WASHINGTON, DC, July 18, 2012 - The Senate Aviation Subcommittee, chaired by Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), today held a hearing on the state of the U.S. aviation industry and how the industry can maintain its global leadership. Pete Bunce, President and CEO, testified on behalf of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA).
In his testimony, Mr. Bunce underscored several items that are key to the success of aviation manufacturing, including improving the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) product certification process, addressing airspace management and aviation infrastructure issues in emerging aviation markets, and making key investments in research and development and workforce training in the United States.
"GAMA commends the leadership of the Subcommittee for convening this hearing which is of vital importance to the competitiveness of the aviation manufacturing industry," said Pete Bunce, GAMA's President and CEO. "We appreciate the fact that the hearing highlighted so many issues that GAMA believes are key to the future growth of GAMA companies. We look forward to continuing to work with the Subcommittee on initiatives that will lead to a stronger general aviation industry and also increased job opportunities for our citizens”.
GAMA is an international trade association representing over 75 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 www.GAMA.aero.