David Schuster Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

David Schuster (left) receives the Lifetime Achievement Award from Ed Furst, President of PAMA's Teterboro Chapter.

David Schuster (left) receives the Lifetime Achievement Award from Ed Furst, President of PAMA’s Teterboro Chapter.

Meridian, the full-service private aviation company based in Teterboro, NJ, is proud to announce that David Schuster has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Teterboro Chapter of the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA). Mr. Schuster is a Quality Assurance Inspector with Meridian Jet Center, the company’s aircraft maintenance business. He joins a short list of distinguished recipients who have received this honor.

Ed Furst, President of the PAMA Teterboro Chapter, presented the prestigious award to Mr. Schuster in front of a large audience attending the 25th Annual PAMA Holiday Party. The evening gala was held on Friday, January 16, 2015 at The Graycliff, an elegant banquet facility near Teterboro Airport in Moonachie, NJ. The award was in recognition of David’s continuous support of the PAMA Teterboro Chapter, the aviation community, and his fellow chapter members.

Dave’s experience in aviation is quite impressive, accomplishing many milestones over the course of his career. While still in high school, Dave enlisted in the US Air Force and became a Crew Chief on a KC-135 Stratotanker, a military aerial refueling aircraft. At the conclusion of the Vietnam War, he found himself maintaining military aircraft in remote areas across the Pacific and in Europe, supporting new peace-time activities. Several years later he was assigned to remote duty at Shemya AFB in the Aleutian Islands, maintaining a RC-135S “Cobra Ball”, an aircraft specially designed to observe ballistic missile flights at long range. These assignments were truly the foundation for his career as an Aircraft Maintenance Technician (AMT).

Upon discharge from the military, Dave attended Teterboro School of Aeronautics and graduated in 1980 with an FAA Airframe & Powerplant (A&P) license. He was able to obtain a position with Eastern Airlines at its major overhaul facility in Miami. Soon afterwards, Dave was hired by Becton Dickinson’s Corporate Flight Department at Teterboro Airport and eventually became the Manager of Maintenance.

During his 32-year career with Becton Dickinson, Dave was mostly responsible for maintaining the company’s fleet of aircraft all around the world. In 2014, he began a new chapter in his career when he joined Meridian Jet Center as a Quality Assurance Inspector.

Mr. Schuster is a graduate of Thomas Edison State College. He has spent many years as a Trustee with the New Jersey Aviation Hall of Fame and Museum. Dave currently volunteers as a member of the Teterboro School of Aeronautics Advisory Board and he is a commercially rated multi-engine pilot.

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Meridian Comes Through for Local Shelter

Meridian proudly supports the Center for Hope and Safety, and employees of the company generously donated dozens of gifts during the Teterboro Airport annual holiday gift drive.

Meridian proudly supports the Center for Hope and Safety, and employees of the company generously donated dozens of gifts during the Teterboro Airport annual holiday gift drive.

On Friday, December 19, two carloads of gifts were driven down Industrial Avenue from Meridian Teterboro to the Teterboro Airport Operations building. Meridian proudly participated in the airport’s annual holiday gift drive to support the Center for Hope and Safety, formerly known as Shelter Our Sisters. Several Meridian employees were on hand to help deliver the large boxes containing gifts for kids of all ages. The Meridian employees (Kelly Manzo, Joe Langschultz, Joy Glassman, and Kirk Stephen) were happily greeted by several Port Authority employees and a representative of the shelter. The gifts will be distributed to local families (mothers and children) who are victims of domestic violence, including emotional, economic, sexual and physical abuses. These families have fled from their dysfunctional environments and are receiving safety, strength and hope at Center for Hope and Safety.

Center for Hope and Safety is dedicated to assisting victims, and their children, of domestic violence by turning fear into safety, helplessness into strength, and isolation into hope. They are a not-for-profit agency founded in 1976. Their mission is to help victims of domestic violence to heal and grow through a wide range of services that provide the tools needed to leave the violence, and empower families for new beginnings. The shelter is located in Bergen County, New Jersey.

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Meridian Employees Rally to Support Shelter with Holiday Gift Drive

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For the past 20 years, the Teterboro Airport community has come together to deliver holiday cheer to local mothers and their children who are victims of domestic violence, including emotional, economic, sexual and physical abuses. Consequently, these families have fled from their dysfunctional environments and are receiving safety, strength & hope at the Center for Hope and Safety. Although the shelter’s name has changed from Shelter Our Sisters to the Center for Hope and Safety, their mission has remained the same. Donations are now being accepted to help those suffering from domestic violence to help make their holiday a little more special. Items being collected include toys, apparel, gift cards, appliances, recreational and entertainment gifts.

Meridian employees have always answered the call and given generously in past years. The donation drive has begun again for this holiday season, and Meridian colleagues will be able to participate by dropping off new, unwrapped gifts into collection boxes located throughout the FBO. When the donation drive is finished, the gifts will be collected and driven over to the main Airport Operations building at Teterboro Airport for pick-up by the Center for Hope and Safety.

Together, we can continue the tradition of helping these families by providing them with a warm and loving holiday for 2014. Please join us in donating new, unwrapped merchandise such as:

- Apparel
- Electronics
- Donations for boys and girls in their early teens
- Household items
- Gift Certificates / Gift Cards
- Infant care items such as baby food, diapers, etc.
- Non-perishable food items
- Toys and games for children of all ages

You may also drop-off your donation at:

Airport Services
111 Industrial Avenue, Bldg. 1
Teterboro, NJ 07608

For inquiries, please contact an Airport Services Holiday Coordinator:
Lauren (201) 393-4080 or Terri (201) 807-4020

The donation deadline is Friday, December 19, 2014.

Thank you for your support!

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