Meridian Hosts Pilot Appreciation Day

Meridian Hayward hosted the local Civil Air Patrol (CAP) East Bay Cadet Squadron 18’s Pilot Appreciation Day on Saturday, November 2. The event was a mixture of pilot appreciation, ground and safety training for cadets, and educational classes along with food and fun. The event had around 60 attendees

The California Civil Air Patrol serves as an auxiliary of the US Air Force. They normally conduct search and rescue, humanitarian, and counter-drug missions, and are also credited with sinking two enemy submarines during World War II.

The CAP also hosts a cadet program that provides the opportunity to participate in special activities or even solo fly an airplane for the first time. The training that the cadets receive is so comprehensive, that any cadet that reaches officer status could join the US Air Force two ranks higher than a normal recruit!

To learn more about the California Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, visit their website at .

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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 Pilots Participate in Flight Safety Golf Tournament

Team Meridian (left to right): Colin MacLeod, David Tidwell, Keith Carlyle, and Dan Govatos

Meridian Volunteers: Mike Moore (left) and Anthony Banome (right)

David Tidwell displays his winning shot for the Closest to the Pin contest

On Monday, June 25, 2012, Meridian Air Charter sent a foursome of pilots to play in the 16th Annual Flight Safety 2012 Customer Appreciation Golf Tournament held at Centennial Golf Club in Carmel, New York. In addition to sending players, Meridian also supported the event with a hole sponsorship, which allowed the TEB-based private aviation company to network with golfers by having a tent at the hole with two volunteers to hand out cold water and and shake hands.
While the early part of the day had experienced some stormy weather conditions which caused a half-hour delayed start, the remainder of the morning and early afternoon allowed the players to finish 12 holes before being forced to stop playing when another storm front had rolled in. Most of the players had opted to return to the course after a short delay, but the scoring was based on 12 holes to keep it fair for those golfers that did not finish the round.
About 190 golfers hit the links on Monday, with a total of 240 attendees participating in the event, including players, volunteers, and dinner guests. Since Centennial is a 27 hole course, Flight Safety awarded 3 First Place prizes to foursomes with the lowest scores based on the combination of courses played. Contest prizes were also offered for Longest Drive and Closest to the Pin. Prizes included iPads, Kindles, digital cameras, and aircraft models, and of course, two Ping putters dontated by Meridian.
First place winners scored -8, -7, and -6, while Team Meridian finished at +3. Although the Meridian foursome did not win first place, David Tidwell won Closest to the Pin with an amazing shot that landed just 4′ 8″ from the hole. Dave (a.k.a. “Tiddy”) won a $150 gift card to the Centennial Pro Shop, which he used to purchase a Footjoy windbreaker. Nice job Tiddy! Meridian is looking forward to participating in its next golf tournament, which will be the 28th Annual Teterboro Airport Scholarship Classic at Wild Turkey Golf Club on September 10, 2012.

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