Goulian Receives Sword of Excellence From ICAS
Mike Goulian (second from left) holds the Sword of Excellence he received from ICAS.
December 16, 2011 – Mike Goulian received the air show industry’s highest honor this month at the annual convention of the International Council of Air Shows. The Sword of Excellence is presented annually in recognition of contributions made to the air show industry. Goulian received the honor in recognition of his tireless efforts to promote a culture of safety and professionalism within the air show industry.
Goulian has distinguished himself over his 20-year career, including U.S. National championships in the Advanced and Unlimited categories, has been a popular competitor on the Red Bull Air Race Championship series, and is the author of two books on aerobatics.
Goulian accepted the award on behalf of his team, stating that his successes reflect the dedication of those around him. In a video released at the awards ceremony, Goulian was praised for setting a standard by which all air show participants are measured.
The ICAS Sword of Excellence is considered the highest honor within the air show industry. Since 1981, the Sword has been presented to those who have made significant, selfless contributions to air shows. Past pilot recipients include Bob Hoover, Patty Wagstaff, Sean D. Tucker, Leo Loudenslager, and the Blue Angels.
The International Council of Air Shows (ICAS) is responsible for promoting the safety and visibility of air show events, promoters, and performers. Established in 1968, ICAS is recognized as the leading authority within the air show industry. Its members assist in providing regulatory governance to air show events in cooperation with the FAA.
Watch the award presentation video here.