Tuesday, November 06, 2007

GAMA Names 2008 Leaders

Some familiar names here, as GAMA's release shows...


WASHINGTON, DC, November 6, 2007 – The board of directors of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) has elected Alan Klapmeier, Chairman and CEO, Cirrus Design Corporation, as GAMA’s chairman for 2008. Klapmeier previously served as GAMA’s vice chairman and chairman of GAMA’s security issues committee.

The board also elected Mark Van Tine as GAMA’s vice chairman. Van Tine is President and CEO, Jeppesen. He has served as chairman of the international affairs committee and will continue this roll in the coming year.

GAMA’s board of directors also approved two applications for membership: Wichita-based Aero Mach Labs, and Zurich's Jet Aviation.

For those who may not know, GAMA serves as the trade association representing the majority of the general-aviation aircraft, engine and accessory manufacturing concerns on the planet.

On an observational note, Alan's steady move through the GAMA offices stands as graphic testimony to the position Cirrus and he have attained in general aviation. Not bad for a company started by two brothers to develop a safe, speedy kitplane that morphed into an innovative, leading player in the industry -- particularly considering the "conventional wisdom" of the mid-1990s that said Cirrus would never certify the SR20...or ever certify the on-board parachute system...or actually produce an airplane...or...well, you get the idea.

Hats off to both Alan and Mark on their elevation.


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