Meridian, the award-winning private aviation company based at Teterboro Airport in Teterboro, NJ, recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of Meridian Jet Center, the company’s aircraft maintenance operation. The certificate was originally issued to the repair station on February 21, 1996 by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This designation allowed the company to repair and inspect various types of business aircraft. In 1996, the company was known as Million Air Maintenance Teterboro because it was part of the Million Air franchise at that time. In 2006, the company changed its name to Meridian Jet Center after leaving the franchise.
John Langschultz, VP of Meridian Jet Center, was reminiscent about the milestone, “We have certainly come a long way in 20 years. When I first started with the company, we had about three employees and one hangar with only 10,000 sq. ft. of working space. Today we have 21 employees, two hangars with up to 60,000 sq. ft. of space, and a plan to build a larger hangar here soon. Back then, most of our business was generated from our own fleet of aircraft. Today, most of our business comes from transient customers passing through Teterboro and our managed fleet now has a dedicated charter maintenance team. Along with growth also came the ability to provide additional services. For example, we now have a well-stocked parts department and operate a full-time detailing department. In the early days, we had to outsource these offerings.”
When asked about the future, Langschultz had this to say, “In 2016, we will be opening Meridian Hayward at Hayward Executive Airport in Northern California. As we continue to add aircraft to our West Coast fleet, our new FBO and maintenance operation will continue to expand with it. We have seen steady growth over the past 20 years, and now we are looking to continue the trend by serving our customers at our new location in Hayward.”
Meridian Jet Center is an FAA-approved Part 145 certified repair station. It is also certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). Honeywell has appointed Meridian an authorized TFE731 and -36 Series APU Service Center. The facility is also a Northeast Honeywell Avionics and Mechanical Parts Depot. Meridian Jet Center technicians are certified to work on Beechjets, Challengers, Citations, Falcons, Gulfstreams, Hawkers and Learjets.
Meridian Jet Center is a member of the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA) and was awarded the Teterboro PAMA Maintenance Department of the Year in 2012, and Maintenance Facility of the Year in 2013.
On Wednesday, September 24, Meridian Jet Center sent a foursome of golfers to represent the company at the 2014 Ed Furst Sr. Memorial Teterboro PAMA Annual Golf Outing at the beautiful Crystal Springs Golf Club in Hamburg, NJ. The golf outing traditionally follows the first Teterboro PAMA meeting of the season, which was held the previous evening at Graycliff Restaurant in Moonachie, NJ. The Meridian team was composed of John Langschultz (VP of Meridian Jet Center), Per Karlsson, (Director of Meridian Jet Center), Joe Langschultz (Parts Manager), and Chris Langschultz. While the foursome did not win the tournament, they did win the award for ‘Most Honest Team’, finishing the round with a robust score of 84. The winning team was AeroTek, with a final score of 59.
The annual golf outing hosted by the Teterboro Chapter of the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association provides educational opportunities to students attending the Teterboro School of Aeronautics in conjunction with FlightSafety. According to chapter President Ed Furst Jr., “The PAMA chapter has had a long-standing relationship with the school. Every student benefits from the latest donation by PAMA and FlightSafety. The chapter is leasing FlightSafety’s popular Principles of Troubleshooting training program for the school for a three-year period. Each year we would donate scholarship funds to one or two students – but our board members were looking for something that would benefit the whole student body.” John Langschultz says, “We are proud to participate in this event because it positively impacts all of the students. Since these young men and women are the future of our industry, we all benefit in the long run. It’s really a great cause.”
Meridian Jet Center proudly received an award for Maintenance Facility of the Year at the monthly PAMA meeting held on Thursday, May 23, 2013, at The Graycliff in Moonachie, NJ. The award was presented by Ed Furst, Jr., Teterboro Chapter President. Robert ‘Bob’ Kennedy was on hand to receive the award on behalf of Meridian Jet Center, and the entire company. Meridian is a full-service, private aviation company based at Teterboro Airport (TEB) in Teterboro, NJ.
The Maintenance Facility of the Year award recognizes those aircraft maintenance facilities which have gone above and beyond in its support of the Teterboro PAMA Chapter and the Teterboro Aviation Community throughout the year. PAMA is a nonprofit society that represents all professionals in the field of aviation maintenance. The organization promotes professionalism and recognition for the Aviation Maintenance Technician. PAMA does this by fostering continuous improvement in aviation safety and community through communication, education, representation, and support.
Meridian is situated in PAMA’s ‘Eastern and New England Region’ and is part of the Teterboro (TEB) Chapter. The TEB Chapter gives Meridian, and many others, the chance to actively support and make advancements in the aircraft maintenance and management field. For example, one way that Meridian Jet Center supports the community is by hosting training courses throughout the year at its facility, often at no cost to the students. In 2012, Meridian Jet Center was honored to receive two PAMA awards; the Carl Krajewski Award and the Maintenance Department of the Year Award.
John Langschultz, VP Meridian Jet Center, commented, “At Meridian, we believe strongly in supporting this organization because of the way it gives back to the local aircraft maintenance community. The monthly meetings serve as a focal point for those in the industry to come together and share ideas, talk to students entering the field, and help job seekers find leads for employment. We are honored by this award, and look forward to many more successful years with PAMA.”
This past September, Meridian, the award-winning, full-service private aviation company based at Teterboro Airport (TEB), took to the links to support two important scholarship funds which help the local TEB community.
On September 10, 2012, associates from Meridian Air Charter and Meridian Teterboro participated in the 2012 Teterboro Airport Scholarship Golf Classic to support the Teterboro Airport Community Benefit Fund. The Fund helps the Teterboro Airport community by awarding 170 scholarships to local high school graduates aspiring to pursue higher education in aviation, engineering, and related fields of study. Meridian joined this worthwhile cause by sending a foursome of golfers to the event, which was held at Wild Turkey Golf Club in Hamburg, NJ. The company also sponsored the “Straightest Drive”, which was one of many contest holes. Player’s fees and sponsorships are donated to the cause.
On September 26, 2012, Meridian Jet Center participated in the 24th Annual Ed Furst Sr. Memorial Scholarship Golf Outing, which was also held at Wild Turkey Golf Club. Proceeds from the tournament are donated to the Teterboro PAMA Scholarship Fund, which was created to recognize and reward qualified students who have selected aviation maintenance as a career. While they did not win any prizes for best score, the foursome once again took home the coveted trophy for “Most Honest Team”.
Teterboro, NJ – During the week of April 16-20, 2012, Meridian Jet Center hosted a 5-day class entitled “Practical Aircraft Wiring for Line Maintenance” at its facility at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey. The class was taught by David Hyland of Global Jet Services, based near Hartford, CT.
Practical Aircraft Wiring is a hands-on course that is highly recommended for all A&P and Avionics Technicians. The course is built with the understanding that repairing wiring is often harder than installing it in a new aircraft, and inspecting wiring is a critical function for aircraft safety.
The material covered different types of electrical wires and cables, including: cutting, stripping, crimping, soldering, splicing, and fabrication, as well as installation particulars like segregation, tying, tiewrapping and chafing problems. Discussions included recent incidents, causes, and prevention with particular attention to inspection of existing wiring.
John Langschultz, VP Meridian Jet Center, had this to say, “Global Jet Services is a leading provider in aviation maintenance training, and we are proud to partner with them, and to host this informative class at our location”.
Teterboro, NJ – In late September, Meridian Jet Center, located at Teterboro Airport in Bergen County, NJ, hosted two aviation-sponsored seminars that supported continuing education in aircraft maintenance and repair. The first seminar was sponsored by Duncan Aviation on September 22, and it covered a wide range of topics that included the 731 Oil System, Maintenance Tracking, Bridging the Gap between NDT and Maintenance, Future Air Mandates, Flammability Testing, Aerospace Sealants, and EASy II Program Updates. The classes were approved for IA renewal credits.
The second seminar was sponsored by SATCOM Direct, and it was held on September 27. The four-hour seminar also covered a wide range of topics that included Flight Deck and Cabin Security, FANS-1/A and CPDLC, Smartphone and Tablet Applications, New Service Offerings, and Troubleshooting.
Both seminars were free-of-charge and held in the Meridian 3rd floor Training Room. Breakfast and lunch were provided complimentary for the attendees. Meridian will be hosting several more seminars in the coming months. To get on our email list, please contact us at email@example.com.
Date: Tuesday, September 27 2011
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Place: Meridian, 485 Industrial Avenue, Teterboro, NJ 07608
Meridian Jet Center and Satcom Direct would like to invite you to the Satcom Direct Technology Seminar: From Flight Deck to Cabin
Satcom Direct will be offering regional technology seminars at key business aviation areas, such as Teterboro Airport, throughout North America. The seminars are designed to provide an opportunity to showcase and discuss the latest developments in Satcom Direct service offerings and industry updates. Meridian is proud to host this event and hope that you are able to attend.
Seminar Topics will include:
- Flight Deck and Cabin Security
- FANS-1/A and CPDLC
- Smartphone and Tablet Applications
- New Service Offerings from Satcom Direct
- Basic Satcom Troubleshooting
To register, click on the link below to the Satcom Direct website:
The class is free, but seating is limited.
Parking – All attendees will be required to park at Hanger 12, located just down the street at 125 Industrial Avenue. A shuttle van will be provided.
Meridian Air Charter Adds Greensboro, NC Based Challenger 601 3A – ER to Fleet of Charter Aircraft
TETERBORO, NJ, November 2, 2009– Meridian Air Charter, a private aviation services company, expanded their charter fleet aircraft with recent addition of a Challenger 601 3A- ER – extended range aircraft. The Challenger 601 3A- ER is large sized jet of comfort and productivity. The aircraft is based in Greensboro NC (GSO) and is available for charter.
“The Mid Atlantic region is an under supported charter market for quality cabin class jets; a charter friendly Challenger 601 based in Greensboro, NC should be a great success for us,” said Director of Charter Sales and Client Services, Andrew Ladouceur. “We are working with the owner on reduced position fees to make the plane very competitive in this charter market.”The Challenger 601 3A/ER is a cost efficient extended range business aircraft that offers great value and comfort and is aesthetically pleasing. The white exterior is accented with garnet, cobalt and navy striping. The welcoming cabin is furnished with smooth leather and soft fabric textures. The colors boast stately and nautical tones combining deep slate blue, brilliant white and foggy grey and a sandy toned carpet that softens the palette. Golden oak woodwork with inlay design is a natural, crisp compliment to the cabin’s décor. Travel with ease with the Challenger’s berthable seats and private lavatory with sink. The aircraft comfortably accommodates nine passengers and is equipped with a full galley. Travel time may be spent productively or relaxingly while lounging in the plush leather seats to view the flight via Airshow® or enjoy the DVD-CD player entertainment system in the main cabin.
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
For more information on this or any other Jet in our fleet, visit www.nycjets.com, or call one of our travel professionals, 24 hours a day, at 1-800-882-2333
Meridian Jet Center
Meridian Jet Center is offering a 20 % off discount on
Inspection labor rates through August 31, 2009.
To schedule your aircraft contact the Meridian Jet Center
maintenance department at (201) 288-3880.
As a reminder our Jet Center continues to perform any repairs and aircraft maintenance you may require. Our FAA approved full-service Repair Station is a Honeywell authorized Engine and Avionics parts exchange and rental depot. We are also an authorized Bombardier warranty center.
Meridian Jet Center now offers 91.411 Altimeter System and Altitude Reporting Equipment Tests and Inspections and
91.413 ATC Transponder Tests and Inspections. Our personnel will perform these requirements at our Teterboro facility or
travel to your location.
To learn more about us visit www.meridianjetcenter.com.
Meridian – A Fine Line
By K.White, CAMP InSight, July 2009
Among the many important navigational resources of the world is the prime meridian. This imaginary line of longitude travels from the North to South Pole connecting all locations running along it. Prior to its establishment, the location of zero degrees was a matter of discretion – in fact, as many as fourteen different locations were being identified as zero degrees longitude on various pre-ninetieth century maps. For instance, there existed the Paris Meridian and the Washington, D.C. Meridian, as well as the Madrid, Brussels, Pisa, Stockholm, Mecca, and Great Pyramid of Giza meridians, plus more. Greenwich alone had four meridians.
It wasn’t until twenty-five nations joined together at the International Meridian Conference of 1884 that this ambiguous beast was tamed. The “line” through Greenwich, England – passing through the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, in east London, United Kingdom – was named the single zero degrees reference point, making navigation, communication, and “connecting” cohesive.
Meridian is no stranger to making a connection. As a family owned and operated, full-service aviation business Meridian knows the importance of connecting with people, as well as with destinations. Ken Forester, Jr., CEO, shared, “We are proud of our longevity and the fact that we are a family business that has been serving Teterboro [Teterboro Airport (TEB), Teterboro, New Jersey] for 63 years. We’re rewarded by the relationships we have with our customers, and we’re certainly proud of our employees. Together they are the key to the whole business.”
Meridian’s mission is: To be the full-service, Teterboro headquartered, private aviation services company that consistently delivers a truly extraordinary experience leaving our customers feeling welcomed, well cared for, and confident that they made a smart choice.
Just how is this accomplished? What achievements represent this mission? The answer? It boils down to a sincere effort, unparalleled dedication to the industry and to people, and an extensive set of capabilities. With grace, patience, and diligence, Meridian has positioned itself as “the line by which all others are measured.”
Meridian is distinguished as being “the longest continuously operating aviation services company in the New York Metropolitan area.” Meridian’s roots originate with founder Ken Forester, Sr. Forester’s aviation career began in 1941 at the age of eighteen when he earned his civilian pilot’s license. The following year he joined the U.S. Army Air corps (USAAF) and served as a test pilot from 1944 to 1946. While in the military, Forester flew most of America’s WWII fighter, bomber, and transport aircraft including the P-59 Aircomet (the U.S.’s first jet) and the P-80 Shooting Star (the first fighter jet used operationally by the USAAF).
In 1946, shortly after he was discharged, Forester began converting military transport aircraft for executive operation. He founded Mallard Air Service at Teterboro Airport. He went on to create General Aviation Company, which opened its doors for operation in 1958. General Aviation has since evolved to become the full-service Meridian Aviation Company of today.
In 2008, Forester was inducted to the New Jersey Aviation Hall of Fame in recognition of his hard work and unwavering contribution to aviation at Teterboro Airport. In January 2002, he was awarded the Charles Taylor Master Mechanic award. The FAA’s “Master Mechanic” award recognizes aviation maintenance professionals who have at least 50 years experience in the aviation maintenance industry. Forester obtained his aviation mechanic’s license during the last year of his USAAF enlistment.
Today, Meridian’s accumulated expertise is concentrated into four business units: Meridian Teterboro (FBO), Meridian Air Charter, Meridian Jet Center, and Meridian Aircraft Management. Operating to the highest of standards, Meridian focuses on private aircraft charter, management, maintenance, detailing, executive terminal services, and exquisite customer service. Meridian is ARG/US Gold Plus rated and maintains a perfect safety record. Be it charter, management, maintenance or business practice, Meridian is a class act.
Charter Meridian Air Charter is as exclusive as it is luxurious, appealing to the private traveler’s palette with aircraft that suits his/her speed, level of privacy, desire for amenities, and cost requirements. Meridian Charter knows no boundary. It has the capability to travel to any destination worldwide.
Its fleet is diverse and composed of the finest aircraft available. The following aircraft are operated by Meridian Charter under Air Carrier Certificate #IMJA053F: Citations (Excel, Excel XLS), Hawker 800’s (XP, SP), Falcons (2000/2000 EX, 900’s), Gulfstreams (IV’s, IV SP’s), a Challenger 601, and a Global.
Additional aircraft available to Meridian Charter, operated by FAR Part 135 Carriers, include Learjets (31/35 and 45, 55C, 60), Citations (CJ1, CJ2, CJ3, Bravo, III, V, VII, X), Hawkers (400XP, 700, 1000), Westwind II, Gulfstreams (G100, 200, 400, 500/550, II, III, V), Falcons (20F, 200, 50/50EX), Challenger (300, 601-3R, 604), a Premier 1, Global Express, Boeing BBJ, and an Embraer Legacy.
In addition to its Teterboro headquarters, Meridian has aircraft based throughout the country including in the states of Colorado and New York.
The charter services include, but not limited to, immediate price quotes by phone or internet, an online live chat option, flight crews that have been carefully chosen and trained recurrently in full motion simulators, and an attentive, skilled staff available 24 hours a day to help clients plan. Meridian believes that chartering aircraft should be convenient, time saving, and cost efficient.
Management Meridian’s management services are tailored to owners with the intent of simplifying ownership and promoting partnership. In all that it does, Meridian aims to create long lasting, honest relationships with its clientele. From flight standards to flight operations, maintenance management to air charter management or financial control/reporting, Meridian Aircraft Management exceeds expectation and offers an effective, cost-efficient means to operate by.
Maintenance Meridian Jet Center provides round-the-clock service – 24/7/365! Here again, staff is top-notch, well trained, and professional. In fact, Meridian’s maintenance staff has earned the FAA Diamond Award for delivering unparalleled service. It is the maintenance team’s mission to keep the aircraft “out of the hangar, on budget, and ready for dispatch.” Safety goes without saying.
This FAA-Approved full-service repair station (certificate #IMJR053F) is a Honeywell authorized line service center, Honeywell parts and exchange depot, and Bombardier warranty work center. It is certified to handle Learjets, Citations, Falcons, Challengers, Beechjets, and Gulfstreams. Furthermore, repairs on other aircraft are available upon request. Meridian Jet Center also stocks thousands of parts. From common replacements to hard-to-find parts, Meridian has it. From airframe inspection and repair to troubleshooting, Meridian does it. From avionic repair and installation to service bulletin compliance and everything in between, Meridian is skilled at it.
The maintenance staff is also skilled in the CAMP application. As the former D.O.M., Dennis O’Connell, President and GIV pilot, affirmed that CAMP lends to Meridian’s capabilities. “CAMP is an excellent tool. I know that our maintenance group is very happy with it.” He shared his satisfaction with the reporting aspects of the application and noted that “the interactive nature of the technology is great” as is the accessibility from anywhere, at anytime. O’Connell expressed complete confidence in CAMP’s product and abilities as a service provider.
Detailing Meridian Jet Center also provides a detailing service run by highly trained and certified personnel whose sole responsibility is aircraft detailing. Using only the best products available, the detailing crew meticulously attends to the Meridian fleet and extends their talents to aircraft outside the fleet.
Executive terminal services In 2006, Meridian opened the doors to its new FBO and hangar at Teterboro. The facilities – spacious, plush, and inviting – ushered in “a new chapter” for the organization, “aligning services, experience and passion for superior private aviation under one roof.” The 30,000 square foot executive terminal is state-of-the-art, with details catering to both passenger and pilot to be had in every square inch.
With wireless internet access, an executive lounge, conference rooms, convenient transportation options, and more, passenger amenities have been carefully considered. Pilots will find their needs met with complimentary crew cars, pilots’ lounge, large-screen theater, a sleep room, showers, a gym, a flight planning room, and more.
Still, the greatest asset to be found at the terminal is Meridian’s warm, friendly staff ready to greet and assist all those passing by.
Shaped and educated by its longevity, Forester suggested that perhaps the secret to success over the years simply dwells in everyday life lessons – be honest, be trustworthy, be personable, promote integrity, and do unto others. “We are a small industry and reputation is absolutely critical. You have to be honest and you have to be a good neighbor. Our clients trust us to do what’s right, to train our staff properly, to use sound equipment, and bill them fairly. This is the basis upon which we’ve grown. Ours is a word-of-mouth business; integrity is critical.”
Meridian has also been an attentive student in its life lessons, taking notes from history on the successes and failures of others in the industry. “We’ve certainly learned a lot by watching what’s happening in the industry, and from our own experiences too,” said Forester.
Whether self-taught or by observation, Meridian has come to abide by an open door policy where management is easily accessible to both staff and clients alike. “One of the most appealing points about Meridian is that you can get in touch with any manager in the company. Clients have direct access to anybody from the top down. The door is always open here,” said O’Connell.
Furthermore, he confidently described the organization as being full of “good listeners” and having “strong internal company communications.” Both very fine attributes, and “a big help” said O’Connell, when operating a multi-faceted, intricate organization such as Meridian.
Meridian’s growth through the years has been based on the belief that slow and steady wins the race. A gradual, natural progression is the answer. “Our overall philosophy is not to get ahead of ourselves,” stated O’Connell. O’Connell has had the pleasure of working his way up through the company, gaining valuable knowledge of every facet of the organization along the way, and observing first hand the advantages of natural growth in this family establishment.
Forester is confident that Meridian will continue to flourish, that there is plenty of room for growth. However, he affirmed that the company has no desire to grow faster than its team can keep up with the customer service. In fact, Meridian is renown for its ability to provide its clientele with exceptional service. Meridian holds two top-ten positions on the ProPilot “Best Customer Service Representative” survey. Additionally, Meridian Teterboro was voted #14 FBO overall on the survey, a climb of six positions above the previous year.
Meridian is exceptionally proud to acknowledge Victor Seda and Betsy Wines. Seda, Customer Service Manager, made the list for the second year in a row, presently holding spot #7. Wines, VP of Human Resources and Customer Service, has held the #1 position on the survey since 1996. Wines began her career at Meridian in 1985. Forester described her as being “a wonderful person and a great employee.” O’Connell shared, “She has a wealth of knowledge, she’s great with our clients, great with the employees. She is a very consistent person.”
An undeniable factor contributing to the success of Meridian is the involvement of the company’s owners – phenomenal, proactive, and personal. Maureen Maloney, Marketing Manager, simply explained, “Ken, our CEO, is an amazing leader and owner.” O’Connell said, “The feeling of family flows throughout the whole company. This is a great family to work for.”
Forester, Sr., at age 87, still pokes his head into the office. “He’s not the retiring type,” described Forester of his father. The elder Forester’s presence brings, without question, a great sense of pride and pleasure to the employees of Meridian. Both O’Connell and Maloney made point to acknowledge him, as did his son. He is clearly a positive influence, a dynamic presence, and instrumental to this spirit of this organization.
Among its four divisions, Meridian has nearly 200 employees – a great many have been with the company for numerous years. It seems that job seekers tend to find a home at Meridian (true for customers as well). At Meridian, people are treated with respect. Employees are able to develop and grow their talents and are given the opportunity to advance their careers. Many a team member has begun at the bottom of the ladder and climbed industriously through the ranks. O’Connell explained, “We empower our employees to make decisions. And they are responsible for their actions.”
Forester notes the company’s culture as being another reason why growth is important to the organization. “We want to grow new opportunities for our people so that they have options and can improve their professional experience.”
On the Horizon
As for the future, Forester shared that the company is always open to prospect. While Teterboro has always been the operation’s focal point, Forester said that he would consider “expanding the business [FBO and maintenance] to other geographic locations if an opportunity presented itself.” In the meantime, business is plentiful in Teterboro according to Forester.
To learn more about Meridian, visit www.MeridianTEB.com.