The General Aviation Manufacturers Association named the newest members of its executive committee leadership team, which includes some members of its board of directors.
Michael Amalfitano, president and CEO at Embraer Executive Jets, will serve as chair of the board. Previously, Amalfitano served as vice chair and chair of the communication committee for GAMA.
Eric Hinson, CEO at SimCom International, will serve as vice chair. Previously, Hinson served as chair of the safety and accident investigation committee for GAMA.
Nicolas Chabbert, senior vice president of Daher’s Aircraft Division and CEO of Daher Aircraft and Kodiak Aircraft, will serve as immediate past chair. Chabbert served as GAMA’s 2021 chair of the board and previously chaired the association’s safety and accident investigation committee.
Daniel Baker, founder of FlightAware and strategic advisor to Collins Aerospace, will serve as chair of GAMA’s safety and accident investigation committee, which works to analyze policies, industry standards and regulatory activities related to proactive safety improvements and aircraft accident investigation. This will be Baker’s first time serving on GAMA’s executive committee, although he has served on GAMA’s board of directors since 2018.
JoeBen Bevirt, founder and CEO of Joby Aviation, and Roei Ganzarski, CEO of magniX, will continue to serve as co-chairs of GAMA’s electric propulsion and innovation committee (EPIC), which works to create an environment conducive to efficient design, production, operation, integration and maintenance of hybrid and electric propulsion aircraft, including eVTOLs.
Henry Brooks, president of power and controls at Collins Aerospace, will serve as chair of GAMA’s security issues committee, which works to establish best practices for general aviation security and engages with government agencies on security policies and regulatory requirements. This will be Brooks’ first time serving on GAMA’s executive committee, although he has served on GAMA’s board of directors since 2017.
David Coleal, CEO of Incora, will extend his term as chair of GAMA’s airworthiness and maintenance policy committee, which works with authorities to promote appropriate regulations and policies for maintenance and repair stations. Previously, Coleal served as chair of GAMA’s environment committee.
Maria Della Posta, president of Pratt & Whitney Canada, will continue to serve as chair of GAMA’s communications committee, which works to promote the general aviation industry and its benefits to the global economy and air transportation system.
Tony Lefebvre, CEO of Signature Aviation, will extend his term as chair of GAMA’s environment committee, which works to develop and represent the aviation industry’s views on public policy affecting aviation related environmental issues worldwide, including CO2 emissions reductions, sustainable aviation fuels, supersonic aircraft and updates to the Business Aviation Commitment on Climate Change.
Jeff Trang, vice president of engineering and flight operations at Airbus Helicopters, will continue to serve as chair of GAMA’s technical policy committee, which works with authorities on continuous improvement of certification and validation processes and to develop and implement effective standards and technical policies pertaining to the design, certification, validation and production of general aviation products and components.
David Van Den Langenbergh, president of aviation services at Luxaviation Group, will continue to serve as chair of GAMA’s European leaders steering committee, which engages with senior European politicians and policymakers to advocate for the interests of general aviation in Europe, including through regulatory changes, policy initiatives and communications strategies. Previously, Van Den Langenbergh served as chair of GAMA’s airworthiness and maintenance policy committee.
Tyson Weihs, co-founder and CEO of ForeFlight, will again serve as chair of GAMA’s flight operations policy committee, which works to ensure that an adequate air transportation infrastructure is available for general aviation and addresses impediments to operations of general aviation aircraft.
Chuck Wiplinger, president and CEO of Wipaire, will extend his term as chair of GAMA’s policy and legal issues committee, which tracks and analyzes and responds to legal developments, litigation trends and policies presenting business and legal risks or opportunities to general aviation manufacturers. Previously, Wiplinger served as chair of GAMA’s technical policy committee.
The GAMA executive committee was elected by GAMA’s board of directors during its fall board meeting.
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