Hudson hero Capt Chesley Sullenberger, Virgin's Sir Richard Branson and Bob Mitchell, father of the Global Hawk unmanned air vehicle, have been named Aviator, Innovator and Leader of the Year in the inaugural Flightglobal Achievement Awards.
The winners - who topped a poll on flightglobal.com that generated more than 7,000 votes - were honoured in front of 150 VIPs at an awards ceremony held at Dubai's prestigious Al Badia Golf Club.
Also announced as joint winners of the fourth Boeing Engineering Student of the Year Award were PhD candidates Can Bayram of Northwestern University and Michael Grant of Georgia Institute of Technology.
Bob Mitchell (left) receives his award from David Brown, marketing director from sponsor AJW Aviation
The event was sponsored by Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies, AJW Aviation, Bombardier and Boeing, and hosted by Flight International Editor Murdo Morrison. Special guest Al Jazeera and former BBC newsreader Darren Jordon gave his personal perspective on the Middle East and the region's role in the world economy in the future.
More details on each of the winners and information on all the runners up