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GAMA Cheers the Return of GA to Washington Reagan National Airport

GAMA NEWS 05-16 For Immediate Release: May 25, 2005

Washington, DC, May 25, 2005 – The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) praised today’s announcement of the resumption of general aviation flights at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA).

"First, let me thank DHS Deputy Secretary Michael Jackson, Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for TSA David Stone, and FAA Administrator Marion Blakey for their commitment to get this done," said GAMA President and CEO Pete Bunce. "The general aviation community also owes much to the Members of Congress who worked diligently with us and the federal government towards a solution. Without their personal attention, today’s announcement would not have happened."

"Second, this announcement marks the culmination of years of hard work to open an airport closed to general aviation after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The general aviation community has worked side-by-side with federal security officials for an effective plan that balances freedom of movement and access with security."

"GAMA will continue to work closely with the TSA, FAA, and other federal agencies during this transition period. It is our hope that once the current plan for GA access is in place we can work to increase the number of gateway cities and operators who can access our nation’s capital."

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.