Portland, ME, February 1 – Airport Director Paul Bradbury and members of the Portland International Jetport’s Noise Advisory Committee bid farewell to one of their own at a meeting held earlier this week.
Gary Lavimoniere, PWM’s Air Traffic Manager, is scheduled to retire in April after thirty-one years with the Federal Aviation Administration. Since his transfer to Portland in October 2010, Lavimoniere has been an active member of the airport’s Noise Advisory Committee.
While serving as Air Traffic Liaison to the Committee, “Gary was instrumental in spearheading the design and implementation of new aircraft arrival and departure procedures and we appreciate his efforts.” Bradbury said of the outgoing manager. The process, which took more than two years to complete, allows properly-equipped aircraft to depart over the water thereby reducing noise impacts on the airport’s neighbors in South Portland.
“Having worked at Boston (Air Route Traffic Control) Center prior to transferring to Portland, I was fortunate to have had a behind-the-scenes-understanding of the steps necessary to implement aircraft procedure changes that directly affect Portland.” Lavimoniere said when asked about the lengthy approval process. “There’s more work to be done, but these new procedures will certainly help.”
The 12-person committee, chaired by Ed Suslovic, City of Portland – District Three Councilor, is comprised of city officials and appointed representatives of neighboring communities, as well as airport, airline, and other economic stake holders.
FAA Air Traffic Manager Gary Lavimoniere (left) poses with Airport Director Paul Bradbury and Portland City Councilor Ed Suslovic at a recent Noise Advisory Committee meeting. Lavimoniere is retiring in April of this year after thirty-one years of service with the Federal Aviation Administration.