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GAMA Welcomes L-3 Communications and Mooney Airplane Company as Members

GAMA NEWS 03-25 For Immediate Release: Aug 25, 2003

WASHINGTON, DC, August 25, 2003 – The Board of Directors of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) recently voted L-3 Communications and Mooney Airplane Company as members of the association. L-3 Communications will be represented on the GAMA Board by Adrienne L. Stevens, President, Avionics Systems. Mooney Airplane Company will be represented by J. Nelson Happy, Vice Chairman, President and CEO.

L-3 Communications is a leading supplier of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) systems and products, secure communications systems and products, avionics and ocean products, training devices and services, microwave components and telemetry, instrumentation, space and navigation products. L-3 Avionics Systems, based in Grand Rapids, Michigan with facilities in Ohio and Florida, develops, manufactures and services innovative avionics solutions for all segments of the aviation market with primary focus on military, business and general aviation (GA).

Adrienne Stevens, recently appointed President of L-3 Avionics Systems, has held various leadership and executive roles within Avionics Systems since 1993. Most recently, she served as acting president as well as business unit director. Stevens received a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Technology and Operations from Western Michigan University and has completed coursework in the Executive MBA Program at the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business Administration. She is a commercial pilot and multi-engine instrument rated flight instructor.

Mooney Airplane Company, located in Kerrville, Texas, has manufactured high-performance four-place, single-engine, piston-powered aircraft for over 50 years. The company has delivered over 10,000 aircraft worldwide. Purchased in 2002 by general aviation holding company Mooney Aerospace Group Ltd., the company has been revitalized and is currently producing three different airplane models.

Mooney’s Vice Chairman, President and CEO, J. Nelson Happy, is an experienced executive and aviation attorney. Prior to Mooney, Happy served as general counsel, then COO and Vice Chairman, of Capital Air, Inc. of Smyrna, Tennessee, and CEO and Chairman of Flight International Group of Newport News, Virginia. Happy was also a member of the faculty of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy at Northwestern University and an instructor in aviation law at Judge Advocate General’s School, U. S. Army Reserve, in Charlottesville, Virginia. A graduate of Columbia Law School and a former Major in the JAGC, U.S.A.R., Happy holds a private pilot’s license and has been flying for over 30 years.

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Sarah McCann:
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.