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Widespread Enthusiasm, Optimism Characterize 2009 ICAS Convention

December 15th, 2009
Delegates at the 2009 ICAS Convention reported brisk business, a palpable feeling of energy, and widespread optimism about the upcoming air show season. Held December 6 through 9 at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel, the 2009 Convention welcomed 1,519 delegates, two percent more than 2008 and slightly higher than the 1,504 average for the last ten years. “Despite the struggling economy, ICAS members had a successful convention and left Las Vegas with exciting and ambitious plans for the 2010 air show season,” said ICAS President John Cudahy. “We were optimistic going into the convention, but attendance and positive reports from our members exceeded even our high expectations.” Highlights of this year's ICAS Convention included the annual Chairman’s Banquet on Wednesday, December 9 (see details below) and a members-only concert by country music recording artist Aaron Tippin and the release of the three military jet team schedules on Monday, December 7. The U.S. Navy Blue Angels released both their 2010 and 2011 schedules, providing some event organizers with a significant jump on their planning for the 2011 air show season. The 2010 ICAS Convention will be held December 5 through 8 at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel in Las Vegas.