Meridian Duffers Play for a Good Cause at Annual PAMA Golf Outing

Meridian Jet Center sent three players to participate in the annual PAMA golf outing at Crystal Springs Golf Club in Hamburg, NJ. (l to r): Bob Kennedy, John Langschultz, and Kirk Stephen.

Meridian Jet Center sent three players to participate in the annual PAMA golf outing at Crystal Springs Golf Club in Hamburg, NJ. (l to r): Bob Kennedy, John Langschultz, and Kirk Stephen.

On Wednesday, September 20, Meridian Jet Center was proud to support the 29th Annual Ed Furst Sr. Memorial Scholarship Golf Outing, which was held at the beautiful Crystal Springs Golf Club in Hamburg, NJ. Meridian was a proud hole sponsor, while also sending a foursome of golfers to represent the company. The event drew 112 golfers, and included a 4-person scramble, lunch, dinner, and an awards reception following the tournament.

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 included John Langschultz (VP of Maintenance), Bob Kennedy, (Jet Center Sales), Kirk Stephen (Director of Marketing), and Gino DiMartino, Account Manager with Aerotek Aviation. While the foursome did not win the tournament, they did take home the award for ‘Most Honest Team’, finishing the round with a ‘respectable’ score of 80 (+8 over par). The winning team was Dassault Falcon Jet (Wilmington, DE), with a final score of 57 (-15 under par). The second place winner completed the round -11 under par, and third place winner had a final score of -8 under par. Most of the other teams finished somewhere in between.

Meridian has been a longtime sponsor from the very beginning, over 28 years ago. John Langschultz has been on the golf committee for the entire 28 years. The PAMA golf outing was renamed after Ed Furst, Sr. passed away suddenly in 2001. Today, his son, Ed Furst, Jr. organizes the event each year. This year, Meridian employee Connor Furst, grandson of Ed Furst, Sr., played among the group and finished second in the longest drive contest with a 296 yard drive. Not bad for 16 year old!

The annual golf outing is hosted by the Teterboro Chapter of the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association, and 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.” Teterboro PAMA and FL Aviation based in Morristown, NJ, had established the scholarship in memory of Tom Geiger, former Director of Maintenance at FL Aviation. The golf outing helps to raise the funds needed to keep the program going.

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.”

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Meridian Golfs for a Good Cause

Meridian proudly supports the Teterboro Airport Scholarship Fund at the annual golf classic held this year at the Basking Ridge Country Club. (l to r): Ron Palmer, Bob Platten, Nehemias Camacho.

Meridian proudly supports the Teterboro Airport Scholarship Fund at the annual golf classic held this year at the Basking Ridge Country Club. (l to r): Ron Palmer, Bob Platten, Nehemias Camacho.

This past week, Meridian proudly supported the 33rd Annual Teterboro Airport Community Benefit Fund Scholarship Golf Classic, which was held at Basking Ridge Country Club in Basking Ridge, NJ. The golf tournament raises funds for the Teterboro Airport Community Benefit Fund, which create scholarships totaling about $12,000 for local high schools.

Due to the overwhelming success and generosity of businesses both on and off the airport, the Teterboro Airport Scholarship Golf Classic has permitted the Teterboro Airport community to award 200 scholarships to local high school graduates aspiring to pursue higher education in aviation or related fields of study.

Meridian sponsored a hole at the event and sent a team of three to play in the tournament, including Ron Palmer, Bob Platten, and Nehemias Camacho. The team managed to place 4th overall in the tournament and shot an impressive score of 67 strokes. While they did not come home with any hardware, the team still enjoyed a fun round of golf while they supported a great cause. Special thanks to our team and to everyone who made the event possible.

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Meridian Exhibits at NBAA Regional Forum in Morristown

Meridian was a proud exhibitor at the NBAA Regional Forum in  Morristown, NJ.  The event was held at Morristown Airport (MMU) on September 7, 2017.

Meridian was a proud exhibitor at the NBAA Regional Forum in Morristown, NJ. The event was held at Morristown Airport (MMU) on September 7, 2017.

Meridian, the award-winning private aviation company located in Teterboro, NJ (TEB) and Hayward, CA (HWD), proudly exhibited at its third and final National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Regional Forum of the year. The highly anticipated Northeast Regional was held for the first time at Morristown Airport (MMU). The event drew 160 exhibitors, featured 37 aircraft and vehicles on static display, and attracted more than 2,500 attendees. Exhibitors were happy about the outstanding turnout and agreed that the forum was an all-around success.

Kirk Stephen, Director of Marketing, was very satisfied with the outcome of the event. “I was pleasantly surprised to see the number of exhibitors and attendees at the show today. I know that Hurricane Irma was severely impacting our aviation friends in Florida, but all things considered, I think the attendance had been quite robust.” Stephen credits NBAA for hosting a productive trade show. “The Regionals are very important to us because it gives our people the opportunity to connect with many of our customers in a local setting that the big shows can’t always provide. I know that our Charter, FBO, Management, and Maintenance teams were able to network with many of our longtime customers, while also meeting several new prospects. The value of these shows are immeasurable because of the face-to-face contact they provide.”

NBAA Regional Forums return in 2018 to the follow sites: West Palm Beach, FL on Jan. 24; White Plains, NY on June 21; and San Jose, CA on Sept. 6. In 2017, the next upcoming event is NBAA’s Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in Las Vegas from October 10-12. This convention is considered the most important event of the year for business aviation. Meridian will be participating at this three-day trade show with a 20′ x 20′ island exhibit and a team of representatives from every department. Be sure to visit us at our booth located in the Central Hall (C10021). We look forward to seeing you there!

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