Two members of BGR’s airfield maintenance crew returned with top honors from this year’s International Aviation Snow Symposium, the airport industry’s largest gathering of its kind. The conference is focused exclusively on airfield snow removal and winter operations, attracting delegates from airports around the world.
Airfield maintenance technician James Scripture won first prize in the 2018 snow plow rodeo, in which more than 30 competitors were judged by how well they prepared their equipment for the course, as well as their skills as an operator as they rode against the clock. A 16-year veteran at BGR, James came second in the 2017 rodeo.
Demonstrating his ingenuity by developing a flatbed truck that converts to a dump truck, making the vehicle more versatile and useful year-round, airfield maintenance mechanic Kevin Severance was awarded third prize in the symposium’s ideas corner competition. He, too, has worked at BGR for 16 years.
Presented by the Northeast Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives and the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, the annual conference provides new educational programs, more opportunities for networking, a variety of ideas about winter operations, and a range of partnership sponsorship opportunities.
“The airport has a proud history at this event,” said Airport Director Tony Caruso. “With more than two decades of snow clearance experience and with some members of the team having worked at BGR for more than 30 years, it’s no wonder that their achievements have been consistently recognised by their peers. They are part of a crew who work hard year-round to ensure that our runways remain safe and clear for the pilots and passengers who access Bangor International at all hours of the day, 365 days a year,” he added.