Washington Airport Management Association 

Letter from the President

Dear colleagues,

I want to begin by thanking you all for allowing me to represent the Washington Airport Management Association (WAMA) in 2023 as President. It is a great honor and privilege to represent the fine group of professionals that are stewards of Washington State Airports.

WAMA has been instrumental in my career and management of the Chehalis-Centralia Airport. To be able to repay this by taking on this responsibility is incredible. I know if you are not yet a member and are considering joining, you will not regret it. If you are an existing member who has assisted or encouraged me in the past, I am indebted.

Since the early days of aviation, Washington State has been home to an innovative hub for aviation. I believe we have the opportunity and responsibility to help keep it that way. The WAMA Mission Statement says, “Our mission is to strengthen airports and airport management in Washington State by fostering professionalism among airport operators.” I can say without a doubt this group effectively does that every day. We do this as individuals and collectively.

With that being said, we have some challenges as stewards of airports coming up. We have rising costs, labor shortages, and increased legislation that can all negatively impact our airports. This is where WAMA can excel. We can provide tools and support to our colleagues and help Washington airports thrive in the next chapter of aviation we are writing today.

Thank you all again for this honor, and let’s work together to make the Washington Airport Management Association an example for other states to follow. If you are not already a member, please join us. Receive the benefits of the knowledge and experience of your peers, but also become a resource for others to learn from. I look forward to seeing you all in the coming year.


Brandon Rakes
Airport Director, Chehalis-Centralia Airport
WAMA Board President


Highlights from January 16, 2023. For the full edition, click here.

WAMA will once again host a booth at the Northwest Aviation Conference and Trade Show in Puyallup February 25 and 26.  If you would like to help out by manning the booth for a couple hours Friday or Saturday, please contact Marjy Leggett at Director@wama.us

If you did not receive an invoice for the annual dues, please contact Christine Roemeling at Membeship@wama.us .
Please notify us at membership@wama.us or director@wama.us if there have been changes to members of your staff who should be receiving Waypoints or who should be listed on the membership.

The Aviation Caucus meetings will be starting up on January 26 with Representative Tom Dent. The meetings are available both in person and online at 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 a.m. every fourth Thursday of the month, starting on January 26 and running until April 25.  Mark your calendars.  Here is the Teams link:
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Do you need to get your C.M. rating?  Arlington Municipal Airport is searching for nine people interested in obtaining their C.M. rating.  They have four people interested so far and just need five more.  If they can find nine people interested in taking the classes, the instruction can be brought in locally at considerable cost savings.  If you are interested in this opportunity, contact:

Silvana Vasquez
Airport Management Intern, Arlington Municipal Airport
18204 59th Dr. NE, Ste A, Arlington, WA 98223
Desk 360 - 403 – 3476  |  Cell 360-631-2841  |  svasquez@arlingtonwa.gov

As we enter a new year, we have a new board of directors who will be stepping in.  If you haven't already met them, please take a moment to get to know our new directors.  They are:

President - Brandon Rakes                       Director - Adam Phelps
Vice President - Dave Decoteau               Director - Tim Mensonides
Secretary - Lorene Robinson                    Director - Rob Hodgman
Treasurer - Jennifer Skoglund                  Director - Samantha Peterson
Past President - Rich Mueller

Thank you to all of our sponsors, JUB, DOWL, Paine Field Snohomish County, CivilAir Engineers PLLC, Precision Approach Engineering, Applied Pavement Technology, Walla Walla Regional Airport, Arlington Municipal Airport and the City of Arlington, Century West Engineering, The Port of Skagit, and Morrison-Maierle for sponsoring the biweekly Waypoints news bulletin. Your support means so much to us.


Upcoming Events

May 08, 2023 • Davenport Grand Hotel, Spokane, WA

Airport Management Q&A (click here)

Washington State Aviation Alliance (WSAA): Visit their website at http://www.wsaa.aero
WAMA Member Airports - Click to Enlarge

Washington State Airport Restaurants

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Warren Hendrickson has compiled an informal list of Washington State/PNW Airport Restaurant List (updated 2020) which includes additional pages for nearby Oregon (both east and west of the Cascades) and Idaho airports. 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 send your suggestions or recommendations to Warren Hendrickson, at: wbhendrickson@comcast.net.  He will continue to update the list as time allows. The list is primarily intended for use by pilots as they fly around the area. Perhaps providing everyone with an additional reason to visit your airport!

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