2001 Fellow

Presented to: Mr. Alexander B. Winick

Citation: For leadership in advancing the modernization of navigation in the National Airspace System and adoption of VOR/DME as the international standard for domestic air navigation.


Mr. Alexander B. Winick received his B.S. degree in physics in 1936. He began his career teaching theory and operation of early airborne navigation equipment for the U.S. Army Air Corps Technical Training Command at Scott Field, Illinois. From 1943 to 1946 he was on active duty with the U.S. Navy, ending up at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C. Back as a civilian, he worked at the Bureau of Aeronautics where he became head of the Navigation Branch. The major task of the navigation branch was the development of a common civil/military system for use by all users of the airspace. In 1957, Mr. Winick became part of the Federal Aviation Administration's research and development service. He was appointed deputy director of research and development and served there until 1975, after which he took early retirement, but continued to work for The MITRE Corporation as a consultant in support of FAA programs.

Mr. Winick completely retired in 1994 but still feels strongly about navigation issues. Mr. Winick was awarded the Norman P. Hays Award in 1966 and served as ION president from 1972-1973.