Washington Airport Management Association 

Letter from the President

Dear WAMA Members,
I am deeply honored and excited to extend a warm welcome as the newly appointed President of the Washington Airport Management Association (WAMA). Having joined this remarkable organization in the early 2000’s, I have witnessed the incredible growth, collaboration, and expertise that define our community of airport professionals.
WAMA stands as a beacon of inclusivity and talent, fostering a spirit of camaraderie among individuals dedicated to the advancement of aviation management. As we embark on this next year together, I am committed to upholding these values and fostering an environment that embraces diversity and inclusion.
Our shared mission includes reaching out to new airports and students, ensuring that the wealth of knowledge within WAMA is accessible to all aspiring professionals. I believe in the power of mentorship and collaboration, and together, we can expand our outreach to cultivate the next generation of aviation leaders.
I encourage each of you to actively participate, share your insights, and contribute to the growth of WAMA. Let us leverage our collective expertise to propel our organization to new heights, welcoming fresh perspectives and ideas that will shape the future of aviation management in Washington State.
Thank you for entrusting me with the honor of serving as your President. I look forward to working closely with each of you to make WAMA an even more dynamic, inclusive, and influential force in Washington State.

David Decoteau, A.A.E., USAP
President, Washington Airport Management Association


Highlights from recent WAYPOINTS.
For the full version of the February 12, 2024 edition, click here.

2024 Annual WAMA Conference Registration and Hotel Reservations are now open! 

Click here for Conference Registration

To book your room, go to https://reservations.muckleshootcasino.com/promo?propertyCode=MUCKLE&offerCode=1010673 or call the Hotel Call Center at 800.804.4944.  The basic rooms are $159/night and the luxury are $179/night. The luxury rooms have a view of Mt. Rainier.


The unusual cold and snow that January brought us, provided some opportunities to put the snowplows to good use.  Keith Love from Skagit Airport is shown giving the snowplow a good workout. 

Northwest Aviation Conference and Trade Show

The Northwest Aviation Conference and Trade Show is coming up February 24-25, 2024.  If you would like to help in the WAMA booth, please contact Marjy Leggett at Director@wama.us.

Scholarship and Grant Applications Now Open

Please spread the word and encourage those interested to apply before the March 31, 2024 deadline. Applications and more information are available on the Scholarship page of the website. Scholarships include:

  • Thomas Eller Scholarship for students in Airport Management programs
  • Airport Manager Internship for those wishing a career in airport management
  • Professional Development grant for personnel wishing to expand their airport management knowledge
  • Community Aviation grant for teachers or groups wishing to bring aviation to their community
Questions? Contact Scholarship Committee Chairman Kieth Love at KeithL@portofskagit.com.

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.


Sustainable Aviation Festival

You are encouraged to attend the SA Festival in Alburquerque in September of 2024.  The agenda offers attendees the opportunity to increase knowledge and better understand renewable energy technologies, products, and services with unique and fun opportunities to interact with aviation experts.

If airports want to show their support of the event and allow their logos to be used, they will receive three passes to the festival.
If people would like more information on the event, please contact John Hilgers of ClearSkies at 1-704 605-0008.

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Upcoming Events

May 06, 2024 • Muckleshoot Casino, Auburn, WA

News & Activities

Airport Management Q&A (click here)

Washington State Aviation Alliance (WSAA): Visit their website at http://www.wsaa.aero
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Washington State Airport Restaurants

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Warren Hendrickson has compiled an informal list of Washington State/PNW Airport Restaurant List (updated spring 2023) 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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