GAMA Reacts to White House Comments on Aviation Manufacturing Workers

Feb. 21, 2013
Difficult budget decisions could cause general aviation industry job loss.

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 20, 2013- Pete Bunce, President and CEO of GAMA released a statement today reacting to White House Press Secretary, Jay Carney's comments regarding difficult budget decisions and the job losses it could cause in the general aviation industry.

"How dare Jay Carney dismiss the value of aviation manufacturing workers in this country. They are not special interests but hardworking folks that provide for their families, pay taxes, work to make schools better in their communities, and make charitable contributions in so many ways.  These statements are totally outrageous and Mr. Carney should apologize to the tens of thousands of hard working middle class workers all across this country – from Kansas to Ohio to Arkansas to Iowa to Georgia to Minnesota and so many more.  It’s completely offensive to refer to hard working Americans as ‘difficult choices’.  This Administration should stop the sound bites and political games and focus on fixing our economy."

GAMA is an international trade association representing over 80 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