Metro Aerospace Selected as Winner of Aviation Week Network’s Annual Laureate Awards

Metro Aerospace Selected as Winner of AVIATION WEEK NETWORK’S Annual Laureate Awards

Company Honored for Outstanding Achievements in Aviation, Aerospace & Defense, will be recognized on March 1 in Washington, DC

New York, November 20, 2017 – Aviation Week & Space Technology announced today that Metro Aerospace, LLC has been selected as a winner of the 61st Annual Laureate Awards, honoring extraordinary achievements in the global aerospace arena. The winners of the 2018 Laureate Awards will be honored on March 1, 2018 at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC., and at that time a Grand Laureate will be announced in each of the four categories.

Metro Aerospace was selected as a winner in the category of DEFENSE, Supplier Innovation for its achievements in commercializing Lockheed Martin-developed Microvanes to reduce the aft-body drag on C-130 and lower cruise fuel consumption by more than 3%. In 2017, Canada became the first C-130 operator to install the devices on their fleet.

“Metro Aerospace and all of the winners were selected by Aviation Week Network editors who reviewed dozens of nominations, embody the spirit of exploration, innovation and vision that will inspire others to strive for broad-reaching progress in aviation, aerospace and defense,” said Aviation Week & Space Technology Editor-in-Chief Joseph C. Anselmo. “We look forward to honoring them all, and announcing the Grand Laureates on March 1.”

The award categories are Business Aviation, Commercial, Defense and Space.  In addition, Aviation Week & Space Technology will bestow two Philip J. Klass Awards for Lifetime Achievement. Four cadets and midshipmen from U.S. military academies will be recognized as Tomorrow’s Leaders, honoring young men and women who have chosen career paths in the armed forces.

“We are so honored to be recognized for our work in DEFENSE, Supplier Innovation,” said Leslie Peters, CEO, Metro Aerospace. “The Aviation Week Network’s Laureates Awards have a long history of recognizing the very best in the industry and we are thrilled to win this distinction.”

In addition to the Laureates Awards, Aviation Week & Space Technology will host a luncheon early in the day, honoring the “20 Twenties” in partnership with American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). This program recognizes the accomplishments and drive of 20 science, technology, engineering and math students in their 20s and currently enrolled in a master’s degree or bachelor’s degree program.



Based in Dallas, Texas, Metro Aerospace is a small minority-owned business, developing and bringing to market ground breaking and state-of-the-art technologies that will shape the future of making aerospace travel more efficient. For more information regarding Metro Aerospace and Microvanes, visit

Metro Aerospace was established in 2016 by the founders of Catalyze Dallas, a venture development company specializing in creating value through the spin out of intellectual property sourced from some of the world’s most respected defense and industrial companies. For more information, visit



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