The winners of the 2013 Aircraft Technology Engineering & Maintenance (ATE&M) Awards were announced this week. A ceremony and gala dinner was held at the Shakespeare’s Globe playhouse in London on Wednesday (May 8).
Boeing won the ATE&M Editor’s Award for Technology and Innovation for its 787 programme. Perhaps controversial in light of recent events surrounding the lithium-ion batteries used on the aircraft, the Editor’s Award instead takes a longer-term view of the entire programme and recognises the gamut of new and innovative technologies, systems and processes used.
These include the composite materials (which make up 50 per cent of the primary structure of the 787), modern systems architecture such as the onboard health-monitoring systems, engine technology, and others. Boeing also picked up the Best OEM for Aftermarket Support award, a title defended from 2012.
Elsewhere, some real powerhouses of the industry were victorious in the regional Best Airframe MRO Provider categories. Lufthansa Technik successfully defended its title in the Europe section, as did Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies in the Middle East & Africa section. Delta TechOps scooped the award for The Americas, while ST Aerospace was victorious in the Asia category.
Some of the new awards winners included Swiss AviationSoftware in the Best IT Software Provider category, Revima Group as Best Component MRO, and SDV as Best Logistics Provider.
Other award winners remained the same from 2012. A J Walter Aviation was again named Best Spare Parts Provider, while Lufthansa Technik retained its title as Best Engine MRO, giving the German giant two awards in total this year.
AAR Corp rounded out the list of winners by picking up the ap&m Europe Exhibitors Award.