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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Snow Plow Cowboys Battle It Out at BNIA

Chris McBride, 2nd Place
During the week of April 16, in conjunction with the Northeast Chapter of American Association of Airport Executives, the NFTA hosted the 52nd Annual Aviation Snow Symposium, which featured a snow plow rodeo.   The exciting community-friendly event was held in a parking area adjacent to the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. 

The symposium hosts hundreds of representatives from all around the world, even as far away as Norway, and provides a great opportunity for qualified plow drivers to show off their operational skills on a specifically-designed obstacle course for the honor of being named the World's Best Snow Plow Driver in the World.

During the rodeo, the competitors were judged by how well they prepared their ride for the challenging course and how impressive their operating skills were in front of the panel of judges  while time was click-clicking away.  It was all about being able to control their vehicle under pressure and remaining "cool in the saddle," almost like a real cowboy. 

"This symposium is such a great annual event.  Representatives from all around the country have the opportunity to come together and learn more about vehicle plow operations, safety practices, and how to prepare for inclement weather and effectively execute snow removal plans.  It truly is a great opportunity for everyone involved to exchange information and further enhance our snow-navigation skills, so that we can continue to serve our individual aviation communities in the best way possible," said Joe Guarino, NFTA's Airfield Superintendent and Chairman of the Snow Symposium.

The winner of this year's rodeo was James Scripture from Bangor, Maine (second place in 2017) and the NFTA's own Chris McBride came in second place (first in 2017).  It was a very close race; the difference between these two drivers was only 1.5 seconds.  The third-place winner was from Alaska.   All of the 30 snow plow competitors were required to have a valid CDL license with a minimum A or B endorsement and have a minimum of four years of airfield snow removal operations.

Congratulations to our own Chris McBride for a job well done!  Save the date - next year's rodeo is scheduled for May 1, 2019.