Bombardier Global 6500
The Bombardier Global 6500, as well as its Model 5500 sibling, won top honors in AIN's Top Flight Awards in the New Jet category. (Photo: Bombardier)

AIN Names Top Flight Award Winners

BJT’s sister publication has announced its picks for 2020’s best in bizav.

BJT sister publication AIN has announced the winners of the inaugural 2020 Top Flight Awards, which recognize the best and the brightest in business aviation and honor creativity and innovation in design and technology as well as quality and passion in business aviation services and people.

Here are the 2020 categories and winners.

New Jet: Bombardier Global 5500/6500 

New Turboprop: Pilatus PC-12 NGX

New Helicopter: Airbus H160

Technology: Industry bands together to meet the ADS-B deadline

New FBO Facility: Sheltair Rocky Mountain Regional Airport 

Training: Rolls-Royce virtual reality

Charter/Fractional/Jet Card Innovation: Wheels Up

Hero of the Year: Business aviation’s response to COVID-19

Sustainability: The Business Aviation Coalition for Sustainable Aviation Fuel

Contribution to Safety: Garmin Autoland.

Each year, AIN editors will conduct the Top Flight Awards, with the nominees announced online on December 1 and in AIN’s December print issue. The winners will be revealed online on or about January 1 and in the January issue. AIN is also highlighting the winners via a series of videos.

The main criteria for qualifying as nominees for Top Flight Awards include service entry, in the case of new aircraft, or availability, for products and services, during the applicable time period, from October 1 through September 30. The nominees also must illustrate something new and unique such as improved safety and performance, contributions to aviation or public benefit, and more.