WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 16, 2005 -- The board of directors of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) has elected Jack J. Pelton, Chairman, President and CEO of Cessna Aircraft Company, as GAMA's Chairman for 2006. Mr. Pelton previously served as GAMA's Vice Chairman and will continue to act as Chairman of the Association's Flight Operations Policy Committee.
The board also elected John J. Grisik as GAMA's Vice Chairman for 2006. Mr. Grisik is President, Electronic Systems, Goodrich Corporation.
Additionally, the following GAMA board members were appointed to serve in key leadership positions for the Association during 2006:
Alain M. Bellamare, President, Pratt & Whitney Canada, will chair GAMA's Product Liability Committee.
Larry E. Williams, CEO, President and COO, Ballistic Recovery Systems, will chair GAMA's Safety Affairs Committee.
Robert A. Wilson, President, Business and General Aviation, Honeywell, will chair GAMA's Technical Policy Committee.
Lastly, GAMA's board of directors voted Aviall Inc. and Adam Aircraft as new member companies. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Aviall is the world's largest independent provider of new aerospace parts and related aftermarket services. Adam Aircraft, located in Englewood, Colorado, manufactures the A500, a centerline thrust twin piston airplane. Additionally, the company is currently developing a very light jet.
GAMA is an international trade association headquartered in Washington, D.C., representing more than 50 of the world's leading manufacturers of general aviation aircraft, engines, avionics and related equipment. GAMA's members also operate fleets of aircraft, fixed based operations, and pilot training and maintenance training facilities. For additional information, visit GAMA's web site at www.GAMA.aero.