Washington Airport Management Association 


Highlights from recent WAYPOINTS.
For the full version of the September 11, 2023 edition, click here.

Seeking WAMA Board Nominations

The Nomination Committee is seeking nominations for board officers.  If you know of someone who would like to serve or if you would like to serve on the Board, please contact Nominating Committee Chair Adam Phelps at board2@wama.us by September 22, 2023.

Board terms are for 2-years and begin in January each year.  In 2023 we will have a reshuffling of the Executive Board along with openings for Director positions.  Please consider this opportunity to become more involved in the leadership of this great organization. If interested, please submit your Statement of Interest letter and a professional resume to Nominating Committee Chair Adam Phelps. If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact Adam.

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.


Skagit Hosts MCI Emergency Training

KBVS is hosting a large MCI training on September 15th,. The MCI training will include a variety of participants from local Emergency Management, EMS, Life Flight and Med Flight, Law and the Coroner. Possible FAA and NTSB participation as well. We will be training and testing the Port staff on Aircraft crash response, Haz-Mat, Incident Command, family crisis center staging, communications etc. We will be strengthening our skills in working with responders in supporting roles, ensuring our staff follows safety protocols & response requirements and understanding our expectations as airport sponsors. We will have a mock scene that includes an aircraft vs vehicle with live patients staged on a runway. Come and participate sharing your knowledge and take back to your airport something you learned. Aviation safety starts on the ground and goes up from there.

September 15, 2023 from 8am-1:30pm 

Includes coffee, snacks and lunch.
Reach out to Keith Love if you like to attend: 360-757-0011 ext 151 or keith@portofskagit.com

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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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


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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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