By Maria Jose Subiria
College Park's new director of Airport Affairs says she wants to help the city improve communication with Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
Eunique Jarmon began working in the new position March 23.
"There is a slow progress being made, especially with the main issue on noise," said Jarmon. "Hopefully, College Park, the airport and the FAA [Federal Aviation Administration] can concentrate on noise issues for residents."
According to Jim Smith, interim city manager for the city of College Park, the city's two main airport-related concerns are noise and land acquisition.
Jarmon is currently working with city residents who complain of excessive noise caused by a blast wall at the airport. A blast wall is built to absorb sound emitted from an airplane.
"One of the walls is three-tenths of a mile from Princeton Village, a residential development," said Jarmon. "I am working with them on how to mitigate the noise."
Jarmon said she communicates with officials from the Department of Aviation at Hartsfield-Jackson.
"We've been dealing with Atlanta with airport issues for a long time, and struggling to be able to have a solid link of communication with the airport," said Smith. "We've never had a dedicated person to do that."
According to Smith, Jarmon is able to effectively communicate with all types of officials at the airport, as well as legislators.
"She's been the missing link - the perfect person for the job," said Smith. "The mayor [Jack Longino], and the council have been talking about having someone for this position for years. There are so many things that intertwine between us, and the airport."
Jarmon, who hails from Cincinnati, Ohio, said she has been interested in aviation since her childhood.
She said her mother occasionally took her to the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, because as a child, she enjoyed watching aircraft take off and land.
"Also, there aren't a lot of women in aviation, so I took it as a challenge to show the world what I can do," she said.
As her interest in aviation grew, she decided to turn it into a career. Jarmon attended The Ohio State University, and took flight lessons there. She obtained a bachelor's degree in aviation management and continued her education at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, where she received a master's degree in safety and human factors.
She landed her first aeronautical job as an international flight coordinator around 2004, at the Flight Operations Department for Executive Jet Management in Cincinnati.
Jarmon said she facilitated the coordination of all international flights and was also on the safety committee team.
In 2007, she landed a position as an Aviation Safety Action Program manager for AirNet Systems, Inc., in Columbus.
"From 2007 to 2009, I managed the program along with implementing the company's safety manuals for that specific program," said Jarmon.
She said her previous positions give her the experience necessary for the job of Airport Affairs director for College Park.
"They've taught me to be able to handle stress, and to deal with all levels of government - local or state," she said.