Meridian Hosts BBQ for FBO Staff after Tough Winter

Steve and Camacho show off their grill skills.

Steve and Camacho show off their grill skills.

It was a long, cold, snowy winter. For many of those who work at Meridian Teterboro, this meant many weekends at work or nights spent at the facility. To show appreciation for all of the hard work and dedication by Line Service, Customer Service, and many other FBO employees, the company decided to greet spring with a ‘Thank You’ Barbeque in their honor.

With FBO President Steve Chandoha and Line Service Manager ‘Camacho’ acting as Grill Masters, the Dynamic Duo put many of TVs Iron Chefs to shame yesterday by cooking up some seriously juicy burgers and delicious dogs. Two BBQs were held to accommodate both the morning and evening shifts.

The windy weather did not slow things down, although a few paper plates may have been permanently lost. Overall, the BBQ went well, and no one went back to work hungry.

Thanks again to the staff for all of your hard work this past winter.

Ken, Susan, Steve, and Betsy

Melvin and Inez enjoy a taste of spring with the first BBQ of the season.

Melvin and Inez enjoy a taste of spring with the first BBQ of the season.

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Puppies Stop at Meridian Enroute to Adoption

Tiny Tina receives a warm welcome at Meridian..

Tiny Tina receives a warm welcome at Meridian.

Last week, a plane with some very special passengers onboard landed at Meridian Teterboro. If you like puppies (and really, who doesn’t like puppies?), then you would have been in for a big treat if you were here at our FBO. A charter flight filled with crates of puppies of all breeds landed at our facility from California. The trip was organized by “Saving Gizmo’s Friends”, a dog rescue foundation that takes dogs from the kill shelters in Los Angeles, and transports them to humane societies, rescue shelters, and non-kill shelters in other cities.

In New York, the organization works with the North Shore Animal Shelter as well as another local rescue group. Saving Gizmo’s Friends comes to the New York area quite often, and they bring as many dogs as they possibly can. On the last trip, they arrived with over 25 dogs who were already pre-adopted or going to foster homes.

The dogs are often transported on business jets because most of them are too small to fly in the cargo compartments of commercial airlines, especially in freezing temperatures. The difficulty for this group is twofold: not only do they need to rescue the dogs from these shelters, but they must also seek out charter flights or jet owners that would be willing to help transport these animals.

They have flown as few as two crates all the way up to 20 or 30 crates at a time, either on an empty leg or using whatever extra space they have available on trips to New York. There is high demand for small dogs on the East Coast, yet an overpopulation of them on the West Coast, especially among chihuahuas. If they are not rescued, most of these dogs are put to sleep due to overcrowding.

The website for the organization is currently under construction, but Saving Gizmo’s Friends mission statement reads:

“SAVING GIZMO’S FRIENDS is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving at-risk dogs from high-kill city and county shelters in the Greater Los Angeles area. After all their veterinary needs are met, the dogs are transported to Humane Societies, independent rescuer groups, and shelter’s in other States, that have met our standards and approval.

Although we are currently able to help mostly small to medium breeds, we occasionally take larger breeds too. We do not discriminate against age, sex or medical needs. We help dogs in all kinds of medical conditions and keep them at our foster homes until they are healthy to be transported.
We are also dedicated to improving the conditions of the shelters for animals by donating beds, blankets, heating/cooling systems for their facilities.

Our goal is to give a second chance to as many four-pawed friends as we can with the help of our supporters”.

If you are interested in supporting Saving Gizmo’s Friends, please contact Berna at 323-252-2046.

Puppies on their way to happy homes in the New York Metro area.

Puppies on their way to happy homes in the New York Metro area.

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Meridian Air Charter Adds Challenger 605 to Fleet

A Challenger 605 (N605MM) is the latest addition to Meridian's Charter fleet.

A Challenger 605 (N605MM) is the latest addition to Meridian’s Charter fleet.

Meridian, the award-winning private aviation company based in Teterboro, NJ, is pleased to announce the addition of a Bombardier Challenger 605 (N605MM) to its growing fleet of private business jets. This large cabin aircraft was completed in 2008 and seats up to nine passengers. It will be based at Teterboro Airport (TEB), and is immediately available for charter (Certificate IMJA053F).

This aircraft was impeccably refurbished and repainted in December 2014, offering passengers a ‘like-new’ aircraft experience. This stunning private jet comes fully-equipped and loaded with amenities: leather club seating, conference tables, berthable divan, full galley with microwave and convection ovens, coffee machine, and private lavatory with sink. It also features the latest technology: Iridium satellite phone, Gogo Biz® high-speed wifi, bulkhead video monitors with Airshow® (3D moving maps), and a dual multi-media player.

Dennis O’Connell, President of Meridian Air Charter, says, “We are thrilled about adding this Challenger 605 to our charter fleet. When you are inside the cabin, you feel like you are in a brand new plane that has just rolled off the assembly line. This aircraft increases both the breadth and quality of our fleet offerings, and demonstrates the high level of commitment that we have to improving the flying experience of our clientele.”

The Challenger 605 is an evolution from its predecessor, the Challenger 604, offering best-in-class cabin comfort combined with its ability to operate cost effectively. Bombardier added numerous enhancements when it designed this model. In the cockpit, avionics include an impressive Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 with four large flat-panel displays. The cabin was enlarged with space-efficient interior wall panels to increase usable head-room and width for passengers. Even cabin windows were enlarged to allow 30% more light than previous Challenger 600 models.

Meridian currently manages a wide range of aircraft types that are available for private charter: Global 5000, Gulfstream G550, Gulfstream GIV-SP, Falcon 900EX EASy, Falcon 2000EX EASy, Challenger 605, Challenger 604, Challenger 601-3R, Challenger 601-3A, Gulfstream G200, Hawker 900XP, Hawker 800XP, Hawker 800SP, Citation XLS, Citation VII, and Citation Mustang. Other aircraft types can also be obtained through Meridian’s extensive network of qualified operators.

An aft view of the cabin shows the beautiful interior of this Challenger 605 (N605MM).

An aft view of the cabin shows the beautiful interior of this Challenger 605 (N605MM).

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