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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 are now gathering materials to put together a post-conference report that will include, but not be limited to, conference photos, downloadable PDFs of conference presentations, a recap of the conference activities and breakout sessions, and a special thank you to our conference sponsors.

Once the report has been completed, we will notify you via email or Dave Field will include a link in an upcoming newsletter.  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 last week. 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

More Association News

We continue to regularly send out announcements—in our e-newsletters and, in some cases, in specific email blasts—regarding association and aviation-related topics.  We hope you are checking your WAMA emails AND the WAMA web site, so that you will not miss out on these great opportunities.

One of our most important current activities is our support for the aircraft excise tax legislation.  We've been keeping you posted on the legislation; there has been some positive action in the legislature and at this moment we have hope for further action.

The Washington State Aviation Alliance (WSAA) serves as a collective voice for aviation and airport-related organizations to protect and promote aviation in the state of Washington.

There is little question that the general aviation industry is facing serious challenges in today's economic climate, a situation that may become worse depending on actions taken to balance budgets and reduce spending. Many proposed actions could result in further adverse impacts to an already depressed industry. While we in the industry recognize the importance of general aviation to the transportation system and its value to local and national economies, many do not have that information or share our view – which makes it important that we find ways to protect the industry and, where possible, promote its growth.

A number of organizations have been created in states around the country to address these issues. There has been recognition of a need for those of us in Washington’s aviation community to join forces in a similar way in an effort to protect and promote general aviation interests in the state. For this reason a small group of representatives from several aviation organizations met and initiated the development of an organization that will meet that need.

This organization is titled the Washington State Aviation Alliance (WSAA) and was created as a 501(c)(6) nonprofit corporation.

Purposes of the new organization, as stated in the adopted bylaws are:
(A)  To advocate for aviation in the state and bring together members of various aviation associations to represent a collective voice for common goals. 
(B)  To promote airports as vital to our state’s economy and transportation system.  
(C)  To encourage aviation education and training opportunities throughout the state to foster new generations of skilled workers for aviation jobs. 
(D)  To advocate for airport issues that are important to the state, region and 
communities they serve. 
(E)  To support aviation initiatives that bolster the state’s economy and transportation system. 
(F)  To communicate with decision makers about the importance of aviation. 
(G)  To propose initiatives and legislation that address aviation issues and promote the health of aviation in the state. 
(H)  To enable the exchange of ideas, information and experience between various 
aviation user groups. 
(I)  To provide outreach to user groups and the public about relevant aviation issues and initiatives. 
(J)  To take all other appropriate action in furtherance of such purposes; and consistent with the above, to exercise all powers available to nonprofit corporations.
(K)  To act as a resource for:
    a.  Major planning initiatives within Washington State, and
    b.   Aviation issues affecting Washington State.

The WSAA mission statement is: The Washington State Aviation Alliance serves as a collective voice for aviation and airport-related organizations to protect and promote aviation in the state of Washington.

Membership in the alliance will consist of aviation organizations properly incorporated or organized in Washington state under four categories:
1. Voting Members are general aviation organizations properly incorporated or organized within Washington state that have an active membership and an established location(s), chapter(s), or appointed representative within the state of Washington, as approved by a majority vote of the Alliance; 

2. Additional Voting Membership is granted to those Washington State Legislature-enacted Organizations with an Aviation Component, including but not limited to the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Aviation Division and the Washington Public Ports Association (WPPA). The WSDOT Aviation Division director and the WPPA Aviation Committee Chair are the preferred Voting Members, respectively, to the Alliance so long as WSDOT Aviation and/or WPPA members own or operate airports and to the extent that compliance with state ethics laws may require abstention from voting from time to time;

3. Non-Voting Members are general aviation organizations that do not have an established location within Washington state, do not have a single Chapter that represents its membership on a statewide basis, or which otherwise do not meet the criteria for Voting Membership, and are granted a Non-Voting Membership by a majority vote of the Alliance; and 

4. Associate Membership is Non-Voting Membership and may include, but is not limited to, aviation-oriented organizations or businesses, aviation consultants, aviation educational entities, air museums, and higher education institutions that offer degree programs in aviation-related fields of study and students.

The intentions of the organizers of the Alliance are encompassed in the purposes listed above.  It is our hope that the Alliance will encourage improved relationships among airports, airport and system users and developers, elected officials and regulators, all of which help to protect and grow general aviation and airports within the state.  It's important to note also, that the organizers expect the Alliance to be both low cost and effective, supported primarily by the efforts of its member organizations and agencies. 

The organization is presently served by the following officers:
President: Kandace Harvey, Washington Airport Management Association
Vice President: Les Price, Washigton Pilots Association
Treasurer: David Ketchum, Washington State Community Airports Association
Secretary: Tristan Atkins, WSDOT Aviation

The Alliance will hold its first membership meeting later this year. Currently, it's most significant effort is to support, in conjunction with WAMA and others, the aircraft excise tax legislation presently working its way through the Washington State Legislature. To its credit, as well as that of the member organizations, progress is being made on that front.

Update: May 28, 2015
The WSAA has successfully completed its implementation phase.  They are now entering a member recruitment phase.  A current slate of officers, including WAMA President Kandace Harvey, will serve until elections (anticipated to be held later this year).
Meantime, WSAA has taken their web site 'live'.  The site address is www.wsaa.aero. Check it out; and anticipate joint efforts in the future, in support of our mutual interests, among WAMA and the other WSAA member organizations.

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