JACKSON HOLE, WYO — Any airport, every airport in the nation could learn a thing or two from Jackson Hole Airport when it comes to snow removal. Who faces a wickeder winter on a consistent basis than an airport nestled at the base of the Tetons where we measure snowfall in feet and temps regularly appearing with a minus sign in front of them?
The Jackson Hole Airport brought home two awards from the International Aviation Snow Symposium held in Buffalo, New York last month. Airport staff attended the 53rd Annual Symposium on April 30 where they received the Balchen/Post Award for excellence in the performance of airport snow and ice control during the winter. Local Aircraft Rescue and Firefighter, Kody Jeppson, was also named Operator of the Year.
“We are proud of the entire winter operations staff at the Jackson Hole Airport for their ongoing commitment to excellence. To have Kody recognized as well as the Airport is recognition of the great work being done here at JAC.” stated Rick Braun, Jackson Hole Airport Board President.
Jeppson is a member of JAC’s Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting team. Recipients of the Operator of the Year award are judged on their level of experience, skills, training, types of equipment operated, shift/hours worked, leadership attributes, educational/technical knowledge, unique situations/events during the winter season and other relevant information.
The Bachlen/Post Award is bestowed upon airports for their dedicated efforts in maintaining their facility in safe and operational status during the winter season. Recommendations for this award come from airport users, airlines, pilots, general aviation, the military and the aviation community.
Jackson Hole Airport also received recognition as an Honorable Mention for the Bachlen/Post Award in the small commercial airport category.
The Northeast Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives and the American Association of Airport Executives partner each year to hold the Symposium to bring together hundreds of airports across the country’s snow belt to discuss and work on ways to improve airfield snow removal and winter operations.
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