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Oneonta Airport

Delgado Tours Job Corps, Airport, Even Flies Drone

Delgado Tours Job Corps,

Airport, Even Flies Drone

Congressman Antonio Delgado, R-19, pauses for a photo op this afternoon at Oneonta Job Corps’ Robert B. Sweeney Smart Grid Advanced Training Yard. He observed the new class of Overhead Line students climbing – see them on the poles? – and talked to a graduate who is leaving with five others to start his new job as a lineman at Rocky Mountain Fiber Plus in Connecticut. Delgado then visited the Drone Pilot Class at Oneonta Airport, even trying his hand flying a drone.  With Delgado in this photo are, from left, Bill Renwick, Kimberley McIntyre, Israel Delgado, Barbara Torrey, John Patrick Baptista, Dave Simmons, Steve Brown, Amy Fleury, Jacob Martetin and Tracie Hunt. Crouching in front is Andy Guerrero Reynoso.
Oneonta Airport Wins Grant For Snow-Plowing Equipment

Oneonta Airport Wins Grant

For Snow-Plowing Equipment

ONEONTA – An allocation of $225,000 in federal funding will allow Oneonta Municipal Airport to buy new snow-removal equipment, U.S. Sens. Charles E. Schumer, the minority leader, and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced

The funding comes through the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP).

9-Year-Old Airlifted After ATV Accident

9-Year-Old Airlifted

After ATV Accident

LAURENS – A 9-year-old boy was airlifted to Albany Medical Center after an ATV crash last night near the Oneonta Municipal Airport.

State Police responded to a call at 8:58 p.m. that the boy had overturned an ATV on a trail on private property near the airport, which is in the Town of Laurens.  He was not wearing a helmet, and was airlifted to Albany Medical Center, where he was treated for minor injuries.

The investigation is ongoing.

Tenfold Plus Delivers 88 Bookcases to Young Readers

88 Tenfold Bookcases

Go To Young Readers

Rebecca McManus, Center Director of Head Start, right, helps Oneonta sisters Laila Morten and Aaliya Little and their mother Jessica Morten look through their new bookshelf. "This is so wonderful." said Jessica Morten. "It's such and important thing for families to read to kids and this gives that opportunity to people who may not have that many books." The parking lot was a flurry of activity this afternoon Tenfold Plus members and Oneonta Job Corps students handed out over 90 personalized bookshelves to area children. Ten Fold Plus, the originator of the project collected thousands of children's books to stock the shelves, which were created over the winter by Oneonta Job Corps Cement Masons class. "It's bittersweet." said Mauel Moreno, one of the students who built the shelves. "We've worked on these for three months, and it's sad to see them go. But knowing (the shelves) would be going to kids, that was our motivation. Seeing the faces of the kids and their parents, seeing them loving what we made, it makes me proud I got a chance to do this." Oneonta Job Corps Academy director Chris Kuhn looked out over the sea of shelves being carried off, saying "I'm so happy to see them all go, but a little sad, too. I guess the only thing to beat those post-project blues is to think up something new!" (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com
Rebecca McManus, right, Head Start Center director, helps Oneonta sisters Laila Morten and Aaliya Little and their mother Jessica Morten look through their new bookshelf, delivered today at the Oneonta Municipal Airport by Tenfold Plus, a women’s philanthropic organization that spent the winter gathering books to stack on shelves made by Job Corps.  “This is so wonderful.” said  Morten. “It’s such and important thing for families to read to kids and this gives that opportunity to people who may not have that many books.”  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Seward Announces $70,000 For Newly Remodeled Airport Terminal

Seward Announces $70,000 Grant

For Remodeled Airport Terminal

After two years of construction of the new terminal at the Oneonta Airport is finally completed. Mayor Gary Herzig, flanked by OJC student Joe Henness, Len Carson, Jeff Back, Dennis Finn, Ed May, Chris Kuhn and OJC student Nate Morris, cuts the ribbon at the Oneonta Municipal Airport, where the milestone was celebrated this afternoon. In remarks beforehand, Kuhn praised his students' work; "They did not disappoint. We've been involved with a lot of projects over the years, this has been the best so far." Mayor Herzig, who had lunch with former Mayor Sam Nader earlier today, recounted how Nader had considered the building of the airport the project he was most proud of. "For years the airport languished, and was even given up for dead.", said Herzig. "But you have brought back this facility for Oneonta's future. You have done us a real service." Senator Jim Seward hailed the work and announced he has secured a $70,000 grant to help complete the work. "First impressions mean a lot.", said Seward. "This terminal tells those who arrive in our community 'this is a great place to live, to visit and to work.'" Many cited the passion of current Airport Commissioner Dennis Finn, who worked at the airport in it's first days. "I love this place and people who come here love it, too" (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
After two years of construction, remodeling of the terminal at the Oneonta Municipal Airport is complete. Mayor Gary Herzig, flanked by OJC student Joe Hennessy, count Rep. Len Carson, R-Oneonta, Airport Commission members Jeff Back, Dennis Finn and Ed May, OJC Director Chris Kuhn and OJC student Nate Morris, cut the ribbon on the renovated facility.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Seward praises the Job Corps work and, as a reward, announces an $80,000 grant to continue it.
Seward praises the Job Corps work and, as a reward, announces an $70,000 grant to continue it.

By IAN AUSTIN • for www.AllOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA – At the ribbon cutting at the Oneonta Municipal Airport this afternoon, state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, hailed the work with an announcement that he has secured a $70,000 grant to help complete the job. “First impressions mean a lot,” said Seward. “This terminal tells those who arrive in our community ‘this is a great place to live, to visit and to work.'”

In remarks beforehand, Oneonta Job Corps Director Chris Kuhn praised his students’ work on th terminal. “They did not disappoint. We’ve been involved with a lot of projects over the years, this has been the best so far.”

Oneonta Airport Hosts Fewer Planes For Induction, But Has a Few Surprises

HALL OF FAME WEEKEND 2015

Oneonta Airport Hosts Fewer Planes

For Induction, But Sees a Few Surprises

As Induction weekend begins, air traffic has increased at the Oneonta Airport thanks to many of the inductees. 'This is the busiest season for our airport' said Dennis Finn, Commissioner Chair for the Oneonta Municipal airport. "There aren't as many as last year. The Yankees and the Mets have not come in, but John Smaltz (Atlanta Braves pitcher and 2015 Inductee) flew in two planes for himself and his family." There have also been a few surprises, like unannounced aircraft dropping people off and a fly-by by a dirigible advertising the upcoming Peanuts movie which cruised down the runway about 30ft off the ground. For now, the plans have been arranged in case more come in, but none are expected. (Ian Austin/ allotsego.com
As Induction Weekend begins, air traffic has increased at the Oneonta Airport, thanks to the inductees and guests flying in for the big day. “This is the busiest season for our airport,” said Dennis Finn, Commissioner Chair for the Oneonta Municipal Airport. “There aren’t as many planes  as last year. The Yankees and the Mets have not come, but John Smoltz (Atlanta Braves pitcher and 2015 Inductee) flew in two planes for himself and his family.” There have also been a few surprises, several unannounced aircraft have dropped people off and a fly-by a dirigible advertising the upcoming Peanuts movie cruised down the runway 30ft off the ground. For now, the plans have been arranged in case more come in, but none are expected. (Ian Austin/ allotsego.com
The Peanuts Blimp passes by the Oneonta Municiple Airport before heading back towards Cooperstown. (Contributed by Dan Bentley)
The Peanuts Blimp passes by the Oneonta Municipal Airport before heading back towards Cooperstown. (Contributed by Dan Bentley)
Baseball’s Heroes Fly Into Oneonta Airport

Baseball’s Heroes Fly Into Oneonta Airport

By LIBBY CUDMORE

If you saw Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan or contender Don Mattingly at the 75th Induction Weekend in Cooperstown, you can thank Dennis Finn and the Oneonta Municipal Airport.

Over the weekend, 28 corporate jets, plus two private planes, landed and took off, said Finn, city Airport Commission chairman. “This is our busiest time of the year,” he said, and this Induction Weekend was the second busiest, after the Ripken/Gwynn event in 2007.

The jets began arriving on Thursday, June 24. Some dropped off their visitors; others, like the New York Yankees’ Falcon 900 – the biggest plane on the tarmac – parked for the weekend. “We had to buy a special bar to tow it,” said Finn. “A scratch would cost us a quarter million!”

Springer’s, the Oneonta Kubota dealer, provided a tractor to help tow the aircraft. “When the pilots see that, they don’t worry,” he said. “It instills confidence in the owners.”

While many of the Hall’s guests, including Inductee Joe Torre, arrive through Albany or other airports, the Oneonta landing strip offers private jet owners the most convenience, Finn said. “This is the closest paved runway to Cooperstown,” he said. “They don’t want to drive an hour and a half from Albany or Rome. They want to come in here.”

Last month, Finn began the task of calling team owners and pilots to line up arrival and departure times. Some of the planes parked overnight or for a few days. Saturday-Sunday night, “we were here at midnight, still parking planes,” said Finn. “We know the importance of planning, and the success we have comes from that.”

NetJets, Warren Buffett’s private jet company, is a different story. “They pop in whenever they want, even if the apron is closed,” said Finn. “They know the runway is open, so they just drop off their passengers.”

At midnight, Sunday, July 27, a NetJet flew in, but when the pilot tried to ready for takeoff, the engines wouldn’t restart. “We had to park the plane,” said Finn. “Their mechanics came in to fix it.”

After a near-death experience in 2010, the Oneonta airport is undergoing renovations, via Oneonta Job Corps, adding a conference room, new bathrooms and a redesigned lounge to the terminal.

The airport is also in talks with the FAA to extend the 4,200-foot runway to 5,000 feet to accommodate larger jets.
“We could get even more in here if we had that longer runway,” said Finn. “You can see how essential this airport is.”

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