In 1967, ICAS was founded in the lobby of a Milwaukee hotel when a handful of air show industry professionals recognized the need for an organization to protect and promote their interests in the growing North American air show marketplace. From the beginning, the group recognized the need for standardization of industry practices in key areas such as safety, insurance and the manner in which the industry interacted with government and military officials. By the summer of 1976, the group had incorporated in the State of Wisconsin, “…to provide information to air show sponsors and pilots; to promote safety at all aviation events; and to work with government agencies to develop air show safety standards.”
Although the annual ICAS Convention quickly became the center of much of the organization’s yearly activity, the organization has since become the recognized world leader on a wide range of air show-related issues, including safety, regulatory concerns, industry standards and best practices, interaction with the military, and professional ethics.
Today, the International Council of Air Shows is dedicated to building and sustaining a vibrant air show industry to support its membership. To achieve this goal, ICAS demands that its members operate their business at only the highest levels of safety, professionalism, and integrity.