The tradition continues as the event committee prepares the contests for the top three prestigious awards to be presented at the 51st International Aviation Snow Symposium (I.A.S.S), April 22-26, 2017 in Buffalo, NY.
The Balchen/Post Awards
For Excellence in the Performance of Airport Snow and Ice Control
Every spring the International Aviation Snow Symposium sponsors the Balchen/Post Awards for excellence in the performance of winter operations by airport snow and ice control teams. Each year there are six awards presented - one to each of the winners in the following categories:
COMMERCIAL AIRPORT (3 categories)
Providing scheduled service and holding a Part 139 certificate (not including a limited Part 139 certificate)
- Large: Over 200,000 scheduled operations annually
- Medium: 100,000-200,000 scheduled operations annually
- Small: Less than 100,000 scheduled operations annually
GENERAL AVIATION AIRPORT (2 categories)
Including limited Part 139 certificate airports
- Large: 50,000 or more total operations annually
- Small: Less than 50,000 operations annually
MILITARY AIRPORT (single category)
Airports are encouraged to submit completed applications including their snow plan, airport layout plan and other supporting material.
Operator of the Year Award
This year, the International Snow Symposium will be presenting its fourth Operator of the Year Award. Each airport attending the I.A.S.S. is asked to nominate one equipment operator from their airport. A committee of four members of the Advisory Board of the I.A.S.S. will review applications prior to the event. Scores will be given to each nominee, weighing each point of interest separately.
Recipients will be chosen on the basis of the following points of interest:
- Years of experience
- Types of equipment operated
- Shift/hours worked
- Leadership attributes
- Education/technical knowledge
- Unique situation(s)/event(s) during the 2015-16 season
- Any other relevant information
One winner will be chosen from each of the following categories of airport:
Large: Over 200,000 scheduled operations annually
Medium: 100,000 – 200,000 scheduled operations annually
Small: Less than 100,000 scheduled operations annually
Nominees receive a discounted rate to the I.A.S.S., and are encouraged to attend. A plaque will be awarded to the operator who best reflects the spirit of Operator of the Year.
The Idea Corner Contest
Are you in airport management, operations or maintenance? Have you modified or designed new equipment, tried new or new combinations of materials or created successful new methods that have improved airport winter operations that you'd like to share?
Submit your idea to the Idea Corner for the 51st International Aviation Snow Symposium to be held April 22-26, 2017 in Buffalo, NY.
Using a short video, or a few photographs, or some power point slides, show how your idea works, how it enhances airport winter operations and how it saves your airport time and money.
All original ideas that have been proven to offer creative solutions to important issues pertaining to snow removal and the many tasks associated are welcome and eligible to win the Idea Corner Contest.
For more details on how to become eligible to win one of these prestigious I.A.S.S. awards visit www.snowsymposium.org/events.