Central New York's Air National Guard unit, the 174th Attack Wing, will soon be flying drone training flights over a large portion of the city of Syracuse.
The 174th ATKW was granted permission from the Federal Aviation Administration (F.A.A.) last month to expand its permitted airspace south into Oswego, Madison and Onondaga Counties. The airspace includes the northern half of Syracuse and stretches from Camillus to Fayetteville from west to east.
The new airspace will allow the wing to conduct its training with less likelihood of weather impacts, according to wing commander Col. Greg Semmel. He says training missions will begin in the new airspace in about a week.