Washington Airport Management Association 

A Message from WAMA's President:

Arif Ghouse, WAMA PresidentFellow members:

I hope you are enjoying the warmer weather and making the most of the longer daylight hours now that summer is finally here! We are in what is historically the quieter period in the year for WAMA business, but of course our airports are as busy as ever so thank you all for your hard work that directly supports the state’s economy.

As many of you already know, Tristan Atkins, aviation director at WSDOT, retired on June 30, 2017 after six years in that role and thirty-five years total in federal and state government. Tristan was incredibly dedicated to his work, a tireless advocate for aviation and a great partner for numerous industry stakeholders. He made some significant contributions to our state’s aviation system that we all will benefit from for years to come. Please join me in wishing Tristan a wonderful retirement.

Talking of WSDOT, I wanted to remind you that the Washington Aviation Specialty License Plate will be made available beginning this month – go get yours now! A special thank you to Representative Tom Dent for introducing the bill and to the Washington State Aviation Alliance for the successful petition efforts.

Finally, I wanted to let you know that although no decision has yet been made WAMA and our sister group in Oregon, OAMA are looking into the feasibility of a joint annual conference for 2018.

Note:  Update on 2018 WAMA Conference:  WAMA and our sister group in Oregon, OAMA, are moving forward with plans for a joint annual conference for 2018 at the Skamania Lodge.

Arif Ghouse,


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