April 11, 2018

Contributions of the general aviation manufacturing industry to the Kansas and U.S. economies were highlighted at a recent GAMA jobs rally at Garmin International Headquarters in Olathe, KS.

More than 600 general aviation manufacturing professionals and supporters attended the rally, where speakers shared their perspectives on the value of the general aviation manufacturing industry. GAMA has hosted 16 jobs rallies since 2009.

“The number and caliber of officials and representatives speaking on behalf of general aviation shows the broad support our industry has in the state of Kansas,” said Pete Bunce, GAMA’s president and CEO. “Events like this jobs rally give us an opportunity to recognize the current workforce, consider the future of our industry and highlight how the general aviation industry contributes to the economy and gives back to our communities.”

Elected officials speaking at the rally included Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS), Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS), Rep. Ron Estes (R-4-KS), Kansas Lt. Gov. Tracey Mann and Olathe Mayor Michael Copeland.

“Aviation continues to be a cornerstone of the Kansas economy,” said Roberts. “The state and local businesses have made great investments to ensure aviation jobs are available for future generations.

“From the small innovators, to the large manufacturers, across the state, we see thousands of individuals proud to work in the industry and be a part of aviation’s long history. Two key strengths of the general aviation industry are the state-of-the-art manufacturing and the exceptional workforce,” he added. “You make it possible for general aviation manufacturers to compete internationally and gain worldwide recognition.”

Industry leaders including Garmin President and CEO Cliff Pemble; Bombardier Business Aircraft President David Coleal; Garmin Executive Vice President, Managing Director of Aviation and GAMA Chairman Phil Straub; Textron Aviation Vice President Doug May; and Yingling Aviation Chairman and CEO Lynn Nichols shared their perspectives on innovations in the general aviation industry, aviation’s place as a leader in the state and national economy and developing the future workforce. NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen also was on hand to lend his support to the event.

Garmin hosted the rally at its new warehouse and distribution center.

“As Garmin and the general aviation industry continue to grow, we look forward to increasing our workforce and expanding our presence in the avionics and the aerospace industry by delivering products that are known for their innovation, reliability and intuitive design,” said Straub.

Learn more about the rally.