I.A.S.S. Snow Academy

Achieve the highest levels of airfield safety...Attend the Snow Academy for Snow Fighters


Guarantee the success of your winter operations, sign up today for the Snow Academy at the 51st International Aviation Snow in Buffalo, NY on April 22-26.

Since the inception of the event, the International Aviation Snow Symposium (I.A.S.S.) has been committed to providing the most comprehensive winter operations training in the industry. This specialized training helps participating airports achieve the highest levels of airfield safety.

In 2014 the I.A.S.S. Education Committee enhanced their training program by introducing the Snow Academy.


What is the Snow Academy?

AAAE-LogoCertified by the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) the International Aviation Snow Symposium (IASS) Snow Academy features basic and advanced classes designed to provide current, relevant and focused training for snow and ice control measures at airports, including FAA FAR Part 139 certificated airports.


The Basic Airport Winter Operations Specialist (BAWOS)

The Basic Airport Winter Operations Specialist (BAWOS) course educates airport employees, including snowplow and airport equipment operators, on how to utilize best practices while performing snow and ice control measures on airports during winter operations.

The Basic Curriculum includes...

  • Airport Winter Safety and Operation Advisory Circular
  • material resource applications
  • communication module
  • current equipment designs
  • weather forecasting
  • human resource factors
  • current regulatory requirements

Graduates of the Basic Airport Winter Operations Specialists (BAWOS) curriculum receive a certificate. Individuals must graduate from BAWOS before moving on to the more advanced AAWOS course.


The Advanced Airport Winter Operations Specialist (AAWOS)

The Advanced Airport Winter Operations Specialist (AAWOS) course is designed to provide airport supervisors, managers, and directors with a stronger knowledge of how to operate safe, efficient, and successful winter operations that meet regulatory and fiscal requirements of a FAR Part 139 certificated airport including...

  • regulations that enhance airfield safety
  • materials and equipment that save time and money
  • inspiring your crew to peak performance
  • understanding FAR Part 139

Participants in the Advanced curriculum must take a final exam that includes the development of...

  • snow and ice control plan
  • fleet of equipment and staffing
  • winter event cost analysis


Benefits of Attending

The successful completion of the Snow Academy provides the attendee with recognition in the industry as a highly trained professional Snow Fighter, ready to enhance airfield safety during the winter months.

Graduates from the Advanced classes earn the distinction of being an "Airport Snow Expert" or A.S.E.  which is accredited by the AAAE.  Graduates from the basic class earn a certificate only.  Lastly, the Advanced class is only instructed at the Snow Symposium in Buffalo and therefore anyone wishing to attend the Advanced sessions must also attend the Snow Symposium.

Learn all you need to know about controlling ice and snow, register today for the Snow Academy at the International Aviation Snow Symposium.



Snow Academy Fees and Schedule

Basic Snow Academy
April 22-23, 2017
Buffalo, NY
Fee: $495 (Academy Only)


Advanced Snow Academy
April 22-26, 2017
Buffalo, NY
Full attendance to the International Aviation Snow Symposium required.
Prerequisite: Basic Snow Academy

Requires registration for the entire Snow Symposium. Upon registering for the Snow Symposium you will be provided a confirmation code that you will use when registering for the Advanced Snow Academy via AAAE.
Fee: $495 Academy + $550 for the International Aviation Snow Symposium


Program Information

Caroline Bonynge
Manager, Training & Business Development
Email: caroline.bonynge@aaae.org
Phone: 703-797-9008

Carl Braley, Jr.
Assistant Airport Director- Operations and Facilities
Manchester - Boston Regional Airport
Email: cbraley@flymanchester.com
Phone: 603-624-6539, x306

Joe Guarino
Airfield Superintendent
Buffalo Niagara International Airport
Email: joseph_guarino@nfta.com
Phone: 716-630-6136

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Snow Academy brochure (PDF) 

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