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American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

    AIAA/AAAE/ACC Jay Hollingsworth Speas Airport Award

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    The AIAA/AAAE/ACC Jay Hollingsworth Speas Airport Award was established in 1983 by R. Dixon Speas and Ms. Speas in honor of their son, Jay.  Jay was vitally interested in improving environmental relationships between the airports, both civil and military, and the communities they served. He accomplished a substantial number of professional assignments that contributed to these improvements.

    The award is co-sponsored by AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics), AAAE (American Association of Airport Executives), and the Airport Consultants Council (ACC). It is presented annually during the ACC/AAAE Airport Planning, Design & Construction Symposium to the person or persons judged to have contributed most significantly in recent years to the enhancement of relationships between airports and/or heliports and other surrounding environments via exemplary innovation that might be replicated elsewhere.

    Examples of airport-enhancement include noise abatement for aircraft engines; aircraft flight plan modification to reduce time and space requirements for take-off and landing; airport design to improve compatibility with the surrounding areas; and airport area ground-transportation systems to increase ease of airport use while minimizing interface with normal lifestyles and the ecosystem.


    The next award will be presented in 2018. The nomination package must submitted to AIAA as one .pdf file at by the deadline of 1 November 2017.


    Past Recipients

    Westchester County Airport2016 – Westchester County Airport, Environmental Management System Technical Committee
    “For substantially improving its relationship with neighboring communities via collaborative and effective noise reduction and environmental protection measures by involved airport organizations combined with relevant community education programs.”




    2015ChicagoDeptofAviation2015 – Chicago Department of Aviation
    “For embracing sustainability initiatives as essential components of environmental stewardship and becoming an internationally recognized pillar of the green airport movement through launching and hosting the annual Airports Going Green Conference.”




    BrainerdRoad2014 – Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport Authority
    “For innovative flood control and stormwater management using green infrastructure to solve the flooding problem for the neighboring community while dramatically improving the area’s appearance and extending the airport’s Runway Protection Zone.”