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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Nope. This was our first rodeo.

Airfield Operators 
Christopher McBride and Frank Badaszweski
The 50th International Aviation Snow Symposium took place in Buffalo last week and it was a resounding success. Golden anniversaries tend to be special, and this one did not disappoint any of the attendees.

The highlight of this year’s event was the snow plow rodeo. 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.

Christopher McBride from the Buffalo Niagara International Airport airfield crew brought home the bronze medal, competing against the best in the world. Nicely done.

This was the Snow Symposium’s first rodeo. Due to its popularity, they now plan to hold one every three years, to coincide with years in which equipment is features.