Tilton, New Hampshire USA – August 21, 2020 – Laurie Forand has been named Business Development Manager/Airfield Lighting for North American markets and USDOD/government accounts. In her new role, Ms. Forand will develop new business for the company’s airfield ground and approach lighting products, and manage United States Department of Defense (USDOD) projects.
Laurie joins Avlite with a successful background in project and sales management, as well as an impressive career in the US Army as an Army Aviation Officer. Holding the rank of Major, she was an Operations Officer and C-12 (King Air) pilot for the US Army Operational Support Airlift Activity in Washington, DC. Ms. Forand served as a Blackhawk pilot in both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan). She is a rated helicopter and fixed-wing pilot and continues to serve in the U.S. Army Reserve.
Ms. Forand will report to Avlite’s Sales Manager for the Americas, Jason Larrere. “Laurie’s background in sales, project management, and aviation will provide Avlite customers with a keen understanding of their needs and challenges. I know she will drive a successful airfield lighting sales program for Avlite in the North American and USDOD areas.”
Ms. Forand holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Central Florida and Lean Six Sigma/Yellow Belt Certification.
She and her family have relocated to central New Hampshire, United States, the site of Avlite’s headquarters for the Americas.
It is a great benefit to our community to have this [Avlite’s helipad lighting system] installed and commissioned at CareFlight’s Toowoomba base. Avlite’s particular type of lighting lends itself to a lot of applications given that it’s easy to install, doesn’t require electricity as its solar powered and can be remotely controlled. It’s a fabulous technology, obviously a world leading technology and from my point of view, it’s great to see an Australian Manufacturing success story.
-Cr Mike Williams
For an aerodrome operator to provide equivalent night-use runway standards for the RFDS and other fixed-base users at around one-third of the cost of a traditional mains-powered runway and taxiway lighting system, there has to be greater recognised merit for this (solar-powered) alternative especially in a location like ours where it is sunny most days of the year.
Our industry appreciates the on-going support of this Australian owned and operated company whose solar powered airfield and helipad lighting systems assist in the improvement of safety for both fixed and rotary wing aeromedical flight crews and passengers around the country.
As the busiest Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) based in the State [of Queensland], the benefits [of Avlite’s helipad lighting] are many. Not only does it [the system] enhance the safety of our operations, it also helps us to continue to improve our level of service delivery to the community and to our customers.
-Ashley van de Velde
These lights [AV-70s] have been a great asset to many outback communities that previously we were not able to access 24/7.
Just to let you know the new airport floodlight has now been installed for several weeks and the medical staff and Power and Water staff [who look after the airport] agree it has made things much easier and safer for night-time medivacs. Your assistance with enabling us to have this basic but important infrastructure is much appreciated.
Since starting our distributorship with Avlite, we have gone from strength to strength with the great range of solar products and of course the fantastic support of the Avlite staff. It’s been a good year for us. May it continue.
Re: Avlite AV70 taxiway lights, are working really well. Thank you for your assistance in getting our ramp up and running.
-Capt. US Air Force
The lights are installed and are operating beautifully.
We did install all of the lights. We even used a few red lights as obstruction markers on top of 68 meter power line towers. I finally found a high quality camera and took some photos. I will send them to you as soon as I can download them. We submitted some additional light orders to our contracting office, so you can expect to receive a bit solicitation from them soon. The lights are working great and we appreciate the support.