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A Message from WAMA's President:

Kandace Harvey, WAMA President

May 26, 2015

Well, the 2015 Annual WAMA Conference,
in Spokane, came to an end around lunchtime on Friday, May 22.

For me, at least, it was an amazing few days offering an agenda full of both educational and social opportunities and activities.  Your board, conference committee and executive director have gathered materials together in a post-conference recap that includes downloadable PDFs of the conference presentations, conference photos, minutes from the general meeting, PDFs of some conference reference materials, and a special thank you to our conference sponsors. We hope our membership will find this information useful.

Thank you to all who attended this great conference and all those who made the conference such a huge success.

Mark your 2016 calendar to "Save the Date" of WAMA's 2016 Conference—May 18-20, 2016. The location is yet to be determined.

A Message from the Conference Committee:

John Haakenson
Port of Benton
Jennifer Skoglund
Port of Walla Walla
Kelly Thompson
Port of Benton
Dianna Beeler
Tri Cities Airport

Greetings to all from the WAMA Conference Committee.  We trust everyone had a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend.

The conference committee would like to thank everyone for what we believe to be our most successful WAMA Conference to date.

We had timely topics, informed speakers, and representatives from many airports across the state along with associates and contractors and a robust support and presence from both the FAA and WSDOT Aviation.

Once again, we want to recognize our generous sponsors.  WAMA has been very fortunate to build strong relationships over many years with our sponsors.

We hope you all enjoyed the conference.  Very soon you will receive the conference survey. We truly value and appreciate your input so we encourage you to participate and share your thoughts as we work to incorporate comments and suggestions received.

Legislative Update from the WAMA Conference:

WAMA Members:

Thank you to all who attended the Conference in Spokane May 20-22. We had a couple of important legislative updates at the conference that I wanted to share with the membership.

First, we were very fortunate to have Rep. Tom Dent (13th District) attend the conference on Friday. He was able to speak to the conference attendees about the legislative session in general and our marquee legislative issue, the Aircraft Excise Tax distribution, in particular.

Rep. Dent was the leading figure in getting the Aircraft Excise Tax issue into the current House budget bill as an amendment. In his conversation with WAMA members at the conference he indicated his plan is to continue to safeguard the amendment until the passage of the budget. Following that he will work closely with WSDOT-Aviation to track the additional dollars and their impact through the upcoming biennium. This will provide us with the needed information to confirm our assumptions about the impact of these additional dollars on the State General Fund.

Second, we had a productive discussion about the future of Airport/Aviation Awareness Day in Olympia. As many of you are aware WAMA has participated in an awareness day effort the last several years in conjunction with other organizations such as WSCAA, WPA, AOPA and WSDOT-Aviation. With the recent formation of the Washington State Aviation Alliance, which incorporates these organizations, among others, into a umbrella group, it was discussed that WSAA should be the primary driver behind future awareness day efforts. We believe this will bring together these groups in a more coordinated and cooperative fashion to ensure we are getting the most value from the time we are spending in Olympia.

Ryan Sheehan,
WAMA Vice President and Legislative Committee Chair

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Upcoming Events

May 18, 2016 11:00 AM • TBD

Member Requests for Information

Pierce County requests information on private (i.e., condo, not airport-owned) hangar inspections for non-aeronautical use and fire inspections. Members may respond to this request here.

Save the Date
2016 WAMA Spring Conference
• Location: TBD •
May 18-20, 2016

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