Winners of 12th Annual Aviation Week Program Excellence Awards Announced by Penton's Aviation Week Network

Nov 05, 2015, 12:50 ET from Penton

NEW YORK, Nov. 5, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Winners of the 12th annual Aviation Week Program Excellence Awards were announced today by Penton's Aviation Week Network, the largest multimedia information and services provider for the global aviation, aerospace and defense industries.  To view the winners, visit

Developed in 2004, the Aviation Week Program Excellence Awards were created in response to repeated concerns about the complexity and difficulty associated with managing and leading the aerospace and defense programs that make up the industry's work.

"Aviation Week provides the industry's most extensive intelligence and analysis available about programs, so it is a great honor to celebrate the best of the best programs -- programs that are delivering results but also finding entirely new ways to be more innovative, more efficient, and better at delivering value to customers, the companies involved, and to the people who make it happen," said Carole Rickard Hedden, Aviation Week's editorial director for Executive Intelligence and the Program Excellence initiative. "This year's winners were from small companies, from large companies, from programs at every stage of the life cycle and in all sectors of the industry."

Winners of the 2015 Aviation Week Program Excellence Awards, selected by a panel of experts in program leadership and performance from industry, government and academia, are:

Special Projects Winner
Honeywell National Security Campus Relocation
Brad Hughes
Director Global Security
Honeywell Aerospace

Sub-System Level R&D/SDD Winner
Lockheed Martin F-16 Auto Ground Collision Avoidance System
Paul Allan Nus
Principal Systems Engineer    
F-16 Auto Ground Collision Avoidance System (Auto GCAS)
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co.

Sub-System Production Winner
CPI Aero Phenom 300 Engine Inlets
Derick Martin
Program Manager
Phenom 300 Engine Inlets
CPI Aero  

Sub-System Sustainment Winner
Northrop Grumman Protected Satellite Communications Payload
Peggy Paul
Program Manager
Protected Satellite Communications Payload
Northrop Grumman

System Level R&D/SDD Winner
Northrop Grumman Unmanned Combat Air System Autonomous Aerial Refueling 
Pablo Gonzalez II
Program Manager
Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems

System Level Production Winner
Boeing 702SP
Mike Connelly
702SP Satellite Product
Boeing Network & Space Systems

System Level Sustainment Winner      
Lockheed Martin Persistent Threat Detection System
Karl Kettner
Sr. Program Manager Operations and Sustainment
Persistent Threat Detection Systems (PTDS)
Lockheed Martin

Awards were presented to finalists and winners at a reception and dinner during the annual AerospaceDefenseChain Conference, jointly produced by the Aviation Week Network and SpeedNews.  For more information, visit

Aviation Week Program Excellence Awards sponsors include Boeing Defense, Space & Security, Elbit Systems of America, Honeywell Aerospace, Lockheed Martin Corp., Northrop Grumman Corp., and Rockwell Collins.

Penton's Aviation Week Network is the largest multimedia information and services provider for the global aviation, aerospace and defense industries that has a database of 1.2 million professionals around the world.  Industry professionals rely on Aviation Week for analysis, marketing and intelligence.  Customers include the world's leading manufacturers, suppliers, airlines, business aviation operators, militaries, governments and other organizations that serve this global market.  The product portfolio includes Aviation Week & Space Technology, AC-U-KWIK, Aircraft Blue Book,, Air Charter Guide, Air Transport World,, Aviation Week Intelligence Network, Business & Commercial Aviation, ShowNews, SpeedNews, Fleet and MRO forecasts, global maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) tradeshows and aerospace & defense conferences.

Penton is an innovative information services company that empowers nearly 20 million business decision makers in markets that drive more than 12 trillion dollars in purchases each year. Our products inform with rich industry insights and workflow tools; engage through dynamic events, education and networking; and advance business with powerful marketing services programs. Penton is the way smart businesses buy, sell and grow. Headquartered in New York, Penton is privately owned by MidOcean Partners and Wasserstein & Co., LP. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter @PentonNow.

Elizabeth Sisk
Director, Marketing Communications
Aviation Week Network