I.A.S.S News and Forum

Tuesday, 16 April 2013 21:51

Perfect Landing Media, a full-service advertising and integrated marketing agency that specializes in aviation product marketing, recently launched this brand new version of this website for the 47th Annual International Aviation Snow Symposium. Presented by the Northeast Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives, the Snow Symposium is the airport industry's largest gathering of its kind. Focused exclusively on airfield snow removal and winter operations, this year's event will have hundreds of attendees from countries around the world.

Monday, 09 February 2015 04:14

BuffWineFestTicketsOn April 18, 2015, Buffalo’s most exciting wine tasting, food and shopping festival will be at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. The Buffalo Wine Festival is a wonderful opportunity to taste and enjoy regional wines from more than 30 of New York State’s finest wineries. Enjoy live music while you shop for unique gifts and household treasures from an enticing mix of local, craft businesses. Every ticket holder gets a keepsake wine glass, and samples from all the wineries and food vendors.
 
If you enjoy pleasing your palette, the Buffalo Wine Festival is the place to be. There's plenty of parking and the price is right. For more information visit www.buffalowinefestival.com.

Thursday, 05 May 2016 08:53

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.

Tuesday, 10 February 2015 14:00

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

Thursday, 03 September 2015 14:59

nino sapone webOn the first day of the new year, I’ll officially be appointed the President of the Northeast Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives. It will be an exciting day. I’ll be filled with pride and full of energy, ready to assume my duties for a fine organization that I’m honored to be part of. I say to myself, it can’t get any better than that.

Then it happens. I see an arena full of massive machines designed to move snow and destroy ice at will. I envision a convention center filled with people that have come from one side of North America to the other exchanging ideas on snow removal techniques, strategies, and equipment. I see the satisfied faces of attendees that have just learned how to make their airfields safer for every man, woman and child that boards a plane during the winter. I’m immersed in an historic event driven by innovation, wrapped up in celebration, fueled by education. In my minds eye I see everything the 50th International Aviation Snow Symposium can and will be.

History in the making. That is what those of us lucky enough to attend what will surely be the most exciting, the largest, the best Snow Symposium ever, will be part of. History.

Please join me, the event committee, all the volunteers, our sponsors, our friends from the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, and the City of Buffalo, as well as the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, on April 23 – 27, 2016 for the Golden Anniversary of the NEC/AAAE International Aviation Snow Symposium (I.A.S.S.)

The theme of the 50th I.A.S.S. is INNOVATE. CELEBRATE. EDUCATE. The event will feature the latest innovations in state-off-the-art snow removal equipment, and the best ideas regarding winter operations. The atmosphere will be filled with energy, driven by a crowd ready to celebrate being part of history, a crowd inspired to learn all they can about airfield safety. Exchange ideas, share what you’ve learned, expand upon the knowledge you gain from the featured speakers, the classroom teachers, your fellow attendees.

Don’t forget that the I.A.S.S. takes place in a wonderful city full of interesting, entertaining and enjoyable things to see and do. Buffalo has some of the best restaurants, the finest museums and galleries, the most eclectic mix of live music, theatre and performance venues, and some of the most highly rated tourist attractions in the country. There’s a reason this is the 31st time in a row that the I.A.S.S. is being held in Buffalo…Buffalo has it all!

I look forward to seeing you there, when the Northeast Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives presents the 50th Annual International Aviation Snow Symposium.

Sincerely,

Nino Sapone
NEC/AAAE President, as of January 1, 2016

Monday, 01 June 2015 13:17

The 49th Annual NEC/AAAE International Aviation Snow Symposium (I.A.S.S.), held April 18-22, 2015 in Buffalo, NY, set a new attendance record for a non-equipment year. The 2015 I.A.S.S. had 492 attendees and 64 exhibitors from across the United States and Canada.

Focused exclusively on airfield snow removal and winter operations, every spring the Snow Symposium provides a forum for the exchange of ideas on snow removal techniques, the latest communications, environmental, personnel trends in the industry, financial considerations, and safety during winter operations.

“The event alternates equipment and non-equipment years, with the equipment years traditionally having much higher attendance than the non-equipment years,” said Joe Guarino, co-chair of the 2015 Snow Symposium. “Due to the fact that we just set attendance records at the 49th, a non-equipment year, and next year is an equipment year and the 50th anniversary of the event, I think it’s safe to say the 2016 Snow Symposium will be the biggest ever!”

The 50th Annual International Aviation Snow Symposium will be April 23 – 27, 2016 in Buffalo, NY. Stay tuned to this website for the latest updates.

Monday, 23 March 2015 09:17

In late February, when much of the country was being slammed with constant snowfall and below average temperatures, the Boston area was especially hard hit. ABC affiliate WMUR 9 went behind the scenes at the Manchester - Boston Regional Airport to capture the airport’s crew as they worked around the clock to stay one step ahead of Mother Nature. Carl Braley, Jr., co-chair of the I.A.S.S. and Superintendent of Airport Maintenance at MHT was featured in the story.     

Click here or on the video to read the full story!

AirportSnowCleanup video

Tuesday, 03 March 2015 09:50

PaulBreanArticlePaul Brean, a member of the International Aviation Snow Symposium Committee since 2011, and Manager of Airside / Landside / Fleet Maintenance at Boston Logan International Airport is featured in the current issue of Airport Business Magazine. The magazine’s editor, Ronnie L. Garrett, interviewed Paul for a regular feature in the publication, ‘Industry Insider’.

The interview covered the snow removable equipment that Paul can’t live without. The nor’easter that dumped almost 30” of snow in a days time on Boston Logan, as well as technology that has changed Paul’s world.

Click here to read the interview with ‘Industry Insider’ Paul Brean.

Friday, 17 April 2015 09:32

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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, 24 October 2016 00:00

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.

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