Meridian Receives NBAA Commercial Business Flying Safety Award

Meridian Celebrates NBAA SAfe Flight Award

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.

On Monday, July 16, Meridian Air Charter received the NBAA Commercial Business Flying Safety Award for 27 years of flight safety and 142,729 hours of accident-free flight. The National Business Aviation Association’s 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 companies that have managed to operate 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!

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Meridian Celebrates the Retirement of Guillermo Escobar

Guillermo's Retirement Ceremony at Meridian

Meridian colleagues celebrate the 19-year career of Guillermo Escobar.

On Friday, June 29, Meridian celebrated the retirement of Guillermo Escobar, one of the company’s most tenured Ground Support Equipment (GSE) technicians. Guillermo started his career on June 30, 1999, and arrived before dawn – every day – to ensure that Meridian’s ground equipment was running in top condition. His career over the past 19 years has seen a lot of change, including the name of the company, which was known as Million Air Teterboro at the time.

Line Manager, Nehemias Camacho, commented on the technical expertise he demonstrated through his tenure with the company. “He is a breed of mechanic that is hard to come by nowadays”, said Camacho. “He could fix anything. 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 and congratulations on your retirement, Guillermo!

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Meridian Supports 2018 FlightSafety Golf Tournament

Team Meridian poses for a quick selfie on the golf course!

Meridian, the award-winning private aviation company based at Teterboro Airport, was a proud sponsor of FlightSafety’s 22nd Annual Customer Appreciation Golf Tournament held on Monday, June 25, 2018. The company sent a team of people to meet and greet golfers at the sponsored hole, as well as a foursome to play in the tournament. Meridian sponsored the ‘Closest to the Pin’ contest hole on the Meadows course, which was hosted by two representatives of the company, 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 golf balls. The Meridian foursome included Ron Palmer, Bob Platten, and Chris Battaglia. (The fourth golfer, Nehemias Camacho was unable to make it last minute.) While Team Meridian did not win any prizes, the final score was a respectable 64 (8 under par) in the scramble format.

Overall, there were 171 golfers and over 220 total attendees that participated in the annual tournament. The contest winners of the Meridian sponsorship hole for ‘Closest to the Pin’ was Dianne Tarantino for the women, and Ken Eklund for the men. The prizes were Ping and Odyssey putters for landing their shots closest to the pin. In addition to a fun day on the links, there was also a charitable component – FlightSafety raised $1,500 for Corporate Angel Network. Corporate Angel Network 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, Director of Sales and organizer of the event, had this to say, “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, like Meridian, for their generosity and support. Now that the 2018 tournament is behind us, we’re already planning for next year.”

Meridian sponsored the ‘Closest to the Pin’ contest located at hole #5 of the Meadow course at Centennial Golf Club.

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