ICAS Convention

ICAS Convention: an Overview

December 6 - 9, 2015


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General Information

The International Council of Air Shows held its first convention in 1967. Since then, the air show community has gathered every year to exchange ideas, conduct business and begin the process of planning the upcoming air show season. This year, the ICAS Convention will be held December 6, 7, 8 & 9 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.
ICAS has negotiated terms that require our delegates to reserve a certain number of sleeping rooms during each year's convention. For the first time, ICAS is offering a $100 discount on the standard registration fee to delegates who reserve and occupy a Rio room. Only members who have confirmed reservations at the Rio under the ICAS block are eligible for the discount. And members who reserve a room within the ICAS block, but cancel their reservation, will not be able to take advantage of the discount. 

Exhibit Hall

For 2015, the ICAS exhibit hall will feature nine hours of exhibit sessions in our 60,000-square-foot hall containing every air show performer, support service provider and consultant you need to plan and conduct a spectacular air show.
Think of that. Subject matter experts. All in one place. All at the same time. All willing and able to share that expertise with you. 
Year in and year out, our convention delegates tell us that the exhibit sessions are the single most important part of the convention. That’s why we focus much of the organization’s attention on making it the best possible tool for introducing air show performers and support service providers to the event organizers who organize and conduct air shows.
And, to ensure that the activity on the exhibit hall floor gets the full attention of all our convention delegates, ICAS does not schedule any other educational sessions, meetings or events while the exhibit hall is open.
For more information and available booth locations contact Mary Ann McManamay at ICAS headquarters, by e-mail at mcmanamay@airshows.aero or by phone at 703-779-8510.
Here are some important dates to remember:

(Be sure to check all order forms for additional deadlines)


Discount Deadline Date:                  Monday, November 16, 2015 GES orders must be received with payment by this date
Installation: Saturday. December 5  8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Vehicle Move-In By Appointment Only
  Sunday, December 6  8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Exhibitor Move-In (Please take note - this event moves in on overtime, all applicable surcharges will apply)
Exhibit Hours: Monday. December 7  10:00 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.  
  Tuesday, December 8  2:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.  
  Wednesday, December 9  10:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.   
Dismantle/Move-Out: Wednesday, December 9  12:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Please take note - this event moves in on overtime, all applicable surcharges will apply)

Education Sessions

ICAS will offer dozens of different educational sessions during the 2015 ICAS Convention. The topics and the format of this extensive education program have been fine-tuned during the nearly 50 years that ICAS has been running this important education event. Indeed, long before the ICAS Convention included a trade show and exhibit hall, ICAS members were attending this annual business meeting to meet, discuss and learn from one another.
Educational programming includes everything from a pre-convention, day-long, information-packed introductory workshop on air show air/ground operations to a series of hour-long break-out sessions conducted throughout the convention. And the education program for the 2015 ICAS Convention will include some of our perennially most popular sessions, as well as a large number of new programs designed to help you look at the air show industry from a somewhat different perspective.
Stand-alone seminars scheduled for the 2015 ICAS Convention include Air Shows 101 and Air Shows 102, ACE Training, and other sessions which will address issues from crisis communications, parking and social media to performer safety, event sponsorship and logistical requirements for hosting military performers. We are currently planning and developing a diverse education program that addresses the information requirements of every air show constituency.

Dress for the ICAS Convention

Generally, dress for the ICAS Convention is business casual.
Though there is no official policy within the military, with the exception of Flight Suit Day and Mess Dress for the Chairman’s Banquet, it is unusual for military representatives to wear their military uniforms.
On Flight Suit Day, Tuesday, December 8, all pilots and performers are encouraged to wear their flight suits.
The Chairman’s Banquet is a “black tie optional” event. Though many of our convention delegates choose to wear tuxedos (Mess Dress for military), and evening dresses, they are not required, and you will not feel out of place if you come in less formal attire. Tuxedo rental information and the ordering form is available by clicking here. Pre-ordered tuxedos will be delivered to the Rio bell desk on Monday, December 7, by 2:00 pm. After the event, return tuxedos to the bell desk on Thursday, December 10, before noon and they will be collected by Tuxedo Junction at no extra charge.


The Rio All-Suite Hotel and Conference Center will be the host hotel for the ICAS Convention in 2015. The Rio's state-of-the-art conference center includes over 60,000 square feet of space and offers easy access and great flexibility. The ambiance is elegant yet relaxed and removed from the bustle of activity in the hotel.
The hotel’s meeting space is ideally suited for the ICAS Convention. Large, open meeting space concentrated in our own corner of the hotel will ensure that ICAS Convention delegates will be able to conduct their business comfortably, easily and with a comparative minimum of walking.
This year, ICAS has negotiated a rate of $89 per night for convention participants. Delegates making a reservation within the ICAS block of rooms will also receive complimentary in-room internet access and will NOT be obligated to pay the standard $28 per day resort fee.
Click here for additional hotel information and reservations.


Future Convention Dates

December 5 - 8, 2016

Paris Hotel and Conference Center, Las Vegas, NV