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GAMA Beefs Up European Presence

GAMA NEWS 07-2 For Immediate Release: Jan 17, 2007

WASHINGTON, DC, January 17, 2007 – Today, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) announced that the association has concluded a contract with APCO Worldwide (APCO), a global communication consultancy, to provide analytical, information and strategic advisory services in Europe. Paul Feldman, Director in APCO’s Brussels office, will have the principal responsibility of providing GAMA with information and strategic advice regarding regulatory and policy issues affecting general aviation in Europe.

“Paul Feldman brings to GAMA’s membership vast experience in the international aviation arena through his service at the Federal Aviation Administration, in Congress and as the FAA’s senior executive for Europe, Africa and the Middle East. We plan to leverage Paul’s expertise at a critical time in the development of European aviation policy and the expansion of the general aviation market in Europe,” said Pete Bunce, GAMA’s President and CEO.

Prior to joining APCO, Feldman was the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Director for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa based in Brussels from 2001 to 2006. Among other accomplishments, he was responsible for leading the U.S. in negotiations with the European Commission on a new aviation safety bilateral agreement recognizing the establishment of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). He also served in a temporary capacity as FAA Assistant Administrator for International Aviation. Before becoming FAA Director in Brussels, Feldman served as the FAA’s Senior Representative to the European Union. Additionally, he earlier served as a Democratic Staff Director in the Subcommittee on Aviation of the U.S. House of Representatives.

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About APCO Worldwide
APCO Worldwide is an independently owned global communication consultancy with offices in major cities throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. APCO was named 2006 Agency of the Year by PR Week, 2006 and 2005 European Consultancy of the Year by Public Affairs News and 2004 Public Affairs Agency of the Year by The Holmes Report. Clients include corporations, governments, industry associations and nonprofit organizations. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., APCO includes among its clients seven of the top 10 companies on Fortune’s Global 500. Core services include corporate, investor and internal communication; crisis management; issue management; government relations; litigation communication; media relations; coalition building; opinion research; market entry; corporate responsibility and online communication. APCO is a majority women-owned business.

Communications Director:
Andre Castro:
General Aviation Manufacturers Association
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.