Submit an Application

Please complete the application no later than March 1, 2018. Airports are encouraged to submit completed applications including their snow plan, airport layout plan and other supporting material before the deadline.

Nominate an Airport


Commercial Airports  (one award in each)
Commercial airport must have scheduled service and a Part 139 Certificate.
       Large: More than 200,000 scheduled operations annually
       Medium: 100,000 – 200,000 scheduled operations annually
       Small: Fewer than 100,000 scheduled operations annually

General Aviation Airports  (one award in each)
General aviation airports include limited Part 139 airports
       Large: 50,000 or more total operations annually
       Small: Fewer than 50,000 total operations annually

Military Airports  (one award)



Airports may be recommended by users, or submit their own application. The selection committee recognizes the many variables that differentiate airports, such as type and size of airport, type and typical amounts of snowfall, temperature ranges, etc. As a result, determination of winners is more a matter of judgement than through a formula. 

In making its decisions, the committee will give careful consideration to the following:

Degree of preparedness, including:

  • Snow and ice control plan
  • Equipment readiness
  • Personnel training
  • Overall safety awareness

Effectiveness of snow and ice control program on:

  • Runways
  • Taxiways
  • Aprons
  • Ramps
  • Runway/taxiway lighting
  • Signs

Timeliness and accuracy of communications during the snow and ice control effort with:

  • The airlines
  • General aviation
  • The public
  • The FAA
  • Other airport users
  • Post-storm activity, including clean-up and critique

It is important to note that in each case, the committee will consider the size and activity of the airport that has been nominated or made application directly. In most cases, the size and activity of an airport has a direct bearing on the resources (personnel and equipment) available to combat snow and ice conditions. This will mean the lower activity airports will not be judged by all the above criteria.



The awards - six in total - are to be announced and presented during the Awards Breakfast Saturday, April 14, 2018 at the annual International Aviation Snow Symposium.

The award selection committee consists of 10 members, one each from the following organizations: International Aviation Snow Symposium, Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), Airlines for America (A4A), U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Metropolitan Washington Airlines Committee (MWAC), National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), Regional Airline Association (RAA), and NEC/AAAE



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Tel: (703) 572-7159
Fax: (703) 572-5718

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