Meridian Air Charter Adds Falcon 2000EX EASy to Fleet

Meridian's newest addition to its charter fleet - Falcon 2000EX EASy (N12MW)

Meridian’s newest addition to its charter fleet – Falcon 2000EX EASy (N12MW)

Meridian, the award-winning private aviation company based in Teterboro, NJ, is pleased to announce the addition of a Falcon 2000EX EASy (N12MW) to its growing fleet of private business jets. This large cabin aircraft was completed in 2004 and seats up to eight passengers. It will be based at Teterboro Airport (TEB), and is immediately available for charter (Certificate IMJA053F).

The Falcon 2000EX EASy was born of an evolution. Dassault had decided to continue the success of the Falcon 2000 model by making the 2000EX even better. It added more powerful and efficient engines, and installed an advanced avionics system in the cockpit called EASy. The EASy flight deck is a highly intuitive system developed by Honeywell that vastly improved crew situational awareness and safety over previous generation models. The result was the Falcon 2000EX EASy, which provides the ideal mix of comfort and range for long distance travel.

The aircraft comes fully-equipped with all of the features and amenities required by today’s discerning business traveler: leather club seating, 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, 17” bulkhead monitors with Airshow® (3D moving maps), individual cabin monitors, and a CD/DVD player.

Andrew Ladouceur, VP of Charter Sales, says, “The Falcon 2000EX EASy is a great addition to our fleet because of its business-friendly profile. It has the flexibility for both domestic and international trips, while also offering the hardware for inflight connectivity. Our goal is to provide a seamless experience for our customers, and this aircraft is the perfect fit to help us to achieve that objective.”

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, Falcon 2000, 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.

Falcon 2000EX EASy (N12MW) - Aft View

Falcon 2000EX EASy (N12MW) – Aft View

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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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