ICAS presented two ICAS Special Achievement Awards during this year’s Chairman’s Banquet. The first went to Gilbert Buekenberghs of the European Airshow Council, the sister organization of ICAS in Europe. Buekenberghs has been the principal driving force behind the Sanicole International Air Show in Belgium for more than 30 years. But he was recognized by the ICAS Board of Directors for his pioneering work in establishing the EAC, an organization that is providing coordination, education and momentum to air show professionals throughout Europe.

Air Tattoo

The Royal International Air Tattoo’s Chief Executive Tim Prince was invested with an honour awarded in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2009, an award he accepted on behalf of everyone who’s made the Air Tattoo what it is. Mr Prince was made an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for services to the RAF Charitable Trust, and he was invested with the medal by Her Majesty the Queen at a ceremony at Windsor Castle. Mr Prince said: “It was a real honour to be awarded the OBE for services to the Trust. I was very aware that I was receiving it on behalf of everyone who, over the years, has helped build the organisation – and, in particular, the Air Tattoo. It really reflects the outstanding things that we’ve done over the years.” It was an occasion to be remembered as Tim, accompanied by wife Penny and sons Hugh and Rufus (all of whom have been RIAT volunteers), received his award.Mr Prince added: “Her Majesty said she hoped things had all worked out since her visit in 2008, when the torrential rain led to the cancellation. I said that they had, and suggested that she might like to come back to see us again . . .