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GAMA Welcomes Expanded Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement on Pilot Training

GAMA NEWS 20-49 For Immediate Release: Nov 23, 2020

Nov 23, 2020
Contact: Andre Castro


GAMA Welcomes Expanded Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement on Pilot Training

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) commends the signing of two new annexes to the EU-U.S. Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement on Cooperation in the Regulation of Civil Aviation Safety. These new annexes reach agreements on pilot licenses and flight simulation training devices.

“The signing of these two new annexes mark a significant milestone in the ongoing work to improve aviation safety and streamline acceptance of pilot licensing and training. We applaud the work done between the EU and the U.S. to finalize and reach agreement on these long-awaited annexes. GAMA has been at the forefront of advocating for the harmonization of license validations and recognition of flight simulator certifications,” said  Pete Bunce, GAMA President and CEO. “We will continue to work for growth and advancements within the general and business aviation industry and look forward to expanding bilateral aviation safety cooperation.”

The new pilot licensing annex will allow for reciprocal conversions of certain FAA pilots certificates and  EU Part-FCL licenses. The new flight simulation training annex provides for validation of Flight Simulation Training Devices for reciprocal use in pilot training in the EU and U.S. 

For more information about the annexes, visit the European Commission’s website and the Federal Aviation Administration’s website.




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


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Andre Castro:
General Aviation Manufacturers Association
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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.