At the International Aviation Snow Symposium in May of 1976, the Col. Bernt Balchen Award for excellence in snow and ice control was established. Balchen, a native of Norway, became a US citizen and had a distinguished career in aviation, particularly in pioneering Arctic exploration. Balchen served in the US Air Force and was a Distinguished Flying Cross recipient.
At the 30th annual IASS in 1996, the awards were renamed the Balchen/Post Awards to honor the contributions of Wiley Post, Jr. Mr. Post was chairman of the first IASS, and is celebrated for his dedicated service to the IASS that spanned 30 years.
Click here to read more about Col. Balchen and Mr. Post.
The purpose of this award is to promote better snow and ice control and to recognize those individuals responsible for outstanding performance.
The Balchen/Post Awards will be presented at the International Aviation Snow Symposium in April, 2016.
To learn more about the award eligibility and to apply online click here.
Click here to view the Balchen/Post Awards archive.
AWARD SELECTION COMMITTEE:
Alex M. Kashani, A.A.E.
Aircraft Owner & Pilots Association
Regional Airline Association
Alex Gertsen, C.M.
National Business Aviation Association
Richard P. DeiTos, Jr.
Air Line Pilots Association
Federal Aviation Administration
Paul J. McGraw
Airlines for America
Preston Benedyk, DAF
F. Russell Hoyt Presidential Award
After serving 24 distinguished years as the first President of the American Association of Airport Executives, F. Russell Hoyt retired in 1983 and became the first Executive Director of the NEC, a position he held with equal distinction until his passing in 1997. In 2000, to recognize his generous and accomplished service to NEC, the AAAE, and the aviation industry, the NEC renamed its President’s Award the F. Russell Hoyt Presidential Award.
Each year, the NEC President selects an awardee who reflects the commitment and dedication to the airport industry and to the NEC that Russ Hoyt exhibited. This award is presented at the Awards Luncheon at the Chapter’s Annual Conference.
For a listing of past award recipients, click here .
Jerry FitzGerald, A.A.E. NEC Corporate Award of Excellence
At the NEC 42nd Annual Conference in 2000, the Chapter instituted its Corporate Appreciation Award to recognize the corporate member who has demonstrated leadership and commitment to the Chapter and its members through sponsorships, committee work, and overall support above and beyond what is normally expected.
In June 2015, the award was renamed the Jerry FitzGerald, A.A.E. NEC Corporate Award of Excellence in honor of the late Jerry FitzGerald, A.A.E. Jerry’s commitment to NEC/AAAE, the AAAE, and the aviation industry embodied the spirit of the award. His leadership with the NEC/AAAE included service as Chapter President, National Chairman, both Executive and Corporate membership and as a member of the Board of Directors. Jerry made our Association stronger and more successful.
Each year, the NEC President selects the awardee, who is announced and presented during the Corporate Appreciation Luncheon at the Chapter’s Annual Conference.
To see a listing of past award recipients, click here.
2004 Lifetime Achievement Award - Vincent Scarano
2000 NEC Service Award - Robert Nowak
1996 Lifetime Service Award - Russell Hoyt, A.A.E.
1996 Lifetime Service Award - James Malarky