- Jeff DeMarey, President, Stonewall Insurance Group, Inc.
- David L. Fetherston, Founder and General Manager, NexAir Avionics
- Thomas W. Hurley, Executive Director, Massachusetts Airport Management Association
- Don McPherson, Manager, Minute Man Airfield
- Donald Staszko, Director of Operations, ProAirways
The Bedford Citizen’s recent article (Responses to Hangar Expansion Differ by Degree, Oct. 2) highlighted some important points.
Hanscom Field is vital to the region’s economic and transportation systems, driving $6.7 billion in economic activity each year, and supporting approximately 20,000 jobs, including highly skilled technicians, maintenance workers, avionics specialists, hospitality providers, and a host of other area businesses based on the field and in the local community. The airfield is also ideally suited to disaster-relief flights and specialized medical transport – consider Medflight, based at Hanscom, which transports more than 6,000 critically ill patients annually.
The industry has a sharp focus on sustainability, having slashed emissions by 40 percent in just four decades, and a commitment to reach net-zero carbon emissions in the years to come. Progress is being made toward this goal right now – through investment in eco-friendly electric, hybrid and hydrogen power technologies, and the development of sustainable aviation fuels, which can reduce carbon emissions by up to 80 percent. In fact, MIT researchers recently announced their ground-breaking work to convert plant-based lignin into hydrocarbon molecules that could help make jet fuel 100 percent sustainable.
We believe we should get the facts on the table with a focus on the real and meaningful actions being taken to support citizens, communities and carbon reduction.