Tests of a small unmanned aircraft over Griffiss International Airport Wednesday through Friday may result in plumes of smoke coming from the craft but it’s harmless and part of the test, according to Oneida County government, which operates the airport.
The visual tracking testing is being conducted by Navmar Applied Sciences Corporation of Warminster, Pennsylvania as part of a much larger test exercise for NASA at the Edwards Air Force Base in California.
Most of the flight operations will be conducted above the airport at altitudes ranging from 3,000 feet to approximately 9,000 feet, making it difficult to directly observe. However, under certain conditions, residents in the area may see and hear the aircraft, along with a trail of smoke, according to the county.
The smoke is a harmless substance that is typically used during aerobatic flight demonstrations at airshows. The smoke will dissipate rapidly and will not affect ground personnel or other aircraft in the area.