I.A.S.S News and Forum

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.

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.

Thursday, 06 April 2017 00:00

The NEC/AAAE Snow Symposium is proud to announce a new award for the 2016-2017 season. The HEAVY HITTER award is designed to recognize an individual for their integral efforts as a part of your snow removal operations over this past season. The uniqueness of this awards lies in the merits of how it is awarded. A nominee could be virtually anyone on your staff: an operator who went above and beyond the call of duty, someone who effectively trained new personnel within your operation, an individual who sacrificed for others, or even someone in an administrative role who made sure that uniforms were cleaned and hot meals on the ready. The nominee is truly an individual in your operation who was able to take some of the burden off of you as a supervisor and be a HEAVY HITTER for the team. We are asking that you pleasesubmit a nomination from your airport for this award.

Deadline for submission is Friday, April 7th. Please return submissions to: tim.haizlip@flylouisville.com

The recipient will be based solely on supervisor nomination/merit and NOT the size of the airport or the amount of snowfall that they receive. Please encourage any other airports that you have contact with (large or small) to nominate someone if they have a deserving individual.

Wednesday, 01 June 2016 09:11

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.

Committee, International Aviation Snow Symposium

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, 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.


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

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;

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:
Monday, April 20
,9:00am – 9:45am
Speaker: Jonathan L. Adams, Building Superintendent – Manchester - Boston Regional Airport

Session Two:
Monday, April 20, 11:00am - 11:45am
Speaker: Chuck Enders – Aviation Safety Inspector, Air Carrier Operations, FAA

Session Three:
Tuesday, April 21, 8:30am – 9:45am
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:
Tuesday, April 21, 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Alan Stearn – Executive V.P. – Fortbrand Services
George Legarreta – Civil Engineer – FAA Airport Safety and Standards

Session Five:
Wednesday, April 22, 8:30am – 9:15am
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, 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.


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.

Wednesday, 02 September 2015 15:01

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.


Monday, 02 May 2016 08:30

balchenpost logoAt the 50th Annual International Aviation Snow Symposium on April 27th, 2016 in Buffalo, NY; awards were presented to the “Snow Crews” of the airports in the Snow Belt for their dedicated efforts in maintaining their airports in safe and operational status during the 2015 – 2016 winter season. This is the 40th consecutive year that such awards have been presented. All categories of airports – Commercial, General Aviation and Military - compete for these awards.

Applications are submitted by the airport operators on behalf of the local work force in recognition of their efforts in keeping the airports operationally safe at all times. Recommendations for selection may come from the users of airports, airlines, pilots, general aviation, the military and the entire aviation community. In addition, the members of the Awards Selection Committee provide feedback from their own organizations as to the performance of competing airports.

The 2015 – 2016 awards were presented to the following airports:

Large Commercial ( Over 200,000 operations per year )
Denver International Airport - Denver, Colorado
Honorable Mention:
John F. Kennedy International Airport - Jamaica, New York
Washington Dulles International Airport - Washington, District of Columbia
Medium Commercial ( 100,000 to 200,000 operations per year )

Bradley International Airport - Windsor Locks, Connecticut
Honorable Mention:
Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport - Ottawa, Canada

Small Commercial ( Less than 100,000 operations per year )

Aspen/Pitkin County Airport - Aspen, Colorado
Honorable Mention:
Hagerstown Regional Airport - Hagerstown, Maryland
Cherry Capital Airport - Traverse City, Michigan         

Large General Aviation ( Over 50,000 operations per year )
Centennial Airport - Englewood, Colorado
Honorable Mention:
Manassas Regional Airport - Manassas, Virginia

Military Airport
50th Civil Engineer Squadron, Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado
Air Force Space Command (AFSPC)
Honorable Mention:
11th Civil Engineer Squadron, Joint Base Andrews, Maryland
Air Force District Washington (AFDW)

For additional information and past winners of this prestigious award, visit: http://www.necaaae.org  

Awards Selection Committee

Alex M. Kashani, A.A.E.
NEC/AAAE - Chairman

Adam Williams
Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association

Liam Connolly
Regional Airline Association

Alex Gertsen,C.M.
National Business Aviation Association

Richard P. DeiTos, Jr.
Metropolitan Washington
Airlines Committee

John White
Air Line Pilots Association

Randy L. Moseng, A.A.E.
Federal Aviation Administration

Paul J. McGraw
Airlines for America

Preston Benedyk, DAF
Tyndall AFB 

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