Meridian Exhibits at White Plains Regional

The Meridian Team is ready to start the day at the NBAA Regional Forum in White Plains, NY.

On June 21, 2018, Meridian proudly 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 over 15 employees to meet and greet visitors. Kirk Stephen, Director of Marketing, said, “This Regional 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 here today. This is a must-attend event for us.”

NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen stated “there is a pervasive sense of optimism in our industry.” According to NBAA, the event demonstrated a growing confidence of the industry, which was reflected in the forum’s numbers – 190 exhibitors, 2,700 attendees and a variety of aircraft, 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, Fontainebleau Aviation and Meridian co-sponsored a bus trip to Yankee Stadium for aviation colleagues who were in town attending the regional. On the bus, guests were all given judge wigs to show their support 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.

Meridian is planning to exhibit at the next (and last) NBAA Regional Forum in 2018, which will be held on Thursday, September 6 at San Jose International Airport (SJC) in San Jose, CA.

Meridian’s exhibit is ready to receive visitors!

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Meridian Jet Center Acquires New Lektro

Meridian’s Line Service team putting our new Lektro in action on our ramp.

Meridian Jet Center is pleased to announce that it has acquired an all-new towbarless, electric aircraft tractor known as the LEKTRO AP89 Series. The innovative tug has more Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) certifications and a wider range of capability than any other in its class. In fact, the AP89 is certified to handle every major regional and narrow-bodied airliner out there. This state-of-the-art tractor has changed the way ground crews all over the world handle aircraft. The addition of such a towing vehicle will only add more efficiency, safety, and reliability to our already trusted line service team.

Nehemias Camacho, Line Service Manager, is pleased with the addition of the new tug, “With Teterboro’s limited real estate, stacking the hangars efficiently and safe as possible is a must. These units can safely maneuver in such way that a conventional tow vehicle will not”.

Meridian will be utilizing the LEKTRO for many years to come in our most recently built Hangar 12. It will be vital in continuing to provide the highest level of safety and security for our clients.

To learn more about the LEKTRO AP89 Series go to, http://www.lektro.com/series/ap89-series/

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Meridian Hayward Hosts Spring BBQ and Bay Cities 99s Annual Poker Run

Carlos Rodriguez, General Manger, shows off his cooking skills at Meridian’s first BBQ of the season.

On Saturday, June 2nd, Meridian embraced the beautiful spring weather by hosting its very first “Super Saver Saturday” with a barbeque at our Hayward facility. The purpose of this event was to show appreciation for our fellow Hayward Executive Airport (KHWD) based tenants by offering them exclusive price cuts on fuel every Saturday of the month! In addition, the tenants were able to experience a classic, fun-filled barbeque on our ramp. Attendees were also given the opportunity to tour our facility, experience the Meridian culture, and enjoy some good food.

Aside from our 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.

All in all, the day turned out to be a success for everyone. Attendees were able to enjoy hot dogs, hamburgers, and a plethora of other dishes while soaking up the California sun. At one point the Meridian Hayward ramp had over 20 aircraft parked on it. The turnout was excellent for the Bay Cities 99s as well; they had a near-record attendance this year for the poker run.

Carlos Rodriguez, Meridian Hayward’s General Manager, who served as an on-site cook for the event, was pleased with how the day turned out. “This event was not only a success for Meridian, but also for the Bay Cities 99’s. It was a great turn-out and a fun event that provided a warm inviting atmosphere for all of our airport friends”.

The Forester Family enjoying the festivities of the Meridian Spring BBQ.

Special thanks to everyone who could make the event. We look forward to seeing you again in the near future!

For more information on the Bay Cities 99s please visit their website, baycities99s.org

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