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Thursday, April 27, 2017

BNIA Brings Home the Cup

Chris McBride BNIA Airfield Operations
The 51st International Aviation Snow Symposium took place in Buffalo last week for the 32nd consecutive year, and, as in the past it was a resounding success. All indications are that the programs were informational in providing “best practices” with regard to airfield operations and a good time was had by all.

The highlight of this year’s event was the snow plow rodeo. Twenty six operators from various airports around the world maneuvered heavy snow removal equipment around obstacles in a specially designed time course. The skills needed in the contest reflected challenges commonly seen at airports: backing into a dock area, plowing around a radius, a serpentine obstacle, plowing close to a fixed object.

Our own Christopher McBride from the Buffalo Niagara International Airport airfield crew, made us all proud by winning first place, competing against some of the best operators in the world. Congratulations Chris. Thanks for making us all proud.

This was the second year the Snow Symposium conducted what is turning into a very popular event. No pressure crewmembers, but expectations are that the Cup stays at the BNIA!

Joe Guarino, Airfield Superintendent; NFTA Chair Sister Denise Roche; Lee Weitz, Deputy Director of Aviation;
Chris McBride BNIA Airfield Operations; Kimberley Minkel, NFTA Executive Director;
Steve Cipolla, BNIA Airfield Supervisor.



Friday, March 24, 2017

Welcome, Amy Hughes

Amy Hughes joins the NFTA as its Manager of Recruitment. Her position involves networking with the community to assist in filling the NFTA’s vacancies.

Legislature Honors C. Douglas Hartmayer

 Chairman John Mills, Legislator Edward A. Rath III,
NFTA Executive Director Kimberley Minkel, C. Douglas Hartmayer.
NFTA Spokesman Doug Hartmayer has overseen the Transporter since its inception. As such, he hasn’t been it. He has always found self-promotion unseemly. But news is news, so we’re not going to run this story by him before we post it.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Officer Capretto Saves Baby

NFTA Police Officer David Capretto is being credited with saving the life of a 3-month-old on the morning of March 15.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Wellness, Despite the Weather


Pat Kaleta, Kimberley Minkel, Michael Peca 
This year's Wellness Fair was Wednesday March 15 at the NFTA's Metropolitan Transportation Center. It completely ignored the ill and unfair weather outside.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

NFTA Staff Climb 470 Steps for the ALA

L-R: Mike, Kevin, Rachel, Carolyn, Tim,  Maggie,
Emma, Patrick and Nate.  Front: Mike
On Saturday, March 11, over 600 individuals, of which 150 were firefighters, attended the annual American Lung Association's Buffalo Air Climb at Main Place Tower to take on 24 flights of stairs (470 steps) to advocate for lung health awareness and help save lives.  In addition to its advertising sponsorship, NFTA also supported the event with two climb teams; a ten-person civilian team that was coordinated by Mike Moore and an Aircraft Rescue Firefighter team from BNIA which included Assistant Chief Bill Major and five firefighters.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Christine Farrow, All Smiles and Not Just for the Camera!

Christine Farrow has a great reason to show off her pearly whites as she has been promoted to NFTA's new Manager of EEO & Diversity Development. In her role she will manage the authority's Equal Employment Opportunity/
Affirmative Action programs, as well as develop, coordinate and deliver diversity training. Christine joined the authority in 2007 as the Superintendent of Special Services and was promoted to Manager of Employee Assistance in 2014.