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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.

This year’s awards reception and dinner will take place at the AerospaceDefenseChain Conference on November 5, 2015 in Scottsdale, AZ. Program Excellence finalists provide first-hand insight into best practices, benchmarking and what it took to make their programs a success. Hear about the choices they made and the tradeoffs they faced.

  • Improve the performance of your program
  • Create tools to improve program leadership
  • Increase the velocity of developing future program leaders
  • Identify and recognize best practices

The AerospaceDefenseChain Conference combines the best elements of legacy Aviation Week and SpeedNews events, including A&D Programs. AerospaceDefenseChain will provide the tools and understanding required to tackle problems and equip attendees with the skills needed to seek solutions and focus on core subject matters, allowing delegates to concentrate on the key issues relevant to their business success. To register for the Conference and/or Program Excellence Awards please visit

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 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:

Boeing Elbit Systems Honeywell Northrop Grumman Rockwell Collins

Media Sponsors:

Aviation Week & Space TechnologySpeedNews

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