North East Council of Air Shows

26th Annual NECAS Conference

Date: Friday, January 26 to Sunday, January 28, 2018

Location:  Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, Niagara Falls, New York

Cost:  In 2017, the regular and Early Bird costs were $170 & $140 US. The 2018 Conference cost will be determined at the end of September. (Please note, cost includes all meals)

Accommodation: On Base at the Air Reserve Station Lodging ($60/ngt). You book yourself. 

Membership: You must be a member of NECAS to attend the Conference.

Details for the 2018 Conference will be posted early October. 





NOTE: All info below is from 2017 and can be used as a reference, as the 2018 Conference will take on a similar format. 

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

Weekend Schedule:

Friday, January 27:

Friday is a casual evening of catching up with old friends and making new ones.

You may arrive any time (hotel check 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 28: (the agenda is not finalized, but here is a general idea of the day)

8am: Hot & cold buffet breakfast
9am-4:30pm: NECAS Conference
4:30-6pm: Tour of a C130 Hercules and Snowbirds Tutor jet inside a hangar (TBC) & 'primp time'
6-7pm: Cocktail hour
7-1am: Dinner, keynote speaker & evening social       

Sunday, January 29:   2017 will continue Sunday format introduced last year.

8-11:30am: Pancake breakfast

9:30-11:30amThe NECAS Conference will extend into Sunday morning. as it did in 2016, with casual open discussions on various industry hot topics. Attendance is optional. Your conference fee includes Sunday breakfast, so whether or not you stay for the discussions, please join us for breakfast.

Click here for the Conference Agenda. (subject to change)

 Win your 2018 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 2018 Conference registration fee.

Congratulations to last year's winner: Trish Volker!

Member's Forum

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 send any electronic media (video, music, PowerPoint presentation, etc.) to Conference AV manager, david.white@qld.caYour request and Media MUST be received prior to Friday, January 20, 2017. 


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 Lyle Holbrook.

Confirmed, from the U.S. and Canadian military, and other regulatory bodies:
  • John Cudahy, ICAS President (via Skpe)
  • ACC, Larry Schleser
  • Canadian Forces Snowbirds
  • Transport Canada


ACTION NEEDED: if you THINK you may attend the 2017 NECAS Conference but won't register by January 4. 

Some people won't decide until the last minute to attend the NECAS Conference. That's fine in theory, BUT because it takes place on an air force Base, your EAL information (personal information required by Base security to clear your entrance onto the Base) MUST be submitted by January 4, 2017. 

Therefore, even if you THINK you may attend the Conference but won't register by January 4, please email your EAL info to NECAS Board member and Air Base contact Ben Canetti at (submitting this information DOES NOT oblige you to attend the Conference)

Information required for EAL: (active and retired U.S. military I.D. card holders are exempt)

  • Name 
  • Drivers Licence #
  • Date of Birth
  • Passport # (for non-Americans only)
  • Nationality
Thank you for submitting your EAL information by January 4. 

Who wants to dress up to celebrate our 25th Anniversary Conference!

To celebrate this Silver Anniversary, everyone is invited to dress up on Saturday night.
(no obligation, it's your choice)


Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station offers very clean and inexpensive 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 to Attend 

Cancellation Policy

NECAS will gladly refund Conference fees that are requested by January 22 at midnight. 

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

Driving Directions from the East (Rochester, NY)

Click here for directions. 

From the West (Erie , PA)

Click here for directions. 

From Ontario

Click here for directions. 

From Niagara Falls International Airport

Click here for directions.

Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station

NECAS Conference Guest Speaker Recap:


  • 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 air show performer. 
  • Naomi Wadsworth, NECAS President, 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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