AAAE/Northeast Chapter AAAE

Winter Operations Virtual Summit

September 17-18, 2020 | Virtual

Are you prepared for winter operations? Have you planned for the potential impact of COVID-19? Join this Winter Operations Summit and hear from your peers in the field who have already experienced spring snow events in a COVID environment. We’ll discuss the impacts of COVID on snow and ice control plans, contracting for snow removal including the contract language you need to look for, winter weather forecasting, and what’s new in snow removal equipment and materials.


The below agenda is subject to change. All times noted are in U.S. Eastern time zone.

Session Date/Dates Between
September 17
12:00 pm—12:15 pm

Welcome and Introductions

9/17/2020 12:00:00 PM9/17/2020 12:15:00 PM
September 17
12:15 pm—1:45 pm

Session One: Impacts of Covid-19 on 2020-21 Airport Snow and Ice Control Plans

This session will focus on the changes to the Airport Snow and Ice Control Plans (SICP) caused by the Pandemic. The discussion will focus on changes in the SICP to meet a different level of Airport Aeronautical Activities, changes to the Human Factors to protect the Snow Fighters from COVID-19, and potential changes to Airline Operations during winter weather events due to the impact of COVID-19 on the Airline Business Models.

9/17/2020 12:15:00 PM9/17/2020 1:45:00 PM
September 17
1:55 pm—3:25 pm

Session Two: Financial Impacts of Airport Winter Operations

This session will focus on the expenditure side of winter operations and the value of lost revenue. With the current disruption to air service, airports need to measure the level of response to the level of air service. This session will discuss the hard decisions to be made by several airports that now need to evaluate how much effort should be expended in keeping surfaces open.

9/17/2020 1:55:00 PM9/17/2020 3:25:00 PM
September 17
3:35 pm—5:05 pm

Session Three: Contracts and Contractors

This session will discuss the utilization of Contract Snow Removal, the costs associated with Contract Snow Removal, and the type of contractors providing Contract Snow Removal. This session will also compare the different types of contract language. The session will discuss what responsibilities contractors and airports share and what responsibilities the airport retains.

9/17/2020 3:35:00 PM9/17/2020 5:05:00 PM
September 18
12:00 pm—1:15 pm

Session Four: Understanding Winter Weather Forecasting

This session will discuss what causes winter weather. The session will define terms used by weather forecasters. This session will discuss the basic information contained within a forecast that allows the airport to prepare a detailed response. This session will discuss how to plan an accurate response to a inaccurate forecast. This session will provide tools to help airports develop a specific response to a nonspecific forecast. This session will discuss the trend of the upcoming winter season.

9/18/2020 12:00:00 PM9/18/2020 1:15:00 PM
September 18
1:25 pm—2:35 pm

Session Five: 2020 Spring Winter Events

During this session airports that experienced late spring winter storms will discuss how they responded and protected their staff. These Airports will provide information on lessons they learned. These airports will describe their decision making efforts and what they would do differently.

9/18/2020 1:25:00 PM9/18/2020 2:35:00 PM
September 18
2:45 pm—4:15 pm

Session Six: What’s New in Airport Snow Removal Equipment and Materials

During this session the presenters will provide insight of changes to Snow Removal Equipment (SRE), changes to materials and changes to application of existing equipment. This session will provide attendees the opportunity to become aware of the efforts the (SRE) manufacturers have put forth to modernize equipment and processes for successful winter weather mitigation at airports. Airport experts will present recent changes they have made in recent purchases or applications of existing equipment. This session will provide available knowledge and opportunities that may help keep Snow Fighters safe while operating SRE during the Pandemic and in the future.

9/18/2020 2:45:00 PM9/18/2020 4:15:00 PM


August 14, 2020
August 14, 2020
 AAAE Member  $250  $275 
 Non-member   $275  $300

Registration questions? Contact Natalie Fleet

Program questions? Contact Cathy Haggerty

Sponsorship questions? Contact Janet Bennett


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