Meridian Airport Authority invites applications for
Meridian Aviation FBO Manager
Meridian Regional Airport (MEI)
Meridian Airport Authority seeks a hands-on, creative, and innovative person to fulfill the position of FBO Manager. This position will manage Meridian Aviation's 15 hardworking employees, build relationships with customers, and focus on growing the business. Meridian Aviation prides itself on giving all customers a memorable experience from the time they land to the time they take off again. Strong leadership, communication, organizational and interpersonal skills are required.
The FBO Manager reports to the Airport President and will assist in the overall growth of the Meridian Airport Authority. For the technical job description, click here.
ABOUT MERIDIAN AVIATION
Pilots appreciate our speed, quality, and efficiency, and they also enjoy the experience of relaxing inside our newly renovated FBO. They munch on free popcorn and hotdogs, enjoy Taco Tuesday or Pizza Fridays, prop up their feet on one of the comfortable lounge chairs, or catch the news on TV. Then they’re back in the air, refueled and refreshed. That’s the mission of Meridian Aviation.
In 2022, we served 9,600 customers which translates to over 2 million gallons in fuel sales, with a goal to reach 3 million gallons in the next 5 years. Currently, 70% of our customers are military with 30% business and private travel. Our FBO facility has 40,000 square feet of hangar space, housing long-term and short-term tenants.
Meridian Aviation is a Titan-branded FBO and is responsible for all fuel on airport property except for the 186 Air Refueling Wing KC135s. We have two new electric tugs and two new battery GPUs on order. We meet and exceed Titan, DoD, and airline fuel standards, but an excellent fuel service program is only part of what Meridian Aviation offers. We have a piston engine maintenance shop and rent three aircraft for flight instruction and travel.
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ABOUT MERIDIAN AIRPORT AUTHORITY &
MERIDIAN REGIONAL AIRPORT
Meridian is home to the Key Brothers, who set a world record endurance flight in a Curtis Robin aircraft known as the "Ole Miss." This record-breaking flight began on June 4, 1935, at Key Field, Meridian, Mississippi. It ended 27 days later on July 1, 1935. Fred and Al Key flew 52,320 miles non-stop, that's 653 hours and 34 minutes!
The airport continued to grow after the Key Brothers' flight, but in 1992, after being under the direction of the City of Meridian since the airport’s inception, the mayor and city council voted to remove the airport from city control and turn
it over to its own governing board, duly named the Meridian Airport Authority (MAA). For the past 30 years, the Authority has strategically diversified from Airline centric to operating the FBO, Aircraft maintenance, and Industrial Warehousing.
In 1996, the Air National Guard was given a new mission to conduct air-to-air refueling. That new role required a runway extension to 10,003 feet, giving Key Field the longest public-use runway in Mississippi.
Until 2004, the Meridian Airport was served by two FBOs, Meridian Aviation and Key Brothers Flying Service. That year, the MAA purchased both FBOs, a move that gave the authority a significant revenue stream to fund airport growth and control of customer service and pricing for our military and general aviation customers.
In 2009 the MAA acquired Dean Aircraft Service, a turbine aircraft maintenance and repair shop. Dean's reputation for impeccable work and high standards has tripled sales during the Authority's ownership. Dean just completed a 31,000-square-foot addition that included new office and hangar space. This addition will allow Dean to double its customer base and employ up to 50 people. Dean currently has over 100 customers from all over Mississippi and all adjoining states, plus Florida.
Our foundation is the Meridian Regional Airport, the best little airport in the world! Meridian Regional Airport offers commercial flights to our community through United Airlines with just over 14,000 enplanements in 2022. Our airport has the best staff and offers complimentary slushies, coffee, and donuts.
Overall, attention to detail, competitive prices, and high standards contribute to an impressive 92,000 annual aircraft operations under the umbrella of the Meridian Airport Authority, making us the busiest airport in Mississippi. The total workforce in the three divisions is 70.
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ABOUT OUR COMMUNITY
Meridian is a city of about 35,000 people, so you would naturally imagine a small-town feel, families who have known each other for generations, and a place steeped in history.
All of that’s true but, because of that history, Meridian’s location and its evolution, the city is also incredibly cosmopolitan, with a world-class theater, one of the largest urban parks in the country, an arts center celebrating Mississippi’s enormous wealth of artists across all genres, and a historic downtown that just keeps developing.
Founded as a railroad town, Meridian has always been in the transportation forefront. Interstates 20 and 59 cut through the city, and the entire geographic area is served by Meridian Regional Airport, enhanced by the companion businesses of Meridian Aviation, a thriving FBO; and Dean Aircraft, a premier aircraft maintenance and repair facility.
Downtown, steeped in historic architecture from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, is home to the stunning Riley Performing Arts Center, a completely restored late 19th Century grand opera house that now features concerts by nationally renowned entertainers. Just around the corner is the Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience (The MAX), an interactive experience that honors Mississippi’s wealth of artists, from the Father of Country Music Jimmie Rodgers, to entertainers like Morgan Freeman and writers such as John Grisham. More hands-on experiences await the children of our area at the delightful Mississippi Children’s Museum just across the overpass from The MAX.
The very walkable downtown is dotted with restaurants—including some long-time eateries like Weidmann’s and Jean’s—a growing list of retail shops, the city’s iconic Union Station and the Meridian Museum of Art. The north side of downtown is anchored by two, large regional hospitals, cementing Meridian’s role as a major health care center for the surrounding area.
It’s easy to explore the beauty of the community beyond the urban core. Nestled on the southern edge of the city, Bonita Lakes Park—a 3,300-acre, pristine area of wooded hills, lakes and nature trails—is one of the largest urban parks in the country. Nearby Okatibbee Lake is a great spot for boaters, fishermen and campers; and historic Dunn’s Falls is a delight with a 65-foot waterfall and graceful water wheel.
Meridian is also a military community. Meridian Naval Air Station, located just a few miles north of the city, trains both sailors and Marines in aviation and in technical fields. Both the Mississippi National Guard and the Mississippi Air National Guard have bases adjacent to Meridian Regional Airport.
Children inside the city are served by the Meridian Municipal School District. The adjacent Lauderdale County school district, serving students in our county but outside the city, and the Enterprise school system in neighboring Clarke County, both have A rankings from the state. The city also offers area residents the chance to further their educations beyond high school. Meridian Community College is one of the best community colleges in the state. The Mississippi State University campus in Meridian offers both undergraduate and post-graduate degrees in several fields.
With its small-city roots and cosmopolitan amenities, Meridian offers wide-ranging opportunities and life experiences, with a flair that’s unique to the Queen City.