The countdown has begun for the German Aviation Innovation Award 2018

The next round of the German Aviation Innovation Award (IDL) has begun, and this year already marks the third time it will be awarded. Individuals, start-ups and companies who are carrying out innovative work in the sector of civil aviation are still able to submit an application for the German Aviation Innovation Award 2018 until February 25. In addition to the time-honored categories “Digitisation in aviation”, “Reduction of emissions” and “Customer Journey”, this year, for the first time, it is possible to submit applications based on innovations which are not aviation-based but which are used within aviation or vice versa in the new category “Cross-Innovation”.

“The aviation industry is a highly innovative sector. Differentiated customer requirements and international competition challenge us on a day-to-day basis” said Dr. Stefan Schulte, CEO of Fraport AG, with regard to the German Aviation Innovation Award 2017. The Frankfurt-based airport operator positions itself as innovation leader in the air freight industry and is one of the partners behind the prize. According to Schulte “innovation is more important for the sustainable growth of a company than ever before. The German Aviation Innovation Award will provide the industry with a valuable stimulus and promote new approaches – this will strengthen German aviation.”

In 2016, Lufthansa received the accolade of the German Aviation Innovation Award in the “Reduction of emissions” category. Lufthansa Cargo has been using the OMEGA (Ops Monitor and Efficiency Gap Analyzer) analysis tool for two years now, which helps pilots to fly more efficiently.
The 2017 prize winner in the “Customer Journey” category was the Hamburg-based start-up jetlite, which developed an algorithm to manage cabin lighting on long-distance flights in order to prevent jet lag. “Not only does winning the prize mean an important confirmation to us that jetlite is viewed as innovative by significant industry representatives, the German Aviation Innovation Award (IDL) has drawn the attention of the entire industry to us”, reports Managing Director Dr. Achim Leder. “We view IDL as a seal of approval which will play an important role for us in customer acquisition.” Other IDL prize winners in 2017 were Premium AEROTEC (“Reduction of emissions” category), Wingcopter (“Flying outside of the box” category) und Airbus Operations (“Digitisation in aviation” category).

The German Aviation Innovation Award will be presented at ILA Berlin

This year too, a jury of experts will determine the winner of the German Aviation Innovation Award and present the award on April 25 at the ILA 2018 under the leadership of Prof. Rolf Henke, Member of the Executive Board for Aviation Research and Technology at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt – DLR) in Berlin. The sponsor is Brigitte Zypries, Federal Minister for Economics and Energy, the Federal Government’s coordinator for aviation in Germany. The IDL is organized by the German Aerospace Industries Association (BDLI), the German Aviation Association (BDL), the Digital Association Bitkom and the P3 group, which provides consultancy and engineering services.
Text by Benjamin Klare
Photos: Fraport/Frank Seifert