Press Release

Aviation Week Top 100 Stars of Aerospace Ballot Set to Launch in February

By SpaceRef Editor
January 8, 2003
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Program Sponsor IBM Designing Online Voting Site Covering More Than 700 Nominees

Aviation Week’s Top 100
Stars of Aerospace program, a first-ever initiative to identify the
most important, most interesting and most influential people in the
global aerospace community — past and present — will take off next
month at

The Top 100 program, part of Aviation Week’s The Next Century of
Flight (NCF) education and outreach initiative, is being produced in
partnership with the International Council of the Aeronautical
Sciences (ICAS) and its U.S. affiliate, American Institute of
Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). Aviation Week & Space Technology
Assistant Managing Editor for Technology Stanley W. Kandebo is
spearheading the effort.

The voting website, designed and hosted by Top 100 sponsor IBM,
will feature more than 700 candidates in these 15 categories:

  1. Pathfinders
  2. Early Birds
  3. Heroes
  4. Captains of Industry
  5. Empire Builders
  6. Architects of Airpower
  7. Warriors
  8. Intrepid Aviators
  9. Rocketeers
  10. Engineers
  11. Researchers and Engineering Scientists
  12. Spacefarers
  13. Advocates and Administrators
  14. Project Managers and Enablers
  15. Innovators and Dreamers

To ensure the credibility and professional caliber of the Top 100
results, the ballot will only be open to ICAS and AIAA affiliates and
members, Aviation Week group subscribers and Next Century of Flight
program partners.

The top three vote-getters in each category, as well as the 100
candidates receiving the most votes overall, will be announced in the
June 16, 2003 “Paris Air Show” edition of Aviation Week & Space
Technology magazine. Candidates and those selected as the Top 100
Stars of Aerospace will be honored at a gala dinner on June 18 at the
Salle Wagram in Paris.

About Aviation Week

With nearly 50 products and services and a core audience of some
one million professionals and enthusiasts, Aviation Week, a division
of The McGraw-Hill Companies, is the world’s premier multimedia
information and service provider to the aviation and aerospace market.
The Next Century of Flight leverages all of the assets of the Aviation
Week group to promote aviation education and aerospace careers around
the world. The program is currently supported by these partners:

  • Air Transport Association of America and participating ATA
    member airlines: Alaska Airlines, America West Airlines, Delta
    Air Lines, Midwest Express Airlines

  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
    Evolution of Flight

  • Be A Pilot
  • Bombardier Aerospace
  • Centurion Press, Ltd.
  • Civil Air Patrol
  • Federal Aviation Administration
  • Festival of Flight 2003, Fayetteville, NC
  • GIFAS, the French Aerospace Industries Association
  • McGraw-Hill Education
  • National Business Aviation Association’s AvKids program
  • Parker Hannifin
  • Society of British Aerospace Companies
  • U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission
  • Smithsonian Institution National Air and Space Museum Steven
    F. Udvar-Hazy Center

  • Plus the ongoing collaboration of NASA

Founded in 1888, The McGraw-Hill Companies is a global
information services provider meeting worldwide needs in the financial
services, education and business information markets through leading
brands such as Standard & Poor’s, BusinessWeek and McGraw-Hill
Education. The Corporation has more than 350 offices in 33 countries.
Sales in 2001 were $4.6 billion. Additional information is available

About ICAS

The International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences (ICAS) is a
non-government, non-profit making, scientific organization which was
established in 1957 to encourage the free interchange of information
on aeronautical subjects. 32 recognized National Associations of the
world dedicated to the advancement of the science and engineering of
aviation or of aviation and space are ICAS member societies. In
addition, it is supported by aerospace companies, scientific and
technical institutions acting as associates. The objective of ICAS is
to organize on this international basis a worldwide forum and
bi-annual Congress for the discussion and international interchange of
aeronautical science and technology subjects and visions. For further
details see:

About AIAA

AIAA is the world’s largest aerospace professional/technical
society, the leading information provider and the principal voice —
devoted to the progress of engineering and science in all aspects of
aviation, space and defense — on behalf of industry, academia and

Contact: Aviation Week Chris Meyer, 212/904-3255

SpaceRef staff editor.