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American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

    Technical Awards Aircraft

    Technical Excellence Awards –
    Aircraft and Atmospheric Systems

    Aircraft Design Award
    The Aircraft Design Award, established in 1968, is presented to an individual or team for an original concept or career contributions leading to a significant advancement in aircraft design or design technology. This annual award is generally presented at the AIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum (AVIATION).
    Nomination Deadline: 1 October


    Chanute Flight Test Award
    This award honors pioneer aeronautical investigator Octave Chanute. Originally the Octave Chanute Award, it was presented for an outstanding contribution made by a pilot or test personnel to the advancement of the art, science, or technology of aeronautics. Discontinued in 2005, it was reactivated in 2010 as the Chanute Flight Test Award to recognize significant lifetime achievements in the advancement of the art, science, and technology of flight test engineering. The award is presented biennially (in even-numbered years), generally at the AIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum (AVIATION). 
    Nomination Deadline: 1 October


    de Florez Award for Flight Simulation
    The de Florez Award for Flight Simulation, named in honor of the late Admiral Luis de Florez, is presented for an outstanding individual achievement in the application of flight simulation to aerospace training, research, and development. This annual award is generally presented at the AIAA Science and Technology Forum (SCITECH).
    Nomination Deadline: 1 July


    F.E. Newbold V/STOL Award
    The F.E. Newbold V/STOL Award is presented to recognize outstanding creative contributions to the advancement and realization of powered lift flight in one or more of the following areas: initiation, definition and/or management of key V/STOL programs; development of enabling technologies including critical methodology; program engineering and design; and/or other relevant related activities or combinations thereof which have advanced the science of powered lift flight. This award is generally presented in conjunction with the International Powered Lift Conference.
    Nomination Deadline: 1 October


    Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Award
    This award is presented to recognize sustained, outstanding contributions and achievements in the advancement of atmospheric, hypersonic flight and related technologies. This award is presented in conjunction with the AIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum (AVIATION) or International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Conference, every 18 months.
    Nomination Deadline: 1 October


    Jay Hollingsworth Speas Airport Award
    The Jay Hollingsworth Speas Airport Award, established in 1983, is co-sponsored by AIAA, the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), and the Airport Consultants Council (ACC). It is presented to the person or persons judged to have contributed most outstandingly during the recent past towards achieving compatible relationships between airports and/or heliports and adjacent environments. This annual award is generally presented at the AAAE/ACC Airport Planning, Design, and Construction Symposium.
    Nomination Deadline: 1 October


    Otto C. Winzen Lifetime Achievement Award
    Established in 1993, the Otto C. Winzen Lifetime Achievement Award is presented for outstanding contributions and achievements in the advancement of free flight balloon systems or related technologies. It is presented in memory of Otto C. Winzen, a pioneer of modern day ballooning. This award is presented biennially (in odd-numbered years) with either the Balloon Systems Conference (co-located with the PIA Symposium when in the U.S.) or at the AIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum (AVIATION).
    Nomination Deadline: 1 October


    Piper General Aviation Award
    Formerly the General Aviation Award, the Piper General Aviation Award is presented for outstanding contributions leading to the advancement of general aviation. The award honors William T. Piper Sr., who made the name Piper synonymous with general aviation. The award is presented biennially (even-numbered years) at the AIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum (AVIATION).

    Nomination Deadline: 1 October