Meridian Participates in Hasbrouck Heights Career Day

Meridian spent the day at Hasbrouck Heights High School to talk about careers in aviation.

On Friday, April 12, Meridian sent four representatives to share their experiences and promote the diverse opportunities within the aviation field.

Line Service Manager Nehemias Camacho spoke of the role of the Line Service Technician, as well as the Customer Service Representative. He painted a picture of the day-to-day of both positions and spoke of the unique skill sets these positions build.

Emil Iannone, Director of Operations, stressed the diversity of career paths within the Dispatch, Customer Assurance and Sales positions. Emil spoke on the many different factors in ensuring that each flight goes according to plan, and how each role contributes to the flight’s success.

Celine Martinez and Matthew Barclay spoke about the aviation-specific aspects of their roles within Human Resources and Marketing, respectively, and how the industry needs business employees as well as aviation-specific ones.

For the past few years, it has been the goal of the business aviation industry to attract youth into the aviation field. Meridian has and will continue to reach out to our local community to welcome the next generation into the industry.

As a small token of thanks, the faculty of Hasbrouck Heights High School gave gifts to all that presented.

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Meridian Hosts NATA Industry Town Hall

On Wednesday, April 3, Meridian welcomed local representatives from all walks of business aviation to hold a roundtable discussion on the current state of the industry, and speculate on where it’s headed in the future.

Industry representatives from all aspects of Business Aviation met to discuss the state of the industry.

The first topic was the “State of the Charter Industry” and the rising popularity of the ultra-long range jet. The attendees surmised that this is due to either business taking people further than before, or that larger jets are chosen to accommodate more passengers at once.

The industry’s efforts in recruiting young talent are beginning to bear signs of success. More and more young pilots and engineers are lining up to begin their careers in Business Aviation. The challenge we face now is getting them qualified to fly.

One issue that NATA Vice President, Ryan Waguespack, brought up was the increasing popularity of “Gray Charter” and the safety issues that accompany it. NATA has been working to advise and inform the FAA on what “Gray Charter” is, and what to look for to uncover it.

Finally, to wrap the meeting up, representatives discussed what they’ve been doing to reach out to the youth and get them interested in the industry. From career days to 5Ks, there were plenty of different community engagement methods being utilized.

Our CEO, Ken Forester (Second Left) poses with NATA Vice President, Ryan Waguespack (Second Right) and Meridian CRSs Lauren Campbell (Left) and Jose Navarro (Right).

Overall, the event was a tremendous success and all that attended left with a better picture of the industry, and a greater understanding of its future. We cannot wait to see what the next meeting holds in store for us.

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Meridian Celebrates Retirement of Joe Corrado

On Wednesday, March 27, Meridian celebrated the storied and accomplished career of Joe Corrado, the Crew Chief and Base Manager of N601AD, a 1994 Bombardier Challenger 601.  This aircraft has the distinct honor of being Meridian Air Charter’s most frequently chartered aircraft.  Here are some of the record-breaking statistics:

  • Aircraft Type: Challenger 601 (S/N 5186)
  • Tenure with Meridian: March 2009 – March 2019
  • Hours Flown: 6,375
  • Flight Legs: 3,599
  • Passengers Carried: 12,762
  • Miles Flown: 2,950,975

Joe Corrado displays a framed photo of N601AD, the aircraft he managed during his tenure with Meridian.

Joe started his career with Meridian in March 2009 and has played a major role in the upkeep and maintenance of this aircraft.  His efforts and long hours allowed this Challenger 601 to fly for 6,375 hours, carrying 12,762 passengers for almost 3,000,000 miles!  Meridian celebrated at a local restaurant and had a few parting gifts for Joe, including a plaque with the milestones, and a framed picture of the aircraft.  We thank him for his many years of exceptional devotion and expertise and wish him well in his retirement.

Joe Corrado was presented with a plaque, highlighting the milestones he made possible.

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