The Extra Mile - Fall 2018


The latest edition of Meridian's newsletter - The Extra Mile, Fall 2018.

thextramile >>>

fall 2018/winter 2019

i n this iss u e

>>> Letter from

the CEO 1

>>> Poised for

Growth 1

>>> Meridian

Events 3

>>> Meridian

Reflections 6

>>> Meridian

Celebrates 8

>>> Plane Folk 10

>>> Meridian

Milestones 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

Teterboro Update

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.

Hayward Update

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 Events



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

poker run.

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

continued on page 4


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



Meridian Events continued from page 3

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

career paths.

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 industry.”

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.






Meridian Celebrates



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

Charter team!

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

positive attitude.

“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

aviation industry.



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

Quality Assurance.

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!

Retirement Celebration

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

Building Maintenance

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

on-going responsibilities.

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.

30 Years

10 Years

Justin Soto

Promotions & New Assignments



Steve Chandoha

20 Years

Melvin Alcantara

Nehemias Camacho

David Albiero

Raul Brito

Jamie Labocki

Ron Palmer

Nick Toth

Dean Zonkowski

Matt Barclay

Alex Gomez

Sedley John

Bilal Abukharma

Brian Fox

Celine Martinez

Brittany Page

Promoted to Aircraft Technician

Shift Lead

Promoted to HR Assistant

Promoted to Owner Services

Heather DeRegis

Charles Faust, Jr.

Joseph Waller

Dwayne Boatman

Eric Kulesza

Thomas Weller

Promoted to Aircraft Technician/


Bob Ferraro

Joe Langschultz

15 Years

5 Years

Ken Brickett

Brian Godlewski

Michael Kasica, Sr.

Marcia Guzek

Gina DeRaffele

Rick De Paiva

Emily Moulton

Rick Koval

Stephanie Garcia

Promoted to Aircraft Technician/


Promoted to Flight Follower

Arlene Baetiong

Kevin Ortega

Brandon Langschultz

Don Paynton

Promoted to Chief Inspector

Jorge Cornejo

Oscar Rodriguez

Jason D’Ambrosio

Rosa Quinones

Vincent Stefano

Henry Duran

Emil Iannone

Susan Strasser

Nathan Jacobs

Adam Xistris


Mike Kotosky

Caroline Rizzo

Fred Schau

Jose Matos

David Goltermann

Sheveine Taylor

Tatiana Barboza

Hisam Banksliatter

Chris Vallejo

Koray Bozkurt

Robert Williams

Brian Gomez


The Making of a

Photo Shoot


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

visual library.”

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.

Mile Markers continued from page 12

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

Karlsruhe, Germany

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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Teterboro Airport (TEB)

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Teterboro, NJ 07608

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Phone 201.288.5459 / 800.882.2333


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Hayward Executive Airport (HWD)

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Hayward, CA 94545

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Phone 201.288.5040


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Phone 201.288.3880


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