SAE’s alliance with GAMA keeps it in the vanguard of Part 23 certification

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GAMA was a leader in the adoption of the new Part 23

From Prescription to Performance increases the Engineering Analysis

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GAMA announced a partnership with SAE International in which this preeminent engineering organization will focus on the challenges which GA manufacturers face in the dynamic, innovative period. This alliance will further reinforce GAMA’s technical dominance in this sector.

Perhaps the most comprehensive and revolutionary alteration of global aviation safety standards in recent history, particularly aircraft certification, was the abandonment by all major CAAs of prescriptive standards set by the old Part 23.. The early advocate for this changing these engineering criteria to a prescriptive process was the General Aviation Manufacturing Association (GAMA).

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Walter L. Desrosier, Vice President, Engineering & Maintenance attended, facilitated and caused countless meetings with the FAA, EASA, other CAAs, OEMs, engineering experts and other stakeholders to keep the revision of the ancient 14 CFR Part 23 moving. His boss, Pete Bunce, worked with FAA senior management and the Hill to keep this revision moving. The trail of their work demonstrates the association’s members for using the engineering-based performance standards:

Bill Would Enact Part 23 ARC Recommendations MAY 13, 2013

GAMA Workshop Draws Positive Indications About Europe And Their CS/Part 23 Progress  SEPTEMBER 17, 2014

GAMA’s Bunce Testified For 3rd Time Within 12 Months On FAA Certification—Maybe Congress Should Consider Streamlining All FAR Amendments?  APRIL 23, 2015

Good News—The Revised Part 23 Is Coming This Year APRIL 30, 2015

The FAA Should Expedite The Part 23 Revisions For Its Own Benefit & To Follow Voltaire  OCTOBER 27, 2015

Part 23: The Massive, Much Awaited Revision Is Here—Initial Observations On Innovative GA Aircraft Certification By FAAMAY 10, 2016

Part 23 Is Here, It’s In Effect & Now— Will It Work? SEPTEMBER 6, 2017

With all this involvement, GAMA had the most sophisticated understanding of PRESCRIPTION v. PERFORMANCE and moved quickly to  further enhance the association’s staff’s expertise. It understood that the Part 23 would look to an independent standards organization like ASTM to define the performance parameters.

So, GAMA Added ASTM Expertise To Its Team and added Christine DeJong as its Director of Global Innovation and Policy. Her ASTM experience would bolster the general aviation’s competence on this new area of airworthiness issues:

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Christine brings over 13 years of experience in standards and business development at ASTM International where she managed the aviation and aerospace portfolio, which included general aviation aircraft, aircraft systems and unmanned aircraft systems. Her responsibilities included monitoring industry trends, exploring and launching new standards activities and related programs, establishing partnerships, and providing guidance regarding how standards can solve common challenges to bringing new products to market and support workforce development. Her connectivity to innovation initiatives at ASTM included the launch of ASTM’s Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence and the Autonomy in Aviation cross-sector committee

Recognizing that in order to be in the vanguard of Part 23 certification, GAMA had to be on the cutting edge of engineering and technology developments, thus the below announcement of its partnership with SAE International.

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SAE International and GAMA Sign Cooperation Agreement for General and Business Aviation Efforts

2021-06-10 WASHINGTON, D.C.

Coordination Between SAE International and GAMA Will Further Enhance the Value for Industry and Government Partners

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 10, 2021) – SAE International and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) announced today the signing of an agreement to cooperate in the areas of general and business aviation, including advanced air mobility (AAM), electric/hybrid propulsion, vertical take-off and landing (VTOL), rotorcraft, manufacturing, quality, maintenance, repair and overhaul to meet the demands of the evolving aviation landscape.SAE manu and other

The agreement sets the goals of increasing coordination, fostering innovation and safety, as well as promoting the development of SAE standards in aviation that serve the members of both organizations. 

“The partnership between SAE International and GAMA provides a strong platform for collaboration between our organizations, bringing greater value to the aviation industry and government partners,” said David Alexander, director of aerospace standards at SAE International. “This strategic partnership is an important effort on behalf of our respective members to advance sustainable and practical flight and address the mobility needs of society.” sae and gama
By committing to consistent and cohesive efforts, the relationship between SAE International and GAMA will foster closer cooperation and increased benefits for the industry at-large.

GAMA looks forward to working closely with SAE International to further advance environmental sustainability and new technologies in general aviation,” said Pete Bunce, president and CEO at GAMA. “Through this partnership, both GAMA and SAE International will be able to promote the important interests and activities of the aviation industry and our memberships.”

About SAE International
SAE International is a global association committed to advancing mobility knowledge and solutions for the benefit of humanity. By engaging nearly 200,000 engineers, technical experts and volunteers, we connect and educate mobility professionals to enable safe, clean, and accessible mobility solutions. We act on two priorities: encouraging a lifetime of learning for mobility engineering professionals and setting the standards for industry engineering. We strive for a better world through the work of our philanthropic SAE Foundation, including award-winning programs like A World In Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series™. More at

About GAMA
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) represents more than 120 of the world’s leading manufacturers of general aviation airplanes, rotorcraft, engines, avionics, components, and related services and technologies. GAMA members are also providers of maintenance and repair services, fixed-based operations, pilot and maintenance training, and aircraft management. Additionally, GAMA represents companies in the emerging sector of advanced air mobility, which includes the development of vertical take-off and landing aircraft as well as electric propulsion and autonomous systems for civil purposes. For more information, visit GAMA’s website at

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