the city around the palace with 32 streets and avenues
radiating outwards like the ribs of a fan. Because of its unique radial
shape, Karlsruhe has been nicknamed “fan city.” Given Karlsruhe’s
grand palace, the absence of an old quarter is somewhat surprising
to visitors, but as a relatively young city, it lacks the medieval lanes
and alleys seen in many German towns.
From its very beginning, Karlsruhe was a city without walls,
open to a wide variety of visitors. People from France, Poland, Italy,
Switzerland and many German states were involved in its creation.
As a result, Karlsruhe was way ahead of its time in the development
of a cosmopolitan society with modern institutions of government.
Today the city is the second-largest city in the German federal state
of Baden-Württemberg and is a renowned research, academic and
technology center. The city is also home to several federal courts,
including the Federal Court of Justice.
Karlsruhe is a city with a unique atmosphere, allowing art
and culture to flourish. In addition to the Baroque castle in the heart
of the city, there are more than 50 museums, theatres
and galleries to visit. Karlsruhe is also a “green city” with lovely
botanical gardens and over 2,400 acres of public parks, lakes
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photo: Carsten Naber
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