The "Better Way" award recognizes a government-industry team that has developed and applied a technology, technique, process, or policy that advances inspection or test of civil/commercial aircraft structure, aircraft components, or aircraft systems. Improvements will be assessed as a function of process sensitivity, reliability, and cost effectiveness. The A4A/SAE NDT Better Way award is sponsored by Airlines for America (A4A) and SAE International. The award will be presented at the A4A NDT Forum and shall consist of a plaque, and a letter of commendation for each team member. Team eligibility includes both US government and private industry personnel. Employees of universities, national labs, and non-profit organizations are also eligible as supplemental recipients of this award. Membership in A4A or SAE is not required. Teams may have up to twelve members. The accomplishment may involve research, development, engineering, application, management, or policy, and must have occurred not more than 18 months prior to the NDT Forum. Evaluation of Nominations: Each nomination shall be evaluated against the following criteria:
- How does the new technology, technique, process, or policy result in more effective testing and inspection?
- How does the new technology, technique, process, or policy result in less expensive testing and inspection?
- What technical or non-technical obstacles did the team have to overcome?
- How is the new technology, technique, process, or policy novel or innovative?