Show 50: Airport Director at Portland International Jetport Paul Bradbury

Show Information

Show: 50
Air date: Saturday, February 23
Guest: Paul Bradbury
Host: Steve Woods (Stevoe)
Studio Contributor Debi Davis
Executive Producer: Mark Gould (Sharky)

Paul Bradbury is Portland’s International Jetport airport director. Bradbury has been employed by the city in several positions at the Jetport since August 1992 and has managed all landside facilities at the Jetport since 1994.  He was appointed to his current position of Airport Director in 2008.  In this position, he is responsible for the overall management, operations and planning for the Jetport.   The two also discussed Bradbury’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, the nearly 1.7 million passengers fly in and out of the Jetport annually and the Jetports visit from Air Force One.

Paul Bradbury

Steve Woods (left) is joined in the TideSmart Talk with Stevoe studio by Portland International Jetport Airport Director, Paul Bradbury (right).

Under Bradbury’s leadership, the Jetport has undergone major renovations.  Such improvements include the new terminal building, which received LEED Gold certification, (80% of construction debris recycled, 37% of materials in terminal expansion have recycled content, preferred lot parking for hybrids), only the second terminal project in the nation to achieve this level.  Other improvements include combining a new aircraft de-icing fluid capture system and the largest airport geothermal heating and cooling system.

Nearly 1.7 million passengers fly in and out of the Jetport annually, with more than 200 passengers using the Jetport each day to connect to and from international destinations (Asia, the Carribbean, Europe and Canada). PWM, the code given to the Jetport by the FAA, stands for Portland Westbrook Municipal.  In the earliest days of aviation, pilots would navigate using a series of lights.  The last set of lights before the runway was located in Westbrook.

Bradbury graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering.  He is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Maine.  Bradbury is an avid runner and triathlete who has completed the Ironman at Lake Placid three times.


Posted on Thursday, February 28th, 2013 and filed under Show Recaps.

  • SierraTango

    This was a fascinating and entertaining interview. Thanks for posting it online for those of us who aren’t able to listen to AM radio.

    To briefly expand on the subject of runway length and aircraft size:

    Contrary to popular misconception, PWM can in fact handle larger aircraft than what we typically see today (regional jets, narrowbody mainline jets, etc.). Large widebody aircraft have visited PWM on many occasions in the past, including Boeing 767s, Airbus A300s and A310s, and a McDonnell Douglas KC-10 Extender, which is a military in-flight refueling aircraft based on the DC-10. 

    There are a multitude of reasons why the passenger airlines don’t service PWM with widebody aircraft, but runway length is a secondary problem compared to the fact that Maine simply doesn’t have the population to support those types of aircraft. Let’s use Delta as an example. The largest aircraft they currently use on the Portland-to-Atlanta route is the narrowbody McDonnell Douglas MD-88 (149 seats). If they switched to a widebody Boeing 767-300 (261 seats), they probably wouldn’t be able to fill it up unless they reduced the number of flights to/from Portland… which certainly wouldn’t be helpful to PWM or Maine. Such a move, and the resulting reduction in scheduling options, would most likely force more passengers to fly out of Logan, and that’s the last thing PWM wants.