Finalists of 56th Annual Aviation Week Laureate Awards Announced

Nov 30, 2012, 10:47 ET from Aviation Week

NEW YORK, Nov. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Aviation Week recently announced the finalists for the 2013 Laureate Awards, which celebrate the extraordinary achievements by individuals and teams in the aviation, aerospace and defense communities. Laureates will be presented to winners in each category at a black-tie banquet in Washington, D.C., on March 7, 2013.  The following Laureate honorees were judged to have significantly advanced aerospace/aviation commerce and technology in 2012:

  • Aeronautics/Propulsion:
    • Chinese Air Force
    • Eurocopter X-3 Team
    • Navy Secretary Raymond Mabus
    • Speed Agile-Powered Lift System Concept Demonstration Team
    • Art Thompson, Project Leader, Red Bull Stratos Project
  • Business/General Aviation:
    • Walter Fricke, AirBoss, Veterans Airlift Command
    • Ron Henriksen, Chairman and CEO, LOGIX Communications
    • Sen. James Inhofe
  • Commercial Air Transport:
    • Sen. James Inhofe
    • Richard Anderson, Chairman and CEO, Delta Air Lines
    • Alex Cruz, Chief Executive, Vueling Airlines
    • Mark Dunkerley, Chief Executive, Hawaiian Airlines
    • Shinichiro Ito, Chief Executive, All Nippon Airways
    • Rusdi Kirana, President and founder, Lion Air Group
  • Defense:
    • Blue Devil ISR team
    • Foxhound Light Patrol Vehicle team
    • K-Max VTOL team
    • Meteor development and test team
    • Scorpion Helmet-Mounted Integrated Targeting System team
  • Information Technology/Electronics:
    • Air Force Maj. Gen. (ret) Itzik Ben-Israel, head of Israel's space agency
    • Port Authority of NY-NJ, Honeywell, FAA Ground-Based Augmentation System team
    • Rockwell Collins Head-up Guidance System team
    • Ray Zanoni, principle engineering manager, Rockwell Collins
  • Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO):
    • Ray Zanoni, principle engineering manager, Rockwell Collins
    • Boeing/Corpus Christi Army Depot team
    • Allan Butterfield, Vice President, Maintenance & Engineering, Air Canada
    • Louis J. Mancini, Senior Vice President, Commercial Aviation Services, Boeing
    • Millville Modification Center team
  • Space:
    • Curiosity Mars rover
    • Elon Musk, Chief Executive, Space Exploration Technologies
    • Jean-Yves Le Gall, Chairman and CEO, Arianespace
    • Operationally Responsive Space-1 Satellite Team
  • Workforce:
    • Marion Blakey, President and CEO, Aerospace Industries Association, and Susan Lavrakas, Director, Workforce, AIA
    • Ralph Coppola, Director, Worldwide Education Parametric Technology Corp.
    • William Possel, Director of Mission Operations & Data Systems, Laboratory of Atmospheric & Space Physics University of Colorado, Boulder  


In addition, Aviation Week will bestow the Philip J. Klass Award for Lifetime Achievement to C. Don Bateman, former Chief Engineer, Flight Safety Systems, Honeywell.  Aviation Week will also present the Tomorrow's Leaders Award, honoring young men and women who have chosen career paths in the armed forces. These exceptional individuals will represent the US Naval Academy, US Coast Guard Academy, US Air Force Academy and the US Military Academy.

Produced by Aviation Week and in conjunction with Platinum Sponsor BAE Systems, the Laureate Awards was conceived more than 50 years ago. The formal dinner and awards ceremony is one the industry's premier events, attracting hundreds of industry pioneers and thought leaders from around the world. Complete coverage of the Laureate Awards will be available in Aviation Week & Space Technology and is on

For information on attending or sponsoring Laureates, contact: Regan Pickett, +1-540-349-5736.

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On July 2, 2012, the group's flagship Aviation Week & Space Technology (AW&ST) relaunched with an even greater focus on technology, business and operations that has long been the brand's hallmark.  In addition to civil, military and space, AW&ST's market coverage is further expanded with new monthly Defense Technology and MRO editions to include land and sea and aftermarket insights. 

Aviation Week's 2012 digital expansion includes a redesigned for deeper community engagement and navigation and a comprehensive technology upgrade to the Aviation Week Intelligence Network (AWIN).  AWIN, the industry's essential integrated business tool, now has increased capability through more fleet and MRO data and an expanded team of data analysts.

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