NEW YORK, Feb. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Aviation Week ( http://www.aviationweek.com) will hold their 56th Annual Laureate Awards on March 7 in Washington, D.C., celebrating the extraordinary achievements by individuals and teams in the aviation, aerospace and defense communities. The black-tie event will honor winners in categories including Aeronautics/Propulsion, Business/General Aviation, Commercial Air Transport, Defense, IT/Electronics, MRO, Space and Workforce for their accomplishments in 2012. Recipients of the Philip J. Klass Award for Lifetime Achievement and the Aviation Week Heroism Award will also be announced. The evening also marks the presentation of the Tomorrow's Leaders Awards, sponsored by BAE Systems. The awards honor young men and women who have chosen career paths in the armed forces. This year's honorees include Zachary Howard Adams, Cadet First Class, US Air Force Academy; Matthew George Gallup, Cadet Lieutenant, United States Military Academy; Erik William Oredson, Cadet First Class, United States Coast Guard Academy; and Benjamin Lee Putbrese, Midshipman First Class, United States Naval Academy. All cadets will receive gifts presented by Michelle Lamberton, Vice President, Internal Audit, BAE Systems. Produced by Aviation Week, the Laureate Awards were conceived more than 50 years ago. The formal dinner and awards ceremony is one the industry's premier events, attracting hundreds of industry pioneers and thought leaders from around the world. Event sponsors include Platinum Sponsor BAE Systems and Diamond Sponsor Boeing. Complete coverage of the Laureate Awards will be available in Aviation Week & Space Technology and is on http://www.aviationweek.com. For information on attending or sponsoring Laureates, contact Regan Pickett at +1 540 349 5736. About Aviation Week: Aviation Week, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies, is the largest multimedia information and services provider for the global aviation, aerospace and defense industries. Industry professionals rely on Aviation Week for analysis, marketing and intelligence. Customers include the world's leading manufacturers, suppliers, airlines, militaries, governments and other organizations that serve this global market. Aviation Week produces data and analytics services including the Aviation Week Intelligence Network (AWIN), industry-leading events around the world, as well as ShowNews and Business & Commercial Aviation. On July 2, 2012, the group's flagship Aviation Week & Space Technology (AW&ST) relaunched with an even greater focus on technology, business and operations that has long been the brand's hallmark. In addition to civil, military and space, AW&ST's market coverage is further expanded with new monthly Defense Technology and MRO editions to include land and sea and aftermarket insights. Aviation Week's 2012 digital expansion includes a redesigned AviationWeek.com for deeper community engagement and navigation and a comprehensive technology upgrade to the Aviation Week Intelligence Network (AWIN). AWIN, the industry's essential integrated business tool, now has increased capability through more fleet and MRO data and an expanded team of data analysts.