Lou Ramm Honored as “Master Mechanic”

Lou Ramm of Meridian is presented the Charles Taylor Award by Robert Thorson of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Lou Ramm, Meridian Air Charter’s Director of Quality Assurance, was awarded the prestigious Charles Taylor Award in a formal presentation on September 25 at Meridian’s HQ in Teterboro. Robert Thorson, FAA Safety Team Program Manager, presented Lou with the award while members of the Quality Assurance, Charter, and Maintenance teams were on hand along with Executive Management and Lou’s wife, JoAnne, to celebrate this amazing accomplishment.

The Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award is named in honor of Mr. Charles Taylor, the first aviation mechanic in powered flight. Mr. Taylor served as the Wright brothers’ mechanic and is credited with designing and building the engine for their first successful aircraft. The award recognizes the lifetime accomplishments of senior mechanics. In order to be eligible, the recipient must hold a U.S. Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) or Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) mechanic or repairman certificate, and have 50 or more years of civil and military maintenance experience. 

Lou received his Aircraft and Powerplant (A&P) license in 1969. He then served in Army Aviation as a Crew Chief / DS Maintenance Platoon Supervisor. His experience has included both fixed and rotary wing aircraft in general aviation, both corporate and charter. He also holds an FAA Inspection Authorization. He joined Meridian full-time in 1997, after working the previous four years with Ken Forester, Sr. providing contract maintenance services. 

“I am very honored to receive this award,” Ramm said during the presentation. “It is very rewarding to be acknowledged for your career and the work you have done. It is also humbling to be in the company of other respected Meridian recipients, including Ken Forester, Sr., Vincent Mendola, and John Bahrenburg.”

“We are very proud of Lou,” said Ken Forester, Meridian CEO. “Lou has been a real asset to Meridian and he is deserving of this award. It’s great to see Lou honored for his years of service to both us and the aviation industry.”

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John Bahrenburg of Meridian Jet Center Awarded Charles Taylor Prestigious Master Mechanic Award



John Bahrenburg of the Meridian Jet Center/ Teterboro Awarded Charles Taylor “Master Mechanic” Award


TETERBORO NJ,  APRIL 26, 2010 Meridian, the Teterboro, NJ based Private Aviation Services Company, is proud to announce  Aircraft Technician Crew Chief John Bahrenburg, recipient of the    Charles Taylor “Master Mechanic” Award, the most prestigious award the FAA issues to persons certified under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations part 65.

According to the FAA this award is named after Charles Taylor, the first aircraft mechanic to recognize individuals who have spent over 50 years in the aircraft maintenance profession as “master mechanics.” 


John’s aviation career began when he joined the U.S. Air Force after he graduated high school. In the service he worked on single-engine jet fighters and while stationed in Japan he worked as a heavy maintenance technician.  He earned his A&P license at Red Bank Air Taxi in Red Bank, NJ after the military.  Bahrenburg then worked for Matco at Linden Airport in NJ, and after seven years joined American Cyanamid in Teterboro.  Once the aviation Department was dissolved more than 15 years later, he was hired as director of maintenance for Million Air. Operating now as Meridian, Bahrenburg remains an essential part of the outstanding maintenance team.

John’s favorite aircraft to service was the Lear 25 and attributes his successful, safe and steady career to “caution, a lot of patience and general know-how.”


Meridian is a full-service private aviation services, company headquartered in Teterboro, New Jersey for over 60 years. Still privately owned and operated since 1946, Meridian’s accumulated expertise offers a complete suite of professional aviation services:

  • Meridian Teterboro-FBO Services
  • Meridian Jet Center-FAA authorized repair station
  • Meridian Air Charter
  • Meridian Aircraft Management
  • Meridian Jet Center Detailing

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Editor’s Note:  

Ken Forester is CEO of the Meridian Companies at Teterboro

Dennis O’Connell is President of Meridian Air Charter/ Management, Jet Center

Steve Chandoha is President of Meridian Teterboro

John Langschultz is Vice President of Meridian Jet Center



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