Hangar Talk – A BGM area pilot social event

This coming Saturday, November 23rd at 10:00am the Greater Binghamton Airport will host another FREE HANGAR TALK event in the Chamberlin Room located in Hangar 2.

Hangar Talk is an opportunity for all pilots what use the BGM facility to get together to “Talk Shop.”  Nate Quinn, Broome County Airport Operations Specialist will be available to discuss current airport issues and to address local pilot’s questions and concerns regarding your airport.

A local Air Traffic Controller will also be presenting some important information regarding aviation safety.

This even will also feature a tour of the NEW T-HANGAR buildings at BGM.

Also you will get:

  • A light meal will be provided (you must RSVP to get the meal)
  • Ramp & Landing Fees will be waived for fly-in aircraft and attendees
  • Fuel discounts of .50 off per gallon for those attending.

Dont miss out on this FREE event if you are a pilot that uses BGM now or is a pilot considering using BGM in the future.

RSVP by Nov. 20th to:

Nathan Quinn

607-763-4471 ext 204 or at Nquinn@co.broome.ny.us 

Federal Shutdown affects BGM Families

As part of my job at the airport I field the phone calls that come in about general airport questions. With my cheery greeting and knowledge of MOST things BGM my job is complete when I satisfy their needs and leave them with the friendly / family like feeling about BGM.

Well, some days that’s not very easy. Lately I get calls asking if the traveler’s flight will be affected by the federal government shutdown. It’s great for us that I can inform them that their flight is unaffected. We always want our travelers to be happy. But the truth of the matter is that your flight is unaffected but our “BGM Family” is affected by it.

Our TSA agents and our FAA workers are all included in the government shutdown. Yes, they are federal employees. They are required to come to work every day but are not receiving paychecks. They smile at our travelers and put on the happy BGM face when really it’s not all roses and happy feeling inside.

As each day ticks away during the shutdown, those smiles become more difficult. The jobs that they love doing here at BGM (and every other airport) become less appealing. Yes at some point in time they will get paid but if I asked you to come work for free and I’ll make it up to you at some point in time, how eager would you be to get out of bed?

Consider this when you are going through any airport during the government shutdown. Tell them “Thank You”, let them know that the traveling public appreciates what they are doing.

To our federal employees and all the other federal employees at every other airport across America, THANK YOU!!!!!! We hope this ends soon and try to keep smiling.

~Jen Lasher

Update: 10/11/13 Shout out also to our family at the National Weather Service at BGM. They too are affected and working without pay. THANK YOU NWS!!!

BGM 1 Hour Recommendation

This may come as a surprise to some of you but even the airlines at small airports like BGM have strict rules when it comes to checking in and making your way through security. The airlines at BGM recommend arriving at least 1 hour before your departure time. You will want to give yourself a little more time, say 15 –to 30 minutes, if your flight is international, occurs during the busy holiday season or even if you are scheduled to fly during our busy early morning flight departure bank. Of course, our 1 hour recommendation is much better than say the “2 Hour Rule” that you will find at bigger airports. But keep in mind, rules are rules and we want to make sure everyone follows them to ensure happy travels.

Far too many times a traveler will show up 20 minutes before their flight because “it’s a small airport” and expect to board their flight. We sympathize with those in this situation because we know that unlike a city street where if you miss a taxi another will be coming along, waiting for the next flight can mean missing a connecting flight, a meeting or a family event. But if you arrive at least 1 hour before your departure you should never be faced with this situation again. So, why 1 hour? Let’s see if we can help you understand.

Many factors come into play when checking in for your flight. You need time to check-in with the airline along with all the others who are on your flight. You may need time for your bag to be processed with the airlines and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Officials and, finally, time for you to make your way through the TSA security check point. Aside from your required processing, the airlines have their flight planning procedures too. They need to have all confirmed passengers checked in by a certain time, they need to have all the bags processed and loaded into the aircraft by a certain time and they also have regulations of how long before a flight departs that they need to have everyone on the plane and close the boarding gate to begin processing for take-off. With all these behind the scene happenings comes the need to have the passengers check in at least one hour before.

Important: A common mistake made even when a passenger checks in a hour before is to unnecessarily delay making their way to the security screening areas. During our heavy travel times (like the first flights of the morning) it is most important to do this in a timely manner. There are typically 3 flights departing and processing during the morning rush and all too often flights can be missed or delayed due to passengers not processing quickly. Make it a point to go straight through security during busy times. In the morning at BGM the Subway kiosk is open to serve you coffee and breakfast. So once you get through the check point you can relax and enjoy that cup of coffee.

We pride ourselves at BGM to be convenient with easy check in but it still means that we have to follow all the airline, TSA and FAA rules. In turn this means that our passengers need to follow the rules too. Please check in at the airline ticket counter at least 1 hour before your flight and move to security in a timely manner. This will help ensure that you and your fellow travelers will all have a pleasant and on time departure.
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