Hub Airports Winter Operations & Deicing Conference

July 21-23, 2024 ❄️ Pittsburgh, PA









About the Conference

In partnership with the Northeast Chapter (NEC) AAAE, we are pleased to present the Hub Airports Winter Operations & Deicing Conference, to be held July 21-23, 2024, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

This increasingly popular annual conference will focus on the challenges associated with winter operations at airports and take an in-depth look at the issues, regulations, and new technologies associated with winter operations overall. Through detailed presentations, technology updates, and informative moderated discussions, this conference will allow key airport, airline, and air traffic control decision-makers to address complex issues surrounding winter operations at hub airports. The conference will feature case studies illustrating approaches to snow and ice removal from the most recent winter season, as well as other hot topics like financial planning for winter operations, workforce development post-pandemic, autonomous snow-removal vehicles, and much more. Attendees will receive updates on compliance and regulatory actions from the FAA, as well as exploring the weather forecasting, centralized deicing facilities, and more.

Although the conference originally grew as a resource for large hub operators, medium and small hubs have begun attending as well and have found the discussions to be extremely beneficial. Additionally, as more southern regions become part of the winter discussion, we strongly encourage all southern airports to continue attending this important annual event.

As is tradition at this event, the conference kicks off with an interactive session focused on the hottest topics in an ever-changing environment. Be sure to participate in this icebreaker on Sunday, July 21, immediately preceding the welcome reception!

Featured Topics

  • Winter Case Studies
  • Workforce Development Challenges and Strategies
  • FAA Regulatory Update
  • Centralized Deicing Facilities
  • Glycol Recycling
  • Financial Considerations for Winter Operations
  • Weather Forecasting

Keynote Speaker

Registration Fees & Deadlines

You acknowledge that in registering for and attending this AAAE event, you agree to adhere to the cancellation policy noted below, AAAE's Duty of Care, and AAAE's Code of Conduct and Terms and Conditions.

If you are not seeing the correct pricing appear for your member type, please contact to complete your registration for this event.


June 7, 2024
June 7, 2024
AAAE or NEC Chapter Member $745 $845
Non-Member $845 $945

AAAE accepts registration regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, sex, physical disability and national or ethnic origin. This includes but is not limited to admissions, employment and educational services. If you require any special assistance to participate or have special dietary requirements, email

Cancellation Policy:

Registrations and cancellations must be submitted in writing. Cancellation requests received before Friday, July 5, 2024, are subject to a $125 processing fee and will be processed after the meeting takes place. There will be no refunds after this date. Substitutions will be accepted without penalties and no-shows will be billed. For all inquiries regarding cancellations and refunds, please contact the AAAE Meetings Department at 703.824.0504 or email  By submitting a completed registration form, you acknowledge that you have read and understand the cancellation policy.

NOTE: AAAE reserves the right to postpone or cancel an event if the number of registrants is insufficient; due to acts of God; or any other reason beyond AAAE’s control. In this event, we will notify all registrants and credit the full registration fee towards another AAAE meeting, product or service. However, any costs incurred by the registrant, such as hotel cancellation or airline penalties, are the responsibility of the registrant. Confirmation letters will be emailed to attendees within two weeks of receipt of registration. However, if you have not received a confirmation email two business days prior to the meeting, and you enrolled at least two weeks prior to the meeting, please contact the AAAE Meetings Department at 703.824.0504 or Please note failure to receive a confirmation letter before an event will not be grounds for a refund.

Media Access Policy

AAAE reserves the right to grant at its sole discretion access to TV, radio and print media organizations or individuals that have registered and received prior authorization from AAAE at least 72 hours prior to an AAAE event they wish to cover. Due to the sensitive nature of some discussions, not all sessions at some AAAE events will be open to media. AAAE retains the sole right to grant or refuse media access for any event or section of an event it operates.

Hotel & Travel

Sheraton Pitt

Hotel Accommodations

The conference will be taking place at the Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square, located at 300 W Station Square, Pittsburgh, phone: 412.261.2000. All attendees will receive a special rate of $185 single/double. The last day to receive this discounted rate is Friday, June 28, 2024.  Rooms may sell out before this date, so make your reservations early. Reservations made after this date only can be honored on a space and rate available basis. To make your hotel reservations, you can BOOK ONLINE or call the hotel at 412.261.2000, and reference the AAAE room block. Guaranteed reservations must be canceled 72 hours prior to day of arrival to avoid a penalty of one night's room and tax.

Ground Transportation

The Sheraton Pittsburgh at station square is located 20 miles from Pittsburgh International Airport and the ride takes approximately 25-30 minutes to arrive. Alternatively, Transportation Network Companies (TNC) Uber and Lyft do operate at the airport, as well as light rail, and may be less expensive. Get more information on ground transportation at PIT.

Air Travel

United Airlines and Delta Air Lines have been selected as the official air carriers for this meeting.


United Airlines has been selected as one of the official air carriers for this meeting. You may book online via and enter the Offer Code ZNSQ375349 in the Offer Code box or call United Reservations Meetings Desk at 800.426.1122 and provide the Z Code ZNSQ and Agreement Code 375349. For all tickets issued through United Meetings Reservations Desk, there will be a $25 per ticket service fee collected. This fee is subject to change without notice. Such service fee is nonrefundable and applies to all itineraries, one-way or round-trip. Black-out dates apply.


Delta Air Lines is pleased to offer special discounts for American Association of Airport Executives. Please click here to book your flights. You may also call Delta Meeting Network® at 1.800.328.1111* Monday–Friday, 7 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. (CT) and refer to Meeting Event Code NM36J.

*Please note there is not a service fee for reservations booked and ticketed via our reservation 800 number.

Basic Snow Academy

July 24-25, 2024 | Pittsburgh International Airport*


This curriculum is designed to provide Airport Operators guidance to implement a well-rounded approach to their winter operations training needs.

The information contained within this course reflects the current FAA Advisory Circulars pertaining to (AC) 150/5210-20 Ground Vehicle Operations on Airports, AC 150/5200-30 Airport Winter Safety and Operations, AC 150/5220-20 Airport Snow and Ice Control Equipment, FAR Part 139 Certification of Airports, and actual Airport Snow and Ice Control Plans.

This course is intended to educate the Airport Equipment Operator, Airport Operations Specialist, and other individuals performing Snow and Ice Control Measures on Airports. The information contained within is to provide each attendee sufficient knowledge of the following:

  1. Human Factors that impact safety and efficiencies during winter operations.
  2. The applicable regulations for Snow and Ice Control measures at FAR Part 139 Certificated and now certificated airports.
  3. The Chemical and aggregate available to airports. How they are applied and performance expectations.
  4. Aircraft Deicing impact on airport winter operations.
  5. Safety Management System (SMS) applications during winter operations.
  6. Interpreting and responding to Winter Weather Forecasting.
  7. Snow and Ice Control Equipment.
  8. Safe and applicable communication regulations, techniques and application.

This two-day training is $595 for AAAE and Northeast Chapter AAAE members and $695 for non-members.

*Course will be held at the Pittsburgh International Airport. Transportation will be provided from the Sheraton hotel.


Matthew Gabbert

Matthew Gabbert

Matthew Gabbert is currently the Senior Manager of Airfield Maintenance at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. Matthew is responsible of the daily oversight of the airfield and landside maintenance at CVG. Matthew is currently working on his 23 year of service at CVG. Matthew has held many previous roles and has worked him self up the ranks while starting as summer seasonal employee while he was attending college. Matthew has attend the University of Kentucky and Northern Kentucky University. He has a BA in Organizational Leadership. He is a proud member of the International Aviation Snow Symposium for over 10 years. He is very active and has helped put together the Snow Academies and the Operator of the Year award since their inception at the IASS. Matthew is married to Deanna. They have 2 sons, Cody and Carter.

James J. Moorhead, C.M.

James J. Moorhead, C.M.

James Moorhead C.M. Director, Airport Operations Jim leads the Airport Operation team at Pittsburgh International Airport, Allegheny County Airport Authority. His current role is the Director of Airport Operations. Jim has been with Pittsburgh International Airport for twenty-eight (28) years in various roles from the Airport Operations Duty Manager to the Superintendent of Airfield Maintenance. Jim is a Certified Member of AAAE. He’s been on the International Aviation Snow Symposium Committee since 2011. He’s considered an industry expert and has provided numerous presentations for American Associates of Airport Executives (AAAE) and the International Aviation Snow Symposium (IASS). He assisted with the development and curriculum of the International Snow Academies basic and advanced classes for the Northeast Chapter of AAAE and still teaches the classes for AAAE/IASS. He currently resides in a suburb of Pittsburgh, Upper Saint Clair with his wife and three children.

Make a Lasting Impression by Sponsoring!



Sponsoring will demonstrate your company's commitment to the advancement of the aviation industry and help to illustrate your company's reputable business practices. This conference boasts a very high-level audience that you cannot afford to miss the chance to meet with!

Tabletop Exhibit

Tabletop Exhibits - SOLD OUT

We are sold out of exhibit space, but there are still plenty of available sponsorship opportunities!

Contact Lisa Williams to learn more.


Technology & Business Partners Showcase

All exhibitors and sponsors have the opportunity to make a brief presentation about their product or service as a part of the conference agenda in this dedicated session.

Presentation deadline: July 11

Contact Information

Questions? Contact Us!

Conference & Academy Programs
Cathy Haggerty

Registration & Hotel Information
Dan Reilly

Sponsorship & Exhibit Information
Lisa Williams

Press & Media Inquiries
Brian Kalish