Meridian Teterboro and Meridian Hayward Complete Gulfstream Service Training

The Meridian Line Service team at Hayward proudly displays their Gulfstream Service Training award.

The Meridian Line Service team at Hayward proudly displays their Gulfstream Service Training award.

Meridian, the award-winning private aviation company, is pleased to announce that it has successfully completed ground handling and servicing training for large cabin and mid-cabin Gulfstream aircraft. Gulfstream offers the training in partnership with FlightSafety International, who developed the curriculum for the training courses. The program is designed to raise awareness for aircraft safety during servicing and improve dispatch reliability. The training is available to fixed-base operators (FBOs) that handle Gulfstream aircraft.

The two online training courses are designed for line service technicians and cover large cabin Gulfstream (G350, G450, G500, G550, G650) and mid-cabin Gulfstream (G150, G200, G280) models.

“We are always seeking new ways to improve the customer experience,” said Jeff Torres, Line Service Training Coordinator. “Adding another level of expertise only adds to the quality service we offer our customers, and in this case, those who operate or travel on a Gulfstream model aircraft.”

Gulfstream recognizes those FBOs that have successfully reached 100% Line Technician completion of the training. Meridian Teterboro and Meridian Hayward have completed both the mid-cabin and large cabin training. Subjects covered in the training include aircraft parking, towing and mooring, water servicing, window cleaning, snow and ice removal, and a comprehensive tour of the aircraft itself.

“Meridian is dedicated to continuous improvement opportunities which help us maintain the highest standards,” adds Carlos Rodriguez, General Manager of Meridian Hayward. “We are pleased to have attained another endorsement which adds to our commitment to safety, reliability and outstanding customer service.”

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The Meridian Line Service team at Teterboro proudly displays their Gulfstream Service Training award.

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Meridian’s Craig Ferguson Completes The 17th Annual Mercedes-Benz Marathon

The Ferguson Family at the finish line (l ro r) John Ferguson, Ann Ferguson, Carrie Wilson, Kate Gaskin, Craig Ferguson.

The Ferguson Family at the finish line (l ro r) John Ferguson, Ann Ferguson, Carrie Wilson, Kate Gaskin, Craig Ferguson.

This past weekend, Craig Ferguson, Meridian’s Safety Manager, and his immediate family participated in the Mercedes-Benz Marathon in Birmingham, AL. Now in its 17th year, the Mercedes-Benz Marathon Weekend of Events has become a Birmingham tradition. The event has helped raise millions of dollars for local charities throughout its 16-year history.

Craig’s mother, Ann, and his two sisters, Kate and Carrie, participated in the half marathon (13.1 miles), while Craig and his father, John, participated in the full-length marathon (26.2 miles). All five members of the Ferguson family finished the race donning Meridian t-shirts and three of them managed to place in their respective age groups!

  • Craig Ferguson: 4:19:49 (26th in age group) – Marathon
  • John Ferguson: 4:34:52 (4th in age group) – Marathon
  • Kate Gaskin:      2:06:38 (55th in age group) – Half Marathon

Astonishingly enough, this was Craig’s father’s 65th marathon! He said this of the event, “We have done some running before, but this is the fist time we’ve all come together to do this. The goal for me was to finish and have fun”. While John admits he does not see his running career ending anytime soon, he said his current short-term goal is to have completed 75 marathons. At his current rate of participation, we have no doubt he’ll be able to complete this task in 3 years.

We at Meridian are proud of Craig and his family for completing such an incredible feat and thank them for representing Meridian with t-shirts at the event’s finish line. In addition, we would like to wish them great success in their future running careers.

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Meridian Exhibits at 2018 Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference

The Meridian Team at S&D in Long Beach, CA. (Left to Right): MaKayla Gorski, Kirk Stephen, Chris Battaglia, Mike Moore, Bob Platten, Amber Salvatore, and Phil Boyer.

The Meridian Team at S&D in Long Beach, CA. (Left to Right): MaKayla Gorski, Kirk Stephen, Chris Battaglia, Mike Moore, Bob Platten, Amber Salvatore, and Phil Boyer.

This past week, Meridian proudly participated as an exhibitor at the 2018 National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference (SDC2018). This year’s conference was held in Long Beach, CA, from Tuesday, February 6 through Friday, February 9. The event demonstrated once again its continuing value as the premier educational and networking event for professionals involved in business aviation logistics.

The special 4-day show featured more than 550 exhibitors on a sold-out floor and more than 2,900 attendees (150 first-timers). Both numbers set new records for SDC. In addition, the program included dozens of innovative education sessions, various networking events and ample opportunities to give back to the local community.

“This is the place for a scheduler or dispatcher to go for professional development and education,” said NBAA Vice President of Operational Excellence and Professional Development Mike Nichols, “Especially for someone brand new to the industry, it’s one-stop shopping for what they need to know, not only with great education sessions, but also with peer-to-peer learning that happens outside of the education sessions on the trade show floor.”

SDC2018 included many new features, most notably an increased focus on educational opportunities. With more than 30 education sessions offered, SDC2018 had something for everyone. Tyler Austin, Manager of Professional Development at NBAA, made it clear that they were, “strategic in thinking through what we should offer in our 33-session program, and we listened closely to what attendees said they wanted- from the basics of scheduling to operating internationally, to starting their own business.”

Furthermore, SDC2018 also put emphasis on its charitable contributions. This year alone, three charities received support through the Pay It Forward Campaign, including Dress for Success, Pacific Gateway, and Clothes the Deal, all of which help less fortunate men and women in the Long Beach Community. In addition, dozens of monetary training scholarships were awarded at this year’s show.

In order to create brand awareness and draw traffic to our booth, the Meridian team held a raffle with a grand prize giveaway of an Apple iPhone X! Other prizes included Amazon gift cards. The raffle was a huge success as it drew a very large crowd of business aviation professionals to our location. The entire raffle was captured on Facebook Live.

The lucky winners were:

  • Dean Lynch of CTP Aviation (Grand Prize)
  • Shane Yuknis of Lyon Aviation
  • Rob Swan of Harrods Aviation
Congratulations to the Meridian raffle winners at S&D last week! The Grand Prize winner was Dean Lynch of CTP Aviation (3rd from left), with other prizes going to Shane Yuknis (left), and Rob Swan (2nd from right).

Congratulations to the Meridian raffle winners at S&D last week! The Grand Prize winner was Dean Lynch of CTP Aviation (3rd from left), with other prizes going to Shane Yuknis (left), and Rob Swan (2nd from right).

Overall, the event was a tremendous success. It provided an invaluable opportunity for us to learn and connect, as well as network with industry peers. We were pleased with the event’s exciting environment as well as the overwhelming amount of positive energy that surrounded it. Special thanks to everyone who took the time to stop by our booth and to those who made this event possible.

The next Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference, which will mark the event’s 30th anniversary, is set for January 29 – February 1, 2019 in San Antonio, TX. We look forward to seeing you there!

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