Adm. Mahr Hands Out People’s Choice Awards
The deafening sound of aircraft on the flight deck presents challenges to ground crews trying to communicate with air traffic control. But thanks to two small businesses the problem is well on its way to being rectified.
Through the Naval Air Systems Command Small Business Innovation Research, or SBIR, program, small businesses partnered with the Navy to develop technology that will potentially allow ground crew and air traffic control personnel to communicate more clearly.
James Wilt, a senior scientist from NAVAIRâ€™s Warfighter Survivability division, initiated the SBIR topics resulting in projects with two small businesses specializing in hearing technology.
Wilt was one of 15 NAVAIR employees recognized by Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division commander Rear Adm. Randy Mahr at the organizationâ€™s headquarters Aug. 16 with a Peopleâ€™s Choice Award for training and supporting small businesses working with the Navy and DOD. Selected by participating small businesses, the Peopleâ€™s Choice award underscored the importance of active Navy engagement in the process and recognized those who went above and beyond to help the small-business community.
The awardees were also earlier honored June 5 in front of nearly 1,400 people at the 2012 Navy Opportunity Forum in Crystal City, Va., where the Navy, large prime contractors and small businesses gathered to form connections possibly leading to future technology transition.
Source: NAWCAD Public Affairs