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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Niagara Falls Airfield Crew
The Buffalo Niagara International Airport and the Niagara Falls International Airport shined brightly at the 49th Annual International Aviation Snow Symposium and were collectively recognized with a total of four esteemed awards.

 The BNIA snow removal team was recognized for an outstanding performance this past winter with a Balchen/Post Award in the medium size airport category. This is the ninth time the airport has been honored in the 39-year history of the award. The NFIA was also recognized with a Balchen/Post honor for a perfect safety record in the small airport category; this is the fifth time it has been recognized with this honor.

Balchen/Post nominations come from airlines, pilots, general aviation officials, hotel owners, corporate pilots and ground transportation operators. An independent selection committee sorts the recommendations and makes final award determinations.

In addition, the Buffalo airport staff was honored with an Idea Corner Award for innovation in the field. Assistant Supervisor of Maintenance Peter Robbins and Mechanic John Krasniewski created a housing apparatus that keeps hydraulic hoses safe from ice buildup which was very useful last year. Further, Christopher McBride, Airfield Operator, is this year’s Operator of the Year. McBride’s commitment to keeping the Buffalo airfield clear and safe this past winter made him stand out among an already remarkable crew.
Buffalo Airfield Crew

Kimberley A. Minkel, NFTA Executive Director, said, “Four awards is a monumental achievement. The men and women who keep our runways safe and operational all winter do an amazing job. It is wonderful to see them receive the recognition they deserve.”

“The fact that our runways remained open all winter is nothing short of remarkable,” said William R. Vanecek, NFTA Director of Aviation. “These awards speak volumes about the dedication and ability of our airfield crew who work around the clock to maintain the safety of our runways.”

Congrats to both the staff at BNIA and NFIA for their achievements this past year!