Loud & Clear, Rain or Shine
Air show sound requirements have changed over the years and CASP has provided new solutions to meet the industry’s needs time and again. CASP Owner Dave Olmstead continues to work with the engineers at Biamp's Community Professional Loudspeaker to develop and maintain the most efficient front line all weather sound system.
The heart of the Big Rig system is comprised of 36 Biamp's Community R.5HPT speakers. The three-way R.5HPT is a full range system that delivers the audio quality and voice intelligibility of a true concert system. These same speakers are in use at the legendary Talladega Superspeedway, the former California Speedway (which became Auto Club Speedway in 2008), Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore, and countless other venues. “The R.5HP is the distillation of over forty years of thoroughly dedicated Community Professional Loudspeakers research into perfecting the most rugged, compact, easy-to-mount, music and speech responsive, weather resistant loudspeaker on the planet,” said John Wiggins, Vice President, Biamp's Community Professional Loudspeakers.
“The R.5 HP’s 3 way design and horn loading of all components yields excellent musicality and speech intelligibility in high ambient sound level environments, which is why they are ideal for Continental Air Show Production’s requirements.” Noted Dave Howden, Director of Technical Services at Biamp's Community Professional Loudspeakers.
The system hangs pairs of speakers 13’ off the ground in front of the crowd. “The amazing thing is that each speaker’s box is only 16” x 16” so site lines are not disrupted by stacks of big speakers,” said Olmstead. “The air show audience wants to hear that concert quality sound, but the challenge has been balancing weatherization, size/weight, and sound quality. These new speakers are going to set the bar for providing professional air show sound, rain or shine.” Olmstead stated.
In addition to the one mile of show line sound system coverage, CASP was the first in the industry to utilize three microwave transmission systems to connect additional speakers to extend the sound elsewhere on the air show grounds.
CASP, which was founded by airshow industry pioneer Bill Bordeleau in 1969, wrapped up its 50th successful airshow season in 2019 under the leadership of then Operations Director Dave Olmstead. Guided by Bill’s vision, leadership, and personal engagement, CASP has continuously evolved over the decades effectively servicing the airshow industry. Since Bill’s passing in early 2017, Bill’s wife, Dar, proudly maintained the family engagement with the business through the end of the 50th Anniversary Season when she sold CASP to current owner Dave Olmstead.
After 50 rewarding years, Dar is pleased the CASP legacy will continue under the leadership of Dave Olmstead. Dave had been working as the CASP Operations Director for nearly 15 years at that point, handling the scheduling, equipment acquisition, and serving as primary point of contact for the busy schedule of airshows. Olmstead’s professional background includes producing events, videos, marketing materials, along with radio and television production. In addition, he served in the U.S. Army and Ohio Army National Guard for almost 20 years.
Continental Air Show Productions Set to Enter 2nd Half Century Under New Ownership
Continental Air Show Productions (CASP, ICAS #4) is excited to announce a change of ownership. Long-time Operations Director, Dave Olmstead, assumed sole ownership effective December 1, 2019.
CASP, which was founded by airshow industry pioneer Bill Bordeleau in 1969, wrapped up its 50th successful airshow season in 2019. Guided by Bill’s vision, leadership, and personal engagement, CASP has continuously evolved over the decades effectively servicing the airshow industry. Since Bill’s passing in early 2017, Bill’s wife, Dar, has proudly maintained the family engagement with the business.
After 50 rewarding years, Dar is pleased the CASP legacy will continue under the leadership of Dave Olmstead. Dave served as the CASP Operations Director for nearly 16 years, handling the scheduling, equipment acquisition, and serving as primary point of contact for the busy schedule of airshows. Olmstead’s professional background includes producing events, videos, marketing materials, along with radio and television production. In addition, he served in the U.S. Army and Ohio Army National Guard.
Merging the resources of CASP with Olmstead’s other business, Behind the Scenes Productions (ICAS #3680), will enable expanded offerings for future airshows serviced by CASP. Contact information for Dave Olmstead is (513) 617-0906 or Dave@continentalairshows.com
Meet the Team
Dave is in his twenty-third year with CASP and has been a part of over more than 320 shows with CASP. Dave’s production background includes a degree in radio and television production from Ohio University, over four decades of live sound reinforcement, award winning video production, and event management.
Dave coordinates the scheduling and logistics behind the CASP schedule. You can E-Mail Dave regarding your show's need or call him at 513-617-0906.
When not at an air show Dave can be found running his advertising agency and production company, Behind The Scenes Productions, in Amelia Ohio. Dave is also a member of ICAS as Behind The Scenes Productions.
Behind The Scenes Productions purchased CASP from the Bordeleau family in 2019 and has since grown the size of the production fleet and added more resources to help events of all sizes.
Dave is also currently President of the Board of Directors for the Northeast Council of Air Shows.
Jim is a veteran of the Air Show industry with more than 250 shows as an engineer with CASP. Jim’s production background includes directing TV News for WKRC in Cincinnati Ohio, providing decades of live sound reinforcement for everything from symphonies to rock-and-roll bands, and has even spent some time behind the mic as both a guitarist and a vocalist.
As a commercial instrument rated pilot, Jim has been credited with teaching Rob Reider to fly as well as sharing his love of flying and air shows to many people who oddly enough end up serving as part of a CASP crew at an air show somewhere.
Jim is also a Life Member of the Tri-State Warbird Museum.
Founder ICAS Member #4
William F. "Bill" Bordeleau started Continental Air Show Productions in 1969 and is Charter Member #4 of the International Council of Air Shows. Bill and his wife Darlene, who currently runs CASP since Bill's passing on January 8, 2017, were the first support staff to ICAS as the fledgling organization was run from their apartment for several years.
As Bill traveled the country providing sound and announcing support to air shows from coast to coast he set a standard that announcers and air shows emulate yet today.
Over the years Bill was recognized for his efforts and here are some of Bill's Awards:
- 1992 - Recipient of International Council of Air Shows "Sword of Excellence"
- Recipient of the Rolly Cole Memorial Award
- 2001 - Inducted into Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame
- 2005 - Inducted into the ICAS Foundation Hall of Fame
- Named Honorary Golden Knight, Thunderbird, Blue Angel Crew Member
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