Both Send Representatives To GAMA Board
The Board of Directors
of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) welcomes
EADS Socata and Pilatus Aircraft, Ltd. as the newest members of the
EADS Socata will be represented on GAMA’s Board of
Directors by Stephane Bernard, President and CEO, Socata Aircraft,
Pilatus Aircraft, Ltd. will be represented by Thomas Bosshard,
President and CEO, Pilatus Business Aircraft, Ltd.
EADS Socata is a wholly owned subsidiary of the European
Aeronautic Defence & Space Company (EADS group).
EADS Socata manufactures a line of single-engine piston-powered
and single-engine turboprop airplanes at its manufacturing facility
at Tarbes-Lourdes-Pyrenees airport, France.
Socata Aircraft, Inc. located at the North Perry Airport in Fort
Lauderdale (FL), serves as the US headquarters for sales and
marketing and technical and customer support for the entire line of
EADS Socata products.
Stephane Bernard was named President & CEO of Socata
Aircraft, Inc. in 1998. Prior to joining Socata Aircraft, he was
head of aircraft sales contracts with the ATR commuter
Bernard spent most of
his 19-year tenure with EADS in the U.S. in various positions
including Airbus product support and automatic test equipment (ATE)
sales. He holds an Engineering Degree in Electronics and Computer
Science and a Masters Degree in Management from Sup de Co Lyon in
Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. manufactures its single-engine turboprop, the
PC-12, at its headquarters in Stans, Switzerland. Pilatus Business
Aircraft, located in Broomfield, Colorado, serves as the company's
completions, marketing, sales and product support office for North
and South America.
Thomas Bosshard was
named President & CEO of Pilatus Business Aircraft, Ltd. in
2002, after having previously served as its Chief Operating
Officer. He first joined Pilatus Aircraft in 1994 and then Pilatus
Business Aircraft in 1997. Prior to joining Pilatus, Bosshard
worked at Shannon Aerospace in Shannon, Ireland and Swiss Airlines
in Zurich, Switzerland. He holds Bachelors Degrees in both
Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration from the
Technical College of Rapperswil, Switzerland.