Tuesday, May 11, 2010

ICAS Fast Facts -- May 11, 2010



Beginning this coming December, the Canadian Forces Snowbirds will move to a two-year schedule that allows them to announce their scheduled show dates 17-23 months in advance.


"The two-year schedule is an excellent initiative that will assist air shows in long term planning for a successful event," said Colonel Michel Latouche, Canadian Air Force Liaison to the ICAS Board of Directors.


By providing air shows with much more advanced notice of the team’s plans to perform at particular shows, industry experts believe that the entire air show business benefits. Scheduling issues, sponsorship solicitation and many other aspects of the air show planning process are expected to be improved and simplified.


In December of 2010, the Canadian Forces Snowbirds will announce their 2011 and 2012 performance schedules.  In December of 2011, the team will announce its 2013 schedule. In December of every year thereafter, the team will announce dates for the season that begins 17 months later.


In this first transition year, air shows interested in hosting the Snowbirds are asked to submit requests for both 2011 and 2012. Air show event organizers are asked to visit the Canadian Forces air show coordination website (http://www.airshows.forces.gc.ca/) to make their requests for both 2011 and 2012 as soon as possible. If you have questions, event organizers have been asked to send an e-mail message to specialevents@forces.gc.ca. Someone from Special Events Coordination will respond your question or request.


The Snowbirds become the second North American military jet team to move to the two-year scheduling process; the U.S. Navy Blue Angels made a similar change in December of 2009.





After a successful one-show visit to North America in 2009, the Brazilian Esquadrilha da Fuma├ža, or “Smoke Squadron” will make an encore visit to the United States and Canada this year.  Brazil’s military formation team will perform at the Windsor International Air Show in Windsor, Ontario on August 21 and 22; at the Thunder over the Boardwalk Air Show in Atlantic City, New Jersey on August 25; and at the Boston-Portsmouth Air Show in Portsmouth, New Hampshire on August 28 and 29.


Established in 1952, the team flies the T-27 Tucano, a military training aircraft built by Embrear in Brazil.





ICAS is offering two, different Academy programs.


The “traditional” ICAS Air Show Academy will be held August 19, 20 and 21 in conjunction with the Oregon International Air Show in Hillsboro, Oregon.  The ICAS Air Boss Academy will be held October 28, 29 and 30 in conjunction with the Fort Worth Alliance Air Show in Fort Worth, Texas.


ICAS has been conducting the ICAS Air Show Academy since June of 2000.  Essentially, the program uses a real-life air show to serve as a living classroom to demonstrate how a well-run air show is planned, managed and conducted. The ICAS Air Boss Academy is a newer program that uses an actual air show to explain, discuss and learn about air bossing practices and principles.


Both programs have earned rave reviews from the ICAS members who have participated. With small groups and an intensive learning environment, the programs have proven to be an excellent complement to the ICAS Convention each December, and a unique opportunity to see exactly what makes excellent air shows excellent.


To download a registration form for the ICAS Air Show Academy in Hillsboro, Oregon on August 19-21, click here. To download a registration form for the ICAS Air Boss Academy in Fort Worth, Texas on October 28-30, click here. Both programs have limited space and typically fill up early, so – if you would like to participate – please be sure to register early.





One of our ICAS members recently wrote to alert us to a new website that posts extensive personal and financial information about virtually every adult in the United States: http://www.spokeo.com. This “on-line phonebook” includes information on your income, profession, home location, home value, credit status, number of children, age, photos and much more.


It was the opinion of this member that this particular site represents a bit of a threat to air show professionals who spend much of the air show season on the road and away from their homes…a point that we considered worth passing along to all of you.


You can easily remove yourself by clicking the privacy button on the bottom center on the home page of their website and following the instructions.





Although the 2010 ICAS Convention is still seven months away, many ICAS members have already signed on as convention sponsors to increase their exposure and visibility at this important industry gathering and to demonstrate their support of your trade association and all the good work that it does on behalf of the entire air show community. Many thanks to Air Boss & Consulting International, Inc.; ASB.tv; Mike Goulian Air Shows; American Aerobatics, Inc., Julie Clark's Chevron Mentor; John Klatt Airshows; Team Chaos Extreme Airshows; FedEx Express; AirSupport, LLC; Jim Peitz Aerosports; Insurance Technologies & Programs; Mach 1 Productions; CAF/Tora, Tora, Tora; Eddie Andreini Airshows; Air Boss, Inc. – George Cline; Shannon & Luchs Insurance Agency; Jacquie 'B' Airshows; Team Rocket; Nalls Aviation; Mohr Barnstorming; and Geico Skytypers/New York.


If you are interested in learning more about the opportunities available to you as a sponsor of the 2010 ICAS Convention, please contact ICAS headquarters at 703-779-8510.


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Phone: 703-779-8510

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