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  • General presentation

  • GIFAS and its history

    On 11 January 1908, a group of aviation pioneers, including Robert Esnault-Pelterie, Louis Blériot, Louis Breguet and Gabriel Voisin, felt the need to free themselves from the control of the automobile industry and confirming the vocation of heavier-than-air flight. They held a meeting at the Automobile-Club de France to examine the possibility of setting up an employers' association entrusted withe the task of giving  “an industrial and commercial character to what had until then been considered as a sport”. The creation of an employers's association of aeronautics induxstires was approved unanimously. Two days later, at Issy-les-Moulineaux, Henry Farman made the first flight over a kilometre in a closed loop.

    At the same time, a certain number of aeroplane builders set up the Association of the Industries of aerial locomotion, an association that showed its dynamism publicly by organizing the first international aeronautical exhibition, at the Paris Grand Palais in the autumn of 1909.

    At this point of development, the unification of the employers's association and the industries' association was a logical conclusion. The merger was brought about in july 1910, Robert Esnault-Pelterie and André Granet were appointed chairman and general secretary respectively of the employers' association of the aeronautics industries.

    Active members fall into three categories:

    Prime contractors and large systems suppliers, including Airbus Group, Airbus Defence & Space, Airbus Helicopters, ATR, Arianespace, Dassault Aviation, MBDA, Safran Group, Thales and Thales Alenia Space.

    Onboard equipment manufacturers who are part of GEAD, including Daher, Goodrich Actuation Systems, Latécoère, Liebherr Aerospace Toulouse SAS, Lisi Aerospace, Ratier-Figeac, Stelia Aerospace, etc.

    SMEs belong to the AERO-PME Committee, a group set up specifically to defend the interests of French aerospace companies.

    Associate members:

    Gifas associate members include clusters of the regional aeronautical and space supply chain.

    GIFAS has three major missions:

    To represent and coordinate

    The GIFAS Board of Directors, comprising senior executives of member companies, draws up action guidelines to reflect the interests and concerns shared by its members. Actions are based on input provided by the association's specialist Commissions and the staff who implement the Board's decisions.

    A specific Equipment Group has been set up within GIFAS.

    Issues of interest to smaller aerospace firms are dealt with by the AERO-SME Committee. GIFAS acts as the voice of the Frenche aerospace and defence industry in France and worldwide in many areas, and in particular by :

     - representing the industry on French, European and international bodies, both public and private;

     - undertaking major initiatives to promote the sector in terms of industrial performance, economic comptitiveness, and implementation of secured digital tools.

    To analyse and defend the industry's interests

    GIFAS critically examines all economic, social, financial, environmental and technical regulations likely to affect its members’ general interests, whether proposed at French, European or international level. Its remit covers issues as varied as R&D, European Defence, transatlantic relations, support for SMEs, country intelligence for the sector, procurement contracts, the environment and sustainable development, security, certification and standardisation, tax affairs, risk prevention and insurances.

    To promote and train

    GIFAS promotes the image of the French aerospace industry by:

     - participating in international events and trade shows ;

     - organizing exhibitions, trade and fact-finding missions;

     - pro-actively distributing information to all media in France and abroad as well as to public and political bodies ;

     - organizing the International Paris - Le Bourget Air Show held every two years.

    In liaison with engineering schools, GIFAS contributes to training programmes in France  that are open to students from selected countries through a specific institution - the IAS (Institut Aéronautique et Spatial).

    GIFAS and the industry invest in vocational training to meet the needs for skills and cover th higher qualifications needs created by process and technology developments.

    List of organizations of which GIFAS is member:

    - Alliance Industrie du Futur;

    - ASD, Aerospace and Defence Industries Association of Europe;

    - ASD-STAN, Aerospace and Defence Industries Association of Europe - Standardization;

    - ATAG, Air Transport Action Group;

    - CICS, Trust and Security Industries council;

    - CIDEF, the French defence industries council;

    - CORAC, Council for Civil Aeronautics Research;

    - COSPACE, the French Government-Industry Space Coordination Committee;

    - France Industrie;

    - La Fabrique de l'Avenir;

    - MEDEF, the French employers' association;

    - UIMM, Union for the Metallurgical Industry.

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