GAMA Expands Membership With Four New Companies

WASHINGTON, DC, February 28, 2012 - The board of directors of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) has approved Avfuel, Extant Components Group, ForeFlight and Thrush Aircraft as its newest members, bringing the international trade association’s membership to 77.

Avfuel Corporation is a global supplier of aviation fuel and services. Established as a supply and logistics company over 40 years ago, Avfuel is core competent in every aspect of fuel delivery from refinery to wingtip. Avfuel fuels aircraft around the globe at over 2000 locations, supplies fuel and equipment to a network of 600 branded fixed-base operators and supports the industry's infrastructure with innovative programs and services.   Headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Avfuel is 100 percent dedicated to aviation and its business lines integrate with aviation markets all over the world.

Extant Components Group, a Warburg Pincus portfolio company, supports product licensing, obsolescence management and lifecycle extension services for aging, non-core avionics and electronics systems and components of various general aviation aircraft. Extant Components Group is headquartered in Melbourne, Florida.

ForeFlight, founded in 2007 and headquartered in Houston, Texas, builds intelligent applications for pilots. ForeFlight's critically acclaimed, highly-rated, and best-selling applications are used by individual and business aviation pilots worldwide to efficiently gather preflight weather information, plan flights, conduct preflight research, file flight plans, keep charts and terminal procedures up to date, and manage iPad deployments. ForeFlight’s flagship product, ForeFlight Mobile, was named “Best App” of 2011 by Aviation Consumer and recently received Flying Magazine’s 2011 Editor’s Choice award. ForeFlight Mobile is consistently ranked the top selling iPad aviation application in Apple's iTunes “App” Store.

Thrush Aircraft, based in Albany, Georgia, is a leader in providing aircraft for agricultural spray operations. Their line of airplanes help operations of all sizes control insects, weeds, and diseases that threaten crops and orchards, and effectively fertilize all types of crops.  In addition, Thrush Aircraft are depended upon for fire control by dispersing fire retardant chemicals and water to save lives and prevent the loss of property and forestry.  Thrush was the first to certify a turbine-powered agricultural aircraft and to design, certify, and build the first dual cockpit, dual control agricultural aircraft.

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GAMA is an international trade association representing over 70 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 they manage fleets of aircraft. GAMA fosters and advances the welfare, safety, and interests of general aviation by working with governments and the industry to promote a better understanding of the important role general aviation plays worldwide in economic growth and development. GAMA is headquartered in Washington, DC, with a European office in Brussels, Belgium. For additional information, visit GAMA's website at