FAA Announces 2002 Excellence Winners

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of
Transportation’s Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA) announced today
that the laboratories and universities that support FAA’s Aviation Weather
Research Program are winners of this
year’s Excellence in Aviation Award.

The recipients of the award are:  the
National Center for Atmospheric
Research; Massachusetts Institute of
Technology/Lincoln Laboratories;
National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration’s Forecast Systems
Laboratory, National Severe Storms
Laboratory, Aviation Weather Center,
and National Centers for Environmental
Prediction; Naval Research Laboratory;
University of Quebec at Montreal;
University of Alaska Fairbanks; San
Jose State University; and Oklahoma
State University.

The Excellence in Aviation designation
is a highly competitive, non-monetary
award presented each year to
individuals and/or institutions that
show how their past research benefits
the aviation community today. Through
this award, the FAA formally recognizes
significant accomplishments as a result
of aviation-related research efforts.
This special distinction gives the
government an opportunity to recognize
superior research efforts and to
highlight the benefits of such

“Inclement weather is responsible for
69 percent of flight delays and
approximately 30 percent of fatal
accidents,” said Charlie Keegan, FAA’s
associate administrator for Research
and Acquisitions. “The laboratories
supporting our weather research program
are providing critical safety
enhancements by developing tools to
generate more accurate and accessible
weather observations, warnings and

These FAA-funded organizations are
providing the applied research to solve
critical operational aviation weather
issues. Working as part of multi-
discipline teams, the researcher’s
efforts are enhanced through
collaboration with industry, other
national laboratories, government
agencies, academia and trade