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Trainees work on an MQ-9 Reaper at the Hancock field Air National Guard base near Syracuse, NY. Photo: David Sommerstein.
Trainees work on an MQ-9 Reaper at the Hancock field Air National Guard base near Syracuse, NY. Photo: David Sommerstein.

Crashed Air Force drone was flying with gear that couldn't handle cold

Besides some clouds on Nov. 12, 2013, Air National Guard crew members recalled to accident investigators that it was a nice day for flying.

But it was a cold, late fall day, just below freezing on the ground at Fort Drum, where the Air National Guard launches its remotely piloted aircraft for training missions over upstate New York.

A review of the Air Force's publicly released report into the accident has concluded the unmanned military drone that crashed into Lake Ontario that day was flying with equipment that didn't always function properly in cold weather.  Go to full article
C-45 with U.S. Air Force markings. <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/multiplyleadership/6086672220">Mark Jones Jr.</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
C-45 with U.S. Air Force markings. Mark Jones Jr., Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Explorers find 1952 US plane wreck in Lake Ontario

OSWEGO, N.Y. (AP) Underwater explorers say they've found the wreck of a U.S. Air Force twin-engine plane that crashed into Lake Ontario more than 60 years ago.

The C-45 flew for miles on its own after its three-man crew and two civilian passengers bailed out when one of the engines failed during a flight over central New York in 1952. The aircraft flew on automatic pilot for more than an hour before it crashed into the lake off Oswego.  Go to full article
WW II-era C-47 Skytrain "Whiskey 7" in Geneseo, N.Y. just prior to its departure. Photo: McDougall Communications, used with permission
WW II-era C-47 Skytrain "Whiskey 7" in Geneseo, N.Y. just prior to its departure. Photo: McDougall Communications, used with permission

Restored US WWII D-Day plane arrives in Germany

GENESEO, N.Y. (AP) A World War II airplane restored by an aviation history group in western New York has arrived in Germany ahead of its scheduled flight during next week's D-Day commemoration events.  Go to full article
WW II-era C-47 Skytrain "Whiskey 7" in Geneseo, N.Y. just prior to its departure. Photo: McDougall Communications, used with permission
WW II-era C-47 Skytrain "Whiskey 7" in Geneseo, N.Y. just prior to its departure. Photo: McDougall Communications, used with permission

D-Day plane restored in New York heading to France

GENESEO, N.Y. (AP) A World War II transport plane that dropped American paratroopers on Normandy has departed a western New York airfield for D-Day's 70th anniversary commemoration in France.

The Douglas C-47 restored at the National Warplane Museum in Geneseo took off Thursday afternoon from the museum's airfield. It's one of the last planes of its kind still flying and the only one from the U.S. participating in the June 6 events in Normandy.  Go to full article
Photo: David Sommerstein
Photo: David Sommerstein

Congressman hopes for drone test site

Congressman Richard Hanna is optimistic upstate New York will be able to secure a drone testing site under a soon-to-be-launched federal program.  Go to full article
The plane crash landed in Gull Lake, in the backcountry of Herkimer County. Satellite image: Google maps
The plane crash landed in Gull Lake, in the backcountry of Herkimer County. Satellite image: Google maps

Plane crashes in Adirondack lake after losing propeller

Authorities say a small plane that was forced to land on an Adirondack lake last week had lost its propeller in midair. The plane was contracted by the U.S. Defense Department to support an ongoing Vermont Air National Guard training exercise. It was recovered from Gull Lake in northern Herkimer County over the weekend by a private salvage company.  Go to full article
Adirondack Regional Airport (Photo:  Harrietstown website)
Adirondack Regional Airport (Photo: Harrietstown website)

State blasts Harrietstown for lax airport management

The state Comptroller issued a scathing report yesterday, arguing that "mismanagement" at the Adirondack Regional Airport in Lake Clear has cost Harrietstown nearly a quarter million dollars. The report also found that local officials "could not account for" nearly four thousand gallons of fuel. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article
Reporter Gregory Warner mans the controls of a Cessna 172.
Reporter Gregory Warner mans the controls of a Cessna 172.

Aviator Finds Niche Teaching North Country Pilots

Darren Mesibov started his flight instructor school at the Potsdam airport with nothing but a single-engine plane. He didn't even have an office - he'd meet students on the ramp leading up to the runway. He was just trying to build up enough hours to get his commercial pilot's license. But then he took out a classified ad, in the Pennysaver. And suddenly his fortunes changed. Gregory Warner tells the story.

(If you're interested in an intro flight, you can call Potsdam Aviation at (315) 262-0326. Or if you prefer to sit in the passenger seat, you can stop by the Potsdam airport any Friday evening. There's a barbeque from 6 pm till dark. And you might convince one of the pilots to take you for a ride.)  Go to full article

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