Hanscom Field Advisory Commission – Short Takes for July 2019

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

The Hanscom Field Advisory Commission (HFAC) met July 16th to hear and discuss important airfield issues.   Among the subjects covered:  the creation of a webpage for HFAC; potential North and Northeast Airfield development implications for traffic on South Road and Hartwell Road; relevance of Hanscom Field 1980 air noise exposure baseline standard for present-day communities; helicopter noise; flight paths for local Boston MedFlight helicopters; Massport’s monthly air noise and flight operations report; Massport’s projects and development report; and the planned August departure of the Airport Data Specialist for Hanscom Field, Kassandra Marin.

July 11 Deadline for Public Comments on Massport Environmental Status and Planning Report for Hanscom Field

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Public comments and questions about Massport’s recently released 2017 Environmental Status and Planning Report (ESPR) are due at the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) Office by this Thursday, July 11. All comments received by the deadline will be provided to the Secretary for review and included in the public record for the project.

In spite of its 2017 title date, this document was just released in mid-May this year and is the most up-to-date comprehensive report on environmental issues relating to Massport operations at Hanscom Field that have current or potential impact for residents of Bedford, Lexington, Concord and Lincoln.

The report reviews the state of Hanscom Field between 2012 and 2019 and also predicts environmental impacts of airport operations and future construction projects on surrounding communities out to the year 2035.

Massport Names Lisa Wieland its Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director

Special to The Bedford Citizen

Massport has named Lisa Wieland the agency’s Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director – Courtesy image (c) 2019 all rights reserved

The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) Board of Directors voted today to offer Lisa Wieland the position of Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director for a five-year term. Contract negotiations will occur at a later date.
 
The search firm Isaacson, Miller sought a diverse candidate pool for the position and more than 100 applications were received. Members of the Board’s Preliminary Screening Committee interviewed 10 semifinalists, of which five were women and three were people of color. The Committee advanced Brian Golden and Lisa Wieland as finalists at a public meeting on June 20.
 
Wieland is currently the Port Director at Massport and has held this position since 2015. In this role, she has led the Maritime business areas toward success with increased port revenues, advancement of critical infrastructure projects such as the Boston Harbor Dredging Project, and set all-time records for container volume at Conley Container Terminal and passengers and ships at Flynn Boston Cruiseport. She is one of three women currently serving on the U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime System National Advisory Committee, a federal committee that advises the U.S. DOT on issues related to the marine transportation system. 

Final Public Meeting for Massport’s Environmental Status and Planning Report (ESPR) for Hanscom Field on Tuesday, June 11 at 6:30 pm

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

The last of the public meetings covering Massport’s Five-Year Environmental  Status and Planning Report (ESPR) for Hanscom Field will take place at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, June 11, in Room 308 of Hanscom Field’s Civil Air Terminal, 200 Hanscom Drive, Bedford.  

Tuesday’s presentation will describe the current status of Hanscom Field’s airport facilities, flight activity, air noise levels and emissions. Further, the ESPR will examine the impacts on surrounding communities’ traffic flow and patterns. as well as on local natural, historical and cultural resources. 

Massport will also project future development and its effect on nearby communities through the year 2035.

Hanscom Field Advisory Commission – Short Takes – May 2019

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

The Hanscom Field Advisory Commission (HFAC) met May 21st to discuss issues related to L.G. Hanscom Field Airport activities.

The Commission will write to the Aeronautics Division of MassDOT concerning allegations of airspace safety violations over Ayer and Groton by Hanscom Field flight school pilots; the public comment period for the Massport 2017 Hanscom Field ESPR is open through July 11; monthly statistics for flight operations and noise monitoring show rise in night flights and air noise complaints; Fly Louie opens new summertime air service between Bedford and Nantucket; and HFAC’s next meeting will take place on June 18.

Public Meetings Begin June 4 ~ Massport / Hanscom Field  Environmental Status and Planning Report Five-Year Review

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Correction: June 5, 2019, ~ Accurate addresses for public comment by letter or by email have been added

Massport Administrative Airport Manager for Hanscom Field Amber Goodspeed reported that Massport submitted its 2017 Environmental Status and Planning Report(ESPR) for Hanscom Field to the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act Office (MEPA) on May 15th, and opened a public comment period on the report findings to extend until July 11. Public meetings will be held on June 4, June 6, and June 11.

The 560-page ESPR plus a number of appendices may be reviewed online at http://www.massport.com/massport/about-massport/project-environmental-filings/hanscom-field/.  Paper copies have also been placed in the public libraries of Bedford, Lexington, Lincoln, and Concord for citizens to read.

Hanscom Field Advisory Commission ~ Short Takes ~ April, 2019

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

The Hanscom Field Advisory Commission (HFAC) met April 16th to discuss the monthly air traffic and air noise reports and review current Massport development projects.  Lincoln representative Chris Eliot assumed chairmanship from Bedford Selectman Michael Rosenberg, who has served as chair for the past four years.  Commission members also heard a plea for help voiced by State Rep Sheila Harrington (R-1st Middlesex) and her constituents regarding Hanscom area flight school activities in their district.

Hanscom Field Advisory Commission – March, 2019

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

The Hanscom Field Advisory Commission (HFAC) met March 19 to hear the presentation of Massport’s annual State of Hanscom report by Sharon Williams, Director of L.G. Hanscom Field Airport.  Current airport/airfield development projects and routine monthly air noise/air traffic reports are also discussed.

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