EAA Mourns Passing of Edward Stimpson
December 3, 2009 — Edward Stimpson, one of general aviation staunchest advocates and a founder and longtime president of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), passed away this week at the age of 75 after a battle with cancer. He was a major proponent of the General Aviation Revitalization Act of 1994 signed by President Bill Clinton in 1994 to prevent general aviation companies from being named as defendants in lawsuits in crashes of small planes 18 years old or older. Such onerous litigation was largely blamed for the sharp downturn at GA manufacturers that cost 100,000 industry jobs.
“Ed Stimpson (EAA 525346) was an outstanding leader in the aviation community both domestically and on a global basis,” said EAA Chairman/President Tom Poberezny. “He represented integrity, dedication, and perseverance. We are saddened by his loss.” EAA presented Stimpson with the Freedom of Flight award at AirVenture 1998. That year he also received the Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy for public service in aviation.
Stimpson retired from the GAMA in 1996 to chair Be A Pilot. He was later appointed by President Clinton as ambassador to the International Civil Aviation Organization.