After landing the newly created Trail airport manager job two years ago, Don Goulard is taking off on a new adventure later this month.
He was hired to lead Trail Airport Operations shortly after the city purchased the service from the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary in February 2014.
Since then, Goulard says changes have been significant but it’s all thanks to a team effort between the City of Trail, dedicated volunteers and staff.
“It’s been a great experience and we’ve done an awful lot to bring the airport up to Transport Canada standards,” he said.
Right from the start Goulard had to dig in because a May 2014 Process Validation Inspection that found discrepancies around policies, processes and procedures with respect to quality assurance, airport operator’s obligations, document and records management and training.
Those issues were addressed through his Corrective Action Plan, mostly recently Goulard ensured the new gas tank system was certified, and he’s been involved in the ongoing plan for a new terminal building.
“I have sincere appreciation and gratitude for the leadership and ongoing support the City of Trail has provided me,” he said.
“I can’t say enough wonderful things about the memories and experiences gained from the City of Trail and in my position at the Trail Regional Airport.”
Goulard’s last day is April 29, one day before his new position as Manager of Operations with the Nanaimo Airport Commission begins.
The city will be reviewing Trail airport operations and future staffing needs before developing an action plan.
“Don was fully committed to ensuring the Trail Regional Airport was compliant within a very complex and highly regulated environment,” says David Perehudoff, the City’s Chief Administrative Officer.
“Don also took great initiative in trying to secure Federal grant funding and to maximize the utilization of the airport as much as possible.
“He should be very proud of what he’s accomplished and we wish him and his wife Amanda all the best with their new life on Vancouver Island.”