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  • November 25, 2019 4:09 PM | admin (Administrator)

    Congratulations to the new members who have joined the WAMA Board and to those who have chosen to run again.  Our new board consists of:

    Adam Phelps        
    Director Position 1: Brandon Rakes                                         
    Vice President: Rich Mueller   Director Position 2: Jennifer Skoglund
    Secretar: Lorene Robinson  
    Director Position 3: Rob Hodgman                                                       
    Sara Young 
      Director Position 4:
    Rob Peterson
  • November 25, 2019 12:47 PM | admin (Administrator)
    Note that the ADO is now requiring a deadline of April 1, 2020 for Grant Applications and bids. The following are due by April 1st:
    • Grant applications, certifications, risk assessments due for current year projects
    • Consultant contracts, scopes, fees, IFE's
    • Bids are due for all projects, except Tier 3 Discretionary

    To view the timeline, CLICK HERE 

  • October 09, 2019 9:39 AM | admin (Administrator)

    The new Community Aviation Revitalization Loan Program, established by EHB 1102 and funded initially with $5 million, is now available. The revolving loan program is for revenue-producing capital projects that help public-use, general aviation airports become more self-sustainable. The program provides loans up to $750,000 at 3% interest to airports with less than 75,000 annual commercial enplanements, as reported to the FAA.  

    Eligible projects can include hangars, fueling facilities, business parks on airport property, paid parking facilities, passenger amenities, and other revenue-generating or cost-cutting developments. The initial deadline for loan applications is Tuesday, November 12, 2019.

    For more information, contact Dave Chenaur, Aviation Loan Program Manager at  chenaud@wsdot.wa.gov  or 360-705-7839. The loan application and other loan program information will be posted on WSDOT Aviation’s website, https://www.wsdot.wa.gov/aviation , in the near future.

  • October 09, 2019 9:33 AM | admin (Administrator)

    Three pilots, Dan Wood based in Shelton and Andy Pomeroy and Scott Hunziker both from Auburn, are the first to have flown into all participating airports in the Fly Washington Passport Program.  Each will be awarded a flight jacket for this achievement.  To view pictures of the winners and find out more about the program, go to www.flywa.org.

  • October 09, 2019 9:16 AM | admin (Administrator)

    On September 24th, a new restaurant, Reno's on the Runway, opened at the Yakima Airport.  The Yakima Airport in conjunction with Staci's Catering have revitalized the airport's original 1930's Northwest Airlines terminal building located south of the McAllister Museum.  The terminal building was updated to reflect modern aviation themes to attract general aviation pilots to visit Yakima. 

    Address:  2012 16th Ave., Yakima, WA 98903

    Phone:  509-571-1340



  • July 17, 2019 12:06 PM | admin (Administrator)

    In 2018, Washington Airport Management Association (WAMA) conducted a survey to collect data pertaining to airport landing rates and charges. This survey was distributed to Washington State airports through google forms, of which 15 responded. The documents are linked below in PDF format.  These documents are available to Members Only, so please log in to view.

    Rates and Charges Report for 2018
    Rates and Charges Data Chart

    If you have any questions regarding the information, please contact:

    Adam Phelps, A.A.E.,
    WAMA Vice President

    Airport Operations Manager

    Spokane International Airport & Felts Field
    (509) 455-6425 – Office

    (509) 724-8306 – Mobile

  • July 08, 2019 3:16 PM | admin (Administrator)

    Transportation Research Board ‘s (TRB) Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) now has the Guidebook for Managing Small Airports—2nd Edition.

    The first edition has been edited and reformatted for currency, relevance, and usability and updated with additional information and new subject areas (e.g., unmanned aircraft systems, geographic information systems, digital Notices to Airmen, social media, and federal and state obligations.

    There is no charge for this publication.

    Here is the link: http://www.trb.org/Main/Public/Blurbs/162145.aspx 

     You can also find it at the bottom of the WSDOT/Aviation page.


  • July 01, 2019 9:14 AM | admin (Administrator)

    The latest newsletter is available here.

  • May 06, 2019 5:57 PM | admin (Administrator)

    As Chairman of the WAMA Legislative Committee, I want to take a moment and thank everyone for their hard work during the 2019 legislative session.  Although many of our priority bills did not make it out of their respective committees, it’s important to note a few were listed as “Necessary To Implement the Budget (NTIB)”.  On April 28, 2019, the legislature adopted the 2019-20 budget, forwarded to the Governor for signature, that included the proviso language with relation to our bills.  

    Below, please find a memorandum (PDF) as well as the list of bills (immediately below) that were successful and are on Governor Inslee’s desk for signature.

    Wa. Airport Management Association Detail Report

     Bill Details
       Status  Sponsor  Priority  Position

    SHB 1102
    (SSB 5134)
    Concerning the capital budget

    Capital budget

     Del to Gov
    SHB 1917
    Concerning the use of certain animal
    traps by airport operators

     Animal traps/airports   Del to Gov  Peterson  High  Support

    SSB 5370
    (SHB 1683)

    Creating a state commercial aviation coordinating commission.

    Aviation coordinating comm'n   Del to Gov  Keiser  Monitoring  Neutral

    MEMORANDUM TO WAMA MEMBERS: Re: 2019 Legislative Bill Summary


    Robert Peterson, CM

    Airport Director
    Yakima Air Terminal-McAllister Field
    2406 W. Washington Avenue, Suite B
    Yakima, WA 98903

    (509) 575-6149 (Office)
    (509) 575-6185 (Fax)
    (509) 833-0898 (Cell)


  • March 11, 2019 3:44 PM | admin (Administrator)


    Bruce Brown is part of a consulting team that is assessing the economic impacts of aviation in Washington state for the Washington State Department of Transportation Aviation Division. The study is designed to quantify aviation’s economic impact in the state and understand the unique and diverse ways airports support communities throughout Washington.

    They need to have most of the surveys completed by the end of March 2019, so please set aside  a minute to fill out the survey within the next week or so. 

    Bruce Brown thanks you in advance for your assistance with this important study. Please do not hesitate to contact him  bbrown@prrbiz.com if you have any questions or concerns. You may also contact Rob Hodgman, WSDOT Aviation Division Project Manager, at (360) 596-8910 hodgmar@wsdot.wa.gov.   For survey details click here.






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