Meridian, the award-winning private aviation company based at Teterboro Airport, regrets to announce the loss of its founder and aviation pioneer, J. Kenneth Forester, Sr. He died suddenly on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at the age of 94.
Known among his Meridian colleagues as ‘Ken Sr.’ to distinguish him from his son of the same name, Mr. Forester had an illustrious career in aviation. It all began in 1941, when he got his pilot’s license at the age of 18. The following year, he joined the U.S. Army Air Corps, and from 1944 to 1948, was a test pilot, flying fighters, bombers and transport aircraft. He flew the nation’s first jet, the Bell Airacomet P-59, and the first operational jet fighter, the Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star.
He attained a mechanic’s license while in the military, and after discharge in 1946, founded Mallard Air Service at Teterboro Airport. Mallard was a distributor for the Republic Seabee and the North American Navion and was a maintenance base and charter operator. Mallard later converted C-47s from military to civilian aircraft. Ken Sr. left Mallard in 1951 to manage a wire machinery plant in Paterson, NJ and work part time selling and maintaining Navions at Teterboro Airport. In 1958, he was offered a location on the west side of the airport and started a new business that he called General Aviation Company.
His son, Ken, a graduate of the US Air Force Academy and former F-102 pilot, took over full time management of the company in 1974. In 1986, the company became a Million Air franchise. Today, the company is independently owned and operated by the Forester family.
In 2002, the Federal Aviation Administration presented Ken Sr. with the Charles Taylor Master Mechanic award. Named after Charles Taylor, a mechanic for the Wright Brothers airplane, the award recognizes aviation maintenance personnel who have at least 50 years of experience in the industry. In 2008, he was inducted into the New Jersey Aviation Hall of Fame during the organization’s 35th annual induction dinner.
Ken Forester, Sr. was a beloved husband for 67 years to the late Annabelle H. (nee Hewitt) and father of Ken and his wife Susan, Gary and his wife Lynne, Lynn and her husband Evelyn, David and his wife Mary, and grandfather to thirteen grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He will be missed by family, friends, and colleagues alike.
Rockwell Collins Business Aviation Operators Conference
Rockwell Collins is hosting a Business Aviation Operators Conference on June 15, 2016 at the Hilton Hasbrouck Heights – Meadowlands Hotel to discuss major initiatives and products that affect your aircraft and your ability to operate in this ever changing airspace environment, including:
The event will run from 8:30am till 1:00pm on Wednesday, with a light continental breakfast served at 8:30am and lunch at 12:00pm. Click here to register. A detailed agenda will follow soon.
If you have any questions, please call Mitch Bernstein at 973.294.9751.
Rockwell Collins Business Aviation Operators Conference
June 15 2016
Hilton Hasbrouck Heights – Meadowlands
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It is with sadness I report the passing of DONALD HULSE, Jr. on APRIL 6, 2016.
Visitation: APRIL 10, 2016 (Sunday):: 3 – 5 & 7 – 9 PM
FUNERAL SERVICES: APRIL 11, 2016 (MONDAY) 10:30 AM
Trinka-Faustini Funeral Home
439 Maywood Ave.,
Maywood, NJ 07607
George Washington Memorial Park, Paramus, NJ.
6:30-8:30 Dinner and Presentation
Gulfstream G500 and G600
Preparing for Entry Into Service
Product Support EIS, Senior Manager
See Old friends, Make New Ones! Door Prizes, 50/50 Raffle
Hope to see you there!
Meeting sponsored by
2016 Ski Trip
February 10, 2016 (Wednesday)
Bus transportation to and from Hunter Mountain, lift tickets, lunch, and event T-Shirts will be provided.
Bus transportation will be from:
1 International Blvd
Mahwah, N.J. 07495
Bus Seating is limited and will be first come, first served!! So sign up ASAP.
Price: (includes roundtrip bus ride–Lift ticket-Lunch–and T-shirt)
Adult (19 and up) $50.00
Young Adult (13-18) $40.00
Children (7-12) $30.00
No Lift Ticket $25.00
NOTE: Renters will be responsible for your own ski rentals
- 6:45 AM – Begin Boarding at the Mahwah Sheraton.
• 7:15 AM – Bus leaves for Hunter Mountain.
• 9:00 AM – Arrive at Hunter Mountain. People meeting us up there, shoot for around 8:45 am.
• 12:00 PM – Lunch
• 4:00 PM – Lifts close.
• 4:15 PM – Begin boarding the bus.
• 4:30 PM – Bus departs for Mahwah Sheraton. If you’re not at the bus at 4:30 pm, we will leave you at the bar.
• 6:15 PM – Arrive at Mahwah Sheraton
TO SIGN UP (Electronic registration and on line payment) CLICK HERE , complete your registration (click on “register”) and make your payment on line.
If you have questions you can reach Burt Stimson on his cell phone: 973-479-3686, or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Space on the bus will be limited so get signed up ASAP.
Please join us for a full day of great skiing at Hunter Mountain.
Thank you to our Sponsors!
*Dassault Falcon Jet
*Aviall Services, Inc.
Meridian Jet Center
*Flightpath Services, Inc.
Cosgrove Aircraft Service, Inc.
IA (INSPECTION AUTHORIZATION)
March 12, 2016 (Saturday)
C & W Aero Services
19 Wright Way; Suite 3
Essex County Airport, Fairfield, N.J. 07004
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
While this seminar is structured for Mechanics with Inspection Authorization (IA’s), it is open to any interested mechanic.
Seating is limited (150 people) and will be on a first come, first served basis.
Seminar begins promptly at 8:00 AM
Doors open at 7:00 AM. A complimentary continental breakfast will be available.
Door prizes will be drawn.
The program qualifies as Industry Training for the Aviation Maintenance Technician Awards
This program is sponsored by:
Teterboro FSDO, PAMA (Professional Aviation Maintenance Association) (Teterboro Chapter)
This seminar will be well worth your time.
Where else can you get your IA renewed, learn something, and get fed for free!!
Please feel free to post this notice and/or distribute it to IA’s or mechanics who do not have an e- mail address or who may not be on the distribution list.
Sponors Needed !
Friday, January 8th 2016
- Social begins at 7:00PM
- Open Bar 8:00 – 9:00
- Dinner & Dancing 8:00 – 11:00
- Live Band & DJ Music
Saturday, December 5, 2015
(Flyer and photo attached)
(Please feel free to post and/or forward)
The Aviation Hall of Fame & Museum of NJ\
400 Fred Wehran Drive
Teterboro, New Jersey 07608
Doors open @ 10:00am
Santa arrives @ 11:00am
CIRCLES VIA HELICOPTER AND ARRIVES BY AIRPORT FIRE TRUCK!
Bring your cameras for a photo opportunity!
Admission: $8.00 for adults
ACCOMPANIED CHILDREN UNDER 12: FREE!!
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