March 17th Wichita Aero Club Luncheon Will Feature GAMA President Pete Bunce

March 17, 2009 8:09am

Pete Bunce, President and Chief Executive Officer of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) in Washington, DC will be the featured speaker at the Wichita Aero Club’s monthly luncheon at noon on March 17, 2009 at the Wichita Airport Hilton. Bunce, who formerly directed Congressional Budget and Approriations Liaison activities for the United State Air Force, joined GAMA in 2005. Tickets for the luncheon can be purchased over the Internet using Pay Pal at or by calling 316-641-5962.

Mr. Bunce will present a review of the general aviation industry’s performance and projections for the coming year, with special emphasis on key challenges and issues and the impact of the current economic crisis. As President of GAMA, he routinely testifies on Capitol Hill, serves on governmental task forces and working groups, and interacts with regulators, policy makers and elected officials to promote general aviation and serve the organization’s international membership of 62 airframe, avionics, engine and component manufacturers. A licensed pilot, he also flew F-15s and A-1os during his

Since the new administration has taken office, Mr. Bunce has been an outspoken and eloquent advocate for the use of business and general aviation aircraft in the face of ill-informed and unwarranted criticism. He continues to advocate for passage of a federal budget that funds improvements to the Air Traffic Control system that is underwritten by aviation taxes (as it currently is) not user fees.

The Wichita Aero Club was founded in October of 2008 and hosted its first monthly luncheon in December. The organization was established to foster and promote interest in aviation, provide a forum focused on the industry’s issues and achievements and bring together those with a passion for flight in an environment that expands and enhances professional relationships and furthers cooperation and understanding. Future WAC luncheons will include National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Mark Rosenker on April 14, noted aviation writer and blogger Rob Mark on May 19, AirTran Airways CEO Bob Fornaro on June 23 and Kansas Congressman and senatorial candidate Todd Tiahrt on July 13.