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General Aviation Manufacturers Association

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) is an aviation industry trade association. It is the industry trade association representing general aviation (non-military & non-airliner) aircraft manufacturers and related enterprises, chiefly in the United States.[1] It is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with an office in Brussels, Belgium.


Light aircraft manufacturers in the United States were typically members of the Aerospace Industries Association (originally called the Aeronautical Chamber of Commerce), which represented all aircraft manufacturers in the U.S. catering to military aviation, commercial aviation and general aviation.

Increasing division of interests and priorities, and the disproportionate power of the military and commercial aircraft manufacturers, led to the establishment of a new organization to represent general aviation aircraft manufacturers. The organization was established as the "Utility Aircraft Council", until its director died suddenly. That organization's public relations person, Ed Stimpson, took the reins and evolved the organization into the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) in 1970.[2]

Initially, GAMA represented general aviation fixed-wing aircraft (not helicopter) manufacturers in the United States only. It has since grown to embrace aircraft manufacturers in other countries, with an additional office in Brussels, Belgium. In 2011, GAMA members voted to open GAMA membership to helicopter manufacturers as well.[3]

GAMA has also expanded its membership to include producers of general aviation engines, avionics, spare parts and related services. The organization claims to represent "over 80" manufacturers.[1]

Purposes and FunctionsEdit

GAMA serves as a:

  • Political lobbying group, representing—to governments and the public—the joint interests of manufacturers of general aviation aircraft and components, and related products.[1][4]
  • Industry information center (data and information clearinghouse; public relations and reporting service) -- particularly publishing quarterly aircraft production data, as well as the annual General Aviation Statistical Yearbook and Industry Outlook, (which typically contains an annualized summary of the quarterly reports, over several years, with additional general aviation statistics, and analysis).[5][6]
  • Industry partnering organization, providing for joint efforts by general aviation manufacturers towards shared goals. (Among these: various industry promotions, training, scholarships and awards programs).[7][8][9]

Issues and outcomesEdit

Issues dealt with by GAMA have included:[2][10][11][12][13]

  • Encouraging people to become lightplane pilots
  • Lobbying for manufacturing and safety standards suiting the GAMA members
  • Establishment of the Airport and Airway Trust Fund
  • Allocation of aviation fuel during the Arab oil embargo of the mid-1970s
  • Dealing with the impact of the PATCO strike by the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization that crippled U.S. aviation in the 1980s
  • Leading the (eventually successful) effort to pass the General Aviation Revitalization Act, which shields manufacturers of light aircraft from lawsuits over crashes of small aircraft that are 18 years old or older (This act, passed in 1994 after several years of GAMA lobbying, is credited with reviving the small aircraft industry, which had been hard hit by a rapidly rising tide of crash-lawsuits)
  • Corporate risk managers' opposition to corporate aviation[13]
  • Shortages of aviation fuel for piston-powered aircraft
  • Government attempts to tax general aviation through "user fees"
  • The shift of general aviation away from mass-market, piston-powered light aircraft to narrow-market, high-priced business jets and turboprops


Member companies are:[14]

Aircraft manufacturersEdit

Air Tractor, Inc. Airbus Helicopters Company
Beechcraft Corporation Bell Helicopter Company
Boeing Business Jets Bombardier Aerospace
Cessna Aircraft Company Cirrus Aircraft Company
CubCrafters, Inc. DAHER-SOCATA
Dassault Falcon Diamond Aircraft Industries
Eclipse Aerospace Company Embraer S. A.
Flight Design GmbH Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation
Nextant Aerospace, LLC Piaggio Aero Industries S.p.A.
Pilatus Aircraft, Ltd. Piper Aircraft, Inc.
Quest Aircraft Company Sabreliner Corporation
Thrush Aircraft Inc.

Engine manufacturersEdit

Avionics manufacturersEdit

  • Aero-Mach Labs
  • Appareo
  • Aspen Avionics
  • Avidyne Corporation
  • Cobham Avionics, Integrated Systems
  • Esterline CMC Electronics
  • FreeFlight Systems
  • Garmin International Inc.
  • Innovative Solutions & Support, Inc.
  • L-3 Communications - Products Group
  • Rockwell Collins, Inc.
  • Safe Flight Instrument Corporation
  • Sandel Avionics, Inc.
  • Thales Canada Inc.
  • Universal Avionics Systems Corp.

Component manufacturers and service providersEdit

  • ATP
  • Avfuel Corporation
  • Aviall, Inc
  • B/E Aerospace, Inc.
  • BBA Aviation
  • Blackhawk Modifications, Inc.
  • Bosch General Aviation Technology GmbH
  • BRS Aerospace
  • CAE SimuFlite
  • CAV Aerospace, Inc.
  • Duncan Aviation
  • Extant Components Group
  • FlightSafety International, Inc.
  • ForeFlight, LLC
  • General Aviation Modifications, Inc
  • GKN Aerospace Transparency Systems Inc.
  • Greenwich AeroGroup
  • Hartzell Propeller Inc.
  • ICE Corporation
  • International Communications Group (ICG)
  • Jeppesen
  • Jet Aviation
  • Jet Support Services, Inc.
  • Kaman Corporation
  • Meggitt Safety Systems Inc.
  • Meggitt Sensing Systems
  • Parker Aerospace
  • PATS Aircraft Systems
  • PPG Aerospace
  • Redbird Flight Simulations, Inc.
  • SimCom International
  • StandardAero
  • Stevens Aviation
  • Taylor-Deal Aviation LLC
  • Teton Aviation Group, LLC
  • Triumph Group, Inc.
  • UTC Aerospace Systems
  • Wipaire, Inc.
  • Woodward, Inc.

Leadership and key peopleEdit

Current CEO Pete Bunce
Chairman Phil Straub (Garmin)

Ed Stimpson (d.2009)[11] headed GAMA for 25 years, as its formative President, shaping the identity and role of the organization.[2][12]

Drew Steketee served as Communications Director from 1980 to 1987.[15][16]

Pete Bunce is the current President and CEO.[1]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d General Aviation Manufacturers' Assn. website, [1] retrieved May 18, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c Steketee. Drew (former GAMA Communications Dir. under Stimpson) "Ed Stimpson A Modest Giant In GA," AVweb aviation news website, Nov.29, 2009
  3. ^ Epstein, Curt, "Turbine Aircraft Deliveries Continue to Slide in Third Quarter" Aviation International News, December 2011
  4. ^ Pope, Stephen, "President Obama's $100 User Fee Plan is DOA: Here's Why," FLYING Magazine, April 11, 2013, New York.
  5. ^ Publications page, GAMA website
  6. ^ Epstein, Curt , "GAMA: Bizjet, Turboprop Deliveries Rise in 1Q13," AINonline, May 9, 2013
  7. ^ Phelps, Mark "GAMA, BuildAPlane Launch Educational Initiative," Mar 12, 2013, FLYING Magazine, New York
  8. ^ Pope, Stephen, GAMA, IMC Club Host Oshkosh IFR Forums," FLYING Magazine, July 23, 2012.
  9. ^ General Aviation News staff "GAMA awards scholarships", May 14, 2013, General Aviation News magazine.
  10. ^ Epstein, Curt, "[ Final Flight: Amb. Edward Stimpson]," Aviation International News magazine, January 2010 issue posted online December 28, 2009
  11. ^ a b National Business Aircraft Association, Press Release: "NBAA Marks Passing of Aviation Industry Icon Ed Stimpson", Nov. 25, 2009, Washington, D.C.
  12. ^ a b McMillin, Molly, senior aviation reporter "Aviation industry veteran Ed Stimpson dies," from "Air Capital Insider" blog on website of Wichita Eagle & Beacon newspaper, Nov. 27, 2009
  13. ^ a b Steketee, Drew "[ Airspeed, airlines and economics, Part 2], General Aviation News, April 8, 2013
  14. ^ "Member Companies – GAMA". Retrieved 11 May 2018.
  15. ^ "Dedications & Reunions" by Drew Steketee, on General Aviation News, March 2011.
  16. ^ anon., "Aviation Pioneers: Drew Steketee," on Wings Over Kansas website."

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