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A General Aviation Icon Passes Away

by John M. White |

Edward W. Stimpson passed away last week at his home in Boise, Idaho losing his battle with cancer. GA Advocate Edward W. Stimpson

Who is Edward W. Stimpson you ask?

Well, he was a very accomplished advocate for general aviation, and founded GAMA, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association. He worked diligently to get the General Aviation Revitalization Act of 1994 passed and signed into law by President Clinton.

What was the General Aviation Revitalization Act of 1994 you ask?

Well, it prevented lawyers from filing lawsuits against aircraft manufacturers over crashes of aircraft they manufactured over 18 years ago.

History Is Made

This act was responsible for a resurgence in the development, design and manufacture of new aircraft and helped aircraft manufacturers and suppliers revive a dying industry.

A Great Appointment

Clinton was impressed with the tall, quiet and effective man and appointed him to be the U.S. Ambassador to the ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization), and finally moved on to be chairman of FSF (the Flight Safety Foundation). During his career in general aviation Stimpson received numerous awards including the Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy for lifetime achievement and the NBAA award for meritorious service. Edward W. Stimpson will be remembered for his long time advocacy for general aviation and for furthering aviation safety. Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7

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