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U.S., European Aviation Leaders Prepare To Discuss Key Issues At Brussels Conference

GAMA NEWS 10-16 For Immediate Release: Jun 15, 2010

Media Contacts:

Katie Pribyl – GAMA

Sean Broderick – AAAE

The world’s most important aviation relationship, that between the United States and Europe, faces unprecedented challenges.  Senior industry leaders and aviation safety regulators from the U.S. and Europe will explore the full scope of aviation relations across the Atlantic at the Second Transatlantic Aviation Issues Conference, “U.S.-EU Cooperation at a Crossroads,” in Brussels, Belgium, June 29-July 1.

The meeting, presented by the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), the International Association of Airport Executives (IAAE) and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), in collaboration with the European Commission (EC) and EUROCONTROL, will bring together more than 100 leaders from regulatory and policy authorities, airports, airlines, manufacturers, air traffic control, and security experts to dissect the political, economic and technical issues that confront the transatlantic aviation relationship today. 

The agenda features a top cast of experts: Daniel Calleja, air transport policy director at the European Commission; David McMillan, director general of Eurocontrol; Susan Kurland, assistant secretary for international affairs and aviation at the U.S. Department of Transportation; Brian Simpson, chairman of the European Parliament’s Transport Committee; John Hickey, deputy associate administrator for aviation safety at the FAA; Bill Hemmings, of the Transport and Environment NGO; Ulrich Schulte-Strathaus, secretary general of the Association of European Airlines; Rob Wilson, president of Honeywell Business and General Aviation and chairman of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association; Jean Rosanvallon, president and CEO of Dassault Falcon Jet; Rosemarie Andolino, commissioner of aviation for the City of Chicago; Carl Burleson, director of the FAA’s Office of Environment and Energy, and representatives from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), U.S. and European airlines, manufacturers and other aviation organizations. 

The speakers will focus on such topical items as the appropriate response to volcanic ash, the potential consequences of the failure to implement the US-EU aviation safety agreement, the US-EU Open Skies agreement, the environment, the global shift to satellite-based air traffic management systems, the status of aviation security, and more.

The event takes place at the Conrad Brussels Hotel.  Attendees are invited to an opening reception on June 29 at the Conrad as well. 

Information on the meeting, including an updated agenda, registration instructions, hotel details and general logistics can be found online at:

For additional information on program and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Melissa Sabatine, AAAE, in the U.S. at +1 703-824-0500, Ext. 138, or email or Brian Davey, GAMA, in Brussels at +32 2 234-7709 or e-mail


ABOUT AAAE: Founded in 1928, AAAE ( is the world’s largest professional organization representing the men and women who work at public-use commercial and general aviation airports. AAAE’s 5,000-plus members represent some 850 airports and hundreds of companies and organizations that support the airport industry. Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., AAAE serves its membership through results-oriented representation in Washington, D.C., and delivers a wide range of industry services and professional development opportunities, including training, conferences, and a highly respected accreditation program.

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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.