General Trade Show

Meridian Exhibits at San Jose Regional Forum

The Meridian Team is ready to welcome visitors at the San Jose Regional Forum.

Meridian once again proudly participated as an exhibitor at the National Business Aviation Association’s (NBAA) Regional Forum in San Jose, CA, on Thursday, March 5. The award-winning private aviation company sent associates from several functional areas, including Aircraft Management, Charter Sales and Operations, Customer Service, and Marketing. Representatives from both coasts were on hand to greet customers, prospects, vendors, and friends.

Carlos Rodriguez, General Manager of Meridian Hayward, was very impressed with the event. “This Forum is a great opportunity for us in Hayward (California) because San Jose is a short ride away, and the event brings together business aviation people from all over the West Coast and particularly the Northern California Region. It’s really a great opportunity to meet face-to-face with new customers, reconnect with associates, and network with industry colleagues.”

NBAA held the trade show at Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC). The one-day event drew a crowd of about 1,500 attendees, and featured 140 exhibitors, 19 aircraft and 5 displays showing the industry’s latest technologies, products and services.

Some very impressive aircraft are lined up on the static display.

The forum was held in conjunction with three different Northern California Business Aviation Association events, demonstrating strong interest from California companies and their members.

The event got underway with opening session remarks from Dr. David Farnie, medical director of Medaire’s Global Response Center, who provided a timely update on novel coronavirus, with the goal of enabling attendees to make informed decisions regarding travel. He also provided common-sense tips for avoiding illness.

The business aviation community’s strong commitment to aviation sustainability was also in focus at the forum. A panel led by Mike Nichols, CAM, CAE and NBAA’s senior vice president of strategy and innovation, engaged session attendees with information on sustainable aviation fuels, and answered operators’ questions about the blends.

The forum also included an urban air mobility panel featuring Scott Akina from Quantum XYZ, Dave Merrill from Elroy Air and Mark Moore from Uber Elevate. Elroy Air showcased at the forum its Chaparral, a hybrid, 500-pound payload, 300-mile-range aerial cargo delivery system.

NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen remarked on the forum’s timely and informative educational content, tangible energy on the exhibit floor and exciting previews of business aviation’s future. “This week’s forum proved to be another valuable addition to NBAA’s series of regional events, and our overall 2020 lineup,” Bolen said. “We were pleased with the strong turnout, we had a great day in San Jose, and we look forward to welcoming business aviation professionals to our upcoming events.”

Meridian will be participating at NBAA’s next event, which will be the 2020 Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference from March 10-13 in Charlotte, NC. We hope to see you there!

The Regional Forum drew over 1,500 attendees to the one day event in San Jose, CA.


Meridian Exhibits at NBAA San Jose Regional

Meridian at NBAA San Jose
The Meridian Team stands poised to make the most of the NBAA San Jose Regional.

On Thursday, September 6, Meridian sent eight associates, along with a 10′ x 10′ display to the NBAA San Jose Regional Forum, which hosted over 1,800 attendees, 176 exhibitors, and 15 static aircraft displays.
NBAA President and CEO, Ed Bolen spoke on his thoughts on the industry: “The future of business aviation looks bright, and technologies on the horizon make this an exciting time to be in the industry, but only if we meet challenges head-on and work together to make a difference.”
To further address the theme of the forum, author Jeff Butler presented data and case studies to help address issues that multi-generational companies may face, driving the theme of the forum home: making the business aviation industry more attractive to younger professionals and travelers.
Overall, the event was extremely positive. NBAA’s Vice President of Operational Excellence, Mike Nichols, stated that “The mood was extremely positive, there were a lot of buyers here and prospects that were new to the exhibitors.”
“People have been talking about how the business aviation market has greatly improved in the last couple of months, and they are appreciative of the opportunity to get business done here this week.”
Meridian used the forum as an opportunity to launch our CAA Campaign for our Hayward FBO. Carlos Rodriguez, Meridian HWD’s General Manager stated that “there really isn’t a better time or place to introduce this campaign. San Jose is a short drive from Hayward, and this is the audience we’re trying to reach.”
These events serve as a great barometer for the industry, and allow for everyone here to get a glimpse into where we’re headed in the future. We can’t wait to see what’s in store for BACE, next month!

General Private Air Charter

Meridian Air Charter Adds Falcon 2000 to West Coast Fleet

Falcon 2000 (N411YF) - Exterior
Falcon 2000 (N411YF) – Exterior

Meridian, the award-winning private aviation company based at Teterboro Airport in Teterboro, NJ, is pleased to announce the addition of a Falcon 2000 (N411YF) to its growing West Coast fleet of private business jets. This large cabin aircraft, completed in 2001 and refurbished in 2014, seats up to ten passengers. It is based at San Jose International Airport in San Jose, CA, and it is immediately available for charter (Certificate IMJA053F).
The Falcon 2000 is a long range, twin-engine business jet that offers the perfect combination of luxury and efficiency. The aircraft has a range of up to 3,130 statute miles with a maximum cruise speed of 475 mph. It comes fully-equipped with all of the features and amenities expected from today’s discerning business traveler: leather club seating, a full galley with microwave and convection ovens, coffee maker and espresso machine, private lavatory with sink, and berthable seats that can accommodate three beds that could sleep up to four people.
The aircraft also features the latest technology, including complimentary domestic Wifi, two iPad Pro tablets, an inflight satellite phone system, large 18” bulkhead monitors with Airshow® 3D moving maps, individual viewing monitors, and a multimedia entertainment center that features a DVD/CD player.
Chris Battaglia, Director of Charter Sales, says, “This Falcon 2000 is a great addition to our Northern California fleet. It is our second aircraft based near Silicon Valley, but it’s our first heavy jet in the region. This means that we can now offer our customers more versatility for both domestic and international trips. As we continue to build our West Coast fleet, our focus will be to increase the range of options with late-model aircraft while always maintaining our high safety standards.
Meridian currently manages a wide range of aircraft types that are available for private charter: Global 5000, Gulfstream G550, Gulfstream GIV-SP, Falcon 7X, Falcon 900EX EASy, Falcon 2000EX EASy, Falcon 2000, Challenger 605, Challenger 604, Challenger 601, Gulfstream G200, Hawker 900XP, Hawker 800XP, Citation XLS, and Citation VII. Other aircraft types can also be obtained through Meridian’s extensive network of qualified operators.
Falcon 2000 (N411YF) - Cabin Forward View
Falcon 2000 (N411YF) – Cabin Forward View

General Private Air Charter

Meridian Exhibits at Record-Breaking Schedulers Conference

Team Meridian at the booth during the exhibition. (l to r: Anthony Banome, Estrella Reynoso, Edvina Floed, Mike Moore, Bob Platten, Andrea Politis, Greg Johnson, and Kirk Stephen)
Team Meridian at the booth during the exhibition. (l to r: Anthony Banome, Estrella Reynoso, Edvina Floed, Mike Moore, Bob Platten, Andrea Politis, Greg Johnson, and Kirk Stephen)

Meridian, the award-winning private aviation company based at Teterboro Airport, proudly participated in the 2015 National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference (SDC2015) at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, CA. The annual conference was held from Tuesday, Feb. 3 through Friday, Feb. 6, with a record-breaking 2,700-plus attendees. The company sent nine representatives from its Headquarters in Teterboro, NJ, as well as three local representatives from the West Coast, including CEO Ken Forester.
This year’s conference featured a groundbreaking live-action business aviation emergency response drill, five days of in-depth educational opportunities, and a visit from former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta. The live emergency response simulation was staged during the first-ever Second-Day General Session. Blending live actors with video simulations, the immersive drill left many attendees reflecting on the effectiveness of their own emergency response plans.
“This has been an incredibly exciting and engaging show,” said Mike Nichols, NBAA’s vice president of operational excellence and professional development. “We’ve had packed session rooms, people taking every opportunity to share experiences with their peers from across the country and a powerfully captivating emergency simulation that brought the participating crowd to its feet.”
Mineta, an esteemed aviation leader who has also served as a congressman, the mayor of San Jose, as well as U.S. Secretary of Commerce and U.S. Secretary of Transportation, visited the conference on Thursday, Feb. 5, meeting NBAA staff and committee leaders while touring the exhibit floor. His visit was all the more fitting, with the conference held less than 3 miles from the airport that bears his name: Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC).
“We’re very proud to have had former Secretary Mineta on hand to demonstrate his enthusiasm for our industry,” said Steve Brown, chief operating officer of NBAA. “Many of the attendees were inspired by his service and he, in turn, was clearly impressed with the professionalism of business aviation schedulers and dispatchers and the contributions attendees made to the local community.”
SDC2015 broke more than attendance records, with the conference’s annual Pay It Forward program collecting a record 1,452 suits, dresses, shirts and other business attire for Dress for Success and Sacred Heart San Jose. With a first-ever pedometer competition, based on steps walked across the show floor, the conference also raised $4,000 for the two local charities.
The educational program at SDC2015 was more dynamic than ever, with in-depth sessions on advanced topics such as personal use of aircraft, international aviation regulations and handling and Fit for Duty: Not Just for Flightcrews.
There were more than 450 exhibitors at the show, and NBAA unveiled a new category of its Flying Safety Awards: the Scheduler and Licensed Dispatcher Safety Award, which will be presented for the first time in 2016.
“This conference gets more dynamic, more informative and more rewarding every year,” said NBAA’s Jo Damato, NBAA’s director of educational development and strategy. “That’s all because of the active involvement of our attendees and the leadership of the Schedulers & Dispatchers Committee. This event always brings out the vitality and dedication of our community.”
This was the 26th year since the show’s debut in 1989. Meridian’s own Bob Platten has been there since the beginning. “I remember standing in a room with about 25 people from the industry, and we were asking ourselves, ‘What do we want this to be?’ Twenty-five years later, the educational component has expanded tremendously, attendance has grown to almost 3,000 people from companies based all over the world, and the networking opportunities are boundless. It’s really amazing to see how the show has evolved over the years, and I am really glad to be a part of this important event.”
Next year’s Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference (SDC2016) is scheduled for Jan. 19 to 22 in Tampa, FL.


Meridian Participates at NBAA Forum in San Jose

Team Meridian Working the Booth (Left to Right: Anthony Banome, Mike Moore, Kirk Stephen)
Team Meridian working the booth. (Left to Right: Anthony Banome, Mike Moore, Kirk Stephen)
San Jose, CA – On July 14, 2011, Meridian Teterboro proudly participated in the NBAA Regional Forum held at the San Jose International Airport (SJC) in San Jose, CA. The event provided a great venue to network with other colleagues in the aviation industry, and offered Meridian a unique opportunity to meet prospective West Coast customers and vendors. The event featured dozens of exhibitors and an impressive static display.
Unlike the heatwave experienced at the NBAA Regional Forum in White Plains last month, the weather was much cooler, with clear and sunny skies in San Jose. Meridian is full-service private jet company located at Teterboro Airport, NJ (TEB), just minutes from New York City. Featured services include an FBO, charter sales, aircraft maintenance, and aircraft sales and management.