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 )
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 

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, 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.

Monday, 09 October 2017 00:00

The 52nd Annual NEC/AAAE International Aviation Snow Symposium sponsorship levels and exhibitor floor plan are now available. To secure your sponsorship and exhibitor space please contact Jamie Mayer at (315) 401-0676 or by emailing jamie@perfectlandingmedia.com

A new non-equipment year floor plan will be implemented this year, featuring 3 interactive displays in the center of the show floor. One of these displays will feature a larger and more visible Idea Corner. Additional information on the displays will be posted as details become available. 

Sponsorship levels can be found here. Package deals are available upon request. Previous year sponsors have right of first refusal until November 30, 2017 at which time the remaining opportunities and booth space will be for general registration.

Exhibit rates for the 2018 Non-Equipment year are as follows:

Single booth with 2 registrations: $1800.00
Double booth with 2 registrations: $2800.00
Double booth with 4 registrations: $3500.00

Exhibitor NO Booth - $900
Extra Exhibitor Employee Full - $550
Extra Exhibitor Employee Daily - $200

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, 03 May 2016 12:50

May 3, 2016

SnowPlowRodeo web

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

Saturday, 17 January 2015 14:00

For the second year, the International Snow Symposium will be presenting its Operator of the Year Award.

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

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, 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.

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