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GAMA Elects 2007 Leadership, Welcomes New Member Companies

GAMA NEWS 06-19 For Immediate Release: Nov 15, 2006




WASHINGTON, DC, November 15, 2006 – The board of directors of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) has elected John J. Grisik, Executive Vice President, Operational Excellence and Technology, Goodrich Corporation (NYSE: GR), as GAMA’s chairman for 2007. Dr. Grisik previously served as GAMA’s Vice Chairman.

The Board also elected Alan Klapmeier as GAMA’s Vice Chairman. Mr. Klapmeier is Chairman and CEO, Cirrus Design Corporation. He served as chairman of the security issues committee in 2006.

The following individuals were appointed as GAMA committee chairs for 2007:

Product Liability & Legal Issues Committee
Alain Bellemare, Pratt & Whitney Canada

Flight Operations Policy Committee
Jack Pelton, Cessna Aircraft Company

Security Issues Committee
John Rosanvallon, Dassault Falcon Jet Corporation

Communications Committee
Adrienne Stevens, L-3 Communications

International Affairs Committee
Mark Van Tine, Jeppesen

Safety Affairs & Training Committee
Larry Williams, Ballistic Recovery Systems

Technical Policy Committee
Robert Wilson, Honeywell

GAMA’s board of directors also approved three applications for membership:

Eclipse Aviation, based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is the manufacturer of the E500 very light jet. The company received its type certificate for the Eclipse 500 in September 2006.

Headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, SINO Swearingen manufactures the SJ30-2 Twin Jet. The company announced the receipt of its type certificate in October 2005.

SMA (Societe de Motorisations Aeronautiques), headquartered in Bourges, France, is part of the international technology consortium SAFRAN Group. SMA specializes in the development and production of piston engines that burn jet fuel through diesel cycle technology.

“Simultaneously adding two original equipment manufacturers to our ranks as they bring their first certified aircraft to market is a first for GAMA. We are proud to have Eclipse and SINO Swearingen on board,” said Pete Bunce, GAMA’s President and CEO. “Likewise, SMA brings another exciting European innovator into the GAMA family, increasing our presence in the expanding European general aviation marketplace.”

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.