BRUSSELS—The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) today announced the appointment of Greg Bowles to a new position as Director of European Regulatory Affairs & Engineering. Bowles will join GAMA’s Director of European and International Affairs Brian Davey in GAMA’s Brussels office. Joining the association in 2005, Bowles has served as Director of Engineering & Manufacturing at the association’s Washington headquarters. In his new role, he will strengthen GAMA’s ability to work towards better and more efficient regulatory systems, as well as ensuring even stronger coordination between global aviation authorities and manufacturers.
“The GAMA Board of Directors decided that this was a prudent time to complement our excellent government affairs presence in Europe with strong aviation technical expertise. Greg’s move to Brussels marks another major increase of GAMA’s worldwide presence at a time when general aviation is expanding on a global basis,” GAMA President and CEO Pete Bunce said. “Greg is well known at EASA, having worked closely with their regulators and other European authorities in representing general aviation manufacturers’ interests for several years on many issues ranging from European equipment and aircraft certification to increased international cooperation between authorities.”
Bowles also served as the industry co-chair of the international regulator/industry working group that included representation from EASA, the FAA and aviation authorities from Canada, Brazil, China and New Zealand that developed a new global framework for the certification of light general aviation airplanes (CS 23/Part 23). He has focused in the areas of regulation and policy affecting avionics, aircraft systems and airframe design, as well as aerospace manufacturing and quality assurance.
Prior to joining GAMA, Bowles worked as a certification engineer at Keystone (now Sikorsky) Helicopter, and was a design engineer at Cessna Aircraft Company. A native of Connecticut, Bowles holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Webster University. He is an active instrument-rated general aviation pilot.