Lincoln—The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) announced that the Northeast Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives (NE/AAAE) has awarded L.G. Hanscom Field in Bedford, with the Balchen/Post Award for Outstanding Achievement in Airport Snow and Ice Control.
The award recognizes the dedicated efforts of “snow crews” in maintaining their airports in safe and operational status during the winter season. The Balchen/Post Award, named for pioneering aviators Wiley Post and Bernt Balchen, was recently presented at the NE/AAAE 47th annual International Aviation Snow Symposium in Buffalo, N.Y.
Hanscom Field recorded more than 69 inches of snow during the 2012-2013 winter season which ismore than Hanscom’s average of 47 inches, with crews responding to 17 storm events. Hanscom received the award in the category of Large General Aviation Airport with over 50,000 annual operations.
Hanscom Field last won the coveted Balchen/Post in 1991 before taking top honors this year, and has received honorable mention recognition at the International Aviation Snow Symposium for three of the past four years.
To be considered for the award, an airport is recommended by the users of the airport. Hanscom received recommendations from the Independent Fixed Base Operators Association, Raytheon Company, Rectrix, and Swift Air. During the selection process, careful consideration is given to an airport’s in-depth preparedness, including their snow and ice control plan, equipment readiness, personnel training and overall safety awareness.
The International Aviation Snow Symposium award Selection Committee includes the Aircraft Owner and Pilots Association; Airlines for America; Airline Pilots Association; Federal Aviation Administration; Metro Washington Airlines Committee; National Business Aviation Association; and the Regional Airline Association.
Located in Bedford, Hanscom Field is a link to domestic and international business destinations for local and regional employers. With its modern facilities, Hanscom is New England’s premier full-service corporate and general aviation airport, contributing more than $249 million to the regional economy each year.
The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) owns and operates Boston Logan International Airport, public terminals in the Port of Boston, Hanscom Field and Worcester Regional Airport. Massport is a financially self-sustaining public authority whose premier transportation facilities generate more than $8 billion annually, and enhance and enable economic growth and vitality in New England. No state tax dollars are used to fund operations or capital improvements at Massport facilities.