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Airshows are one of the most popular outdoor events around the world, and each year, the ICAS Foundation (the non-profit relative of the International Council of Air Shows) inducts up to three airshow legends into the Foundation Air Show Hall of Fame (HOF).
Nominations may be submitted by any person or organization until June 15, 2017.
The HOF is currently home to 61 airshow greats including pilots, stunt performers, producers, announcers, designers, builders, and other innovators who have changed the face of airshows forever. A complete list of inductees is available at the foundation’s website.
“In the distant past, there were those that paved the way to greatness that the airshow industry is today,” said Dale Drumright, chair of the ICAS Foundation Hall of Fame Committee. “There are those in the recent past that have continued the progress to make airshows one of the safest, most innovative, and awe-inspiring community events in the world. These are the pioneers that have been and should be inducted into the prestigious ICAS Foundation Air Show Hall of Fame.”
Any airshow enthusiast may submit a nomination using the Hall of Fame Nominating Petition, available for download at icasfoundation.org. Eligible nominees are not limited to the categories mentioned above. The only requirement is that nominees must have made a significant impact upon the airshow industry.
Their contribution to the world of airshows must be demonstrated through showmanship, performance or innovation, and may encompass a single accomplishment or a body of work. Additional requirements are that the candidate must have entered the airshow industry a minimum of 10 years prior to the year of nomination.
A selection panel designated by the foundation board of directors will choose this year’s inductees shortly after the June 15 nomination deadline. The induction ceremony will be held during the annual ICAS Convention in December in Las Vegas, Nev.
The ICAS Foundation is a tax-exempt organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the history of airshows, and recognizing the advances of the airshow industry. In addition to the Air Show Hall of Fame, the foundation’s programs include several aviation scholarships and a family fund to assist families when tragedy strikes within the airshow community.