Aviation Week Announces Winners of 56th Annual Laureate Awards, Honoring Outstanding Achievements in Aviation, Aerospace & Defense

Thu Mar 7, 2013 10:00pm EST

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WASHINGTON,  March 7, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- Aviation Week
(http://www.aviationweek.com), the largest multimedia information and services
provider to the global aviation, aerospace and defense industries, announced the
winners of the 56th Annual Laureate Awards tonight at the National Building
Museum in  Washington, DC.  The black-tie awards gala recognized the year's most
remarkable individuals and teams for their extraordinary achievements in
operations and technological advancement.  

"The achievements we celebrate at the Laureate Awards embody the spirit of
exploration, innovation, and vision that inspire others to strive for
significant, broad-reaching progress in aviation, aerospace and defense," said
Aviation Week & Space Technology Editor-in-Chief  Joseph C. Anselmo.  "We are
proud to recognize and celebrate the winners' accomplishments, as well as the
accomplishments of all the other Laureate award finalists from which they were

The 10 category winners include:

* Philip J. Klass  Award for Lifetime Achievement:  C. Don Bateman, Chief
Engineer, Corporate Fellow, Flight Safety Systems, Honeywell  
* Aviation Week Heroism Award: United States Coast Guard  
* Aeronautics/Propulsion: Speed Agile-Powered Lift System Concept demonstration
* Business/General Aviation:  Walter Fricke, AirBoss, Veterans Airlift­ Command 

* Commercial Air Transport:  Richard Anderson, Chairman & CEO, Delta Air Lines  
* Defense: K-Max Cargo Unmanned Aircra­ft Systems team  
* IT/Electronics: The Newark Liberty International Airport Ground-Based
Augmentation System Team  
* Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO):  Alan Butterfield, Vice President,
Maintenance & Engineering, Air Canada  
* Space: Curiosity Entry, Descent & Landing Team  
* Workforce:  Marion Blakey, President and CEO, and  Susan Lavrakas, Director,
Workforce, Aerospace Industries Association

Four military academy cadets were also named Tomorrow's Leaders, sponsored by
BAE Systems.  The awards honor young men and women who have chosen career paths
in the armed forces.  This year's honorees include:

* Zachary Howard Adams, Cadet First Class,  United States Air Force Academy
* Matthew George Gallup, Cadet Lieutenant,  United States Military Academy
* Erik William Oredson, Cadet First Class,  United States Coast Guard Academy
* Benjamin Lee Putbrese, Midshipman First Class,  United States Naval Academy

Produced by Aviation Week, the Laureate Awards were conceived more than 50 years
ago.  The formal dinner and awards ceremony is one of the industry's premier
events, attracting hundreds of industry pioneers and thought leaders from around
the world.  Event sponsors include Platinum Sponsor BAE Systems and Diamond
Sponsor Boeing.

Complete coverage of the Laureate Awards will be available in the  March 25 
issue of  Aviation Week & Space Technology  and is available at 

About Aviation Week:   Aviation Week, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies,
is the largest multimedia information and services provider for the global
aviation, aerospace and defense industries. Industry professionals rely on
Aviation Week for analysis, marketing and intelligence. Customers include the
world's leading manufacturers, suppliers, airlines, militaries, governments and
other organizations that serve this global market. Aviation Week produces data
and analytics services including the Aviation Week Intelligence Network (AWIN),
industry-leading events around the world, as well as ShowNews and Business &
Commercial Aviation.

On  July 2, 2012, the group's flagship Aviation Week & Space Technology (AW&ST)
relaunched with an even greater focus on technology, business and operations
that has long been the brand's hallmark.  In addition to civil, military and
space, AW&ST's market coverage is further expanded with new monthly Defense
Technology and MRO editions to include land and sea and aftermarket insights.  

Aviation Week's 2012 digital expansion includes a redesigned AviationWeek.com
for deeper community engagement and navigation and a comprehensive technology
upgrade to the Aviation Week Intelligence Network (AWIN).  AWIN, the industry's
essential integrated business tool, now has increased capability through more
fleet and MRO data and an expanded team of data analysts.

About The McGraw-Hill Companies:  The McGraw-Hill Companies (NYSE: MHP), a
financial intelligence and education company, signed an agreement to sell its
McGraw-Hill Education business to investment funds affiliated with Apollo Global
Management, LLC in  November 2012. Following the sale closing, expected in early
2013, the Company will be renamed McGraw Hill Financial (subject to shareholder
approval) and will be a powerhouse in benchmarks, content and analytics for the
global capital and commodity markets. The Company's leading brands will include:
Standard & Poor's, S&P Capital IQ, S&P Dow Jones Indices, Platts, Crisil, J.D.
Power and Associates, McGraw-Hill Construction and Aviation Week. The Company
will have approximately 17,000 employees in more than 30 countries.  Additional
information is available at  www.mcgraw-hill.com.

SOURCE  Aviation Week

Media - Joe D'Andrea, Director of Communications, Aviation Week,
+1-212-904-3780, joseph_dandrea@aviationweek.com

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