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GAMA NEWS 12-43 For Immediate Release: Oct 22, 2012

The following statement was released by Pete Bunce, President and CEO of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) on the recent deaths of Monte Mitchell and Albert Lee Ueltschi:

“It is with deep sorrow, that we remember Monte Mitchell and his contributions to our industry.  Monte devoted over forty years of his life to aviation, and was a true pioneer in advancing and revitalizing the general aviation industry.  Monte’s work was crucial to establishing the General Aviation Revitalization Act (GARA) and having the milestone legislation signed into law by President Clinton.  GARA was revolutionary and without Monte Mitchell’s hard work and perseverance, it would not have been possible.  His daughter Paula and his entire family are in our thoughts and prayers." 

“Al Ueltschi’s unwavering commitment and unparalleled expertise made him a true pioneer in aviation safety and training.  As the Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Flight Safety International, Inc. he was incredibly respected and trusted by aviation safety and training professionals all over the world.  Al’s charitable contributions to ensure safety for our global aviation system were both numerous and extraordinary.  Al’s philanthropy and commitment to teaching safety to aviation enthusiasts was truly unparalleled.  Through his work, countless lives have been saved and Al’s lifetime dedication to aviation safety and training will never be forgotten.  I send my condolences to Al’s family during this difficult time.”

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.