On Thursday, June 6, Meridian, the private aviation company based at Teterboro Airport (TEB), was one of the many companies exhibiting at the NBAA Regional Forum at Westchester County Airport (HPN) in White Plains, NY. Meridian sent eleven associates to represent all areas of the company, including its FBO, Air Charter, Aircraft Management, and Aircraft Maintenance businesses. In addition to exhibiting at this important Greater New York event, Meridian proudly accepted two prestigious awards for its outstanding safety record and customer service in the aviation industry.
The first award was presented to Meridian Air Charter in recognition for completion of the WYVERN Standard onsite audit. While Meridian had achieved WYVERN Wingman status in 1998 (as Million Air Teterboro), the company was formally presented a Wingman Operator award and membership kit by WYVERN representatives at the White Plains event. WYVERN Wingman operators voluntarily undergo WYVERN audits to support their Wingman status. Once the audit is complete, Wingman operators provide data to WYVERN’s risk assessment system so that each individual flight can be evaluated. The data provided is checked to ensure that each flight meets all governing regulatory requirements as well as WYVERN’s higher standard for flight times and training intervals. The award was formally presented by Lynn Summers of WYVERN, and given to Mike Moore and Dan Govatos of Meridian, who accepted it on behalf of Meridian Air Charter and the entire company.
The second award was presented to Meridian Teterboro in recognition for it’s #1 ranking among Top 50 US FBOs in the 2013 Pilots’ Choice Awards by FltPlan.com. This was the fourth year in a row that Meridian Teterboro has landed the top spot in this pilot survey. This year, pilots who participated in the survey cast more votes than ever. In fact, there were 37% more ballots cast this year than in 2012. With over 120,000 active pilots on its site, FltPlan.com represents over 65% of all business aviation. The award was formally presented by Sarah Wilson of FltPlan.com, and given to Anthony Banome of Meridian, who accepted it on behalf of the FBO and the entire company.
NBAA Business Aviation Regional Forums are day-long learning and peer networking venues designed to meet the needs of regional business aviation communities, and to provide an introduction to local leaders interested in learning more about the industry. The Regional Forums incorporate exhibits, static displays of aircraft and education sessions into one-day events located across the country to help introduce business aviation to local officials and prospective owners and operators, and to help address the issues of the day in the regions.
The White Plains Forum drew more than 2,000 attendees and featured more than 120 exhibitors and nearly 30 aircraft on Static Display. Business aviation supports $613 million annually in local economic activity, in sectors ranging from business, manufacturing and tourism, as well as provides approximately 6,300 jobs.
The next NBAA Business Aviation Regional Forum is set for July 11, 2013, in Denver, CO. Meridian will be exhibiting at the Denver event, and it is also planning to feature a Falcon 900EX EASy, one of its nineteen charter aircraft, on the static display.