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AIAA / AAAE / ACC Jay Hollingsworth Speas Airport Award

The Jay Hollingsworth Speas Airport Award was established in 1983 and is co-sponsored by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), and the Airport Consultants Council (ACC). It is presented annually during the AAAE/ACC Airport Planning, Design and Construction Symposium to the nominee(s) judged to have contributed most significantly in recent years to the enhancement of relationships between airports and/or heliports and their surrounding environments via exemplary innovation that might be replicated elsewhere. Examples of such airport-community-environmental enhancement include noise abatement for aircraft engines; aircraft flight-path modification to reduce time and space requirements for take-off and landing; airport and terminal design to improve sustainability and compatibility with the surrounding area; and airport area ground-transportation systems to increase ease of airport use while minimizing interface with normal lifestyles and the ecosystem. The recipient will be requested to make a brief presentation highlighting the contribution and/or accomplishment that served as the basis for the award. Nomination Deadline: 1 November
  • Full Name: John E Wesler
  • Category: Technical Excellence
  • AIAA Citation: For unique contributions in developing and implementing national and international aviation noise abatement programs and regulations, including implementation of the Airport Noise Compatibility Program, development of Integrated Noise Model, phase out of noisy first-generation aircraft, and continued emphasis of aviation noise control at national and international levels.