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Edward Stimpson

  • Born in Washington in 1934, “Ed” Stimpson graduated from Harvard University in 1956 and the University of Washington in 1959 with a master’s in public administration.
  • Stimpson became the first General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) President in 1970. He accumulated a lifelong list of achievements during his 26 years of service.
  • During his time, he pioneered the “TAKEOFF” program, a three-year industry effort to recruit new student pilots. As a result, the sale of general aviation aircraft jumped tenfold in the following years.
  • Stimpson played a prominent role in championing propeller-driven aircraft’s continued production as jet, and turbo-jet aircraft began dominating the general aviation market.
  • As a trustee of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Stimpson was responsible for the expansion of both Embry-Riddle Campuses and for the four-year accreditation of the university.

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