I.A.S.S. Snow Academy

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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.

In 2014 the I.A.S.S. Education Committee enhanced their training program by introducing the Snow Academy.

What is the Snow Academy?

AAAE-LogoCertified 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

   Carl Braley, A.A.E.
   Jim Moorehead, C.M. Pittsburg
   Jay Ball, Roanoke
   Caroline Bonynge, Aspen
   Brad Becker, MBS
   Gary Gleichman, Cryotech

The International Aviation Snow Academy course educates airport employees, including snowplow and airport equipment operators, on how to utilize best practices while performing snow and ice control measures on airports during winter operations.

The Curriculum includes...

  • Airport Winter Safety and Operation Advisory Circular
  • Introduction to Aircraft Deicing
  • material resource applications
  • communication module
  • current equipment designs
  • weather forecasting
  • human resource factors
  • current regulatory requirements
  • SMS excercise

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

Transport Canada and FAA referenced. 

The Advanced Airport Winter Operations Specialist (AAWOS)
Instructor:  Matt Gabbert, Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky Airport

The Advanced Airport Winter Operations Specialist (AAWOS) 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 a FAR Part 139 certificated airport including...

  • regulations that enhance airfield safety
  • materials and equipment that save time and money
  • inspiring your crew to peak performance
  • understanding FAR Part 139
  • introduction of Fatigue Risk Matrix

Participants in the Advanced curriculum must take a final exam that includes the development of...

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

Transports Canada and FAA Referenced.

Benefits of Attending

The successful completion of the 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.  which is accredited by the AAAE.  Graduates from the International Aviation Snow Academy class earn a certificate only.  Lastly, the Advanced class is only instructed at the Snow Symposium in Buffalo and therefore anyone wishing to attend the Advanced sessions must also attend the Snow Symposium.

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