Buekenberghs Receives First 2018 ICAS Sword of Excellence


Gilbert Buekenberghs, founder of the Sanicole Airshow in Belgium and Chairman of the European Airshow Council, was one of two air show professionals to receive last week’s prestigous ICAS Sword of Excellence – ICAS’s highest honor to an air show professional for outstanding service and personal contribution to the air show industry.

Not only did Buekenberghs transform the Sanicole Airshow into an internationally recognized show, but he has been instrumental in establishing the European Airshow Council and professionalizing the air show industry across Europe and North Africa.

Buekenberghs is the first European to win the ICAS Sword of Excellence.

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The International Council of Air Shows (ICAS) is a trade association dedicated to building and sustaining a vibrant air show industry to support its membership. To achieve this goal, ICAS demands its members operate their air show business at only the highest levels of safety, professionalism, and integrity.