Washington Airport Management Association 

A Message from WAMA's President:

Fellow members:

This is a busy time of the year for WAMA. The Legislative, Membership, Scholarship, Airport and Conference committees have all been busy with their respective duties.

The conference committee is making final tweaks to this year’s joint OAMA/WAMA conference in May and has already started planning 2019’s event. You won’t want to miss this year’s conference as the agenda is packed with quality presentations and new topics. Be sure to register soon as rooms are filling up. Also, please consider being a sponsor if you have not already done so. Without sponsorship, WAMA can’t put on the caliber of conference attendees have grown to appreciate.

The short session in Olympia kept our WAMA lobbyist, Susie Tracy, and our legislative committee busy. House Bill 1656 (which establishes a community aviation revitalization loan program) got as far as the governor’s desk for signature before being vetoed.  House Bill 2754 (which requested one percent of the tax on aviation fuel from the general fund be redirected to WSDOT aviation’s grant program) looks like it will need to wait until next year’s session. On a national level, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster, appears willing to move forward with an FAA reauthorization bill that doesn't include his controversial proposal to corporatize the Air Traffic Control system. Shuster has been unable to convince Democrats and some Republicans to support his ambitious plan to fundamentally restructure the FAA and corporatize the ATC system.  However Shuster's recent comments appear to breathe new life into the FAA reauthorization process that has been stalled on Capitol Hill. 

Two new benefits to note for WAMA members:
WAMA Waypoints: produced every two weeks, will give quick updates, information, and notices to keep you abreast of current events.  This is the place you can send your RFQs, classified ads, and special announcements.

NTSB Workshops: taking place at the Bremerton Airport in March and Skagit Airport in April.  This is a great presentation for airport staff on aircraft accidents. 

One final comment: I recently spent a few nights in the hospital for emergency surgery on our 4 year old daughter. It is experiences like this that put life into perspective. Every person I have met in our industry works long hours, takes work home, is extremely dedicated and pours themselves into their respective airport positions. Please remember what is important in life: spending time and making memories with friends, family and loved ones, I know I need to be reminded of this from time to time.

I look forward to seeing you in May.


Tim Mensonides,
President
WAMA


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