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Winners Announced for Aviation Week Network’s Annual Laureate Awards

Award Honors Outstanding Achievements in Aviation, Aerospace & Defense.

Winners will be recognized on March 12, 2020 in Washington, DC

Aviation Week Network announces the winners of its 63rd Annual Laureate Awards, honoring extraordinary achievements in the global aerospace arena.  The winners of the 2020 Laureate Awards will be honored on March 12, 2020 at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC, where a Grand Laureate in each of the four categories will be named from among the winners. 

“These winners, selected by Aviation Week Network editors who reviewed dozens of nominations, embody the spirit of exploration, innovation and vision that will inspire others to strive for broad-reaching progress in aviation, aerospace and defense,” said Aviation Week & Space Technology Editor-in-Chief Joseph C. Anselmo. “We look forward to honoring them all, and announcing the Grand Laureate winners in March.”  

The award categories are Business Aviation, Commercial Aviation, Defense and Space. In addition, Aviation Week will bestow the Philip J. Klass Award for Lifetime Achievement.  Four cadets and midshipmen from U.S. military academies will be recognized as Tomorrow’s Leaders, honoring young men and women who have chosen career paths in the armed forces.

In addition to the Laureate Awards, Aviation Week will recognize the “20 Twenties” in partnership with the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).  This program recognizes the accomplishments and drive of 20 science, technology, engineering and mathematics students in their 20s and currently enrolled in a master's degree or bachelor's degree program.

The Laureate Winners are:


Platforms - Airbus A321LR

The first long-range version of the Airbus A321neo, the A321LR is developing a new market niche - narrowbodies flying in secondary long-haul markets.

Leadership - David Neeleman, airline entrepreneur

Having established multiple airlines including Morris Air, JetBlue Airways and Azul Linhas Aereas, David Neeleman is preparing to get Moxy, his latest venture, off the ground.

Airline Strategy – Adel Ali, CEO, Air Arabia

In Air Arabia, CEO Adel Ali has built a sustainably profitable low-cost carrier pioneering the business model in the Middle East.

Propulsion - Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce’s surprise acquisition of Siemens’ eAircraft unit has catapulted the engine manufacturer into a leading position in the electrification of aircraft propulsion.

Sustainability – Boeing ecoDemonstrator

Boeing’s ecoDemonstrator program has completed six test campaigns, the aircraft serving as a tools to accelerate development and testing of new technology.

Air Traffic Management – Aireon

Aireon is the first satellite-based air traffic surveillance system and provides continuous tracking of aircraft over oceans and remote regions.

MRO – Donecle

French company Donecle is the leader in performing aircraft visual inspections by automated drone, cutting inspection times by 90%.


Platforms - Bell V-280 Valor

From low-speed agility to speeds beyond 280 kt., Bell’s V-280 advanced tiltrotor has met or exceeded objectives under the U.S. Army’s Joint Multi-Role demonstration.

Best New Product - Embraer KC-390

The first KC-390 tanker/transport, the largest and most sophisticated aircraft yet developed by Embraer, was delivered to the Brazilian Air Force in 2019.

Manufacturing - Northrop Grumman F-35 Center Fuselage Production

In 10 months, Northrop Grumman increased F-35 center-fuselage production from six a month to 15. Part supply deliveries increased from 81,000 a year to 274,000.

MRO - BAE Systems Typhoon Total Availability Enterprise

Combining Eurofighter support packages into one program focused on management of the Royal Air Force fleet has lowered Typhoon support costs by around 38%.   

Propulsion: AFRL Medium Scale Critical Components Scramjet Program

In a test by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory and Air Force Test Center, a Northrop Grumman scramjet set a record for thrust produced by a U.S. air-breathing hypersonic engine.

Technology & Innovation - Kratos XQ-58 Valkyrie

Developed for the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, Kratos’ XQ-58 Valkyrie blurs the traditional boundaries between a disposable cruise missile and reusable unmanned aircraft.

Weapons - Missile Defense Agency/Boeing Ground-based Midcourse Defense FTG-11

In March 2019, two interceptors launched from Vandenberg AFB, California, shot down two ICBM targets in the most realistic test yet of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system.


Launch Services - Spaceflight Industries

Spaceflight Industries has created a new way to deliver small satellites to space by allowing government and commercial operators to share the ride.

Space Science - Chang’e 4 Moon Landing

With the January 2019 touchdown of the Chang’e 4 robotic lunar lander in the Von Kármán Crater, China became the first country to soft-land on the Moon’s far side.

Platforms - Mars Cube One Mission

In the first demonstration of cubesats in deep space, the Mars Cube One mission relayed near-real-time telemetry of the entry, descent and landing of NASA’s Insight.

Operations - HawkEye 360

U.S. startup HawkEye 360 has launched the first commercial service for geolocating radio-frequency signals from space, using satellites that fly in a unique formation.

Propulsion - Reaction Engines

Reaction Engines has demonstrated its pre-cooler at temperatures representative of hypersonic speeds, a critical milestone towards development of its air-breathing rocket engine.

Supplier Innovation - OneWeb Satellites

In a unique transatlantic venture between mega-constellation operator OneWeb and aerospace manufacturer Airbus, OneWeb Satellites is bringing aircraft mass production to satellite manufacturing.

Technology & Innovation - RemoveDEBRIS Mission

In a groundbreaking series of on-orbit tests, the European-funded RemoveDEBRIS mission demonstrated active debris removal technologies designed to clean up low Earth orbit.


Platform - Gulfstream G500/G600

Laying the foundations for a new generation of large-cabin, long-range Gulfstreams, the G500 and G600 feature the Symmetry flight deck including fly-by-wire, active sidesticks and touchscreen controls.

Safety - Garmin Autoland

The push of a red button in an emergency by a pilot or passenger activates Garmin’s Autoland, a virtual co-pilot that takes control and lands the aircraft automatically.

Propulsion - Pratt & Whitney PT6E

Pratt & Whitney’s next-generation PT6E is the first general aviation turboprop to feature dual-channel integrated electronic propeller and engine control.

Operations: Rega Swiss Air-Rescue

To operate in reduced visibility in mountainous terrain, Rega helped develop a low-altitude helicopter instrument route and approach system using satellite navigation.

MRO - Robotic Skies

Anticipating widespread growth in commercial unmanned aircraft, Robotic Skies has created a global network of repair stations to maintain and service the burgeoning fleet.

Technology & Innovation - Wing Aviation

A subsidiary of Google parent Alphabet, Wing in April 2019 became the first commercial drone delivery service to be awarded a Part 135 air carrier certificate by the FAA.


Robert Leduc - President, Pratt & Whitney

LeDuc came out of retirement and used his leadership skills to shake up the corporate team and guide the PW1000G geared turbofan program through its challenging service introduction and production ramp-up and onto the road to success.

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