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When a bear climbs the fence, airport doesn’t have a choice By Robin Lee Michel For The Airport News

A black bear climbs a Bradley International Airport fence July 10. (Photo by Eric Larson, Airport Operations)

Airport and wildlife authorities have no idea what compelled a black bear to climb a fence on the perimeter of the Bradley airfield on July 10. Whatever the reason, the 200-pound male scaled an 8-foot chain-link fence and continued over three rows of razor wire, ending up near Runway 6/24, the airport’s longest airstrip. It did not end well for the animal. Because of the potential danger it posed to aircraft and people, the bear was euthanized by an officer from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. “In most cases we tranquilize it and remove it to the nearest habitat,” said Jason Hawley, wildlife biologist and U.S. Department of Agriculture full-time

wildlife services agent. “It’s rare to euthanize, maybe two or three [bears] each year. But this one was too much of a public safety concern. You have to use your personal judgment.” Officials did not jump to euthanize the bear. At first they shot off noisemaking devices — called “bangers and whistlers” — but the bear wasn’t deterred. Hawley said wildlife personnel prefer to tranquilize large mammals and transport them to remote natural preserves. “The important thing is to be cognizant of the need to protect wildlife as well as the general public. Naturally the public is the highest priority,” said Rollin S. Tebbetts, airport operations manager at Bradley. Over the years, there have been

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Passenger numbers up for 11th month in a row By The Airport News July’s passenger numbers were up 14 percent over last year at Bradley International Airport — results that the airport’s chief executive, Kevin Dillon, calls a “great success.” It was the 11th month in a row for increases at Bradley, Dillon told the Connecticut Airport Authority board at its September meeting. For the year to date (January through July), Bradley’s passenger numbers were up 10.9 percent. Dillon said the continuing improvement at Bradley is a result of increases in the number of available airplane seats and to the recovering economy. But Dillon added a warning in his Sept. 8 report to the CAA board: “Sooner or later, things are going to start to level off,” he said. Other airports in the region didn’t do as well in July, Dillon reported. Passenger counts were down 3 percent at T.F. Green Airport in Providence, Rhode Island; down 19.2 percent at

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Bradley News Roundup

Bradley ends 2013-14 with $5.5 million surplus By The Airport News Operating revenue was far above what was expected for Bradley International Airport’s 2013-14 fiscal year, according to unaudited figures presented to the Connecticut Airport Authority board in September. At the same time, operating expenses were less than budgeted. The annual budget report, for the year ending June 30, 2014, showed revenue of $62.2 million, which was $3.8 million more than the expected $58.4 million. Expenses were about $47.7 million, which was $1.7 million less than the budgeted $49.4 million. The bottom line, before depreciation and debt payments: Bradley finished the fiscal year with a $5.5 million surplus. Airport officials stressed that the budget statement was preliminary and not yet audited. Major sources of revenue for Bradley in 2013-14 are summarized in two categories: u Airline (including terminal rent, aircraft parking, landing fees) — $29.3 million. u Non-airline (parking, rental cars, concessions, land and building rent) — $32.9 million. Other financial indicators in the budget summary included a report on gross sales from terminal concessions, which totaled about $25.1 million in 2013-14. Of that total, a little over half was from restaurant sales, and the rest represented receipts from retail, advertising and services. Among the performance measures in the report was the passenger count: In the 2013-14 fiscal year, Bradley had 5,691,521 passengers board and disembark, up 7.5 percent from 2012-13.

CAA’s commitment to provide a robust menu of service offerings, airport officials said. “We’re pleased to add new United Express service between Houston and Hartford,” said Jim Compton, United’s vice chairman and chief revenue officer. “The new flights complement our existing service to Bradley from our Chicago, New York and Washington hubs, providing Greater Hartfordarea travelers with more nonstop flight options, as well as convenient connections via the Houston hub to more than 75 other destinations in Texas, the U.S. West Coast and Latin America.” “The CAA strives to provide its travelers with access to the nation’s most desirable destinations,” said Mary Ellen Jones, the CAA board chairwoman. The flights will be operated by Mesa Airlines using Embraer 175 aircraft with 76 seats — 12 in United First and 64 in United Economy, including 16 Economy Plus extra-legroom seats. Service will begin with the first flight from Houston to Bradley at 3:40 p.m. on Oct. 5. Bradley’s inaugural departure to Houston is scheduled for 7:20 a.m. Oct. 6.

Plane spotters complain

Bradley International Airport tries to accommodate “plane spotters” — the aviation enthusiasts who photograph airplanes and record tail numbers — but the airport won’t let the hobbyists into restricted areas. Bradley’s executive director, Kevin Dillon, reported to

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United flies to Houston

The Connecticut Airport Authority has announced the debut of new daily, nonstop United Airlines service between Bradley International Airport (BDL) and Houston-George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) beginning Oct. 6. This addition to Bradley’s route structure continues the

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Bradley News Roundup u Oppose an increase in rental car surcharges, which can have a detrimental effect on airport operations. u Take over the responsibility for regulating taxi and livery service at the airport, treating taxi service as a concession. u Revisions in the state statutes to update references to the Department of Transportation regarding state airports to the Connecticut Airport Authority. u An exemption from state retirement plan requirements. The CAA board referred the legislative agenda to its human resources and governance committee for detailed review. Dillon said the proposals have to be submitted to the General Assembly by December.

Vice chairman re-elected

Michael T. Long, the longest serving member of the board of the Connecticut Airport Authority and its predecessors, has been re-elected vice chairman of the CAA board. The board’s chairwoman, Mary Ellen Jones, said the September meeting is considered the CAA board’s annual meeting, and it was time to elect officers. Jones praised Long’s service and said he had agreed to remain vice chairman. The vote was unanimous. Long, a Simsbury resident, had been chairman of the Bradley International Airport Commission and subsequent boards since the 1980s. He was appointed to the CAA board in 2011. Before his retirement in 2007, Long was a director, president and general counsel of Ensign-Bickford Industries.

In the maintenance department William Gorry, electrical supervisor in the maintenance department of Bradley International Airport, pauses on (Photo by Robin Lee Michel) his way to an assignment.

Continued from Page 2 the Connecticut Airport Authority board in September that the airport had received some media attention because of a complaint by a plane spotters group. The Associated Press had reported Sept. 5 that a group of plane spotters went to the American Civil Liberties Union in Connecticut, complaining that they were being harassed by airport authorities. “We do try to accommodate them as best we can,” Dillon told the CAA board on Sept. 8. “Unfortunately, some areas are restricted.” Dillon said he replied to an ACLU letter by stating the airport’s policy: that the plane spotters have access to any area where the general public has access. “I think the ACLU was satisfied,” Dillon said.

Legislative agenda readied

The Connecticut Airport Authority is preparing its 2015 legislative agenda to present to the next session of the General Assembly, and the CAA’s executive director gave the CAA board an overview at its September meeting. The director, Kevin Dillon, said the CAA’s priorities are in seven general areas: u Enforcement authority for CAA inspectors. The airport now relies on the state police to enforce regulations. u Eliminate the cap on non-budgeted expenditures, which is now $5,000. u Personnel issues to increase efficiency, including elimination of some state requirements on filling positions.

TSA director leaving

David Bassett, the Transportation Security Administration’s top officer at Bradley International Airport for five years, was recently selected to serve as the TSA’s regional director for the Office of Global Strategies, based in Frankfurt, Germany. Bassett has been the TSA’s federal security director at Bradley since 2009, coming to Connecticut from TSA headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, where he was director for the South East area. Bassett has been with the TSA since 2002 and has also held posts in Rochester and Buffalo, New York, and Denver, Colorado. In his new post as regional director, he will oversee Africa, Europe, and the Middle East.


September’s issue of The Airport News incorrectly referred to the Connecticut State Police unit at Bradley International Airport as Troop W. In 2012, the state police changed the status of the force at Bradley from an individual troop to a section of Troop H in Hartford.

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w Wildlife Continued from Page 1 numerous reports of animals near Bradley, some inside the fence, others outside, including a moose. “I responded to a bobcat on the grounds three years ago,” Hawley said. There have also been coyotes trying to dig under the fence, a bear in a parking garage, skunks, opossums and foxes, and of course, hundreds of species of birds. Nationwide, mammals have accounted for only 2.2 percent of wildlife strike incidents compared to 97 percent with birds from 1990 to 2013, according to the 115-page report released by the Federal Aviation Administration in July. During that period, 142,603 wildlife strikes were reported by airports across the country. A total of 21,654 of these caused damages that were estimated at $587.7 million in direct aircraft repair costs. “Other monetary losses include such expenses as lost revenue, the cost of putting passengers in hotels, rescheduling aircraft and flight cancellations,” according to the report. Wildlife strikes pose a huge danger to the air travel industry. Since 1988, globally wildlife strikes have killed more than 255 people and destroyed more than 243 aircraft, according to data from the National Wildlife Strike Database. In the U.S., a widely known incident of a near-disaster caused by wildlifeaircraft impact was the 2009 downing of US Airways Flight 1549, which was forced to land in the Hudson River just three minutes after it took off from LaGuardia. The cause was found to be Canada geese that were pulled into both engines. Amazingly, few people were injured and no one died. The FAA takes the problem seriously. Each airport is required to adhere to its specific FAA Wildlife Hazard Management Plan. Bradley’s plan mandates the type of grass to be planted and other measures that must be followed to deter wildlife, primarily birds. Personnel must mow grass to a specific height so that it does not create a habitat for small animals that might attract predatory birds. Such primary management procedures are effective, as are the methods used to disperse flocks of birds. In addition, all operations personnel must complete Advanced Aircraft Wildlife Management Training. “All our folks are required to go through a 40-hour course,” Tebbetts said. “We’re always working on it.” Bradley International Airport has been fortunate in that even though there have been bird strikes, they have not resulted in significant damage to aircraft


or property, injuries or fatalities, said Ben Parish, director of operations. When a situation occurs, “it is identified, notified and contained,” he said. Constant surveillance keeps authorities aware of potential incidents. If an animal does breach the airport grounds and may pose a threat to aircraft, the plan of action is put in place. It starts with proper reporting, then proceeds to the first step: to scare them away. “We try to harass the wildlife to leave before taking any lethal means,” Tebbetts said. Parish said the birds can be smart. At other airports, the birds actually will sit on noise-making cannons, then lift off a minute before they are set to sound, and then resettle on the barrel. At Bradley, operations personnel try to mix up strategies to maintain an element of surprise. “Our way of doing it is more effective,” Parish said. The expertise of the operations staff plays a key role, according to Kevin Dillon, executive director of the Connecticut Airport Authority, which oversees the state’s airports. “Our operations group is very experienced, the

most qualified that I’ve seen,” he said. Bradley operations staff also work closely and regularly with USDA personnel. On July 11, the group was actually out performing inspections when the bear breached the perimeter. As a precaution, a section of taxiway was closed briefly until the incident was resolved. By taking quick action, there was no danger or any delay to air travel. The bear that was euthanized – estimated to be 2 to 3 years old - is thought to be the same animal seen earlier this summer roaming the outer areas of Bradley’s extensive acreage. As human development expands into Connecticut’s natural habitat, animals are on the move and are more prevalent in communities where they do not belong. “There are more and more bears. The population increases and pushes them into an area where we don’t think they need to be,” Hawley said. Airport officials know that wildlife encounters will continue to occur. “Our current plan has been very effective,” Dillon said. However, new precautions are always being taken to prevent incidents that could jeopardize the safety of air travelers and Bradley personnel.

TSA offers advice on traveling with musical instruments By the Transit Security Administration You may bring musical instruments as carry-on or as checked baggage. To help passengers who are traveling with instruments, we partnered with musical organizations around the country to understand the challenges of transporting musical instruments, and we recommend the following. Check with your airline prior to your flight to ensure your instrument meets the size requirements for their aircraft. Pack brass instruments in your checked baggage. Bring your stringed instruments, within carrier size limitations, as carry-on items. If you have an instrument in your checked baggage, include short written instructions, where a security officer will notice them, for handling and repacking your instrument. Make sure these instructions are very clear and understandable to someone with no musical background.

physical screening. If security officers cannot clear the instrument through the security checkpoint as a carry-on item, you should transport the instrument as checked baggage instead. Instruments as checked baggage You may bring musical instruments as checked baggage as long as they fit within the size and weight limitations of the airline you are taking. We encourage you to stay with your instrument while security officers screen it to make sure it is repacked properly. Owners should be present when an instrument is removed from its case for screening. For this reason, musicians are advised to add at least 30 minutes to the airline’s recommended arrival window when checking their instrument. — From

Carrying instruments through screening checkpoints You may carry one musical instrument in addition to one carry-on and one personal item through the screening checkpoint. This is a TSA screening policy. Airlines may or may not allow the additional carry-on item on their aircraft. Please check with your airline before you arrive at the airport. Security officers must X-ray or physically screen your instrument before it can be transported on an aircraft. Security officers will handle musical instruments very carefully and will allow you to be as involved as possible in any

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Passenger numbers

Continued from Page 1 Manchester-Boston Regional Airport in Manchester, New Hampshire; and up just 5.8 percent at Logan International Airport in Boston. Bradley also excelled in the year-to-date numbers, compared with the other airports. (Table at right.) Reporting on continuing efforts to add airline service, Dillon noted that Bradley was competing with T.F. Green for European flights by Condor Airlines, and Condor chose T.F. Green. Condor will offer seasonal service to Frankfurt, Germany, beginning in July. Dillon noted that Condor is part of the Thomas Cook Group, which has a connection to Newport, R.I. Dillon also said he would be meeting with Azul Brazilian Airlines, whose CEO was visiting Hartford, and a number of other domestic and international carriers at the World Routes Conference in Chicago.

Passenger counts at Bradley International Airport, compared with similar periods a year ago, and at T.F. Green (Providence), Manchester, and Logan (Boston) airports. Airport Bradley T.F. Green Manchester Logan

July 2014

July 2013

% Change

539,213 346,416 193,876 3,137,087

472,996 356,974 239,975 2,965,581

+ 14% – 3.0% – 19.2% + 5.8%

Year-to-date (January-July) Airport Bradley T.F. Green Manchester Logan



% Change

3,411,365 2,061,374 1,215,163 18,182,735

3,075,602 2,197,884 1,413,762 17,379,597

+ 10.9% – 6.2% – 14.0% + 4.6%

— Connecticut Airport Authority

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More renovations planned at Kent Memorial Library By Annemarie A. Smith Journal Inquirer

Kevin Fagan, left, owner of Coast to Coast Express, Town Planner Jennifer Rodriguez and First Selectman Steven Wawruck as Coast to Coast Express is recognized Sept. 9 for going solar.  (Photo courtesy of Deutsche Eco)

Business honored for going solar Steven N. Wawruck Jr., first selectman of Windsor Locks, has presented Kevin Fagan and his company, Coast to Coast Express Inc., with a certificate of recognition for installing a 50 kilowatt solar array on the roof of his business at 310 North St. Installed by Deutsche Eco USA along with Green Energy Technologies of Windsor Locks, the solar array will generate about 55,000 kilowatt hours per year —the energy required to power 5.2 homes, equivalent to burning 40,736 pounds of coal. Over 25 years, Fagan’s system will offset the release of 963 tons of carbon into the atmosphere. The solar array will offset more than 70 percent of Coast to Coast’s power bill with Connecticut Light and Power. “We are very excited to be at the forefront of solar in Connecticut,” Fagan said. “I have already seen a huge impact on my power bills.” “I think it is great that a local business can improve its competitiveness through investments that also benefit the environment,” Wawruck said. Incorporated in 1992, Coast to Coast provides transportation, distribution and warehousing services for companies in the northeastern United States. It has grown steadily each year, slowly building and maintaining its strong customer base. Founded in 1998, Deutsche Eco Group is a full-service solar company that provides development, engineering, finance, construction, operations, monitoring and maintenance services. Green Energy Solutionsm a longstanding Windsor Locks company, provides electrical and environmental technology installations.

Just two years after extensive repairs to its leaky roof, the Kent Memorial Library in Suffield is scheduled to begin renovations to its entranceway, electrical systems, and windows this fall, says First Selectman Ed McAnaney. The library, which was designed by noted architect and interior designer Warren Platner, was state-of-the-art when it was completed in 1972. But its technologies are now outdated, and the library counts energy inefficiency, public safety hazards, and a lack of accessibility to the handicapped among its problems. Town officials say they hope to put the work out to bid by Oct. 1. Construction would begin in late October or early November, with a goal of completing the project within a year. The largest of the renovations will be the construction of a new entrance accessible to the handicapped. “The library is built on a hill, and it’s a steep hill, so for anyone with a disability, or anyone with young children, it is difficult to get up the hill to the library,” said Mel Chafetz, a selectman and the president of the Public Library Association. The new entrance will include an elevator and stairs from street level to the circulation desk. It will be architecturally consistent with the original building. The other major renovation will be the replacement of the 42-year-old, single-paned windows that dominate the building. The new windows will be double-paned glass and far more energy-efficient. The changes will include updates to the plumbing. Library Director Jackie Hemond speaks of “exploding toilets.” The work will also include the installation of a sprinkler system, updates to the heating, air conditioning, and electrical systems, construction of additional parking, and the refinishing of the pavement and walkways outside the library. Funding the renovations has been a town effort. Michael Zak’s $500,000 donation in honor of his mother and longtime Suffield English teacher, Mary Ann Zak, is the largest contribution toward the project’s $1.2 million cost. In addition, the town has contributed $100,000, the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving $200,000, and the Library Commissions Endowment Fund $300,000. Suffield residents have given a combined total of $100,000. During renovations, the library will temporarily move to Ffyler Place, next to the Town Hall. According to Hemond, the library will move the children’s collection, DVDs, all new acquisitions, and the computers to Ffyler Place, while the rest of the collection will be packed away until renovations are completed.

Calling all veterans: Connecticut’s parade is Sunday, November 2 HARTFORD — Calling all U.S. veterans and active military personnel from across Connecticut: The 2014 Connecticut Veterans Parade is seeking participants. The 15th annual procession will step off on Sunday, Nov. 2, at 12:30 p.m. near the State Capitol and will march through downtown Hartford. The parade will take place a week before the federal and state observances of Veterans Day. About 3,000 people march or ride every year in the Connecticut Veterans Parade, making it the largest veterans parade in New England and one of the biggest salutes to veterans in the U.S. The event is organized by a nonprofit collaboration of

veterans’ groups, corporations, municipalities, businesses and civic organizations. U.S. veterans and active military personnel are encouraged to register to march or ride. Any Connecticut resident who is an active, retired or honorably discharged member of the U.S. Armed Forces is welcome to participate. Parade organizers also seek veterans groups, patriotic commissions, municipalities, and marching bands and drill teams from colleges, high schools and middle schools, as well as pipe & drum and fife & drum corps. To register to march or to volunteer, visit www. or call 860-986-7254.


Local Calendar Monday, Sept. 29 u Tibetan Singing Bowls, 6 to 7 p.m., Windsor Locks Public Library, 28 Main St., Windsor Locks. Brian and Marcey Hickey of Hickey Healing will perform with Tibetan Singing Bowls. Join us to experience this gong bath to enhance your wellbeing. To register: 860-627-1495.

Tuesday, Sept. 30

u “Bobcat: Connecticut’s Secretive Wild Cat,” 6:30 p.m., Windsor Locks Public Library, 28 Main St., Windsor Locks. Master wildlife conservationist Gabrielle Murphy will offer a free presentation on the natural history, habitat and behavior of bobcats. To register: 860-627-1495.

Wednesday, Oct. 1

u Lunch & Learn — Navigating Your Small Business, noon to 1 p.m., Granby Senior Center, 15N North Granby Road, Granby. Info: Granby Chamber of Commerce, www.granbycoc. org, 860-653-5085.

Friday, Oct. 3

u First Friday Breakfast Networking Group, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., Han Asian Cuisine, 10 Hartford Avenue, Granby. Supported by the Granby, Bradley Regional and Suffield chambers of commerce and Han Asian Cuisine, this meeting is open to everyone located in the Tobacco Valley region. Info:, 860-653-3833. u “Farms To Fork,” 5:30 p.m., Northwest Park, Windsor. Fifth annual fundraiser dinner for the Windsor Education Foundation. Hors d’oeuvres and drinks at 5:30, Colonial-themes dinner at 6, and auction of gift baskets and wine pull at 7:30 p.m. Info:

Send us your events listings The Airport News invites local organizations in the Bradley International Airport community to submit listings for this monthly events calendar. Listings are subject to editing and are published on a space-available basis. The deadline for our November issue is Monday, Oct. 20. Please email listings to or send U.S. mail to The Airport News, P.O. Box 73, Cromwell, CT 06416-0073.

u Autumn Book Sale, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Windsor Locks Public Library, 28 Main Street, Windsor Locks. The library’s annual autumn book sale will begin today! Doors open at 10 a.m. There are no previews. The sale will continue through the month of October. Info: 860-627-1495. u Harvest Festival, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., West Suffield Congregational Church, 1408 Mountain Road, West Suffield. Info: 860-668-2271.

Sunday, Oct. 5

u Windsor Locks Octoberfest, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Noden Reed Park, 58 West Street, Windsor Locks. Rides, kids activities, crafts, vendors, Noden Reed House and Barn tours, music by Turkey Foot Band. All events are free to the public. Refreshments will be available for sale. Info: 860-627-1444, www.

Tuesday, Oct. 7

u Thompsonville Talk, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Enfield Town Hall, 820 Enfield Street, Enfield. Public community meeting to hear about Thompsonville’s revitalization efforts. Info: 860-253-6385.

Friday-Saturday, Oct. 3-4

Friday-Saturday, Oct. 10-11

u Celebrate Granby, 5 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Saturday at Salmon Brook Park, 215 Salmon Brook Street, Granby. Business expo, local restaurants and organizations selling food and beverages, nonprofits providing information, a beer garden, and family entertainment including live music and a two-day carnival.

u Rails to the Darkside, Friday and Saturday 7 to 9:30 p.m., Connecticut Trolley Museum, 58 North Road, East Windsor. Info: 860-627-6540,

u Rails to the Darkside, Friday and Saturday 7 to 9:30 p.m., Connecticut Trolley Museum, 58 North Road, East Windsor. Info: 860-627-6540,

Friday-Sunday, Oct. 3-5

u Pumpkin Patch, Friday 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Connecticut Trolley Museum, 58 North Road, East Windsor. Info: 860-6276540,

Saturday, Oct. 4

u Antique Tractor and Engine Show, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Salmon Brook Historical Society, 208 Salmon Brook Street, Granby. Over 20 exhibitors will be showing off their antique tractors, engines, and other pieces of farm equipment. Refreshments available.


Friday-Monday, Oct. 10-13

u Pumpkin Patch, Friday 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday (Columbus Day) 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Connecticut Trolley Museum, 58 North Road, East Windsor. Info: 860-627-6540,

Saturday, Oct. 11

u Arts and Crafts Fair, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine, Windsor Town Green. Sponsored by the Windsor Lions Club. Juried crafters offer handmade products and paintings. u Chili Challenge, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Windsor Town Green. Sponsored by the Windsor Chamber of Commerce and Windsor Federal Savings. “Great tasting chili, great costumes and plenty of family fun.” Info: 860-688-5165 or

Sunday, Oct. 12

u Fall Open Cockpit Day, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., New England Air Museum. 36 Perimeter Road, Bradley International

Airport, Windsor Locks. Visitors may climb into the cockpits of up to 12 aircraft, including an A-10 “Warthog” flown for many years by the Connecticut Air National Guard. Info: www.neam. org or 860-623-3305. u Great New England RC Swap Meet, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., New England Air Museum. 36 Perimeter Road, Bradley International Airport, Windsor Locks. Co-sponsored by the Wintonbury Flying Club, featuring remote-control aircraft, parts and accessories. Info: or 860-623-3305.

Tuesday, Oct. 14 u Business After Hours, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Nufern, 7 Airport Park Road, East Granby. For members of Bradley Regional, Bloomfield. East Windsor, Granby, Suffield and Windsor chambers of commerce. Info: www.bradleyregionalchamber. org, 860-653-3833.

Wednesday, Oct. 15 u Forgotten Battle of the War of 1812, 7:30 p.m., Suffield Senior Center, 145 Bridge Street, Suffield. The Suffield Historical Society program features Jerry Roberts, author of “The British Raid on Essex.” Info: 860-668-5256.

Thursday, Oct. 16 u Freedom of Information Workshop, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Suffield High School auditorium, 1060 Sheldon Street, Suffield. Speaker: Tom Hennick, public information officer, Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission. Open to all board and commission members, department heads and general public. Info: Town Clerk George Beiter, 860-668-3880, beiter@

Friday-Saturday, Oct. 17-18 u Rails to the Darkside, Friday and Saturday 7 to 9:30 p.m., Connecticut Trolley Museum, 58 North Road, East Windsor. Info: 860-627-6540,

Friday-Sunday, Oct. 17-19 u Pumpkin Patch, Friday 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Connecticut Trolley Museum, 58 North Road, East Windsor. Info: 860-6276540,

Saturday, Oct. 18 u Annual Fall Flea Market, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Salmon Brook Historical Society, 208 Salmon Brook Street, Granby. Info: 860653-3965. u Windsor Locks Community Dog Walk, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Dexter Plaza and the Windsor Locks Canal Trail, Windsor Locks. First annual charity event to raise money for the Save the Train Station effort and to support the revitalization of Main Street. Info:, 860-6533833.

town employees. Info: u Multi-Chamber Business to Business Expo, 4:30 to 7 p.m., Chez Josef, 176 Shoemaker Lane, Agawam, Mass. Sponsored by North Central, West of the River, Bradley Regional, Suffield and East Windsor chambers of commerce. Info: 860-741-3838,

Friday, Oct. 24

u Golf Tournament, noon, Suffield Country Club, Suffield. The 10th annual Suffield Academy Alumni Association event. Info:, 860-386-4463.

Friday-Saturday, Oct. 24-25

u Rails to the Darkside, Friday and Saturday 7 to 9:30 p.m., Connecticut Trolley Museum, 58 North Road, East Windsor. Info: 860-627-6540,

Friday-Sunday, Oct. 24-26

u Pumpkin Patch, Friday 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Connecticut Trolley Museum, 58 North Road, East Windsor. Info: 860-6276540,

Saturday, Oct. 25

u Suffield Academy Open House, 10:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Centurion Hall, Suffield Academy, 185 North Main Street, Suffield. Prospective students and parents can meet admissions counselors, faculty and coaches, visit the campus on studentled tours, and lunch with the Suffield Academy community. Advance reservations are required. RSVP: 860-386-4400 or u MDC Hazardous Waste Collection, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Public Works Garage, 6 Stanton Road, Windsor Locks. For residents of Bloomfield, East Granby, East Hartford, Farmington, Hartford, Newington, Rocky Hill, West Hartford, Wethersfield, Windsor and Windsor Locks. IDs will be checked. Info: 860-278-3809,

Sunday, Oct. 26

u Music on High Concert Series, First Church of Christ, Congregational, 81 High St., Suffield. The Whiffenpoofs of Yale University will open the Music on High Concert Series. This renowned a capella group is chosen every year and made up of 14 senior Yale men. Donation suggested at the door. A reception will follow the concert. Info: (860) 668-7223.

Tuesday, Oct. 28

u Business After Hours, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Lost Acres Vineyard, 80 Lost Acres Road, North Granby. Hosted by Granby Chamber of Commerce. Refreshments, raffle and networking with chamber members from the seven Tobacco Valley Chamber members: Windsor, Bloomfield, East Granby, East Windsor, Granby, Suffield, and Windsor Locks.

Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 18-19

Sunday, Nov. 2

u Open Studio Tour, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The 13th annual Granby Artists Association open studio event. Photography, oil painting, jewelry, glass, watercolor, furniture, cartooning, pottery at 12 locations. Info:

u Women Take Flight, New England Air Museum, 36 Perimeter Road, Bradley International Airport, Windsor Locks. Tenth annual program features extraordinary women who have pioneered new careers for women in aviation and aerospace engineering. Sponsored by the Petit Family Foundation and presented in cooperation with the Connecticut Chapter of the Ninety-Nines (International Organization of Women Pilots). Info: or 860-623-3305.

Thursday, Oct. 23

u Health & Safety Fair, 2 to 5 p.m., Windsor Locks Town Hall, 50 Church St., Windsor Locks. Open to all residents and


Fairfield launches campaign to recognize Whitehead flight By Genevieve Reilly Fairfield Citizen The town of Fairfield hopes to create a series of markers here, as well as in Bridgeport and Stratford, to honor the exploits of aviation pioneer Gustave Whitehead and support the region’s campaign to gain recognition for his “first in flight” claim rather than the Wright brothers in North Carolina. Whitehead, a German immigrant who lived in both Fairfield and Bridgeport, last year gained recognition from “Jane’s All The World’s Aircraft” as the first to fly a motorized airplane as opposed Orville and Wilbur Wright, who have been more widely credited as the first to fly a motor-powered aircraft at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, in December 1903. But Whitehead advocates said that his airplane flight on Aug. 14, 1901 — along the town’s shoreline, ending at what is now Jennings Beach — is the true first flight of a motorized aircraft. At the August Board of Selectmen meeting, First Selectman Michael Tetreau read a proclamation designating Thursday, Aug. 14, as “Gustave Whitehead Day” in Fairfield to mark the 113th anniversary. He also announced the creation of the First in Flight Advisory Committee. Andy Kosch, a retired teacher who led a team that built a replica of Whitehead’s Condor 21, will head the committee. “The charge of the committee is to look at the best way for Fairfield to promote Gustave Whitehead,” Tetreau said. He said the committee will work with Bridgeport and Stratford, where Whitehead also flew or lived. Kosch brought to the meeting a scale replica of the Condor. He also has a full-size replica of the aircraft. “It had a 36-foot wingspan,” Kosch said. “It was a very interesting craft.” He said the committee will also investigate creating a



suitable monument to Whitehead in town, perhaps at Jennings Beach. Controversy over Whitehead’s local legacy erupted earlier this year when an Alvin Street house where he once lived was slated for demolition. Despite a campaign by Whitehead supporters and aviation buffs to save the small home, the structure was razed in April. However, several artifacts from the house were saved to be incorporated into some kind of tribute to Whitehead. Reprinted with permission from the Fairfield Citizen.




Retired teacher Andy Kosch shows off a scale replica of Gustave Whitehead’s Condor 21 at an Aug. 6 meeting of the Fairfield Board of Selectmen.  (Photo by Genevieve Reilly, Fairfield Citizen)

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Sikorsky’s VS-300 transformed aviation 75 years ago STRATFORD — Sikorsky Aircraft, a subsidiary of United Technologies marking 75 years of modern helicopter flight that began Sept. 14, 1939, when 50-year-old chief designer and chief test pilot Igor Sikorsky lifted off the ground to tabletop height in an experimental helicopter designated the VS-300. The first flight event began a four-year test program that proved the efficiency of Sikorsky’s single rotor design, gave birth to a global helicopter industry, and forever changed the course of aviation history. “Tens of thousands of helicopters today fly the world’s skies, and the configuration almost all of them use is a single main rotor coupled to an anti-torque tail rotor. That configuration was designed and perfected by Igor Sikorsky 75 years ago,” said Sikorsky President Mick Maurer. Sikorsky’s helicopters, and those of other manufacturers, trace their heritage to the first flight of the VS-300 aircraft, Maurer said. “We remain immensely proud of our founder, and we recall with deep respect the fulfillment of his lifelong dream to build an efficient vertical lift machine for the benefit of humankind.” Igor Sikorsky had tried 30 years earlier, in spring 1909, to build a helicopter at his family home in Kiev, Ukraine. His apparatus consisted of a wood- and wire-braced frame built around a 25-horsepower engine connected to a transmission of wooden pulleys and belts that drove coaxial shafts topped with two twin-bladed rotors. He tried again in the spring of 1910 with a second design consisting of two new three-bladed rotors, but the craft could barely lift itself off the ground without a pilot. Realizing that technology would have to catch up with the idea of vertical lift flight, the young engineer abandoned his dream for a more practical career in fixed-wing aviation. “The helicopter was always my father’s first love,” said Igor’s son, Sergei Sikorsky, who worked as an apprentice mechanic on “that sweet little ship,” the VS-300 aircraft. “By the late 1930s, my father wanted to prove that after two aviation careers — in Russia before and during World War 1, and in the United States building transoceanic flying boats before the Second World War — that he could design and build a helicopter without knowing how it should be done, and then to try to fly one never having flown one before. That was a challenge many said couldn’t be done.” In 1938, Igor Sikorsky made a compelling argument to United Aircraft, now United Technologies Corp. The board of directors gave Sikorsky and his team $30,000 to test his single-rotor helicopter theory. “Igor settled on a single rotor configuration for its design simplicity, and to enable the optimum placement of major components that would allow precise control of hovering take-

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On Sept. 14, 1939, Igor Sikorsky lifted off in his tethered VS-300 helicopter, beginning a flight test program that proved the efficiency and controllability of the single(Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.) rotor design.  offs and landings, and quick conversion to horizontal flight,” said Mark Miller, Sikorsky vice president of research and engineering. “Igor was not the first to conceive a vertical-lift rotorcraft, nor did he develop any complex new technologies to ensure success,” Miller said. “It was the genius of his design, integrating mature technologies in an innovative way, which enabled efficient vertical-lift flight. Three generations later, we at Sikorsky are following a similar design approach with our next-generation X2 co-axial helicopter program.” The 1,325-pound maximum gross weight VS-300 helicopter consisted of a welded steel tube frame with an undercarriage of three wheels. A 75-horsepower engine, transmission belts and gears drove the three-blade main rotor and single-blade counterbalanced wooden tail rotor. In flight, the main rotor turned at approximately 255 rpm. On Sept. 14, 1939, outside the Stratford, Connecticut, factory, Igor sat in the open VS-300 cockpit wearing his trademark overcoat and fedora, the engine vibrating the aircraft. He pulled up on the collective control lever at his left side. The VS-300 cleared the ground for a few seconds to the height of its short tether ropes. Many more such “hops” over the ensuing days and weeks proved the aircraft could be controlled. Sikorsky and other pilots then flew different variations of the VS-300 aircraft for a total of 102 hours and 35 minutes into 1943. Reflecting on his achievement years later, Igor Sikorsky said, “If a man is in need of rescue, an airplane can come and throw flowers on him. But a direct-lift aircraft could come in and save his life.”

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