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  • February 24, 2017 3:03 PM | admin (Administrator)

    Deadline: April 7, 2017

    WAMA is now accepting nominations for awards to be presented at the Spring Conference, May 2-4, 2017, at The Semiahmoo Resort in Blaine, Washington.


    Laura Holthus, Human Resources Committee Chair at email:  board4@wama.us

    Or send by mail to:

    Laura Holthus, Director
    Ricondo & Associates
    11335 NE 122nd, Suite 105
    Kirkland, Washington 98034


    Nominations will be accepted in the following award categories:

    Management Member of the Year

     Eligibility: Any management member exhibiting exemplary achievement in airport management.

    • A specific accomplishment or cultivation of an environment that supports excellent airport management.
    • A single individual, with team recognition if appropriate.

    Airport Project of the Year

     Eligibility: Any WAMA member or team responsible for completion of a notable airport project.
    Criteria/Examples: A completed, implemented project that includes any or all of the following elements:

    • Significant construction of airport facilities.
    • Master plan or system plan.
    • Completed real estate acquisition for a defined purpose.

     Nominations will be accepted until April 7, 2017. Please provide a simple written statement, including the proposed award category and the “who, what, when and why”, on no more than one sheet of paper. Include your contact information in case we need more details. Members can go to the Awards page on the WAMA website for more information. 

     Best Regards,

    Laura Holthus
    Chair, WAMA HR Committee

  • February 23, 2017 5:23 PM | admin (Administrator)

    You may now register either online or by mail-in form.

  • January 14, 2017 10:01 AM | admin (Administrator)

    Warren Hendrickson has compiled an informal list of Washington State Airport Restaurants List (updated 1/14/2017). This list is not complete and we ask that if you have suggestions or recommendations for restaurants at or serving your airport, please feel free to provide Warren with your additional information.  You may send your suggestions/ recommendations to Warren Hendrickson, at: wbhendrickson@comcast.net .  He will continue to update the list. The list is primarily intended for use by pilots as they fly around the state. Perhaps providing everyone with an additional reason to visit your airport!

  • December 22, 2016 7:39 PM | admin (Administrator)

    The 2017 WAMA membership renewal process is about to get underway.  On January 1, the first renewal announcement will be sent to members by our automated system.  The process is designed so that the renewal payment can be paid on-line with a credit card.  The notice will include a link to an attached invoice for the renewal fee.  You can select that link and on the invoice there will be a link to the payment facility.  By selecting that link and following the instructions you can make your payment without having to log in separately to the web site. (The notice will include instructions).

    Alternatively, you can log in to wama.us.  When you log in using your password you will be advised that your renewal is due and you will find instructions for making the payment.  If you don't remember your password, select "forgot password" and follow the instructions.

    REMINDER: Each member has a "member profile" in the system.  The information in the profile is used to populate our member directory.  It is up to you to keep your profile information current so your directory entry is correct.  To check and edit your profile, after you log in to the web site, select "review profile".  On the profile page that opens, you can select "edit profile" and make any needed changes.

    If you don't receive a notice, don't despair.  A few of you are in groups whose payments are made centrally.  We have worked with a few of those groups to arrange for that group payment to be made outside of the standard automated process.  Just remember - if you do receive the automatic January 1 notice we are depending on you to make the payment.

    Merry Christmas; Happy Holidays and our best wishes for another successful and fulfilling year.

  • December 10, 2016 4:45 PM | admin (Administrator)

    In 2005 Congress passed a new law, known as the REAL ID Act. This law established new requirements for state issued identification to be used for certain purposes. Among those purposes is presenting identification in order to board a commercial flight. Currently, the requirement to present a REAL ID Act compliant identification card for the purpose of air travel is set to take effect January 22, 2018.

     Some states, Washington among them, currently have not met the requirements set forth by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for state issued driver’s licenses to be REAL ID Act compliant. Although the State of Washington has established a new driver’s license standard, in the form of an enhanced driver’s license, it does not meet all of the requirements established by DHS to be considered valid under the REAL ID Act. This means that if nothing changes, Washington State driver’s licenses will not be considered valid identification for boarding a commercial flight in the United States effective January 22, 2018. While that is a major concern, and needs to be addressed through political action, there is a separate but related issue that warrants your attention.

     DHS has directed the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to install signage at security checkpoints across the country, not later than December 15, 2016, informing the traveling public of the impending deadline. The signage is vague, and not state specific, and has high potential to cause concern among travelers. Many people traveling this holiday season will be infrequent travelers who likely will not be aware of the REAL ID Act or its implications. I feel that this signage will cause unnecessary stress and concern for travelers during this busy time of year.

     Attached is a joint letter signed by the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and Spokane International Airport detailing these concerns. This letter has already been sent to TSA Administrator Jeh Johnson, but as of this writing no response has been received. Please review the letter at your earliest convenience, and feel free to use its contents as a guide for expressing your organization’s concern about this unwarranted fear campaign being promoted by DHS. I also encourage you to talk with your local TSA, and to take whatever measures you are able to in order to prevent the installation of these signs at your airport.

     Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, or if I can be of any assistance in this matter.

     SEA-GEG Letter on REAL ID.pdf

    Ryan Sheehan
    WAMA President

  • May 06, 2016 12:28 PM | admin (Administrator)

    As part of our WASP working groups we were asked to provide updates to airports on UAS developments.  Here is one that may be helpful to the WAMA and WACAA membership; please feel free to disseminate. 




    Robert Hodgman | Senior Aviation Planner
    Washington State Department of Transportation
    “Innovative leadership in state aeronautics” 
    7702 Terminal Street SW | Tumwater, WA 98501
    (Work) 360-596-8910
    (Cell) 360-529-6551

  • April 01, 2016 1:41 PM | admin (Administrator)


     The U.S. Department of Transportation has published a SCASDP Order Requesting Proposals for 2016.  Proposals are due on May 2, 2016, no later than 5:00 PM EDT.  

     By this order, the U.S. Department of Transportation invites proposals from communities and/or consortia of communities interested in obtaining a federal grant under the Small Community Air Service Development Program ("Small Community Program" or "SCASDP") to address air service and airfare issues in their communities. 

     Subject to the availability of funding, the Department has up to $5 million available for FY 2016 grant awards to carry out this program. There is no other limitation on the amount of individual awards, and the amounts awarded will vary depending upon the features and merits of the selected proposals.

     In past years, the Department's individual grant sizes have ranged from $20,000 to nearly $1.6 million. Funding amounts made available for reimbursement may be impacted by future limitations placed on the spending authority and appropriations enacted for the Department. The Order is also available on www.regulations.gov under Docket number DOT-OST-2016-0037.

     Read more: U.S. DOT

     Ryan Sheehan

    Director of Operations and Maintenance
    Spokane Airports
    9000 W Airport Dr #204
    Spokane, WA 99224
    (509) 455-6418 – Office
    (509) 998-7261 – Cell

  • June 25, 2015 6:20 PM | Anonymous

    From: Paul, Tracy [mailto:PaulTL@wsdot.wa.gov]
    Sent: Friday, June 19, 2015 10:15 AM
    To: Marvel, Nisha
    Cc: Hodgman, Robert
    Subject: Washington Aviation System Plan (WASP) letter

    Dear Washington Airports,

    Please find attached a letter from WSDOT Director of Aviation Tristan Atkins requesting your assistance and involvement in the 2015 Washington Aviation System Plan (WASP) update. Your input during the WASP update is crucial to its success in identifying and meeting future statewide aviation system needs.

    You will also receive a hard copy version of this letter via standard mail.

    Please take a moment to read the letter and contact Nisha Marvel, Aviation Communications, with any follow up questions or comments. Nisha can be reached at 206-440-4790 or marveln@wsdot.wa.gov.

    Thank you.

    Miss Tracy Paul
    WSDOT Aviation

    Mailing Address
    WSDOT Aviation
    7702 Terminal Street SW
    Tumwater, WA 98501

    (360) 709-8015 Office
    (800) 552-0666 Toll Free In State Only
    (360) 709-8009 Fax

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