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    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 2016. The nomination package must submitted to AIAA as one .pdf file at by the deadline of 1 November 2015.


    Past Recipients

    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.”



    DallasFtWorthAirport2013 – Airport Planning Department, Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport
    “For instituting an environmentally-friendly Smart Landscaping program fostering propagation of native vegetation while minimizing water usage and maintenance, and educating the public at the Airport’s interactive Environmental Learning Center for potential non-airport application.”