I.A.S.S News and Forum

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 )
Winner:
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 )
Winner:

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

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

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 )
Winner:
Centennial Airport - Englewood, Colorado
Honorable Mention:
Manassas Regional Airport - Manassas, Virginia

Military Airport
Winner:
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 

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.

Tuesday, 15 September 2015 11:10

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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 Ice-Breaker  Hotel Key  Lanyards
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Ice Cream Social

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Tuesday Breakfast
General Session III Grand Prize Giveaway 

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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

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.

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.

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.

Saturday, 17 January 2015 14:00

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.

Monday, 20 June 2016 00:11

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 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.

Check out some of the photos from the Snow Plow Rodeo the here!

For more information on participating in the Snow Plow Rodeo in 2017, please contact Event Manager Jamie Mayer at 315-401-0676 or email jamie@perfectlandingmedia.com.

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