Meridian Hosts Career Day

John Langschultz, VP of Maintenance, identifies several aircraft parts to students on Career Day.

John Langschultz, VP of Maintenance, identifies several aircraft parts to students on Career Day.

On Friday, April 24, 2015, Meridian proudly celebrated Career Day by hosting local high school students and giving them a flavor for what it’s like to work in Aviation. Three busloads of students arrived throughout the morning from Becton Regional High School, New Milford High School and Barringer High School, with each school sending 25 students.

Prior to arriving at Meridian, the 2015 Career Expo made several stops in and around Teterboro Airport. The first stop was at the Teterboro Airport Administrative Building, where exhibitors from various agencies (Port Authority of NY & NJ, FAA, and TSA) provided information and interacted with students. Next was a stop at the Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighters (ARFF) building, where the classes received a tour by the Port Authority ARFF Unit.

The next stop was Meridian. The students were greeted in the main lobby where Betsy Wines, VP of Customer Service & HR, and Andrea Politis, Customer Service Representative, introduced the students to the world of Customer Service and Fixed Base Operators (FBOs). Then they were given a complete tour of the Meridian facility by Amber Salvatore, Meridian’s Event Planner.

The first stop along the tour was the Meridian main hangar where John Langschultz, VP of Maintenance, displayed various aircraft maintenance parts and tools, including a cockpit voice recorder, a fire bottle, an aircraft wheel, and an electronic locator transmitter.

The tour then continued to the Line Service Department, where Carlos Rodriguez, Line Service Training & Safety Coordinator, educated the students about careers in Line Service. On display were several items commonly used by Line Service technicians, including a deicer and a tug with an attached tow-bar. The display was then followed by a walk to the Line shack where students were able to look out a window to view live ramp operations and ask questions.

The tour then went upstairs to the Charter Department, where Amber showed the young visitors the various aspects of Charter operations, including sales, flight support, quality assurance, safety, and other aspects of the business. After the tour was completed, the students boarded their buses and ended their day at the Teterboro Operations building (Hangar 1) for lunch.

Each year, the Career Expo is organized by Teterboro Airport Operations to expose students to Aviation as a dynamic and long-term career opportunity. While last year the expo was limited to only juniors and seniors, this year the schools were open to all students who expressed an interest in aviation. Meridian was proud to participate in today’s activities in helping the future of our industry.

One of three groups of high school students stop for a photo during a tour of the Meridian hangar on Career Day.

One of three groups of high school students stop for a photo during a tour of the Meridian hangar on Career Day.

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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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