I’ve have been with the GTAA since 2002. I started my career in the early 80s as a systems programmer, which evolved into a strong interest in wireless communications technology.
Today, my role as Communication Systems Manager is managing Toronto Pearson’s communication systems technology. Every day is different, with new challenges that make Toronto Pearson an exciting place to work, as well as take advantage of and enjoy new technology.
In my role, it’s all about mobile communication. This includes land mobile radio for users in vehicles or on foot and aeronautical radio for communicating with aircraft. I maintain the in-building antenna system in our facilities, which ensures that passengers can get cellular service in the terminals and that our public safety radios work anywhere on the property. Another part of my role is to help the organization understand new communications technology and what it can do for them, and I enjoy that. I’m always looking ahead five years to see where new technology that fits in.
An interesting part of my job operating is Toronto Pearson’s weather technology, including the weather station, Lightning Warning System (LWS) and runway surface condition reporting. Because it’s different than my mainstream work, it’s been a very interesting challenge.
We get a lot of lightning here at Toronto Pearson, so our LWS is very important. The LWS can triangulate any lightning strikes on the property and measure the electrostatic energy in the area, which helps to predict when we’re going to have a strike. Once the lightning warning goes red, planes can’t connect to the gates here and workers need to take shelter so that they’re not in danger. We’re always trying to manage the risk correctly so that planes and passengers leave on time, and everyone can work safely with minimal delay.
Dan, Communication Systems Manager, Aviation Services