The ASN Kicks Off “Women in Air Shows” Award and Scholarship

Cleveland National Air Show President Kim Dell receiving the first "Air Show Woman of the Month" award at the 2018 ICAS Convention. Photo by Larry Grace

On Wednesday, December 5, The Air Show Network (ASN) launched its new “Women in Air Shows” program to recognize the female trailblazers of the air show industry and fund a new scholarship program designed to support aspiring young female pilots’ attendance at the Bob Hoover Academy.

Each month, The ASN will bestow the “Women in Air Shows” award to a leading female air show professional in the industry and donate $1,000 in their name to the Bob Hoover Academy. At the end of 2019, The ASN will present the $12,000 check to the Bob Hoover Academy scholarship for the purpose of supporting a young female pilot’s education at the academy.

Since it was announced at the 2018 ICAS Convention, The ASN has named executive director of the Cleveland National Air Show, Kim Dell, the team manager for Mike Goulian Air Shows, Emily Mankins, and narrator and team manager for Wild Blue Rodeo, Lunar Sawyer, as the first “Women in Air Shows” award recipients, setting aside $3,000 to be donated to the Bob Hoover Academy.

Nominations for the monthly award are open to every woman within the air show industry. For questions, please email

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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.