What do you do here at the airport?
I am an Airside Coordinator. I ensure that all maintenance and capital project activity complies with Transport Canada regulations governing safe airside operations. I also work very closely with NAV CANADA to help maintain safe and efficient aircraft operations at YVR.
What do you like most about working at the airport?
I work with some fantastic people, and the location is pretty incredible: in what other job could you go to work every day and be 90 metres from a runway centerline as a B787 takes off or lands? I'm also proud to work at YVR. Our airport is at the forefront of the industry and always developing new strategies to make YVR more efficient, safe and pleasant for our customers.
What is the biggest challenge you face at work?A
Airside operations is an ever-evolving enterprise, with constant change and so many new tools or processes to try. My biggest challenge is finding time to do it all!
Why did you get involved with aviation?
I wanted to be a helicopter pilot, but it's an expensive and sometimes lonely job, with years of flying that can keep you away from friends and family. I asked myself, "If I'm not going to fly an aircraft, where can I be around them all day long?”
Describe an “average day” at YVR for an Airside Coordinator.
An average day can start out quite calm but suddenly get busy. Typically, my role is to plan upcoming activities or write policies and procedures, but I am also on call, operationally speaking. If an incident or unexpected situation arises, I drop my day job and assist with "day of" operations.
Favourite spot for lunch?
The Flying Beaver.
What’s the most unusual project you’ve worked on airside?
Rather than unusual, let me tell you about the most awesome project I've worked on: the implementation of our Foreign Object Debris (FOD) radar system. YVR was the first airport the world to install a radar system that scans the runways for any items or debris that could cause harm or damage to an aircraft. It's very exciting to be part of this kind of innovation.