Aviation Week's 65th Annual Laureate Awards Rules & Guidelines

  • Submissions and nominations will open in February 20222.
  • With the exception of the Lifetime Achievement category, all Laureate awards will be based on accomplishments from January 1, 2021 - June 24, 2022.
  • Nominations for Laureate Awards may be submitted either directly from a company, from an involved individual, or from a third party. In each case, the nomination must be submitted online.
  • In the event that a third party nominates a company or individual, Aviation Week will contact the nominated company or individual and ask the nominee to review the nomination for accuracy and, if necessary, provide supporting documentation. If the company or individual fails to provide the required response by the specified date, the nomination will be excluded from competition.
  • Aviation Week editors retain the right to nominate candidates of their own choosing for any of the categories listed.
  • No company may be nominated for more than one Laureate Award on substantially the same basis. However, a company may submit up to three nominations in different categories.
  • Editors will discard entries for multiple awards that broadly replicate other entries.
  • Editors reserve the right to move an entry to a different category from the category entered if, in the opinion of the editors, the entry is better suited to that category.
  • All nominations must be received no later than June 24, 2022. No extensions to this date will be granted, and incomplete entries will not be considered.
  • Each nomination must be accompanied by a summary, not to exceed 500 words, that explains the rationale behind the entry. We strongly encourage you to tailor each summary to the individual category for which you are nominating. All dollar amounts and financial statistics must be in US dollars. The nominating summary must be submitted electronically through the online nominating process.
  • Entries for the Philip J. Klass Lifetime Achievement Award should be accompanied by a high-resolution digital color photograph of the individual nominated. The file should be uploaded to the online submission form.
  • All nominations will be reviewed by Aviation Week Editorial members.
  • Laureate winners will be selected and announced in the summer of 2022.
  • Grand Laureate winners will be announced at the Laureates Award Ceremony at the National Building Museum, Washington, DC on November 3, 2022.
  • Laureate winners will be selected by Aviation Week Editorial in the categories of each Grand Laureate category. 
  • Grand Laureate winners will be selected by Aviation Week Editorial from the pool of Laureate winners. A Grand Laureate winner will be selected for Defense, Commercial, Space and Business Aviation.
  • Lifetime Achievement winners will also be selected by Aviation Week Editorial and pre-announced in summer 2022.
  • The Aviation Week Heroism Award will be presented only in years when a winner meets the criteria set forth by Aviation Week