The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) is further expanding with three new members that reflect evolving technology in the industry. Its newest members—Unitech Aerospace, Empirical Systems Aerospace and Piasecki Aircraft—push the number of GAMA members to nearly 100 and the number of associate members to more than a dozen. They also continue broadening horizons of technologies that GAMA members are engaged in, with specialists in advanced materials, hybrid and electric technologies.
Unitech provides complex composite and metallic structures to the aerospace, marine, medical, defense, nuclear and rail industries. Its expertise includes composite manufacturing, metal fabrication, tooling design and production and design engineering.
Unitech CEO Wayne Exton is rejoining the GAMA board. He had participated in the board as group vice president of B/E Aerospace, where he was responsible for business jet activities.
Empirical (ESAero) and Piasecki are joining GAMA’s associate membership, a category that was created in 2015 in part to represent hybrid and electric technologies. GAMA president and CEO Pete Bunce noted that “this rapidly growing sector of general aviation…will benefit tremendously from the implementation of small airplane design rewrites that took effect last month in the U.S. and Europe.”
ESAero has been engaged in aerospace engineering design since 2003, working on military and commercial conceptual air vehicle designs, electric and hybrid propulsion system development, aircraft modifications, sub-scale technology demonstrators, rapid system prototyping, design for manufacturing, low-rate initial production, manufacturing and niche engineering support. It is the prime contractor and integrator of the NASA X-57 “Maxwell” all-electric airplane.
Piasecki, founded in 1955, specializes in rapid prototyping and flight demonstration of advanced rotorcraft and unmanned platforms and technologies for both the U.S. military and civil markets, including advanced compound helicopters, adaptive and autonomous flight control, modular and reconfigurable VTOL UAS and electric/eVTOL platforms.