Queen's Award


Micro Nav Limited, formed in 1988 and based in Bournemouth, has received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category. This is the second time Micro Nav, a leading specialist company developing and supplying air traffic control and air defence simulators and training systems, has received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

Micro Nav has received the Innovation Award for its Automatic Display Alignment System (ADAS) used in 3D air traffic control simulators and training systems. These simulators rely on the use of multiple projectors to present a simulated view that would be seen from a control tower at an airport. Historically, setting up and maintaining the calibration of multiple projector arrays has been achieved manually by skilled specialist engineers.

ADAS uses an array of high resolution digital cameras together with light emitting diodes embedded in the display screen to automatically perform a geometric alignment of each of the projected images. This means that all of the projected images will align with the screen and each other. The system also automatically adjusts the colour and brightness so that all the images appear to be a single large image. Micro Nav has been granted a patent for this display systems innovation by the UK Intellectual Property Office.

In 2010, Micro Nav won the Queen’s Award for International Trade, following the trebling of the company’s exports over three years.  Its main export areas have been in Europe, the Middle East and Asia; and additionally more recently in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.

Managing Director, Stephen Williams said, “We are delighted to receive our second Queen’s Award. This award for Innovation reflects the high-calibre staff within Micro Nav and the on-going investment that Micro Nav has made in its products to ensure that its customers are able to deliver high-quality training in the most efficient way. In a very competitive market-place the prestige of the Queen’s Award will help us secure further business in our chosen markets”.

A recent customer of Micro Nav’s, Papua New Guinea Air Services Limited, installed Micro Nav’s BEST solution incorporating a 240 degree curved projected display system enabled with ADAS. Capt Ted Pakii, CEO of PNG Air Services, said, “the 240 degree, 3D Tower Simulator supplied by Micro Nav has given PNG Air Services a significant boost in our training capability and capacity. We are now able to train our Tower Controllers in-country, reducing costs related to training our people overseas. The projection alignment system relieves our technicians from having to conduct manual adjustments to the system which in turn improves system availability.”

For more information visit the Queen's Awards website.



In April 2010, Her Majesty The Queen announced that Micro Nav Limited was the winner of a Queen's Award for  Enterprise in the International Trade category. The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the most prestigious Awards for business performance. They recognise and reward outstanding achievement by UK companies.

The Queen's Award for Enterprise was won by Micro Nav in recognition of outstanding performance in exporting high technology air traffic control and airport training systems throughout the world. It was the first time that the company won the award, following the company trebling its exports to £4.6m in the years 2006 to 2008. Micro Nav Limited's main export markets were Europe, the Middle East and Asia and accounted for more than 90% of its turnover.  

The official award ceremony took place on 23rd September 2010. Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant of Dorset, Mrs A. Pitt-Rivers, in a reception held at the Cumberland Hotel, Bournemouth, presented the glass rose bowl and the Grant of Appointment to Managing Director and founder Mike Male.

Following the Queen's Award presentation, the Lord Lieutenant of Dorset, Mrs Anthony Pitt-Rivers & Mr Pitt-Rivers, Bournemouth West MP Conor Burns, the Worshipful The Mayor & Mayoress of Bournemouth, Councillor & Mrs Barry Goldbart and a host of local VIPs joined the Board and staff of Micro Nav for a reception that included demonstrations of some of Micro Nav's  products, including the 3D air traffic control simulator and the airside driver trainer.

You can read the original press release here.

For more information visit the Queen's Awards website.