There is little question that the general aviation industry is facing serious challenges in today’s economic climate, a situation that is certain to get worse as actions are taken to balance budgets and reduce spending. Many of these actions could result in further adverse impacts to an already depressed industry. While we in the industry recognize the importance of general aviation to the transportation system and its value to local and national economies, many do not share our view – which makes it important that we find ways to educate others, protect the industry, advocate with a collective voice and, where possible, promote its growth.

A number of organizations have been created nationally to address these issues. And there is recognition of a need for those of us in Washington’s aviation community to join forces in a similar way in an effort to protect and promote general aviation interests in the state. For this reason a small group of representatives from several aviation organizations met and developed plans for an organization that would serve that purpose.

The Steering Committee fulfilled its role as of  2014, completing the formal process of forming the Washington State Aviation Alliance (WSAA).

Washington State Aviation Alliance Founding Members

Kandace Harvey
Steering Committee Chair
Snohomish, WA
President, Washington Airport Management Association
Owner, Harvey Field

Les Smith
Steering Committee Member
Mukilteo, WA
President, Washington Pilots Association

Tristan Atkins
Steering Committee Member
Olympia, WA
Director of Aviation, Washington State Department of Transportation

David Ketchum
Steering Committee Member
Greenbank, WA
Chairman, Washington State Community Airport Association

Warren Hendrickson
Steering Committee Administrative Assistant
Seattle, WA
Executive Director, Washington Airport Management Association

Dave Field
Steering Committee Administrative Assistant
Bellevue, WA
Board Member and Secretary, Washington Airport Management Association

David Ulane, A.A.E.
Steering Committee Member
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
Northwest Mountain Regional Manager