Wood Ridge, NJ – On the evening of Tuesday, October 15, 2013, the Aviation Hall of Fame & Museum of New Jersey held its 41st Annual Induction Dinner at the Fiesta Ballroom in Wood Ridge, NJ. The event honored three aviation pioneers hailing from the Garden State. This year’s honored guests included: Timothy Chopp, founder of the Berlin Airlift Historical foundation; Neil Nederfield, nationally honored aviation maintenance safety expert; and Lt. Col. Thomas Robert Vaucher, WWII B-29 Superfortress commander. Meridian proudly supports the NJAHOF, which sent ten representatives from the company to the gala, including Kenneth Forester, Sr., who was inducted into the New Jersey Aviation Hall of Fame in 2008.
For more information about the Aviation Hall of Fame & Museum of New Jersey, visit their website at www.njahof.org.
On Tuesday, October 15, 2013, Meridian hosted a simulation class for the new ‘Fly-By-Wire’ technology found in the Embraer Legacy 450 and 500. Robert Hollander, Regional Sales Director, and Craig Jacobson, Production Test Pilot, were on-hand from Embraer to educate interested participants in how the technology works, and to offer demonstrations with the flight simulator that was set-up in the FBO’s training room.
Fly-by-wire technology replaces conventional cables, rods and pulleys with digital flight controls. The pilot’s inputs are converted to electronic signals and transmitted by wires. Flight control computers determine how to move the actuators at each control surface to provide the directed response.
The Legacy 450 and 500 are the first business jets in their segment to use fly-by-wire in a fully closed loop system for pitch, roll and yaw control. The benefits of a fly-by-wire closed loop control system are many. It allows maximized performance of the aircraft at all times, it guarantees the best control of the airplane, it reduces the pilot workload, and increases safety with the addition of flight envelope protection functions.
“This technology is a game-changer in the industry, and we expect to see other manufacturers adopting fly-by-wire systems in the near future,” says Mr. Hollander.
Andrew Ladouceur, Meridian VP of Sales & Client Services, tests his piloting skills on a Legacy 500 fly-by-wire simulator.
On Friday, October 11, Dassault Falcon Jet and Meridian Teterboro partnered to create a special event that featured the all new Falcon 2000S on static display, and included interesting presentations that highlighted the storied histories of both companies. The static display took place on the Meridian ramp, while the presentations were shown inside the Executive Terminal. In addition to having Dassualt representatives on-hand to answer questions about the aircraft, food and drinks were served, which also included wine from Chateau Dassault, the jet manufacturer’s own vineyard.
True to its heritage, the 2000S is a work of craftsmanship, passion and a century of savoir-faire blended into one. With an Award Winning Cabin* that is 25% larger and more comfortable than other Super-Mids and the operating costs of an aircraft half its size, the 2000S seeks to redefine the super midsize concept.
Next week, the aircraft will be flown to Las Vegas, NV to be featured in the static display at NBAA2013 Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, the industry’s annual flagship event.
*Award for Design Excellence given by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design and
the European Center for Architecture, Art and Urban Studies