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

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

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.

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

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, 11 January 2016 14:18

This spring, the International Aviation Snow Symposium hosted in Buffalo, New York April 23rd-27th, 2016, will focus exclusively on airfield snow removal  and winter operations. Celebrating the incredible milestone of the 50th Anniversary, of the International Aviation Snow Symposium will take place at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. This year the Convention Center will not only be filled with executives, decision makes, power brokers, and potential partners; it will also be filled with gigantic, state-of-the-art snow machines, plus a variety of other snow removal equipment.   

FlexOLite LogowebFlex-O-Lite® is the first Gold Sponsor of the event. Flex-O-Lite, the aviation arm of Potters Industries, has a rich history of developing products and systems that put aviation safety first. They are the largest provider of Type III airfield glass beads and serve hundreds of airports around the world. Due to their superior retroreflectivity, Type III glass beads provide the highest level of pilot situational awareness.  ICAO recommends Type III (1.9 index) glass beads for airports with night operations and the FAA recommends the inclusion of Type III glass beads in critical markings.   

Flex-O-Lite’s Type III glass beads enhances the visibility of markings more than three (3) times over Type I beads which improves pilot reaction time and improves situational awareness.

Flex-O-Lite manufactures the brightest, safest, most visible airfield and roadway marking systems in the world. We make systems that save lives, ” says Mike Boeger, Vice President of Flex-O-Lite. “Partnering with the international Aviation Snow Symposium allows us to educate airfield and winter operations personnel on the benefits of our products as well as best practices for airfield safety”.

For more information on the 50th International Aviation Snow Symposium or if you’re interested in sponsoring the event, contact Jamie Mayer President of Perfect Landing Media at 315-401-0676 or Jamie@perfectlandingmedia.com, or visit http://www.snowsymposium.org

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

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.

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

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.

  Gold Sponsor  
 FlexOLite Logoweb
   Bronze Sponsors  
 Wausau   Fortbrand Sponsor MB logo 
  Hi-LiteLogo Web SystemsAtlanta web  Dynatest-Logo


 Ice-Breaker  Hotel Key  Lanyards
 MB logo vaisala.logo Cryotech-Blue-Vector-2010


Name Tags


 Event Passport


Ice Cream Social

Fortbrand Sponsor Nasi Nasi
 Coffee Breaks
AirportImprovement AirsideInternational web  TeamEagle
Monday Lunch Attendee Bags General Session II
aecom web Aebi Schmidt 41e08aa3df
Tuesday Breakfast
General Session III Grand Prize Giveaway 



BASF-Web  snapon



   Industry Angels 
LNTSolutions  NeubertAeroCorp FAAN
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