EDI­TORS’ CHOICE AWARDS

Flying - - CONTENTS - By FLY­ING STAFF —Stephen Pope, Ed­i­tor-in-Chief

The edi­tors of Fly­ing select five of the great­est prod­ucts of the year, one of which will win the In­no­va­tion prize in July. By Fly­ing Staff

At the close of each year, the edi­tors of Fly­ing con­vene to con­sider the pos­i­tive at­tributes of the best avi­a­tion prod­ucts to emerge in the pre­ced­ing 12 months. Our an­nual Edi­tors’ Choice Awards are as much about hon­or­ing the in­no­va­tive ideas be­hind ex­cep­tional new prod­ucts as cel­e­brat­ing the hard work of the peo­ple in avi­a­tion who cre­ate ex­tra­or­di­nary things. To be el­i­gi­ble for the award, how­ever, a com­pany can­not merely an­nounce a new prod­uct; the re­cip­i­ent must cross the cer­ti­fi­ca­tion fin­ish line and in­tro­duce the prod­uct to the mar­ket — in avi­a­tion, some­times a high bar in­deed.

Last year, we upped the ante by in­tro­duc­ing In­no­va­tion Award, a new prize, pre­sented the Fly­ing to one out­stand­ing win­ner from among our Edi­tors’ Choice re­cip­i­ents as the top over­all prod­uct of the year. It was a tight com­pe­ti­tion, but the first-ever

Fly­ing In­no­va­tion Award tro­phy ul­ti­mately went to Honda Air­craft and the team that cre­ated the land­mark Hon­daJet, an air­plane that em­bod­ies the type of ex­tra­or­di­nary think­ing we en­deavor to ac­knowl­edge with this ac­co­lade.

This year’s list of Edi­tors’ Choice Award re­cip­i­ents is no less im­pres­sive, with two ground­break­ing gen­eral avi­a­tion air­planes and a num­ber of in­no­va­tive prod­ucts mak­ing the grade. Now, these vic­tors vie for the In­no­va­tion prize, which we’ll present at Oshkosh at the an­nual

Fly­ing party on July 23. We’d love to hear your thoughts on which Edi­tors’ Choice re­cip­i­ent you think de­serves to be crowned the win­ner. Drop us a note by email or on Face­book to cast your vote.

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