Meridian Attends the NBAA Regional Forum at PBI

The NBAA Regional Forum in West Palm Beach drew the largest crowd in its history this year.

Last week, Meridian sent a team of five down to West Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) to represent the company at the first NBAA Regional Forum of 2019. The forum again broke attendance records hosting nearly 2,900 attendees, 250 students, and over 150 exhibitors.

Being the first regional forum of the year, West Palm Beach has set a great precedent for the others to follow and serves as a barometer for the business aviation industry as a whole.

While the business aviation industry constantly breaks attendance records, year after year, NBAA CEO Ed Bolen stressed the need for the industry to push for greater awareness with younger workers and recent graduates: “There’s a big shortage in aviation right now, for not only pilots and mechanics, but basically all facets of the industry, and we need to bring in the younger generation to fill those positions. Our industry gives young people the opportunity to experience life in many different ways. We’re a high-tech industry, so we can meet their expectation in that area too. Young people want to be part of a community and know they belong, and business aviation offers all of that.”

The importance of NBAA regional forums also extends to the future of the industry, with students from nearby Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) and elsewhere coming to talk with attendees and exhibitors to learn what business aviation may offer them in terms of career options, as well a forge crucial connections within the industry.

Meridian had a great showing at the forum and took advantage of the opportunity to make considerable connections, as well as meet with our friends within the industry. We thank everyone for making this event a great success. We hope to see everyone at the next Regional Forum in Houston on March 14th!

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Meridian Air Charter Adds Challenger 650 to Fleet

Meridian Air Charter recently added this 2018 Challenger 650 (N562RT) to its managed fleet. The aircraft is now based in West Palm Beach, FL.

Meridian, the award-winning private aviation company, is pleased to announce the addition of a new 2018 Challenger 650 (N562RT) business jet to its ever-growing managed fleet. The aircraft is based in West Palm Beach, FL, and conveniently serves our South Florida and New York City-area customers. This heavy jet is impeccably maintained both inside and out, and contains the modern amenities that discerning passengers require when choosing a business aircraft. It is immediately available for charter (Certificate IMJA053F).

The Challenger 650 claims the widest-in-class cabin, which can accommodate up to 12 passengers and can fly a maximum distance of 4,000 nm (7,408 km) under certain conditions. The aircraft has a typical cruise speed of Mach 0.80, and can reach a top speed of Mach 0.85. The flight deck features Bombardier Vision, an avionics system designed aesthetically and ergonomically for pilots.

This aircraft is well-equipped with modern technology, including complimentary high-speed domestic Wi-Fi, inflight satellite phone system, Airshow® moving maps and display, and a multimedia entertainment system with USB and iPad connectivity. Other essential amenities that are offered include a full galley with sink, microwave and convection ovens, coffee maker, and private lavatory with sink. The cabin is berthable and can sleep up to five people, making this aircraft an ideal option for both domestic and international trips.

“We are really excited to offer our clients based in Palm Beach and South Florida a brand-new charter aircraft that is perfect for trips to the Northeast, or any domestic destination in the continental US,” said Chris Battaglia, Director of Charter Sales. “This 2018 Challenger 605 is equipped with the latest technologies and amenities, ensuring a productive and comfortable flight. It is the perfect complement to our fleet of heavy jets.”

Meridian currently manages a wide range of aircraft types that are available for private charter. Our diverse fleet includes the Global 5000, Gulfstream G550, Gulfstream GIV-SP, Falcon 7X, Falcon 900EX EASy, Falcon 2000EX EASy, Challenger 650, Challenger 605, Challenger 604, Challenger 601, Gulfstream G200, and Hawker 900XP. In addition, other aircraft types are available through Meridian’s extensive network of qualified operators.

The luxurious cabin in this Challenger 650 (N562RT) offers passengers all of the comforts and connectivity needed for long haul business trips.

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Meridian Presents Strong Showing at SDC2019

The 8 members of the Meridian SDC team pose for a photo.

This past week, Meridian took part in the 30th Annual National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference (SDC2019) in San Antonio, TX. We sent 8 associates from different departments and offices, including our Hayward FBO, to represent Meridian.  Bob Platten, who has been attending the conference since its inception said “the event gets bigger and better every year. I would have never imagined what this conference would become.”

This year not only marked the 30th anniversary but also the highest attendance in the event’s history, with nearly 3,000 attendees representing every US state and over 40 countries, this year’s event was an important milestone in the Business Aviation industry.

The conference offered a diverse catalog of professional development sessions, allowing for anyone in the industry to build and nurture their professional knowledge and increase their awareness of where Business Aviation is headed, most notably, the change in the Business Aviation workforce. Many courses focused on the influx of young professionals entering Business Aviation, and how the industry is changing to meet and take advantage of the latest technological trends.

“Think of each other as a resource and share ideas, listen to people who have a different point of view than you,” advised Day One Keynoter, Karen McCullough. “We have to be open to continuous learning and new opportunities.”

Furthermore, SDC2019 also put emphasis on its charitable contributions and scholarships. NBAA hosted student visits to the San Antonio Airport where they learned about various professions in the aviation industry, and to gain valuable insight into entering Business Aviation. In keeping with tradition, NBAA collected business attire throughout the event and donated to local charities to help those in need dress for interviews and new career opportunities.

This year’s SDC event was the largest in its 30-year history.

Overall, the event was a tremendous success. It provided an invaluable opportunity for us to learn and connect, and network with industry peers. We were pleased with the event’s exciting environment and the overwhelming amount of positive energy that surrounded it. Special thanks to everyone who took the time to stop by our booth and to those who made this event possible.

Meridian will be at the West Palm Beach Regional on February 6th. Be sure to stop by our booth!

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