Teen Pilot on Trip Around Country Stops In North Adams
photo courtesy of Trevor Gilman, a member of the Airport Commission
California teen Taylor De Ley stopped by the North Adams airport on Monday on his trip around the United States in a plane he built with his father.
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Many planes fly in and out of the Harriman and West Airport but the pilot of one of those on Monday had an interesting story. Taylor De Ley, a 17-year-old with high ambitions, stopped in for a brief visit on his trip around the country.
The California pilot is promoting teenage aviation and hitting all four corners of the country, starting with Harbor, Wash., then up to northern Maine, down to Key West, Fla., and then back home to California. Additionally, he is flying a plane that he built with his father.
De Ley reeled in some sponsorship and has been updating his Facebook fan page with photos and notes from his trip.
De Ley only dropped in for some gas and food before taking back off for Maine.
National Guard Resumes Training At Harriman
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Nope. A helicopter.
Residents have been hearing helicopters recently flying overhead while the National Guard does weekly training exercises at Harriman and West Airport. Though they have been doing the training for years, it took a hiatus while the airport was closed during the summer.
"They do training. The terrain around here is similar to what they see overseas," Airport General Manager Champney said. "They have been following proper procedure but I did have a noise complaint from a Williamstown resident last week."
According to Champney, the National Guard uses the public airport once or twice a week and has for the last four years. However, the summer silence is gone with the reopening and the helicopters loom in the air. Thursday afternoon saw the most recent.
Champney said the helicopters are not flying low nor with an increased frequency yet some residents have taken special notice to them recently.
"I'm surprised of all the hub-bub," Champney said. "They've been doing it the same frequency for four years."