Erie Canal Museum – Life on the Erie Canal

Syracuse, New York.

Last week, the purpose of my first visit to New York state was revealed. It was to be four days of flying behind an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). As it turned out, we arrived in town on Sunday afternoon, flew on Monday, but at the end of the day, the prognosis for flying on Tuesday didn’t look so great, weatherwise. A couple of days of bad weather, snow, and low clouds grounded us on Wednesday as well. We flew again on Thursday and headed home on Friday. To fill some of the empty hours in Syracuse, one of my CAP colleagues and I decided to visit the Erie Canal Museum in downtown Syracuse. Continue reading

New York – My First Visit to the State

Syracuse, New York.

I’ve been to many states, but before March 2018, a trip to Boston brought me to the only state on the east coast I’ve visited north of Washington DC. An opportunity to visit Syracuse New York for volunteer Civil Air Patrol (CAP) duties would be my ticket to visit a new (to me) state. The image above is one of my first views of the city of Syracuse while on landing approach to Syracuse Hancock Airport. In the United States, Aviation research is increasingly turning to unmanned aerial systems for flight assignments. Civil Air Patrol is helping in the transition as many current Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) have limited visibility for their pilots on the ground. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 12 August 2018

Syracuse, New York.

This week’s Travel Tuesday post tells of an early spring trip to Syracuse-Hancock Airport in New York. It was my first trip to that state and the purpose for my trip is featured there. Today’s cell pic is a teaser. Both of these planes are Civil Air Patrol (CAP) aircraft. The gray Cessna on the right is a veteran and the reason for the color is described in that post. With that, I’ll leave you guessing. Continue reading