Shortlist Announced for Aviation Industry Awards 2015

  • Over 65 of Ireland’s most successful and emerging aviation businesses make the final cut.
  • Gala Awards black-tie ceremony on Thursday 28th May 2015 at the Double Tree by Hilton on the Burlington Road.
  • Event will celebrate excellence and innovation in the aviation industry.
  • Only event that brings together leading companies from every sector of aviation (airlines, airports, lessors, training schools, R&D, MRO, support and general aviation).

13th April 2015: The 2015 Aviation Awards Shortlist has been announced with many of Ireland’s most successful and emerging aviation businesses making the final cut. This year’s Gala Awards black-tie ceremony will take place on Thursday 28th May 2015 at the Double Tree by Hilton on the Burlington Road (formerly the Burlington Hotel) in Dublin.

Sponsored by the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA), the awards ceremony will be attended by the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe, TD and key figures in the Irish aviation industry. Richard Curran, presenter Dragons’ Den, journalist and broadcaster, will be the Master of Ceremonies.

Shortlisted nominees include many world leading companies such as AerCap, Avolon and GECAS (Leasing Achievement category), Ryanair (Innovation category), Aer Lingus, Air Contractors, Emirates and Etihad (Aircraft Operator category), Dublin Aerospace (MRO Achievement category), daa (Airport category), Trinity College Dublin (Aviation R&D category) and CAE Parc Aviation and Datalex (Export category).

The Aviation Industry Awards champion excellence across the entire Irish aviation sector and the IAA is proud to support them. The sector plays a huge role in the country’s economy with over 40,000 people employed and contributing over €4 billion to national GDP.

Eamonn Brennan, Chief Executive, of the Irish Aviation Authority said:

“We’re really pleased with the level of interest with some of the world’s most successful aviation companies entering the Awards in 2015. The calibre of the companies is superb and the high quality of the submissions showcase the level of innovation in this country and how our industry is helping Ireland to maintain its position as a ‘centre of excellence’ for aviation.”

“I wish to thank and congratulate every company that has submitted an entry and I’m looking forward to the winners being announced on the 28th May at the Gala Awards Ceremony. It is the only event in Ireland that brings together leading companies from every sector of aviation (airlines, airports, lessors, training schools, R&D, MRO, support and general aviation). We see this as a great opportunity to network and engage with aviation professionals from across the entire aviation spectrum, as well as being a chance to acknowledge and recognise staff support.”

Aviation is of vital importance to the Irish economy and these Awards celebrate the achievements of those people working to ensure a safe and efficient industry and create jobs.  The success and immense growth of the aviation sector in Ireland would not be possible without the outstanding work carried out by individuals and businesses across the entire island, from airlines to airports, pilots, engineers, finance and leasing companies, support services, researchers, training institutions, safety and security professionals, and, of course, the general aviation enthusiasts.

The Aviation Industry Awards are devised and organised by Event Strategies Ltd. Entries will be judged by an independent judging panel.

Gala Awards Ceremony: Thursday 28th May 2015

Location: Double Tree by Hilton on the Burlington Road

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Full shortlist for the Aviation Industry Awards 2015

Aircraft Operator Award

  • Aer Lingus
  • Air Contractors
  • Emirates
  • Etihad Air
  • Stobart Air
  • Turkish Airlines

Aviation Academic Education Award

  • DublinCityUniversity
  • Dublin Institute of Technology
  • Institute of Technology Carlow
  • University of Limerick

MRO Achievement Award          

  • Aero Inspection International
  • Dublin Aerospace
  • Eirtech

Aviation Leasing Achievement 

  • AerCap Ireland
  • Avolon
  • GE Capital Aviation Services

Aviation Sustainability & Environment Award

  • CorkAirport
  • ShannonAirport Authority

Aviation Export Award 

  • Aero Inspection International
  • Airbus Helicopters International Services
  • Airtel-ATN
  • CAE Parc Aviation
  • Datalex
  • Eirtech Aviation
  • Gerard Daniel Worldwide

Aviation R & D Award   

  • Centre for Innovative Human Systems – TrinityCollegeDublin
  • Fluids, Vibration & Acoustics Research Group – TrinityCollegeDublin
  • Tyndall National Institute
  • Vocavio

Aviation Innovation Award

  • Airconics
  • Coastway Surveys
  • daa
  • GE Capital Aviation Services & Milestone Aviation Group
  • International Aviation Services Centre (IASC) – Shannon Group
  • Registair
  • Ryanair
  • Versadrones
  • Waterford Institute of Technology & CHC

Airport Achievement Award     

  • City of DerryAirport
  • daa
  • IrelandWestAirport Knock
  • ShannonAirport Authority

Aviation Training Award

  • Aircraft Maintenance and Engineering Apprenticeship Scheme – Aer Lingus
  • Cadet Pilot Training – Aer Lingus
  • National Flight Centre
  • Ryanair
  • Simtech Aviation Training
  • Trident Safety Group

Up & Coming Aviation Professional Award

  • Niall Duggan – Part M Aviation Ireland
  • Mark Dwyer – National Microlight Association of Ireland & Flying in Ireland
  • Capt. Julie Garland – National Flight Centre
  • Ellie McGimpsey – BelfastCityAirport

Safety Promotion Award

  • City of DerryAirport
  • DHL Express Ireland
  • daa
  • General Aviation Council of Ireland
  • ShannonAirport
  • Shell & Topaz Aviation
  • Stobart Air
  • Swissport Ireland

Aviation Support Services Award            

  • Aero Inspection International
  • Part M Aviation Ireland
  • Piercom
  • Simtech
  • Swissport Ireland
  • TEG

General and Sport Aviation Award

  • Executive Helicopters
  • Foynes Air Show
  • National Flight Centre
  • National Microlight Association of Ireland
  • Simtech Aviation

Customer Service Award

  • CorkAirport
  • DUB HUB – daa
  • Project Free Runner – daa
  • Ryanair
  • Signature Flight Support
  • Swissport Ireland

People Development Award

  • Transforming Security Programme – daa
  • Certified International Management Programme – DHL Express Ireland
  • Certified International Specialist Programme – DHL Express Ireland
  • National Flight Centre

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