Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
Aug. 31, 1988
NORTH NORWICH — Pilots approaching the Lt. Warren E. Eaton airport will no longer have to line up with the Methodist Church steeple to find the runway.
A Cessna Citation II airplane landed at the airport Tuesday guided by Loran, a long-range navigation device inside the airplane that allowed the pilot to look at instruments and know where the runway was.
It was the first time Loran has ever been used in New York State. It is expected to be a boon to small airports that do not have landing aids for low visibility, officials said.
Airplanes are frequently prevented from landing at the small Chenango County airport when fog or clouds being visibility below 1,200 feet.
It will also allow airplanes to make a straight approach rather than a three-legged approach now used to avoid the hills surrounding the airport, said William B. Mohin of McDonough, who helped develop the device for the Chenango County airport and had spent 20 years working on it for the military.
“It’s gratifying to see it in my own backyard. This airport is perfect for this sort of thing, because of the hills,” said Mohin.
50 years ago
Aug. 31, 1963
Oneonta’s sewer rats had their chance to audition for television Friday but apparently they are all camera shy.
Not one appeared as televised inspection of the city’s new sanitary sewer system got underway at Elm Street.
The inspection is being carried out by Penetryn System Inc. by means of a closed circuit TV system.
Among those on hand Thursday to get a rat’s eye view of the sewers were City Engineer Lawrence Baldwin, Director of Public Service C.M. Taylor, Don Reuter, job superintendent for Congel-Hazard and William MacIntyre, resident engineer for Stearns and Wheler, planning consultants.
Mr. Taylor said, “You really feel as if you were in the sewer. You look on the screen and you can see the sewer and the water running. It looks like a big tunnel.”
The system is designed to inspect the lines for joint leaks, grading, service line connections and obstructions.
The camera is dragged through the sewer and the picture is projected on the screen of a monitor receiving set in the firm’s trailer.
The firm also has a rejointer which works in conjunction with the camera if any leaks should be detected.
“The television system of inspections and use of the plastic injection method of sewer sealing are becoming more widely used everyday,” Paul Benoit, Penetryn superintendent, said.