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GAMA Welcomes New Member and Associate Member Companies

GAMA NEWS 17-7 For Immediate Release: Feb 24, 2017

Washington, DC—The Board of Directors of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) this week approved CAMP Systems International, Pipistrel, and Tamarack Aerospace Group as members, and Ascent Vision Technologies, SmartSky Networks, and Uber as associate members.

Founded in 1968, CAMP Systems International is a leading Aircraft Health Management and Enterprise Information Systems provider in business aviation. The company provides Maintenance Tracking for nearly 20,000 aircraft, performs Engine Health Monitoring for over 30,000 engines, and supports software solutions for 1,300 service center and MRO organizations. CAMP has proudly partnered with manufacturers of airframes and engines to improve the use of data in aerospace. The CAMP organization has a global footprint and its headquarters are in Merrimack, New Hampshire.

Established in 1989, Pipistrel is a manufacturer of light general aviation airplanes and electric flight technology based in Slovenia. Its products include a range of light sport airplanes, motorgliders, and the Panthera, a four-seat composite aircraft with three versions of propulsion: petrol engine, hybrid, and fully electric. The first private aircraft producer in the former Yugoslavia, Pipistrel is named for Pipistrellus, or the Latin word for bat, for the appearance of the powered hang-gliders that were its first products.

Based in Sandpoint, Idaho, Tamarack Aerospace Group designs and develops innovative technology for business, commercial, and military aircraft. Tamarack’s revolutionary Active Winglets significantly improve performance and fuel efficiencies, making aircraft safer, more mission capable, and more cost effective, all while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. With values of hard work, reliability, customer service, and corporate responsibility, Tamarack aims to be a global leader in aircraft performance enhancement.

In addition to these member companies, GAMA welcomed several associate members.

Ascent Vision Technologies designs and manufactures gyro-stabilized sensor systems for various applications in the aerospace, maritime, defense, and automotive industry. Founded in a barn in Bozeman, Montana in 2015, Ascent has grown from two to 40 employees in less than two years. Most of the Ascent team are U.S. military veterans and have led the company with the vision of adapting battlefield technologies to domestic applications for the benefit of various industry and public sector markets.

Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, SmartSky Networks was formed in 2011 by senior aviation and telecommunications executives seeking to transform aviation using disruptive communications technologies. Working with leading aerospace and technology partners, SmartSky is rolling out its innovative, air-to-ground network, SmartSky 4G, later this year. The network takes advantage of patented spectrum reuse, advanced beamforming technologies, and 60 MHz of contiguous spectrum for significantly enhanced connections. SmartSky 4G delivers data to the aircraft with speeds comparable to satellite solutions and provides unmatched speeds when getting data off the aircraft.

Uber seeks to bring reliable transportation to passengers around the world. The San Francisco, California-based company, which was founded in 2010 and has provided more than 2 billion trips in automobiles, recently announced Uber Elevate, a project aimed at enabling urban, on-demand air transportation through a network of small, electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) aircraft. Uber is working with manufacturers, regulators and government officials to accelerate the development, certification, and deployment of VTOL aircraft.

Communications Director:
Sarah McCann: smccann@gama.aero
General Aviation Manufacturers Association
www.GAMA.aero
Headquarters: (+1) 202-393-1500
European Office: (+32) 2 550-3900

GAMA exists to foster and advance the general welfare, safety, interests, and activities of the global business and general aviation industry. This includes promoting a better understanding of general aviation manufacturing, maintenance, repair, and overhaul and the important role these industry segments play in economic growth and opportunity, and in serving the critical transportation needs of communities, companies, and individuals worldwide.