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Laureate Awards

7 March, 2013 - 7 March, 2013, Washington, DC, United States

The National Building Museum
Cocktails & hors d'oeuvres 6:00pm – 6:45pm
Dinner/Awards Program 6:45pm – 9:45

About the Laureate Awards

The Aviation Week Laureate Awards, celebrating 56 years, recognize individuals and teams for their extraordinary accomplishments. Their achievements embody the spirit of exploration, innovation, vision or any combination of these attributes that inspire others to strive for significant, broad-reaching progress in aviation and aerospace.

Awards will be presented in each of the following categories:

  • Aeronautics/Propulsion
  • Business/General Aviation
  • Commercial Air Transport
  • Defense
  • IT/Electronics
  • MRO (Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul)
  • Space
  • Workforce
  • The Philip J. Klass Award for Lifetime Achievement
  • Aviation Week Heroism Award

In addition, Aviation Week will present the Tomorrow’s Leaders Award.  This award honors the young men and women who have chosen career paths in the armed forces: graduates from the US Naval Academy, US Coast Guard Academy, US Air Force Academy and the US Military Academy.

Awards will be presented at a black-tie reception in Washington, on March 7, 2013. With the exception of the Lifetime Achievement category, all Laureate awards will be based on accomplishments in 2012.



  • Chinese Air Force
  • Eurocopter X-3 team
  • Navy Secretary Raymond Mabus
  • Speed Agile-Powered Lift System Concept demonstration team
  • Art Thompson, Project Leader, Red Bull Stratos project

Business/General Aviation

  • Walter Fricke, AirBoss, Veterans Airlift Command
  • Ron Henriksen, Chairman and CEO, LOGIX Communications
  • Sen. James Inhofe

Commercial Air Transport

  • Richard Anderson, Chairman and CEO, Delta Air Lines
  • Alex Cruz, Chief Executive, Vueling Airlines
  • Mark Dunkerley, Chief Executive, Hawaiian Airlines
  • Shinichiro Ito, Chief Executive, All Nippon Airways
  • Rusdi Kirana, President and founder, Lion Air Group


  • Blue Devil ISR team
  • Foxhound Light Patrol Vehicle team
  • K-Max VTOL team
  • Meteor development and test team
  • Scorpion Helmet-Mounted Integrated Targeting System team


  • Air Force Maj. Gen. (ret) Itzik Ben-Israel, head of Israel’s space agency
  • Port Authority of NY-NJ, Honeywell, FAA Ground-Based Augmentation System team
  • Rockwell Collins Head-up Guidance System team
  • Ray Zanoni, principle engineering manager, Rockwell Collins

MRO (Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul)

  • Boeing/Corpus Christi Army Depot team
  • Allan Butterfield, Vice President, Maintenance & Engineering, Air Canada
  • Louis J. Mancini, Senior Vice President, Commercial Aviation Services, Boeing
  • Millville Modification Center team


  • Curiosity Mars rover
  • Elon Musk, Chief Executive, Space Exploration Technologies
  • Jean-Yves Le Gall, Chairman and CEO, Arianespace
  • Operationally Responsive Space-1 Satellite Team


  • Marion Blakey, President and CEO, Aerospace Industries Association, and Susan Lavrakas, Director, Workforce, AIA
  • Ralph Coppola, Director, Worldwide Education Parametric Technology Corp.
  • William Possel, Director of Mission Operations & Data Systems, Laboratory of Atmospheric & Space Physics University of Colorado, Boulder

Lifetime Achievement

  • C. Don Bateman, former Chief Engineer, Flight Safety Systems, Honeywell



The National Building Museum
401 F Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

Event details

Aviation Week
7 March, 2013
7 March, 2013
The National Building Museum
District Of Columbia
United States


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