International Council of Air Shows

Matt Chapman Announces Retirement Following 2019 Season

September 5th, 2019

Earlier this summer, aerobatic pilot and longtime ICAS member Matt Chapman took to social media to announce that he would be retiring as an air show pilot after the 2019 air show season. This season will mark his 37th air show season as an aerobatic performer.


“After lots of reflection and consideration, I have decided 2019 would be my last year as a professional air show performer,” Chapman wrote on social media.


Chapman began flying aerobatics in 1984 and was selected for the U.S. Unlimited Men’s Aerobatic Team in 1996 and 1998. At the 1998 World Aerobatic Championship, Chapman was the highest-ranking American pilot and finished the competition third in the world.


Chapman currently performs in the Extra 330LX draped in the yellow and blue colors of his longtime sponsor, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Outside of air shows and aerobatic competitions, Chapman is an airline captain with a major American airline.


When explaining his reason to retire from air shows, Chapman cited, “There’s no one single reason to my decision other than I simply feel it’s time.”

ICAS Schedules Academies for Bell Fort Worth Alliance Air Show

September 4th, 2019

This October, ICAS will be offering both its ICAS Air Show and Air Boss Academies in conjunction with the 29th Annual Bell Fort Worth Alliance Air Show in Fort Worth, Texas. This air show is ... See More

National Warbird Operators Conference Starts New Warbirds “20 Under 40” Program

September 3rd, 2019

Introduced at the 2019 National Warbird Operators Conference to recognize young warbird operators under the age of 40 for their contributions to the warbird community, the new Warbirds “20 ... See More

Kaufman Named New Foundation Executive Director/CEO

June 17th, 2019

The ICAS Foundation has named Michael Kaufman as its full-time executive director/CEO. He will assume his new position on July 15.


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Presenting Sponsor and Honorary Chairs Announcement for the End of World War II 75th Commemoration

May 8th, 2019

The Arsenal of Democracy Executive Committee and the Hawaii Commemoration Committee jointly announced ... See More

Les Shockley Passes

April 8th, 2019

Jet truck pioneer and 1996 Art Scholl Showmanship Award recipient Les Shockley passed away near his home in the Philippines on Saturday, April 6, from the effects of a stroke he suffered several ... See More

ICAS Releases New Air Show Digest Digital Publication

March 26th, 2019

To help make its award-winning air show content more accessible on a new digital and mobile-friendly platform, ICAS today launched its new Air Show ... See More

RAF RED ARROWS ANNOUNCE SHOW DATES FOR 2019 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

February 8th, 2019

London, UK – The Royal Air Force Red Arrows today announced the air shows at which they will perform during their 2019 summer tour of North America.


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Fake News Hits Air Shows; No, You Will Not Soon Be Able to Buy A Ride With the Blues

January 11th, 2019

On January 9, “Aviation Daily News” published a story that ... See More

Arsenal of Democracy Announces May 8, 2020 Flyover

January 7th, 2019

On Monday, January 7, the Executive Planning Committee announced that it is planning a second Arsenal of Deomcracy Flyover for Friday, May 8, 2020, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of ... See More

ICAS Presents Swords of Excellence to Clark, Buekenberghs

December 10th, 2018

Longtime air show performer Julie Clark and European Airshow Council Board Chairman Gilbert Buekenberghs were recognized as 2018 recipients of the prestigious ICAS Sword of Excellence during ... See More

Darnell Family Takes Home Scholl Award

December 9th, 2018

Neal, Chris, Marilyn and Brooke Darnell were named recipients of the Art Scholl Memorial Showmanship Award during the ICAS Convention for their work building and operating the ... See More