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Aviation Week Network’s Program Excellence Initiative

The Aviation Week Network's Program Excellence Initiative 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.

The evaluation process for the awards includes identification of lessons learned and best practices. These will be presented in the Aviation Week Network Program Best Practices Symposium Oct. 26, and will cover areas such as reducing the development cycle, cost/affordability, and how to effectively integrate best practices from other companies and industries. The Program Excellence Awards Banquet will be held following the symposium, a celebration of the best in industry program performance and execution. 

Submit Your Nominations for the Program Excellence Awards

Aviation Week Network Program Excellence Awards identify programs and projects from across the global aerospace and defense enterprise that excel in how they work, day to day, to achieve technical and business objectives.

Aviation Week Network invites you to submit your nominations today! Evaluation is based on program/project performance from January 2013 through January 2016. Space, commercial, defense and security programs and projects are eligible and will be evaluated on the basis of excellence in value creation, operations excellence, adaption to complexity and achieving the goals established.
Entries will be judged by a panel of program management experts representing government agencies, academia and industry.

Deadline for Nominations: February 10, 2016

To nominate a program, send the following information to

  • Name of Program
  • Program Leader(s) Name
  • Program Leader(s) Title
  • Program Leader(s) Email
  • Program Leader(s) Telephone Number

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


Aviation Week Program Profiles

View more than 120 program summaries, photos, supplier information and recent articles about important aircraft, engine, satellite, UAV and other programs. This global list includes space, defense, commercial and business aerospace and weapon programs.

Click here for Aviation Week Program Profiles


Program Excellence Content Corner

Aviation Week Network's Program Excellence Initiative will provide ideas and commentary about the art of program/project leadership throughout the year. Our first contributor is Glenn Brady, partner at PwC, and founder of PwC's program management advisory practice.


Save the date for these upcoming Program Excellence content events:

May 12: Program Management Symposium at University of Maryland
Aviation Week Network will host a track at the UMD Best Practices Symposium. Working with UMD, Aviation Week Network will develop the conference track for aerospace/defense program managers based on best practices from our 2015 Program Excellence Awards process. In addition, one of our finalists will be a plenary session speaker at the UMD Symposium.

October 26: Program Excellence Symposium and Awards Banquet
The 2016 Aviation Week Program Excellence Symposium and Awards Banquet will bring together program executives, their customer counterparts, and leaders from across the industry to recognize the best in performance and leadership. Finalists and winners will be identified in categories that reflect system and sub-system level programs at all phases of the lifecycle. This year's nominees will share lessons learned during the workshop. 

October 27-28: AerospaceDefenseChain Conference
The 2nd Annual AerospaceDefenseChain Conference will focus on content requirements and future programs as we seek to balance changing customer demands, global markets, demographics, economic challenges and forecasts. Focus will be on pursuing sustainable growth opportunity initiatives.

Produced by:

Aviation Week Network

Program Excellence Evaluation Team:

BoeingElbit Systems Honeywell

Northrop Grumman Rockwell Collins

Media Sponsors:

Aviation WeekSpeedNews

Past Program Excellence Programs

Program Excellence Resources


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