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 the last 28 years, 35 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 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 ICAS Sword of Excellence, complete and return the nomination form. 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.