North East Council of Air Shows

27th Annual NECAS Conference

Date: Friday, January 25 to Sunday, January 27, 2019
Location:  Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, Niagara Falls, New York
Cost:  Early Bird: $145 US (until Dec 31/18). Regular fee: $170 US
Accommodation: On Base at the Air Reserve Station Lodging ($60/ngt). You book yourself. (contact info below under "Accommodation")
Membership: You must be a member of NECAS to attend the Conference ($30 per person/per calendar year)

Details below. 

The 2018 Executive.

Click here to Register (If you are an existing member, please sign-in first. If you are not a member yet, please pay for membership first.)

Our annual conference will once again take place at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station in Niagara Falls, New York. With meals included and affordable accommodations, this great networking and learning opportunity will be well worth your time.


Weekend Schedule:

Friday, January 25:
Friday is a casual evening of catching up with old friends and making new ones. You may arrive any time (hotel check-in begins at 3pm). Traditionally the lounge begins to fill up after 6pm. A casual dinner buffet will be served while you share stories, network and enjoy a (cheap) cocktail or two.

Saturday, January 26: (the agenda is not finalized, but here is a general idea of the day)
8am: Hot & cold buffet breakfast
9am-5pm: NECAS Conference
5-6pm: A tour of something special on the Base is sometimes planned for this time slot.
6-7pm: Cocktail hour
7-1am: Dinner, keynote speaker & evening social       

Sunday, January 27:   

8-9:30am: Hot & cold buffet breakfast
9:30-11:30am: Industry discussions. The NECAS Conference will continue into Sunday morning, with casual open discussions on various industry hot topics. This is designed so that delegates who must depart early on Sunday don't miss critical information. Your conference fee includes Sunday breakfast, so whether or not you stay for the discussions, please join us for breakfast.

The Conference Agenda will be linked here once it is finalized. 

 Win your 2020 Conference Registration Fee!
We want you to stick around on Sunday, so at the end of Sunday's programming, one name will be drawn from those in attendance to win his/her 2020 Conference registration fee.

Member's Forum - hand in your A/V EARLY!

Any NECAS member (performer, service provider or other) can request 3 minutes of Conference time to market themselves to attendees. It is your choice whether you talk, show a video, sing or dance, but please note, your 3 minutes will be held in strict compliance to ensure fairness to all speakers.

You MUST request a time slot, and submit any electronic media (video, music, PowerPoint presentation, etc.) by Friday, January 18, 2019. Email for submissions to be posted soon.

An area at the conference will be set aside for anyone who wishes to set up a table, display a video, posters, etc. for one-on-one discussions with attendees. Please request space with Conference Co-Chairs Indira Thackorie and Dave Hewitt.

We are working to confirm the following military and regulatory bodies in attendance:
  • ACC, Larry Schleser
  • FAA, Amy Malcolm
  • Canadian Forces Snowbirds, #10 & #11
  • 1CAD
  • NAV Canada

ACTION NEEDED: We need personal information from you to allow you to get on Base

"EAL" information is required by Base security to clear your entrance onto the Base:
  • Name 
  • Date of Birth
  • Drivers Licence # (including State/Province of issue)
  • Passport # (for non-Americans only)
  • Nationality
If you register for the Conference BEFORE January 3:
This information will be collected on the registration form. 

If you won't register for the Conference until AFTER January 3:
Although the registration form will still ask for this information, the Base needs it before January 3. Please email your EAL info to NECAS Board member and Air Base contact Ben Canetti at before Jan 3.

If you're not sure whether you'll attend the Conference, it's still wise to submit this information in case you end up coming. Note, submitting EAL information DOES NOT oblige you to attend or pay for the Conference.

Extra Notes: 
  • If you gave permission last year to keep your EAL info on file, then we still have it. 
  • Active and retired U.S. military I.D. card holders are exempt.
Thank you for submitting your EAL information by January 3. 

Niagara Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station offers very clean and affordable lodging ($60/night). Please call the Station Lodging Reservation Desk directly to book your room: 1-888-235-6343 ext. 642 or directly at (716) 236-2015

Click here to Register (If you are an existing member, please sign-in first. If you are  not a member yet, please pay for membership first.)

Cancellation Policy: NECAS will gladly refund Conference fees that are requested by January 21. 

Driving Directions to the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, 2020 Lockport Road, Niagara Falls, NY

Driving Directions from the East (Rochester, NY)

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From the West (Erie , PA)

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From Ontario

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From Niagara Falls International Airport

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Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station

NECAS Conference Guest Speaker Recap:


  • American aerobatic pilot Jacquie B entertained the crowd as keynote guest speaker on Saturday evening.

  • ICAS President John Cudahy provided tips and ideas for industry organizers and performers in his presentation: Top Ten Ideas for Air Show Professionals: A Perspective from the Home Office.
  • Air show industry consultant Stephanie Stricklen offered her timely presentation: Air Shows: Solving the Sustainability Crisis.


  • U.S. Air Force serviceman Retired Col. Bill Goldfein, spoke of his illustrious career and raising three sons who are all accomplished military servicemen themselves.
  • Aerobatic pilot Mike Wiskus kept everyone entertained by sharing stories from his decades-long aviation career.


  • Gord Price, from Thornbury, Ontario spoke of his illustrious aviation career in the Canadian Air Force, as an Air Canada 747 pilot, and what continues today as an air show performer. 
  • Naomi Wadsworth, NECAS President (at the time), shared her team's story of flying the National Warplane Museum's DC-3/Whiskey 7 to Normandy, France to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day. 


  • David Rohrer, President of the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, in Hamilton, Ontario, talked about the Museum's 2014 7-week Lancaster Bomber UK Tour. Ticket sales for a ride in a WWII B-25 Mitchell Bomber raised $1200+ for the Museum. 
  • Stephanie Stricklen, news anchor, KGW, Portland, Oregon gave her presentation: Engagement: From the air to the digital era.
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