2019 ICAS Convention Awards Applications
ICAS Sword of Excellence
Click here for the 2019 ICAS Sword of Excellence Application.
Click here to view a list of past recipients of the Sword of Excellence.
Since 1981, the International Council of Air Shows Sword of Excellence has been synonymous with air show excellence. Given each year to recognize outstanding service and personal contributions to the air show industry, the Sword is widely considered to be the single highest honor an individual air show professional can receive. Over more than 30 years, 45 different Sword recipients have been honored for their leadership, service, innovation, vision, commitment and selfless contributions to the air show business.
The award was created in 1981 to recognize the highest levels of achievement in the air show business. Since then, the stature and visibility of the ICAS Sword of Excellence have increased as the list of past recipients has grown. The single common characteristic of these air show performers, event organizers, military representatives, government officials and air show industry activists is their selfless commitment to improving and contributing not just to their own air show businesses, but to the entire air show industry.
The ICAS Sword of Excellence Award is given in honor of outstanding overall service or personal contributions to the air show industry. Consideration may be given to exceptional, consistent and personal efforts that have made a substantial impact in the improvement, growth or recognition of the industry over a long period of time or a distinguished short term contribution of extraordinary value. The award is not limited to contributions within ICAS, but is reflective of selfless contribution to the air show industry as a whole. The recipient need not be a member of ICAS to receive the award.
Selection of a recipient for the ICAS Sword of Excellence Award will be made by unanimous decision of a Selection Committee comprised of a member of the Board of Directors, two past recipients of the award, and two at-large members, each of who has at least ten years of experience in the air show business. ICAS will allow, but not require, up to two recipients for the Sword each year.
To nominate an air show professional for the 2019 ICAS Sword of Excellence, complete and return the nomination form as soon as possible and not later than August 31, 2019. You may nominate as many individuals as you think are appropriate, including yourself. You are also permitted to anonymously nominate an air show professional. The goal of the nomination process is to ensure that all of the best prospective candidates are considered by the Selection Committee. Only the information provided on the nomination form will be considered. Other correspondence and support materials will NOT be provided to the Selection Committee members.
Art Scholl Memorial Showmanship Award
Click here for the 2019 Art Scholl Memorial Showmanship Award application.
Click here to view a list of past recipients of the Art Scholl Memorial Showmanship Award.
Each year, the International Council of Air Shows presents the Art Scholl Memorial Showmanship Award to the air show act or performer which best exemplifies the qualities of showmanship demonstrated by Art Scholl.
Scholl was killed while filming a flying sequence off the coast of California on September 16, 1985. A long-time and active ICAS member, he was a renowned aerobatic pilot and consummate air show performer. He flew his Penzoil Chipmunk aircraft before an estimated audience of 80 million people over 20 years and appeared in more than 200 motion picture films, documentaries and television commercials.
His exacting, exciting and entertaining performances were a reflection of the best in our industry. He was a dedicated professional who practiced tirelessly to get the most from himself and his airplane without sacrificing safety. His unique blend of pilot skills and showmanship always left his audiences wanting more. Every aspect of his performance – his marketing support for the shows he flew in, his personal appearance, the quality and professionalism of his flying, and his personal integrity – emphasized his determination to contribute to the overall success of any show in which he took part. Throughout his career, he set the standard by which all other air show performers have since been measured.
Air and ground acts – including announcers – are eligible for the award. Past recipients may also be nominated. The selection of each year’s award recipient will be made by a committee comprised of a representative from the ICAS Board of Directors, two past recipients of the award, and two at-large members, each of who has at least ten years of experience in the air show business. Using the form, a member can nominate anybody – including him or herself – and may nominate more than one candidate. Nominations will also be accepted from non-members.
The Selection Committee will make its selection from among all of the nominees based on a single criterion: air show showmanship. What does the performer do and how has he/she structured his/her act to improve its entertainment value? From a showmanship perspective, how has the candidate distinguished and differentiated himself/herself from other, more traditional air show performers? What has the candidate done to improve and increase the overall level of showmanship in the air show community? Beyond his/her actual performance, how does the performer complement his/her act to improve its entertainment value by signing autographs, making himself/herself available to the audience, participating in post- and pre-event promotional efforts and/or sponsor mixers, and other vital air show activities that depend on performer involvement? Recognizing that the appearance of danger is different from actual danger and that accidents or genuinely dangerous behavior detract from the overall entertainment value of an act, does the performer take the necessary steps to mitigate risk whenever possible? From an entertainment and showmanship perspective, does the candidate deserve to be recognized in the same context as Art Scholl and the 33 past recipients of this award?
Note: Nominees must be living at the time of the Selection Committee’s vote. (If a nominee is deceased, it is recommended that the person(s) submitting the nomination contact the ICAS Foundation Hall of Fame for consideration of that individual for inclusion in the Hall of Fame.)
To nominate a performer or performers for the 2019 Art Scholl Showmanship Award, complete and return the nomination form as soon as possible and not later than August 31, 2019. You may nominate as many performers as you think are appropriate, including yourself. You are also permitted to anonymously nominate a performer or performers. The goal of the nomination process is to ensure that all prospective candidates are considered by the Selection Committee. Only the information provided on the nomination form will be considered. Other correspondence and support materials will NOT be provided to the Selection Committee members.
Dick Schram Memorial Community Relations Award
Click here for the 2019 Dick Schram Memorial Community Relations Award application.
Click here to view a list of past Dick Schram Memorial Community Relations Award recipients.
A former Blue Angel, Commander Dick Schram was the U.S. Department of Defense Aviation Support Liaison Officer in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense. He had a wealth of knowledge and experience that he would share with anyone. Dick helped established shows, new shows, performers, writers and moviemakers. He did so enthusiastically and fairly. Schram died of a cerebral hemorrhage on June 29, 1987 at the age of 46. A second generation Naval officer, Dick was the son of the late Captain Dick Schram, known nationwide as the "Flying Professor" who thrilled air show audiences for more than 20 years.
The Dick Schram Memorial Community Relations Award is presented each year to the military base which in planning and implementing its air show or air event, not only exhibits traditional community relations as it considers the needs of its civilian neighbors, but sets new standards of excellence in this area by including its community in the planning, execution and rewards of the event. The selection panel for the award will be co-chaired by United States and Canadian military representatives (typically a committee of four).
Military base flying events, open houses and air shows are eligible for consideration for the community relations award. Consideration will be given only to properly completed applications, which include all the required submissions.
Military bases may nominate themselves for the Schram Award using a detailed and extensive nomination application.
ICAS Pinnacle Awards
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The ICAS Pinnacle Awards program seeks to showcase professionalism, innovation in problem solving and overall excellence in all air show operations and management.
A Platinum and Gold Pinnacle Award recipient will be selected for each of the following categories: Small Civilian Air Shows (less than 15,000 spectators), Mid-Size Civilian Air Shows (more than 15,000, less than 35,000 spectators), Large Civilian Air Shows (more than 35,000 spectators), Military Air Shows / Open Houses, Civilian Performers, Military Performers and Support Service Providers.
Award recipients will be announced and recognized at the Pinnacle Awards Luncheon during the annual ICAS Convention.
All ICAS members are eligible to submit up to three (3) Pinnacle Award entries in a given year. Programs, processes and products submitted need not be recently developed or introduced to be entered. An original or interesting application may be new or well-established.
Entries will consist of one (1) narrative essay explaining your entry (narrative essay must be on one side of one sheet of 8.5" x 11" paper in typface of 10pt or larger), up to one (1) video (1-minute max) and three (3) photos, charts or graphs. Submissions that exceed the allotted entry materials will be rejected.
No entry materials will be returned. No entries can be confidential or proprietary. Submission of an entry constitutes agreement to abide by the ICAS Pinnacle Awards program rules.
All entries will be judged by a panel of air show industry subject matter experts. They will base their assessment exclusively on the information contained the entry packet. All decisions of the judges are final. Entries will not be judged against one another. Each submission will be considered on its own merit
, according to the following criteria:
What is the principal purpose of the entry? To save money or increase revenue? To increase attendance? To improve service to sponsors? To improve safety or reduce emergency response time? To improve the long-term sustainability of the air show? To generate increased interest in aviation or careers in science, technology, engineering and math? To improve air show entertainment? And, whatever that principal purpose, what — specifically — does the program do to achieve it? And how successful is it at achieving that purpose?
Does your entry represent a new concept? Does it take ideas from other industries and apply them purposefully to challenges or opportunities in the air show industry? Does it represent a “breakthrough” that might fundamentally change our perception of air shows or a segment of the air show business? If it is not a new idea or concept, does it represent a significant and positive departure from the norm within the air show community?
Has the central concept of the entry been successfully applied or integrated into the air show business? If so, what were the outcomes? If not, why not? Is it cost effective? Is the manpower required to realize its success reasonable and achievable?
Project Planning and Documentation
Has the central idea of the entry been systematically introduced into the air show industry in a professional, business-like manner? Are there budget figures associated with the entry? Timelines? Manpower estimates? Projected goals/outcomes that are measurable and objective?
Was the project or idea executed as originally envisioned and/or in a manner that made a net positive difference? Did it work? Did it have the desired impact? If so, please explain and provide relevant details.