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Aviation Week Program Excellence Awards

Aviation Week's Program Excellence was created in response to repeated concerns about the complexity and difficulty associated with managing and leading the aerospace and defense programs that make up the industry's work.

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Winners of the 2015 Aviation Week Program Excellence Awards, selected by a panel of experts in program leadership and performance from industry, government and academia, are:

Special Projects Winner

Honeywell National Security Campus Relocation
Brad Hughes
Director Global Security
Honeywell Aerospace


Sub-System Level R&D/SDD Winner

Lockheed Martin F-16 Auto Ground Collision Avoidance System
Paul Allan Nus
Principal Systems Engineer
F-16 Auto Ground Collision Avoidance System (Auto GCAS)
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co.


Sub-System Production Winner

CPI Aero Phenom 300 Engine Inlets
Derick Martin
Program Manager
Phenom 300 Engine Inlets
CPI Aero


Sub-System Sustainment Winner

Northrop Grumman Protected Satellite Communications Payload
Peggy Paul
Program Manager
Protected Satellite Communications Payload
Northrop Grumman


System Level R&D/SDD Winner

Northrop Grumman Unmanned Combat Air System Autonomous Aerial Refueling
Pablo Gonzalez II
Program Manager
Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems


System Level Production Winner

Boeing 702SP
Mike Connelly
702SP Satellite Product
Boeing Network & Space Systems


System Level Sustainment Winner

Lockheed Martin Persistent Threat Detection System
Karl Kettner
Sr. Program Manager
Persistent Threat Detection Systems (PTDS) Operations & Sustainment
Lockheed Martin

Awards were presented to finalists and winners November 4, at a reception and dinner during the annual AerospaceDefenseChain Conference, jointly produced by the Aviation Week Network and SpeedNews. For more information, visit

Aviation Week Program Excellence Awards sponsors include Boeing Defense, Space & Security, Elbit Systems of America, Honeywell Aerospace, Lockheed Martin Corp., Northrop Grumman Corp., and Rockwell Collins.

Program Excellence Records 31 Qualified Nominations for 2015

From an original field of 72 programs, Aviation Week has narrowed the 2015 Program Excellence Nominations to 31 different programs. The programs include commercial, space and defense efforts that are divided into sub-system and system level efforts.

Aviation Week will alert program leaders on April 21 of those that qualify to move on to Phase II. During Phase I, the programs' leaders provide a narrative on the elements of their program that go beyond "good" to qualify as "excellent" through unique processes and business practices.

In Phase II, program leaders provide a deep look at those processes and practices, as well as how well they have executed against them over the past 36 months. Their customers must agree with that assessment before the Program Excellence Evaluation Team begins scoring.

To review criteria for Phase I and Phase II please review the information below:



Elbit Systems

Elbit Systems Joins Evaluation Team

Aviation Week welcomes Elbit Systems to the Program Excellence Evaluation Team for 2015. Companies who sign on for the Evaluation Team provide support of the initiative, participate by nominating programs for the awards, use the scoring process as a means of developing their own program managers, and identify best practices that can be shared across the industry.

2015 Program Excellence


Sub-system level R&D/SDD

System Level R&D/SDD

Sub-System Level Production

System Level Production

Sub-System Sustainment

System Level Sustainment

Special Projects



Produced by:

Aviation Week

Program Excellence Sponsors:

BoeingElbit Systems Honeywell

Northrop Grumman Rockwell Collins

Media Sponsors:

Aviation WeekSpeedNews

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