September 12, 2008
GAMA’s New Educational Outreach Program Invites Students to “Look Up!”at Reno
Things are looking up for young people at the National Aviation Heritage Invitational at Reno, with "Look Up!", a new educational outreach program from the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), which today received a warm welcome from Rolls-Royce, a founding presenter of the event.
A new Cirrus SR22 aircraft, dedicated to introducing young people to general aviation, is the centerpiece of Look Up! Visitors will be able to board the aircraft, climb into the cockpit and explore the controls and avionics system. They will also receive information about the many career opportunities available in aviation from Katie Pribyl, GAMA's Director of Communications.
"Through Look Up! and by partnering with Rolls-Royce and the National Aviation Heritage Invitational, GAMA hopes to give hundreds of young people an opportunity to experience aviation first-hand," said Katie Pribyl.
"A shortage of trained technical graduates is affecting every sector of the aerospace industry. Our mission is a nation-wide campaign to encourage kids of all ages to explore careers in this great industry."
Chris Cyr, Executive Vice President - Americas Customer Business, Rolls-Royce North America Inc., added: "Rolls-Royce is delighted to welcome GAMA to this year's Invitational. Look Up! Is an important educational outreach program and we are committed in helping support its mission."
This year's Invitational exhibition and static display, held at the 45th Annual National Championship Air Races & Air Show in Reno, officially opened today and will run through Sunday, September 14.
Notes to Editors:
1. Rolls-Royce is a long-standing member of GAMA, which plays an integral role in the aviation community and industry at large.
2. GAMA is an international trade association headquartered in Washington, DC representing over 60 of the world's leading manufacturers of general aviation aircraft, engines, avionics and related equipment. GAMA's members also operate fleets of aircraft, fixed based operations, and pilot training and maintenance training facilities. For additional information, visit GAMA's website at www.GAMA.aero
3. The vision and mission of the National Aviation Heritage Invitational is to encourage the preservation of aviation history through the restoration of vintage aircraft to original flying condition. The National Aviation Heritage Invitational promotes aircraft restoration via friendly competition, bringing valuable aviation treasures together in one venue. This endeavor is a joint effort under the auspices of Rolls-Royce North America Inc., the National Aviation Hall of Fame, and the Reno Air Racing Foundation with support from Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum. For more information visit: www.heritagetrophy.com
4. Rolls-Royce, a world-leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air, has established strong positions in its four global markets - civil aerospace, defense aerospace, marine and energy.
5. A significant and growing industry player in North America, Rolls-Royce employs nearly 8,000 people at more than 66 US locations in 26 states and seven sites in six Canadian provinces. In 2007, annual sales in North America exceeded $3.9 billion.
6. The Group has a broad customer base including more than 600 airlines, 4,000 corporate and utility aircraft and helicopter operators, 160 armed forces, more than 2,000 marine customers, including 70 navies, and energy customers in nearly 120 countries. With facilities in 50 countries, Rolls-Royce employs 38,800 people worldwide and has businesses headquartered in the UK, US, Canada, Germany, Scandinavia and China. This global presence allows the Group to access long-term international growth opportunities with its technology, presence, partnerships and people.