ICAS Convention

ICAS Convention: an Overview

December 6 - 9, 2015

Registration for the 2015 ICAS Convention is OPEN. You can click here to complete your registration online via the ICAS website. 

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.

Exhibit Hall

For most air show professionals, the ICAS exhibit hall is one giant 60,000 square foot classroom. At any given point during the ICAS Convention, it will contain virtually every air show expert in North America.
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.
Exhibit booths at the ICAS Convention are still available. 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 703-409-1162.

Education Sessions

ICAS will offer nearly 70 different educational sessions during the 2015 ICAS Convention. The topics and the format of this extensive education program have been fine-tuned during the 40+ 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 70 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 the military jet team forums.

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, 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 is available by clicking here.


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 a small 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.
Click here for additional hotel information.


Future Convention Dates

December 5 - 8, 2016

Paris Hotel and Conference Center, Las Vegas, NV