Meridian Celebrates Chief Pilot’s 20th Anniversary

The Meridian team celebrates Bob’s 20 years with cake!

On Thursday, July 19, Meridian celebrated Chief Pilot, Bob Ferraro’s 20th year with Meridian.

Bob started in 1998 as a Flight Instructor for Million Air, which would eventually become Meridian. In 2000, he would begin observing and training pilots as a Check Airman and Training Captain until the year 2007, when he was promoted to Chief Pilot. Today, Bob ensures that Meridian’s crew performance meets our high standards and is compliant with FAA regulations by maintaining and carrying out our training regimen. He also assigns all crews to their flights and monitors their performance.

By his noteworthy accomplishments, perseverance, and commitment to excellence, Bob Ferraro has reflected upon Meridian and himself, the highest standards of the Aviation Industry.

Bob, congratulations and thank you for your twenty years with Meridian!

Bob Ferraro in the cockpit of a Citation during the earlier years of his impressive career (2001).

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Meridian Opens New Hangar at Teterboro Airport

Meridian's Newly Opened Hangar 12

An aerial view of Meridian’s new Hangar 12 at Teterboro Airport.

Meridian, the award-winning private aviation company, is pleased to announce the opening of a new, state-of-the-art hangar at its New Jersey-based headquarters in Teterboro Airport. Construction on ‘Hangar 12’, as it is commonly known, is now complete and the structure is fully operational.

The new building replaces the original Hangar 12, which was demolished in the summer of 2016. This 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 in-flight 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.”

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.

Interior of Meridian's Newly Opened Hangar 12

Our new hangar is 40,000 sq. ft. and can accommodate most large-cabin aircraft, including the Gulfstream G650 and Global 6000.

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 other features that will enhance service and support capabilities for Meridian customers.

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Meridian Sponsors Team in the 2018 Annual Teterboro 5K Race.

Meridian's team for the 2018 TEB 5K.

A team of 10 runners represented Meridian in the 2018 Teterboro 5K run.

On Saturday, July 14, Meridian sponsored a team of ten runners for the PSE&G Teterboro 5K, an annual race in its 21st year, organized by the United Way of Bergen County. This year, the race has 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 this year will 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.

Below are the results from Team Meridian:

Karl Granchalek 23:39.10 94th Overall
Arjol Duka 24:46.17 138th Overall
Pat Garzon 28:20.05 228th Overall
George Remache 31:00.05 323rd Overall
Rachel Pennington 31:53.42 338th Overall
Kanhai Nelson 32:42.92 350th Overall
Edvina Floed 35:34.25 396th Overall
Jorge Cornejo 38:38.51 436th Overall
Kvaughn Wedderburn 40:54.54 460th Overall

As a whole, the Meridian team finished fourth with a time of 1:16:45.2, just missing the podium by 90 seconds. We feel confident that Meridian will be a contender for the gold in 2019!

The official route for the TEB 5K.

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