The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) announced today that the Northeast Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives (NE/AAAE) has awarded Logan International Airport the coveted 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. This award named for pioneering aviators Wiley Post and Bernt Balchen was recently presented at the NE/AAAE 39th annual International Aviation Snow Symposium in Buffalo, New York. Logan recorded more than 86 inches of snow during the 2004-2005 winter season with crews responding to 18 storms events, which is significantly more than Logan’s average of 10 storms. Logan received the award in the category of Large Commercial Airport with over 200,000 annual operations. New York’s La Guardia Airport and Detroit’s Metropolitan Airport received Honorable Mentions. “For airports operating in the Snow Belt there is no greater satisfaction for a job well done than to be awarded the Balchen/Post award,” said Massport’s Director of Aviation, Thomas Kinton, Jr. “The importance of the Balchen/Post is that it is an endorsement by not only the airlines but the pilots and ground crews who depend on us to keep the airport open and functional during all weather conditions.” To be considered for the award, an airport is recommended by the users of the airport. Logan received recommendations from 18 airlines and the Federal Aviation Administration. 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. “What we experienced at Boston last winter was as challenging as I’ve seen in my 25 years in aviation,” said Jim Celeste, General Manager of JetBlue Airways at Logan International Airport. “Logan performed magnificently in re-establishing operations in a timely manner while maintaining the safety and security of our customers and crew.” The International Aviation Snow Symposium award Selection Committee includes the Airline Pilots Association; U.S Dept. of Defense; Regional Airline Association; Air Transport Association; Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association; Metro Washington Airlines Commission; National Business Aviation Association; and the Federal Aviation Administration.