Humans of BGM: Happy Halloween!

Each year on Halloween we invite local children and their families to the Greater Binghamton Airport for an afternoon of Trick or Treating! 

This year was our most “SPOOK-TACULAR” turn-out yet! Everyone had a great time as the Airlines, members of TSA, Car Rental Agencies, and many offices around the Airport handed out candy and toys to the children. We were visited by the prettiest princesses, scariest little monsters, and everything in between! Mario & Friends even stopped by! 


We are happy to provide a fun, safe environment for the kids to spend their Halloween! The adults like that they get to stay inside; away from the cold, October weather, while their ghosts and goblins happily make their way from one candy-filled cauldron to the next!


It’s very exciting for us to see their faces light up when they feast their eyes on the loot or when they see a familiar character walking around!

Cat In The Hat has a way of making even the toughest Dinosaur crack a smile!

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Happy Halloween, Everyone!




Turbulence Facts to Help You Relax

Whether you’re sitting back and relaxing, watching movie after movie or taking a nap, flying is such an efficient way to travel!  Even though flying saves time and is a logical method of transportation, everyone dreads turbulence.  When you have to use the restroom and suddenly see the seatbelt sign turn on, you know you’re in for a bumpy ride. 

Check out these five facts about in-flight turbulence that will help you relax the next time you see that seatbelt sign illuminated!

  1. When the fasten seatbelt sign turns on, buckle up.  The staff on the plane is not doing this to irritate you, but for your own safety.  Also, when you are seated it is always a good idea to have your seatbelt fastened even if the sign isn’t on!  Pilots always wear their seatbelts when they are seated, so it’s important that all passengers do too! 
  2. Certain geography in the United States naturally causes turbulence.  The Rocky Mountains create an environment that is less stable for flying.  Knowing this, it’s important to point out that flights are planned to avoid areas where substantial turbulence is expected to occur.  So even if the turbulence feels unbearable, this is the safest and least disruptive path of travel. There are specific jobs dedicated to planning flight routes!
  3. When a pilot sees moderate turbulence ahead he or she will slow down the speed of the plane.  The slower speed reduces the chance of damage to the plane and provides you with a more comfortable ride.
  4. Clear–air turbulence cannot be detected by typical aircraft radar systems.  The noses of planes now have light detection and ranging systems.  This technology gives pilots warnings of clear air turbulence.  Unlike other turbulence that can be detected from miles ahead, this might only be detected minutes ahead.  Once again, it is very important to fasten your seatbelt when you see the sign on!
  5. Technology is important when thinking about in-flight turbulence. Flight crews have satellites and advanced meteorologic technology; they continuously analyze flight conditions to give you the smoothest and most relaxing flight as possible.  Airlines are also testing technology using ultraviolet lasers to help airplanes avoid turbulence altogether!  

Pilots are trained to recognize turbulence and know how to handle it properly; that’s what they train for. Remember, you’re safer in a plane than you are in a car, so relax and let the professionals do their job!


Humans of BGM: Zach’s Endeavors to Expand BU’s Veteran Services

Yesterday we met BGM flyer, Zach DuBord, as he returned from an important conference in Washington D.C. Zach grew up in Oswego and attended Binghamton University both as an undergraduate and graduate student. Since graduating in 2007, he has become Binghamton University’s Assistant Director of Transfer and Veteran Services. Although the department’s programs are sufficient and helpful, Zach would like to go above and beyond what they currently offer.

Zach would like to create a pre-college program for first generation veterans who are either in or out of the army, as well as those who cannot afford the expense of being a full-time college student. He explained that this program would offer a semester-long remedial and academic refresher course. After the course, the department would help them gain access to other colleges and continue their education.  

During Zach’s trip to D.C., he applied for a Veteran Upward Bound Grant, which is the first step in making his plan possible. Although Zach won’t find out if they received the grant until March, it’s worth the wait as he knows this money will make a profound impact on Broome County.  Zach has arrived at BGM with a reinvigorated spirit to help current students, and a strong hope for future students in our community.