Discover the Airport! ExhibitA distinctive feature of Syracuse Hancock International Airport is the Discover the Airport Exhibit. The Exhibit first opened in 1996 and has been visited by countless school groups, community organizations, travelers and guests. As many visit the Exhibit on a regular basis, the Department wanted to ensure that the displays remained inviting and engaging. Plans for renovations and updates began early in 2001; the project was completed in July 2002.
Visitors will first encounter an airport ramp area where they can get an up-close look at actual aircraft landing gear, a baggage tug, and a "marshaller" display where they can learn and practice the signaling techniques used by those responsible for assisting the aircraft with safe takeoffs and landings. Visitors will travel through a jet bridge to access the rest of the Exhibit, which contains an air traffic control tower where “controllers” in the tower can speak to “pilots” in the Exhibit’s Boeing 727 cockpit; exciting new elements such as interactive displays depicting the four forces of flight; historical graphics and corresponding text detailing the history of aviation, both locally and nationally, and the history of the Airport. The video wall offers updated choices including a message from Mayor Matthew Driscoll; a descriptive look at the operations of the Department of Aviation, including the Operations Division and the Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting Division; and videos taken at the 174th Fighter Wing of the New York Air National Guard and the Federal Aviation Administration Air Traffic Control Tower. There is also an exciting video clip from the Syracuse International Airshow 2001, featuring the United States Navy Flight Demonstration Team Blue Angels, and an aerial tour of Central New York.
There is no charge to visit the Discover the Airport Exhibit, which is located on the main floor in the center of the terminal.
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