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International Aviation Snow Symposium

A heavy snowstorm can easily cost a major airport a quarter of a million dollars for snow and ice removal alone. Associated operating delays commonly multiply the cost, and the value of the time lost by air travelers is practically incalculable but very real, nevertheless.  Read More...

International Aviation Snow Academy &

Advanced International Aviation Snow Academy

Achieve the highest levels of airfield safety...Attend the Snow Academy for Snow Fighters

Since the inception of the event, the International Aviation Snow Symposium (I.A.S.S.) has been committed to providing the most comprehensive winter operations training in the industry. This specialized training helps participating airports achieve the highest levels of airfield safety.

Certified by the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) the International Aviation Snow Academy features classes designed to provide current, relevant and focused training for snow and ice control measures at airports, including FAA FAR Part 139 certificated airports.


International Aviation Snow Academy

The International Aviation Snow Academy course educates airport employees, contractors and service providers including airport operations specialist, airport equipment operators, airport supervisors and managers, and airport stakeholders on how to utilize best practices while performing snow and ice control measures on airports during winter operations.

The Curriculum includes...

  • Airport and FAA regulations related to Airport Snow and Ice Control.
  • Runway assessments and runway condition reporting.
  • Introduction to Aircraft Deicing.
  • Material resource applications.
  • Proper Communications and regulations.
  • Snow Removal Equipment designs, capabilities and operations.
  • Winter weather forecasting. Understanding basic terms and application of forecasts.
  • Human resource factors and the effects on winter operations.
  •  Additional Current regulatory requirements
  • Safety Management System exercise.

Graduates of the International Aviation Snow Academy curriculum receive a certificate. Individuals must graduate from this course before moving on to the more advanced course.

Transport Canada and FAA referenced. 

The Advanced International Aviation Snow Academy

The Advanced airport winter operations course is designed to provide airport supervisors, managers, and directors with a stronger knowledge of how to operate safe, efficient, and successful winter operations that meet regulatory and fiscal requirements of all size airports including FAR Part 139 certificated airport.

The Curriculum includes...

  • Human Resource Management
  • Financial Impacts of Winter Operations
  • In depth review of regulations that enhance airfield safety.
  • Materials and equipment Management
  • Snow and Ice Control Planning and Management
  • Introduction of Fatigue Risk Matrix

Participants in the Advanced curriculum must participate in a case study that includes the development of...

  • snow and ice control plan
  • fleet of equipment and staffing
  • winter event budget and cost analysis

Transports Canada and FAA Referenced.

Benefits of Participating

The successful completion of the Advanced International Aviation Snow Academy provides the attendee with recognition in the industry as a highly trained professional Snow Fighter, ready to enhance airfield safety during the winter months.

Graduates from the Advanced classes earn the distinction of being an "Airport Snow Expert" or A.S.E.  by the AAAE. 

Learn all you need to know about controlling ice and snow, register today for the Snow Academy.


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Travel Information

Hyatt Regency Buffalo 

Rooms for the conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo, 2 Fountain Plaza, Buffalo, NY 14202, phone 716.856.1234. All attendees will receive a special rate. Rooms will sell out quickly, so make your reservations early. 



Location and Directions

Connected to the Hyatt Regency Buffalo, the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center has become the home of the International Aviation Snow Symposium. We are pleased to be associated with the center - a very flexible and attractive public facility that also serves as a catalyst for the economic, physical and social revitalization of downtown Buffalo.

Located at 153 Franklin Street, Buffalo, NY.  Get Directions >

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About Buffalo

The Buffalo Niagara Convention Center in the heart of downtown Buffalo, the longtime home of the snow symposium, is the perfect starting point for discovering one of America’s great comeback cities. Dig into our world-famous chicken wings at the Anchor Bar, drink a sponge candy stout or loganberry wit at Resurgence Brewing Company and sample Buffalo made spirits at Lockhouse or Black Squirrel Distilleries. Enjoy a giant nacho platter at the new Deep South Taco, an authentic Mexican authentic taqueria and bar, or sit back and order clams casino or a 24 ounce Ribeye Steak at the Buffalo Chophouse. Raise the stakes on your trip at the Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino near Canalside, Buffalo’s thriving waterfront entertainment district. Stop at the conference welcome desk to learn more about our restaurants, revitalized waterfront, burgeoning craft beer scene and new attractions.  

And don’t forget: one of the natural wonders of the world – Niagara Falls – is less than a half hour away! 

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