This list of aviation awards is an index to articles about notable awards given in the field of aviation. It includes a list of awards for winners of competitions or records, a list of awards by the Society of Experimental Test Pilots, various other awards and list of aviation halls of fame.
Competitions and records
Awards for speed and distance of flights were popular in the early days of aviation, and some continue today.
|United States||Barringer Trophy||Soaring Society of America||longest distance soaring flight other than those flown at the US National Contest|
|United States||Bendix Trophy||Bendix Corporation||Transcontinental, point-to-point race|
|France||Coupe Deutsch de la Meurthe||Aéro-Club de France||Speed trial for powered aircraft over a distance of 200 kilometres, to be flown as an outward leg of 100 km followed by a return to the starting point|
|United Kingdom||Daily Mail aviation prizes||Daily Mail newspaper||Various competitions|
|International||De la Vaulx Medal||Fédération Aéronautique Internationale||Holders of recognized absolute world aviation records|
|United States||Dole Air Race||James Dole||Air race across the Pacific Ocean from northern California to the Territory of Hawaii|
|France||Femina Cup||Femina (French magazine)||Woman who, by sunset on 31 December each year, had made the longest flight, in time and distance, without landing|
|United States||Gordon Bennett Trophy (aeroplanes)||James Gordon Bennett Jr.||Fastest time over a measured distance (time trial)|
|United States||Hearst Transcontinental Prize||William Randolph Hearst||First aviator to fly coast to coast across the United States, in either direction, in fewer than 30 days from start to finish. The prize expired in November 1911 without a winner.|
|Germany||Hindenburg Cup||Paul von Hindenburg||Achievements in powered flight|
|United States||Igor I. Sikorsky Human Powered Helicopter Competition||American Helicopter Society (AHS) International||First human powered helicopter to meet a set of extremely challenging flight requirements|
|International||Lilienthal Gliding Medal||Fédération Aéronautique Internationale||Remarkable performance in gliding, or eminent services to the sport of gliding over a long period of time|
|International||Edison Award||Edison Awards||Honoring excellence in innovation|
|United States||Mackay Trophy||United States Air Force||Most meritorious flight of the year|
|France||Michelin Cup||Michelin||Various long distance flight competition|
|United States||Orteig Prize||Raymond Orteig||First Allied aviator(s) to fly non-stop from New York City to Paris or vice versa|
|United States||Richard C. du Pont Memorial Trophy||Soaring Society of America||Winner of U.S. National Open Class Soaring Championship|
|France||Schneider Trophy||Jacques Schneider||Winner of a race for seaplanes and flying boats (see also Schneider Trophy aircraft)|
|United States||Thompson Trophy||Thompson Products||The race was 10 miles (16 km) long with 50-foot-high (15 m) pylons marking the turns, and emphasized low altitude flying and maneuverability at high speeds|
Society of Experimental Test Pilots awards
The Society of Experimental Test Pilots, an international organization based in the United States, offers or has offered various awards.
|European Flight Test Safety Award||Individuals who made significant contributions in the area of safety within flight testing|
|Friend of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots Award||Exceptional and notable contribution to the operation and the objectives of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots|
|Herman R. Salmon Award||Most outstanding technical paper published in Cockpit magazine|
|Iven C. Kincheloe Award||Outstanding professional accomplishment in the conduct of flight testing|
|James H. Doolittle Award||Outstanding accomplishment in technical management or engineering achievement in aerospace technology|
|Ray E. Tenhoff Award||Most outstanding technical paper presented at the annual Society of Experimental Test Pilots Symposium|
|Tony LeVier Flight Test Safety Award||People who have significantly contributed to the safety of flight test operations|
|United Stares||A. Leo Stevens Parachute Medal||National Air Races||Contributions to parachute design and techniques|
|Brazil||Order of Aeronautical Merit||Brazilian Air Force||Distinguished service and exceptional contributions to the Brazilian Air Force|
|United Kingdom||Aerospace Journalist of the Year Awards||World Leadership Forum||Writers and broadcasters working in the aerospace and aviation field|
|United Kingdom||Britannia Trophy||Royal Aero Club||Aviators accomplishing the most meritorious performance in aviation during the previous year|
|United States||Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award||Federal Aviation Administration||Lifetime accomplishments of senior aviation mechanics|
|United States||Cheney Award||United States Air Force||Act of valor, extreme fortitude or self-sacrifice in a humanitarian interest, performed in connection with aircraft, but not necessarily of a military nature|
|United States||Chief of Naval Operations Aviation Safety Award||United States Navy||Safety based on aircraft flight mishap rates, ground mishaps, currency of safety programs, and flight exposure, etc.|
|United States||Collier Trophy||National Aeronautic Association||Greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America, with respect to improving the performance, efficiency, and safety of air or space vehicles|
|United States||Dale Wright Award||National Air Traffic Controllers Association||Professional and exceptional career service to NATCA and the National Airspace System|
|International||Edward Warner Award||International Civil Aviation Organization||Aviation pioneers or organizations that have contributed to civil aviation|
|United States||Endeavor Award||Angel Flight West, California Science Center||Volunteer pilots and organizations that coordinate their gifts of flight to serve those in need|
|International||FAI Gold Air Medal||Fédération Aéronautique Internationale||Great contributions to the development of aeronautics by their activities, work, achievements, initiative or devotion to the cause of aviation|
|United States||Paul E. Garber Award||Civil Air Patrol||CAP members who have dedicated themselves to leadership and personal development in the CAP|
|United States||General Aviation Awards Program||Federal Aviation Administration||Individual general aviation professionals on the local, regional, and national levels for their contributions to aviation, education, and flight safety|
|United States||Daniel Guggenheim Medal||American Society of Mechanical Engineers etc.||Persons who make notable achievements in the advancement of aeronautics|
|United States||Harmon Trophy||National Aeronautic Association||World's outstanding aviator, aviatrix, and aeronaut (balloon or dirigible)|
|United States||Howard Hughes Memorial Award||Aero Club of Southern California||Aerospace leader whose accomplishments over a long career have contributed significantly to the advancement of aviation or space technology|
|United States||John J. Montgomery Award||National Society of Aerospace Professionals, San Diego Air & Space Museum||Aerospace achievement|
|United States||L. Welch Pogue Award for Lifetime Achievement in Aviation||Aviation Week & Space Technology||Visionary and preeminent leader of contemporary aviation|
|United States||Langley Gold Medal||Smithsonian Institution||Outstanding contributions to the sciences of aeronautics and astronautics|
|United States||Living Legends of Aviation||Kiddie Hawk Air Academy||Significant contributions to aviation|
|Germany||Ludwig Prandtl Ring||Deutsche Gesellschaft für Luft- und Raumfahrt||Outstanding contribution in the field of aerospace engineering|
|United States||Maintenance Trophy||Lockheed Martin||Teams are examined on their flight line operations, the quality of their support elements, engineering skills and a team interview|
|United States||Octave Chanute Award||American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics||Pilot(s) or test personnel that contributed to the advancement of the art, science, or technology of aeronautics|
|United States||Onizuka Prop Wash Award||U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School||Student at the USAF TPS who contributed most to class spirit and morale|
|Australia||Oswald Watt Gold Medal||Royal Federation of Aero Clubs of Australia||A most brilliant performance in the air or the most notable contribution to aviation by an Australian or in Australia|
|United States||Pilot Proficiency Award Program||Federal Aviation Administration||General aviation pilots knowledge and proficiency (safety)|
|International||Polaris Award||International Federation of Air Line Pilots' Associations||Airline crews in recognition for acts of exceptional airmanship, heroic action or a combination of these two attributes|
|International||Salute to Excellence||Helicopter Association International||Outstanding achievements in the international helicopter community|
|United Kingdom||Segrave Trophy||Royal Automobile Club||Outstanding Skill, Courage and Initiative on Land, Water and in the Airfirst person to hold both the land and water speed records simultaneously.|
|Americas||SICOFAA Legion of Merit Medal||System of Cooperation Among the American Air Forces||Military members or civilians who have contributed to and promoted the interests of SICOFAA|
|United States and Canada||Superior Airmanship Award||Air Line Pilots Association, International||Superior airmanship (safety)|
|United States||Tony Jannus Award||Tony Jannus Distinguished Aviation Society||Individual achievement in scheduled commercial aviation by airline executives, inventors and manufacturers, and government leaders|
|United States||William J. Kossler Award||Vertical Flight Society||Greatest achievement in practical application or operation of rotary wing aircraft|
|United States||Wright Brothers Medal||SAE International||Notable contributions in the engineering, design, development, or operation of air and space vehicles|
|United States||Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy||National Aeronautic Association||Significant public service of enduring value to aviation in the United States|
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