The National Aeronautic Association (NAA) has selected seven finalists, including Garmin Autoland and the Bell V-280 Valor, for the 2020 Collier Trophy. They join a field that also includes the Boeing Confident Travel Initiative, Reliable Robotics Remotely Operated Aircraft System (ROAS), SpaceX Falcon 9 and Dragon 2, the U.S. Department of the Air Force Green Propellant Infusion Mission Team, and Yates Electrospace Corporation’s Silent Arrow.
Considered one of the aerospace industry’s top honors, the trophy is awarded for the “greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America.” The award was commissioned in 1910 by aviator, humanitarian, and sportsman Robert J. Collier to encourage excellence in aeronautic development, NAA said.
Programs recognized in the past have ranged from the Gulfstream V and the Cirrus Vision Jet to the B-52, the International Space Station, and the F-22. Winners have included Orville Wright, Howard Hughes, Glenn Curtiss, William Lear, and the crews of Apollo 11 and Apollo 8.
“This year’s finalists represent a broad spectrum of achievement in our industry,” said NAA president Greg Principato. “The selection committee has their work cut out for them.”
Plans call for the selection committee to meet virtually in June to decide the winner with an announcement to follow after the selection. The actual presentation will take place once health and safety protocols are deemed appropriate, NAA added.