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GAMA Mourns Passing of Jim Richmond

GAMA NEWS 21-47 For Immediate Release: Dec 3, 2021

Dec 3, 2021
Contact: Andre Castro


GAMA Mourns Passing of Jim Richmond

WASHINGTON, D.C. – General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) President and CEO, Pete Bunce, issued the following statement regarding the passing of Jim Richmond, founder of CubCrafters:

“Jim Richmond was an extraordinary innovator whose passion for aviation strengthened interest in backcountry flying. His dedication to the general aviation industry was remarkable as he produced aircraft that balanced adventure, safety and innovative technologies. On behalf of the entire GAMA staff and our membership, I extend our deepest and heartfelt condolences to Jim’s wife, Susan, her family and friends, and the entire team at CubCrafters. Jim was a good friend and devoted leader who leaves behind an incredible legacy that will live on at CubCrafters.”

A memorial service to celebrate Jim Richmond’s life is scheduled for December 4th from 1-3 PM PT at the CubCrafters Factory in Yakima, Washington. Family, friends, coworkers and colleagues of Jim, along with CubCrafters customers and backcountry pilots are all welcome. The memorial service will also be live-streamed via Facebook on a special tribute page:

The family requests those who wish to express sympathy consider making a donation to the Idaho Aviation Foundation or the Yakima Union Gospel Mission in Jim's name, in lieu of flowers.

To view CubCrafters press release, CubCrafters Announces the Passing of Company Founder Jim Richmond, visit

Jim Richmond at Mile High airstrip in Idaho with several CubCrafters NX Cubs. (Photo courtesy of CubCrafters.)




GAMA is an international trade association representing over 100 of the world's leading manufacturers of general aviation airplanes and rotorcraft, engines, avionics, components and related services. GAMA's members also operate repair stations, fixed based operations, pilot and maintenance training facilities and manage fleets of aircraft. For more information, visit GAMA's website at


Communications Director:
Andre Castro:
General Aviation Manufacturers Association
Headquarters: (+1) 202-393-1500
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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.