AIN’s First Annual Top Flight Awards

Business aviation news leader AIN is pleased to announce the first annual Top Flight Awards. AIN’s Top Flight Awards will recognize creativity and innovation in design and technology, as well as quality and passion in business aviation services and people. 

Nominees and award winners will be selected by the AIN editorial team. Nominees can qualify for each year’s awards during the time period from the previous October 1 to the current September 30 (for the 2020 awards, Oct. 1, 2019 to Sept. 30, 2020).

The Top Flight Awards nominees will be highlighted in AIN's December issue and in AIN newsletters and online, culminating with the announcement of the winners in January.


2020 Nominees, Categories, and Criteria


New Jet

Nomination Criteria:
Must have entered service Oct. 1, 2019 through Sept. 30, 2020

Award Criteria:

  • Innovation (what makes this aircraft unique, what sets it apart)
  • Technology (unique design, construction, and systems features)
  • Cabin (unique seating, cabin altitude, cabin design)
  • Performance and efficiency (speed, range, payload)
  • Safety enhancements (unique new safety features)
  • Overall design significance (how does this aircraft compare to others in its size class)

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New Turboprop

Nomination Criteria:
Must have entered service Oct. 1, 2019 through Sept. 30, 2020

Award Criteria:

  • Innovation (what makes this aircraft unique, what sets it apart)
  • Technology (unique design, construction, and systems features)
  • Cabin (unique seating, cabin design)
  • Performance and dfficiency (speed, range, payload)
  • Safety enhancements (unique new safety features)
  • Overall design significance (how does this aircraft compare to others in its size class)

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New Helicopter

Nomination Criteria:
Must have entered service Oct. 1, 2019 through Sept. 30, 2020

Award Criteria:

  • Innovation (what makes this rotorcraft unique, what sets it apart)
  • Technology (unique design, construction, and systems features)
  • Cabin (unique seating, cabin design)
  • Performance and efficiency (speed, range, payload)
  • Safety enhancements (unique new safety features)
  • Overall design significance (how does this rotorcraft compare to others in its size class)

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Technology

Nomination Criteria:
Must have become available Oct. 1, 2019 through Sept. 30, 2020. Nominees can be products or services.

Award Criteria:

  • Innovation (what makes this product unique, what sets it apart)
  • Utility (how does this product help the user)
  • Safety benefits (unique safety features)

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New FBO Facility

Nomination Criteria:
Must have opened Oct. 1, 2019 through Sept. 30, 2020 (grand opening or soft opening) at larger airports used by business aviation travelers.

Award Criteria:

  • General design and market significance
  • Overall passenger experience
  • Overall crew experience
  • Covid mitigation
  • Amenities
  • Hangar features

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Training

Nomination Criteria:
​Must have become available Oct. 1, 2019 through Sept. 30, 2020, for pilot or maintenance training or to benefit business aviation operators and their customers.

Award Criteria:

  • Innovation (what is unique)
  • Ease of use (does it require a lot of training)
  • Accessibility (does it require special equipment)
  • Matches reality (how closely does the training resemble real-world situations)

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Charter/Fractional/Jet Card Innovation

Nomination Criteria:
Must have become available Oct. 1, 2019 through Sept. 30, 2020 for major program changes/updates, new products, and features that benefit customers.

Award Criteria:

  • Availability (is this available to any customer)
  • Ease of use (how easy is this to activate/use)
  • Value (does this provide value for the cost)
  • Significance (what is unique about this)

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Innovator, Designer, or Charitable Hero of the Year

  • No nominees are listed as this will be a special award for 2020

Nomination Criteria:
Must have occurred Oct. 1, 2019 through Sept.30, 2020 for individuals or groups that make significant contributions using business aviation or bring unique new designs or innovations to the business aviation industry.

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Sustainability

Nomination Criteria:
Must have begun availability/operation Oct. 1, 2019 through Sept. 30, 2020 for a significant impact on business aviation sustainability including reducing environmental impact, lowering emissions, and increasing aircraft and/or engine efficiency.

Award Criteria:

  • Long-term environmental benefits
  • Availability/accessibility (does this impact a large variety of operators)
  • Cost/value (does this raise operating costs significantly)

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Contribution to Safety

Nomination Criteria:
​Must have become available Oct. 1, 2019 through Sept. 30, 2020 for significant new safety features that will have a beneficial effect on operational safety for business aircraft.

Award Criteria:

  • Potential impact (how does this product improve safety, does it affect a large number of users)
  • Availability (is it widely available)
  • Cost (is it cost-effective)
  • Ease of use/installation/implementation

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