Hanscom Field is the regions premier full-service general aviation airport, and it plays a critical role in New England's regional aviation system as a corporate reliever for Logan International Airport. Aircraft operations at Hanscom have traditionally included commuter, business, charter, light cargo, personal aircraft, air taxi, medical, military and flight school activity. Hanscom Field serves the diverse flying needs of the region's high technology corporations and educational institutions and is an important resource for Hanscom Air Force Base (HAFB), a research and development facility abutting the airfield.
Sharon Williams serves as Massport's Director of Hanscom Field. As the director she is responsible for the safe and efficient performance of the facility. Her responsibilities include managing the airfield, instituting effective disaster planning/training, airport security, and enforcing the airfield operating regulations. She is responsible for overall supervision of the administrative and maintenance workforce, and develops programs and procedures for effective maintenance of the facility. Development of community, tenant and local official's information and liaison programs are her responsibility, as well as maintaining lines of communication and cooperation with the FAA, U.S. Air Force, community groups and airport tenants.
Sharon has been employed by Massport for 22 years. She started her Massport career as an Operations Manager at Hanscom Field. Sharon continued her career at Logan International Airport in various positions including, Manager of Terminal B, Manager of Airside/Landside and Fleet Maintenance, Manager of Airport Facilities and Deputy Director of Aviation Services. In 2011, Sharon returned to Hanscom as the Manager of Airport Administration and became the Airport Director in February of 2013.
Sharon received her private pilot's license at the age of 17 and has been a commercial pilot for 26 years. Sharon has a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management and Flight Technology from the Florida Institute of Technology and a Master of Science in Aviation and Aerospace Operations and Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Supporting Sharon in running Hanscom Field is Keith Leonhardt, Manager of Operations and Maintenance. Keith ensures the safe and efficient operations with a support staff of 14 full-time employees. The staff at Hanscom has won the Balchen-Post award multiple times for keeping the airport open during snow season, most recently in 2014-2015, when the airport saw record snowfalls of over 100 inches.
Also supporting Sharon is Amber Goodspeed, Manager of Airport Administration. Amber oversees the billing, collections, community relations and noise abatement at Hanscom Field. Amber also is the lead for the Environmental Management System, as Hanscom Field was the first airport in the country to become ISO14001 certified.