These are momentous times in global aerospace. Raytheon and United Technologies are joining forces to create a new company the size of Airbus. Bombardier and Embraer are largely exiting the commercial aircraft business as Mitsubishi and Comac claw their way in. On the technology front, new paths are being blazed in hypersonics, electric propulsion, autonomy, artificial intelligence, advanced manufacturing and harnessing of data. Supersonic travel is coming back, we’re on the cusp of a boom in space tourism, and urban air mobility is beginning to look real.

In short, it’s the latest chapter in a story Aviation Week has been telling about this dynamic industry for the past 103 years. And now we’re looking for your help on the next chapter. In conjunction with this year’s Paris Air Show, nominations are being opened for the 2020 Laureate Awards.

Since 1957, Aviation Week editors have annually chosen Laureates to recognize great accomplishments in aviation, aerospace and defense, and the pioneers behind them. Two years ago, we expanded the awards to give greater visibility to smaller companies and suppliers that are supercharging innovation. Nominations are being accepted for more than 40 awards in five categories: defense, commercial aviation, space, business aviation and lifetime achievement.

Go to to view this year’s categories and last year’s winners. Nominating is easy—fill out a form telling us who deserves a spotlight and why. Nominations close Oct. 23, winners will be announced in November, and the awards will be presented on March 12, 2020, at a gala at the National Building Museum in Washington.

We hope to hear from you soon—and perhaps we will see you in Washington next March. 

—Joe Anselmo, Editor-in-Chief