Meridian to Break Ground at Hayward Executive Airport

A rendering of the future Meridian site at Hayward Executive Airport (HWD).  The official ground breaking ceremony will be held on Wednesday, July 30, 2015.  The project will include construction of a new FBO and hangar, and is expected to be completed in the fall of 2016.

A rendering of the future Meridian site at Hayward Executive Airport (HWD). The official ground breaking ceremony will be held on Wednesday, July 30, 2015. The project will include construction of a new FBO and hangar, and is expected to be completed in the fall of 2016.

Meridian, the award-winning private aviation company based at Teterboro Aiport (TEB) in Northen New Jersey, is about to go West Coast. On Wednesday, July 30, 2015, the company will be hosting a ground breaking ceremony at the site of its future FBO and hangar facility at Hayward Executive Airport (HWD) in Hayward, CA.

The ceremony will begin at 11:30am with speakers from business and local community leaders, including executives from Meridian and Tectonic Design (the architectural firm), dignitaries from the City of Hayward, and officials from Hayward Executive Airport. After the speeches, there will be the ceremonial turning of the soil by executives with hard hats and shovels, followed by a luncheon sponsored by Jet Gourmet at the recently dedicated Hayward Airport Administrative Building.

Meridian began its western expansion in September 2012, with the opening of a charter sales office at the San Jose International Airport (SJC) in San Jose, CA. A second sales office, located at the Sonoma County Airport (STS) in Santa Rosa, CA, opened in November of that year. In early 2013, the company based its first West Coast aircraft available for charter at Hayward Executive Airport (HWD) in Hayward, CA.

On January 1, 2014, Meridian signed a 50 year lease with HWD with plans to build a full-service, world-class FBO and adjoining hangar at the airport. Hayward is situated on the southeast side of the San Francisco Bay. It is centrally-located between San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland. The airport, which can accommodate most large-cabin aircraft, has no curfew and provides convenient access to a wide variety of popular destinations.

Once fully operational, Meridian Hayward will offer fuel, maintenance services, well-appointed passenger and crew facilities, and many other amenities. Meridian is also planning to offer private charter services from Hayward by expanding its fleet of managed aircraft based at the new facility. Completion of the project is expected in the fall of 2016, with a Grand Opening expected to follow shortly afterwards.

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Meridian Runs for United Way at TEB 5K

Team Meridian before running the Teterboro Airport 5K, which benefits the Bergen County United Way.

Team Meridian before running the Teterboro Airport 5K, which benefits the Bergen County United Way.

Meridian, the award-winning private aviation company, proudly sent a team of 19 runners to participate in the 18th Annual PSE&G Teterboro Airport 5K on Saturday, July 18, 2015. This unique race, located at one of the busiest general aviation airports in the country, attracts nearly 1,000 runners and hundreds of spectators each year. The course, which takes place mostly on one of the two airport runways, is flat with only five turns, two water stops, and mile clocks. While the course itself may not seem challenging to a seasoned runner, the summer heat reflecting from the sun-drenched tarmac is often the biggest challenge. The event was certified and sanctioned by the USATF-NJ.

Team results were calculated by the using the top 3 running times from that team. Meridian had a final team score of 1:10:19, with an average of time of 23:26.44. David Fernandez, whose final time was 18:53.70, finished 1st in his age category (Male, Ages 15-19) and 16th overall. The top scores from Team Meridian were as follows:

David Fernandez 18:53.70 (16th overall)
Kevin Ortega 25:06.89 (175th overall)
Cristian Valencia 26:18.74 (221st overall)

More race results are available online at http://www.compuscore.com/cs2015/july/teterbor.htm.

The event featured over $10,000 in random prizes, a $1,000 grand prize, ChronoTrack B-Tag scoring, United Way mini-flyer dashes, refreshments and a DJ. The event benefits The Bergen County United Way, which is one of the largest charitable organizations in the community. Proceeds collected from the run help the organization to provide direct services to the most vulnerable residents in the community and to develop programs and financial resources to address unmet needs. For more information about the Bergen County United Way, go to http://www.bergenunitedway.org.

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Corporate Angel Network flies 48,000th patient from Meridian

James Etherton (right) is the 48,000th patient flown by Corporate Angel Network.  Meridian is proud to be part of this amazing milestone.

James Etherton (right) is the 48,000th patient flown by Corporate Angel Network. Meridian is proud to be part of this amazing milestone.

Meridian, the award-winning private aviation company based at Teterboro Airport, is proud to be part of a new milestone for the Corporate Angel Network (CAN), which flew its 48,000th cancer patient on June 11, 2015. Onboard was 48 year old colon cancer patient James Etherton accompanied by his wife Tammy. A Cessna Citation belonging to Blue Beacon International, Inc., flew them from treatment at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City to their home in Mechanicsburg Illinois. Teterboro Airport is a major business aviation airport located only a few miles from New York City.

“Tammy and I would like to express our appreciation to Corporate Angel Network and Blue Beacon for being so generous” said Jim Etherton. “Once a month I need to fly to New York for treatment. The fact that they were able to alleviate the financial burden and stress of flying commercial will never be forgotten”, Etherton continued. “Getting diagnosed with cancer is a life changing experience. The silver lining to that cloud, however, is that we have come to realize how many great people there are out there willing to help in our time of need. It makes me want to beat this that much more so that one day I can do the same for others!”

Blue Beacon International, a CAN participating company since 1992, also flew the Etherton’s to treatment on June 6, 2015. “It was a good feeling to be able to help someone while doing my daily duties” said pilot Bill Breitenbach. “I know Blue Beacon was happy to assist in achieving this impressive milestone and we hope to do even more flights to help meet the next milestone”.

Corporate Angel Network is the only charitable organization in the United States whose sole mission is to help cancer patients access the best possible treatment for their specific type of cancer by arranging free travel to treatment across the country using empty seats on corporate jets. This not only improves the patients’ chances of survival but at the same time, it reduces their emotional stress, physical discomfort and financial burden. For more information about the amazing work they do, please visit their website at http://www.corpangelnetwork.org/

CAN is the designated charity for NBAA, which hosts an annual event that raises hundreds of thousands of dollars each year to support CAN’s humanitarian mission.

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