I.A.S.S News and Forum

May 5, 2016
On April 23-27, history was made when a record number 877 attendees celebrated an incredible milestone, the 50th anniversary of the International Aviation Snow Symposium (I.A.S.S) presented by the Northeast Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives (NEC/AAAE)

Sponsored by the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, Flex-O-Lite and OSHKOSH Airport Products, and focused exclusively on airfield snow removal and winter operations, the event was held for the 31st consecutive year in Buffalo, NY. The Buffalo Niagara Convention Center was filled with gigantic, state-of-the-art snow machines, as well as a variety of other snow removal equipment, services and solutions. 



The 50th I.A.S.S. offered specialized classes in winter operations such as the A.A.A.E. accredited Snow Academy and the Airport Safety and Operations Specialist School, four informative, entertaining and enlightening General Sessions, plus the Balchen\Post, Operator of the Year, Legacy Equipment and Idea Corner awards. 



Keynote Speaker First Sergeant Matt Eversmann, hero of the film Black Hawk Down, wowed the record crowd with a powerful and  inspirational presentation based on his experience at the Battle of Mogadishu. Attendees thoroughly enjoyed the first I.A.S.S. Snow Plow Rodeo and BBQ, as well as the Snow Symposium Museum featuring various memorabilia from the first 50 years of the event.



“I can’t thank all of our sponsors, committee members, volunteers and every single attendee enough for making the 50th Snow Symposium the best one ever! The event more than lived up to the theme...’Innovate. Celebrate. Educate.’ said Joe Guarino, chair the    I.A.S.S. committee. “We’ve already put the wheels in motion to have another incredible Snow Symposium next year!’



Visit www.snowsymposium.org or call Show Manager Jamie Mayer at 315-401-0676 to find out how you can be part of the 51st NEC/AAAE International Aviation Snow Symposium.



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The International Aviation Snow Symposium provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and lively discussions on equipment, snow removal techniques, the latest communications, safety, environmental and personnel trends in the industry, as well as the financial considerations of winter operations.

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The International Aviation Snow Symposium is featured in a two-page spread in the April issue of Airport Business magazine. The article titled ‘A Blizzard of Ideas’ touches upon the impressive programs and excellent speakers, the thorough training in winter operations and snow removal techniques, the networking opportunities, as well as the excellent selection of exhibitors that the Snow Symposium offers every year. The digital version of the magazine and the article, on pages 36 and 37, which was written by Kris Marsala from Perfect Landing Media, LLC, can be seen by clicking on http://airportbusiness.epubxp.com/t/10121-airport-business

Airport Business magazine is the most widely circulated business publication that targets professionals who manage airports, airport-based businesses, and corporate flight facilities in North America. Its 18,000+ print and digital subscribers are critical to the safe operation of the North American air transportation system.

Monday, 03 November 2014 04:56

Snow Symposium Offers 'A Blizzard of Ideas'

The 49th Annual NEC/AAAE International Aviation Snow Symposium, presented by the Northeast Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives and the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, will be April 18-22, 2015 in Buffalo, NY.This year, the International Snow Symposium will be presenting its first Operator of the Year Award.

The 50th Anniversary of the International Aviation Snow Symposium is featured in a three-page spread in the current issue of Airport Business magazine. The article, ‘History in the Making…International Aviation Snow Symposium Celebrates 50th Anniversary in 2016’ was written by Kris Marsala, copywriter and project manager for Perfect Landing Media, LLC.

The story covers how the event began a half-century ago, the educational and networking opportunities that will be available at the symposium in April, as well as all the plans in place to make this the largest, most exciting Snow Symposium ever.

To find out more about this historic event, click here to see the article in the online digital version of Airport Business magazine, page 38. 

Airport Business magazine is the most widely circulated business publication that targets professionals who manage airports, airport-based businesses, and corporate flight facilities in North America. Its 18,000+ print and digital subscribers are critical to the safe operation of the North American air transportation system. Published 8 times annually, Airport Business seeks to help these managers run their operations more effectively by sharing case studies of what others are doing successfully and by providing expert analysis, industry news, and product information.

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May 3, 2016


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On April 23–27, 2016, the Northeast Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives (NEC/AAAE) celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the International Aviation Snow Symposium in Buffalo, NY. As part of the festivities, the very first Snow Plow Rodeo and BBQ was held on Wednesday the 27th at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport.



Competitors were judged on how well they prepared their snow plow for the course. Then, they were timed as they manuevered their way through a challenging course that included obstacles that are encountered during snow plowing events at airports. 



The drivers competed for cash prizes, plaques and a free registration for the 2017 I.A.S.S. Prizes for first place included the Grand Prize, one set of snow plow blades for the winner’s airport provided by the primary sponsor of the rodeo, Kueper North America. The BBQ was sponsored by Delaware North. 



The top three competitor’s were . . .
1st place: Michael Shirk, Pittsburgh International Airport. $300 in cash, a free registration for the 51st I.A.S.S. and the Kueper Snow plow blades for his employer.


2nd place: Matt Wilson, Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky International Airport. $200 in cash.


3rd Place: Christopher McBride, Buffalo Niagara International Airport. $100 in cash.



“Our very first Snow Plow Rodeo and BBQ was a huge success,” said Joe Guarino, chairman of the I.A.S.S.  “We had 25 competitors, over 200 spectators, the weather was perfect, the BBQ was incredible, it couldn’t of gone any better.”


For more information please contact Event Manager Jamie Mayer at 315-401-0676 or email jamie@perfectlandingmedia.com.

For more information on the 51st I.A.S.S. visit www.snowsymposium.org

Tuesday, 10 February 2015 14:00

Snow Symposium Announces Featured Speakers

Today the Committee for the 49th Annual NEC/AAAE International Aviation Snow Symposium (I.A.S.S.), presented by the Northeast Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives, announced the featured speakers on the program. Hosted by the Buffalo Niagara International Airport and the Niagara Falls International Airport, the I.A.S.S. will be April 18-22, 2015 in Buffalo, NY.


“We’re very excited about the impressive group of featured speakers we’ve lined up for this year’s Snow Symposium,” said Joseph E. Guarino, I.A.S.S. co-chair. “Our Keynote Speaker John Goglia, as well as the speakers from the five General Sessions, all bring an immense knowledge of airfield snow removal, winter operations and airfield safety to the table.”

The featured speakers at the 2015 Snow Symposium are;

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: John Goglia
Corporate Appreciation Luncheon
Tuesday, April 21, 11:30 – 1:00pm

John Goglia has dedicated his life to making the skies we fly in safer. From his days as a mechanic to his time in Washington, D.C. as a Board Member of the National Transportation Safety Board, John Goglia is recognized around the world as an expert in aviation safety.

John Goglia is a former Professor of Aviation Science and Director of the Center for Integrated Emergency Management at Saint Louis University’s Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology. He created a world-class program for preventing and preparing for disasters, from natural disasters such as forest fires to man-made ones such as aircraft accidents. Prior to this, Mr. Goglia served as a Member of the National Transportation Safety Board from August 1995 to June 2004. With more than 40 years experience in the aviation industry, he was the first Board Member to hold an FAA aircraft mechanic’s certificate.

Session One:
SNOW PLOWING ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE FENCE
Monday, April 20
,9:00am – 9:45am
Speaker: Jonathan L. Adams, Building Superintendent – Manchester - Boston Regional Airport

Session Two:
TAKEOFF AND LANDING PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT (TALPA)
Monday, April 20, 11:00am - 11:45am
Speaker: Chuck Enders – Aviation Safety Inspector, Air Carrier Operations, FAA

Session Three:
2014 AWARD WINNING AIRPORTS: WINTER STORIES
Tuesday, April 21, 8:30am – 9:45am
Speakers:
Darren S. Large, A.A.E. – Manager, Facilities and Projects – Morristown Municipal Airport
Peter Gilchrist, A.A.E. – Manager, Operations and Security – Morristown Municipal Airport
Keith Brock – Assistant Airport Field Maintenance Supervisor – Gerald R Ford International Airport

Session Four:
G15 GENERAL SESSION
Tuesday, April 21, 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Speakers:
Alan Stearn – Executive V.P. – Fortbrand Services
George Legarreta – Civil Engineer – FAA Airport Safety and Standards

Session Five:
HUMAN FACTORS, SNOW PLOW OPERATION SAFETY, HEALTH ISSUES
Wednesday, April 22, 8:30am – 9:15am
Speakers:
Paul Brean – Manager Airside/Landside Fleet Maintenance, Logan International Airport, Massachusetts Port Authority
Kyla Zimmermann – Transportation Safety Board of Canada

For more information email committee@snowsymposium.org or call (716) 630-6009

Call or email today to sponsor and be an exhibitor as we celebrate an incredible milestone, the 50th Anniversary of the International Aviation Snow Symposium, April 23-27 in Buffalo, NY.

Click on Partnership and Sponsorship, and Exhibitor for more information. Sponsors get preferred locations in the exhibition hall, so make your move today!

Click here to download the Sponsorship Opportunities guide >

Combine an impressive program, the latest equipment, outstanding educational and networking opportunities, plus 50 years of history in the making, and what do you get…the best Snow Symposium yet!

To sign up right now as a sponsor and an exhibitor, call Jamie Mayer, Perfect Landing Media (315) 401-0676 or email jamie@perfectlandingmedia.com.

A special thanks to all of our 2015 sponsors and Industry Angels. The financial and service committment of these sponsors is what helps make the International Aviation Snow Symposium a success year after year.

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The Northeast Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives (NEC/AAAE) and the Buffalo Niagara International Airport are proud to present the 51st International Aviation Snow Symposium (I.A.S.S), April 22-26, 2017.

The world's largest event focused exclusively on airfield snow removal and winter operations, the I.A.S.S. will be held for the 32nd consecutive year in Buffalo, NY. The event will feature an impressive mix of exhibitors showcasing a wide variety of the latest snow removal equipment, services and solutions. The I.A.S.S. is recognized for its outstanding educational programs, excellent General Sessions, world-class speakers, entertaining and effective networking opportunities, as well as well-conceived partnership and sponsorship programs.

As it has for over 50 years, the symposium provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and lively discussions on equipment, snow removal techniques, the latest communications, safety, environmental and personnel trends in the industry, as well as the financial considerations of winter operations.

The International Aviation Snow Symposium was first held in April 1967 in Allentown, Penn., under the general chairmanship of founder and Chairman Col. Bernt Balchen USAF Ret. and Wilford (Wiley) M. Post, manager of Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton Airport. In April of 2016 the 50th International Aviation Snow Symposium set attendance records for the event and was deemed an amazing success.

In 2017 the I.A.S.S. will be offering basic and advanced level classes in winter operations through the Snow Academy will be handing-out its fourth Operator of the Year award, and will once again sponsor the BALCHEN/POST Awards for excellence in the performance of airport snow and ice control during the winter of 2015-2016.

After an incredibly successful debut at the 50th I.A.S.S. the Snow Plow Rodeo will be held once again at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

"The Snow Plow Rodeo was an enormous amount of fun, a wonderful opportunity for networking and the perfect venue for some of the finest snow plow operators in the business to showcase their incredible skill behind the wheel," said Joe Guarino, Chairman of the I.A.S.S. "We're very pleased to present this exciting contest and delicious BBQ to our attendees at the 51st I.A.S.S."

For more information on the 51st I.A.S.S. visit www.snowsymposium.org

For further details on how to register or how to get involved as a vendor and/or a partner contact Jamie Mayer at jamie@perfectlandingmedia.com or call (315) 401-0676.

Wednesday, 01 June 2016 09:11

Thank you for attending the 50th I.A.S.S.!

The Northeast Chapter of the American Association of Airports Executives (NEC/AAAE) International Aviation Snow Symposium (I.A.S.S.) Committee would like to thank you for attending and contributing to the 50th Anniversary of the annual Snow Symposium in Buffalo N.Y. on April 23, 2016 through April 27, 2016.

This symposium was the largest event in our 50 year history with nearly 900 in attendance. Our theme was Innovate. Celebrate. Educate. Our main focus has always been how to ensure even safer winter operations at our nation’s airports and across the globe. We challenge ourselves to be better than the last year by providing our attendees with excellent general session topics, great guest speakers and the sharing of best practices in the industry.

We had two specific objectives; to provide an assembly of individuals who are interested in improving winter operations at airports and to bring to this event the industry leaders and the most modern equipment available. We had over 75 exhibitors who helped achieve these goals.

It was our pleasure and honor to host the 50th I.A.S.S. Anniversary Celebration. We certainly hope that you enjoyed yourself and it was a valuable learning experience. Please respond with any thoughts you may have that could enhance our program. If your experience at the 50th was as we intended we hope that you will attend our 51st.

Sincerely,
Committee, International Aviation Snow Symposium

Once again the INTERNATIONAL AVIATION SNOW SYMPOSIUM will sponsor the BALCHEN/POST Award for excellence in the performance of airport snow and ice control during the winter of 2014-2015.

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