On Course | Winter 2013

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STAYING TRUE TO OUR ROOTS Adopting strategies to confront issues facing the aviation industry – 4



Resources & opportunities for businesses and aviators – 20

Defining the new face of aviation – 6


2014 Conference preview – 10


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My dad called him my “Flyboy.” I was (and still am) entranced. This young pilot had his course clearly marked. From the age of sixteen, John had been reaching out to mentors – seizing each opportunity that guided him on his dream to be a commercial pilot – building relationships, hours and ratings. John took the road less traveled. He bought and sold two airplanes, transforming broken hulks into gleaming gems; dedicated weekends and evenings at a friend’s shop pulling engines and rivets to get his aviation maintenance ratings; not to mention many a whiteknuckled hours as a flight instructor. It was an expensive career choice. Not because he went to a top college but because every spare dollar went into fuel or $300 gallons of paint for his Piper Apache. From floats in WA and BC, skis in Alaska, Saabs in Chicago to eventually 15,000 hours and a seat in the Dash 8 – John’s journey was filled with inspiring life experiences and lessons. John now flies left seat for Horizon Air. His weekly flights take him as far south as Mexico and as far north as Edmonton, Canada – sometimes just to Portland or Pasco.

As he ascends, with an unobstructed view of the Northwest and a myriad of buttons, dials and LCD screens; over 10,000 hp at the yoke – he is literally on top of the world. For the sixteen year-old boy who got bitten by the bug to fly – this is real. I’m pretty certain I’m biased, but honestly – how many people can actually say that they are truly doing what they are passionate about? Today I am not an archaeologist. Shocker! However, I am honored to have the privilege of being a steward for one of the nation’s best annual aviation conferences. Each year we provide over 75 hours of safety seminars and bring together aviation leaders. At the 2013 Conference we dedicated a day to providing resources to airports, businesses and students to discover their path and priorities – what an amazing addition! In 2014 we are thrilled to continue the Aviation Business & Career Forum with your support and guidance. It is important to do all we can to provide opportunities for businesses and individuals to have a successful and rewarding future. Details and overview of the event are on page 2023. Thank you for your support!

Cover photo Christopher & Spencer Stevens depart the Historic Flight Foundation’s DC-3 on display at Paine Field. Spencer, a freshman, plans to join the Air Force after high school. Photo credit: Paul Stevens

04 WAA Director Message Staying true to our roots 06 Editorial | Jon Boyd The lost generation 10 2014 Conference Updates Ready for take off 16 Seminar spotlight The Clyde Pangborn story 20 Business & Career Forum Aviation connections 24 Sponsor Spotlight: Alaska Airlines & Aviation High 26 2014 Maintenance Seminars 28 Support the NWAC 30 WAA Anti-Drug & Alcohol Program 31 WAA Overview

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Staying true to our roots Jamelle R. Garcia | Executive Director Washington Aviation Association

When Chuck Gross started the Washington Aviation Association in 1938 as an informal coalition of aviation businesses he set out with a single mission – advocate on behalf of aviation businesses and the aviators they serve. Today, that premise still defines who we are and what we do. Objectives of the WAA: • Encourage a united industry • Strengthen legislative representation • Nurture future needs of the industry • Promote cooperation between the aviation industry and related industries • Establish programs to improve our public image & reduce regulatory impact • Promote and sponsor educational projects • Encourage respect for all segments of our industry The WAA was formalized into a non-profit corporation in 1948 with the premise that everyone deserves to have access to products and services that have clear goals and transparent fees – and that are offered at a great value. Recently I attended the Seattle Home Show at Century Link Field; after $12 to park and $12 dollars for admission – I was disappointed. Certainly the $24 I paid was not a value; let alone I have no idea how much the vendors had to pay for their booth. 4


What it did do is make me smile. The quality of our programs, quality of our vendors and attendees truly set an example. A big “THANK YOU!” to Rachel and John Hansen and all the volunteers that make the Northwest Aviation Conference such a success year after year.

ABOVE – 2013 Conference, returning vendor, CubCrafters, coordinated with Twin Oaks Airpark to showcase a CarbonCub kit. Searching for the “Next Frontier” the WAA is in the process of setting up the Washington Aviation Association Foundation. A 501C3 non-profit charitable organization which will support scholarships and other educational or outreach opportunities.

Anyone who has been in the business of aviation has experienced one of history’s most devastating crises that struck fear in the hearts of even the most seasoned aviation professional. Aviation professionals want to survive, know they need to survive, but also want a clear and reasonable plan to help them reach their goals without the fear of losing it all. We want the insight that smart thinking can give – sophisticated analysis that offers clear, actionable guidance in today’s increasingly complex aviation environment.

Last year was the WAA’s first Business and Career Forumconducted on Friday. Rachel and I knew it would be either a big success or a major flop. Glad to say it was a Major Success! So many great comments and rewarding stories about how the networking experience changed people lives. It was such a success the WAA is planning to make this program available twice a year.

The doors to aviation need to be opened and it is our jobs collectively to help aspiring pilots, mechanics, airport managers, or any aviation based activity the means to find these opportunities to achieve their dreams. Remember the young kid on his bike looking through the fence at the airport watching the planes take-off and land. They are still out there; they just don’t know how to get beyond the fence.

Aviation consumers want highquality products and services at a fair price. The aviation consumer wants to trust and be confident their trust is well placed. In 2014, the WAA will begin a series of seminars throughout the year focusing on different areas of aviation, bringing workshops, networking and other opportunities to our aviation community. Aviation professionals working with others, using others advice or experience across the industry to be successful is the WAA’s goal.

For an overview of the Washington Aviation Association visit page 31.

In the mix is the return of “STARS OF AVIATION” It is the WAA’s plan to create a night to recognize people or organizations that make a significant contribution to aviation. We invite the Washington Pilot Association and the Washington Airport Managers Association to join with the WAA as one group. All together for an evening to recognize a pilot of the year (WPA), airport or airport manager of the year (WAMA)and the WAA, aviation business of the year. It is important to the future of aviation to have one voice as it relates to politics. As much as we all may dislike having to be involved in politics, we are, and need to be active. Otherwise the politicians will make the rules for us. All the different aviation groups do many wonderful things, but during the last legislative session when many of us went to Olympia to testify regarding the aircraft excise tax issue, it became obvious aviation has many different groups but no single message. Each testified regarding the impact on their individual membership, but not a combined message. To borrow a term I really like from Ryan Zulauf, City of Renton Airport Manager, “ONE VOICE”. The WAA will work with all the aviation groups that would like to work together to make aviation stronger in Washington State and tell the correct story to our politicians with the power of “ONE VOICE”. Sounds like a lot? It is. But the WAA will strive every day to commit, engage, be optimistic and look for results – in order to deliver.


Jon Boyd | reprinted with permission from General Aviation News Jon Boyd, director of sales and marketing for Panorama Flight Service, a FBO at Westchester County Airport in White Plains, N.Y., has more than 14,000 hours of flight time. jboyd@flypfs.com



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Ready for take off 2014 Northwest Aviation Conference & Trade Show February 22-23 | Showplex Exhibit Hall, Puyallup, WA

Just when the short winter days and grounded planes begin to cause aviation cabin fever – there’s a sign of happier airborne days ahead. For many, the Aviation Conference & Trade Show marks the end of winter in the Northwest. The 31st annual Northwest Aviation Conference & Trade Show will be held Feb. 22-23 at the ShowPlex on the Western Washington Fairgrounds in Puyallup, Washington. Three decades strong – the event is bigger and better every year. What began as a small collection of booths hosted during a day of safety seminars has grown and flourished into a much-anticipated gathering that fills the 122,000-squarefoot exhibit hall and boasts a packed schedule including more than 75 hours of educational and entertaining aviation seminars. Each year, more than 12,000 aviation enthusiasts and their families flock through the Blue Gate to be educated, inspired and rekindle their dream to fly.

ABOVE – 2013 Conference - Silver Sponsors, Alaska Airlines & Horizon Air accept resumes and mentor prospective pilots.

The Northwest Aviation Conference & Trade Show is hosted by the Washington Aviation Association (WAA), a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion and protection of aviation businesses in the Northwest. The event provides a venue for aviation businesses and customers to network and showcase technological advances in the industry. The ever-changing economic climate has encouraged organizers to adopt innovative approaches to capturing the most benefit for the entire industry. Over the last 30 years, event has established a solid reputation and following of vendors, speakers and attendees. 2013 was a banner year for the Conference – record attendance & participation – and especially paramount was the success of the first annual Aviation Business & Career Forum (see page 20-23).

In 2014, once again, there will be a dedicated effort to approach aviation groups and businesses and encourage them to be involved. The WAA position is to put out the word: Let’s work together and we’ll make it happen! The participation list reads like a cryptic code: AEA, AOPA, CPA, EAA, FAA, SPA, WAA, WIA, WPA, WSDOT, and RAF, to name just a few. This translates into a core group of dedicated organizations that have the same goal in mind – Promoting aviation and ensuring its future! The energy doesn’t stop here. Not to be overlooked are local and national aviation businesses that have contributed their valuable marketing dollars to support the show and promote their products. Each year more businesses see the value in supporting this event.


IA’s attending maintenance classes will earn credit toward renewal of their certificate. Feature maintenance keynote in 2014 is Ric Peri, Vice President of Government & Industry Affairs, AEA. See page 26 for details, visit website for schedule and registration.



This workshop, annually coordinated by Allen Kam, National Weather Service, Seattle, is designed especially for pilots and is intended to increase pilot knowledge of meteorology in general and aviation weather in particular. Registration available online – for schedule visit washington-aviation.org closer to the event.



Coordinated by the Flight Training department at Hillsboro aviation, this is an opportunity for helicopter pilots and companies to discuss current safety issues. Also seminar for pilots wishing to increase their ratings with a rotor rating. Registration available online – for schedule visit washington-aviation.org in early 2014.



In it’s second year, this FRIDAY seminar series will provide sessions designed to assist aviation professionals in networking and best practices.


See page 20 for schedule & presentation details. Full schedule will be available online in the new year.

Coordinated by the Seaplane Pilots Association.

Safety seminars on,safety and equipment that will benefit all pilots whether float or not!

Registration available online – for schedule visit washington-aviation.org in 2014.

The Northwest Aviation Conference is made possible with the support and guidance of the aviation community. Currently committed sponsorship partners for the 2014 event are: Alaska Airlines & Horizon Air, Pacific Coast Avionics, Lightspeed Aviation, Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Company, Wipaire, General Aviation News, King County Airport, Trade-a-Plane, Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Avemco and the Seaplane Pilots Association. Thank you all for your support! Thank you to SIM Flight Center & Spencer Aircraft for sponsoring the daily shuttle from the Pierce County Airport (Thun Field) to the Event. In 2014 we are excited to welcome to our event the new president of the Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association (AOPA), Mark Baker. Mr. Baker will be meeting with member and presenting in the keynote area, Saturday, February 22 at 1:00 pm. As an active partner in the Northwest Aviation Conference for over two decades, with their new strategy to restructure their impact in aviation, we are anticipating lots of positive energy and involvement from AOPA at the 2014 event. AOPA’s Aviation Safety Institute seminars are always informative and entertaining and in 2014 we appreciate their continued involvement and leadership in the Aviation Business and Career Forum hosted the Friday prior to the main conference and trade show. We are also pleased to welcome back keynote speakers Johnny Summers, JJ Greenway and Seaplane Pilots Association executive director, Steve McCaughy. Summers holds a PHD in Professional Aeronautics. Summers’ flying career began as a US Army helicopter pilot. In 1997, Johnny was recognized as the FAA National Aviation Safety Counselor of the Year. With over 10,000 hours, Johnny is a FAA Designated Pilot Examiner, airline pilot, academic, and aviation consultant. He currently flies for Alaska Airlines. Summers has provided annual presentations at the Conference and was instrumental in organizing and presenting at the Forum in 2013. continued next page

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With over 14,000 hours of flight time in his logbook, Johnny (JJ) Greenway has been flying since his mid-teens. A native of Seattle, Washington, JJ learned to fly at Boeing Field. After a corporate flying gig in the South Pacific, and a short stint with a regional airline on the east coast, he joined American Airlines in 1986 where he flew as a Captain and Check Airman on the Boeing 767. Later, he served as the Safety Director at AOPA for the Air Safety Institute. An active CFI for over 30 years, JJ flies his Bellanca Decathlon out of his home airport of Frederick, Maryland. He resides in Frederick with his wife, Candy. The pilot seminars will cover many facets of the industry, including workshops on: helicopters, seaplanes, ultralights and light sport aircraft. In addition, plan for a series of weather presentations from the National Weather Service; FAA approved IA maintenance renewal seminars; as well as topics including historical flights, aviation heroes, aircraft maintenance and financing, light sport aircraft and medical issues. Many of these seminars may be eligible for FAA Wings credit. For the last six years we have been honored to develop a low cost FAA-approved IA refresher clinic. The eight hours include updated information and a varied line-up of speakers for mechanics and aircraft owners. Attendance satisfies the requirement of FAR 65.93(a)(4). See page 26 for details on the Maintenance seminars.

The 2013 Cirrus aircraft display covered an area of over 1000 sf! Thank you to Cirrus for including this event in your mobile display! If you have a moment between taking in all these great speakers, be sure to visit all the amazing exhibits and displays.


In addition to five conference rooms seating over 200 attendees, the ShowPlex exhibit hall accommodates more than 400 booths, with areas brimming with static aircraft and museum displays, as well as the keynote speaker area with seating up to 1,000.

at the NW Aviation Conference & Trade Show

Exhibits include static aircraft, museum displays – and everything aviation: airports & fly-in destinations, propellers/ engine repairs, flight simulators & schools, government agencies, avionic, interiors & navigation, pilot supplies/novelties, clubs/ groups and insurance & financing.

The Conference & Trade Show has been an integral part of aviation in the Northwest for over 30 years! Not only is this a great place to market your product – the networking opportunities are limitless! This event brings pilots, mechanics, aircraft owners and their families together for two days of seminars and presentations – and over 122,000 sf of exhibit space! Each 10 X 10 booth costs $575 and includes a 8’ table draped, two chairs, power, booth sign and WIFI. Prime spaces are filling fast – so call Rachel at 866-922-7469 for availability and options! Exhibit information/registration is available online at washingtonaviation.org.

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Proudly presented by the Washington Aviation Association, this premier event annually attracts over 10,000 pilots, owners & mechanics HELICOPTERS | LIGHT SPORT | FLOATPLANES | EXPERIMENTAL

The event educates pilots and aircraft owners with over 75 hours of illuminating seminars and keynote speakers, including new AOPA president, Mark Baker – Seminar topics range from weather, navigation, customs, helicopter operations, safety & survival, FAA updates, new technologies, floatplane topics, airport issues, destinations, avionics, maintenance seminars & renewals – and so much more! FRIDAY – register for the Business & Aviation Career Forum.

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Admission $5 | Kids 17 & under always FREE Parking is FREE in the Blue Lot on Meridian Street.

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Showplex | Western Washington Fairgrounds, Puyallup WA

9:00 AM – 5:30 PM 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM


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LOCATION LOCATION... If the weather is favorable for the Conference weekend, you can bet tie-downs & hangars will be full at Pierce County Airport. In 2014 Spencer Aircraft is once again teaming with SIM Flight Center to provide a regular bus service from Pierce County Airport/Thun Field (PLU) to the Conference facility. Contact Spencer at 253-848-9349 for shuttle information. The Pierce County Airport is only 5.5 miles from the NW Aviation Conference but the route goes through congested retail areas – causing the journey to be as long as 20 minutes in Saturday mid-day traffic. To expand options for attendees, event organizers are currently in conversations with the City of Auburn representatives at the Auburn Airport. Although S50 (Auburn) is roughly two times the driving distance, it is all freeway with an off ramp at Conference facility. Travel times, on a Saturday, can be much shorter and the journey easier than the Thun Field airport. 14


Auburn Airport also adds opportunities in hotel partnerships, outlet shopping as well as provides convenient access to Seattle via the new light rail system which connects downtown and to SEATAC airport. Visit washington-aviation.org for Physical Address: details on these added attendee NW AVIATION CONFERENCE options or sign up for updates Puyallup Fair & Events Center at facebook.com/aviationshow. ShowPlex, Blue Gate 110 9th Ave SW, Puyallup, WA 98371


to Puyallup from the South on I-5 Traveling I-5 North, exit at Hwy 512, #127. Follow Hwy 512 east for 8 miles to the exit marked 9th St.. SW / 94th Ave. E; Turn left and go down the hill for 1.4 miles. Event parking in the Blue Lot, enter through Blue Gate.


to Puyallup from the North on I-5 Traveling I-5 South, take Exit 135 to Puyallup; at the first stop light turn right to Pioneer Way East; travel 5.2 miles to 72nd Street E. Turn left to stay on Pioneer Way E., continue 1.9 miles to Puyallup’s 5th Street SW. Turn right to 5th Street SW and follow signs to “Fair”. Event parking in the Blue Lot, enter through Blue Gate.

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SEATAC Airport Seattle waterfront Portland WA Vancouver BC Spokane, WA

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One Chance for Glory The Clyde Pangborn Story Edward (Ted) Heikell | Co-author of One Chance for Glory Clyde Pangborn, was born at the right time with the right stuff to accomplish great feats in aviation. His parents homesteaded the rough territory of eastern Washington in the early 1900’s. They had two sons, the older, Percy, opened a jewelry business in Wenatchee; while the younger, Clyde, took to aviation. Heavier-than-air flight was new in those days so even the thought of flying had an aura of excitement to it. Clyde first learned to fly in the Army signal Corp during WWI. There he became a flight instructor and airframe mechanic. He left the service with a Curtis JN-4 (Jenny) bi-wing airplane and eventually became ½ owner in the largest barn-storming company in the world –The Gates Flying Circus. Safety regulations and the Depression caused the business to close in the late 1920’s. Pangborn tried to stay in aviation by building a Standard Aircraft but instead lost most of his savings. Eventually he teamed up with Hugh Herndon, Jr., a pilot with limited abilities but access to money through his mother. Pangborn realized that Herndon could be the answer to his ambitions if he could teach him to fly better. Herndon’s mother gave them over $100,000 to break a ‘Around the World’ speed record if Hugh would be made the co-pilot. But before they could complete preparations, Wily Post and Harold Gatty completed the around the world trip, breaking the record previously held by the Graft Zeppelin. 16


The decision was made to depart anyway and break the new record set by Post. Sadly, in this attempt they became hopelessly behind schedule and mired in mud in eastern Siberia. Undaunted, they changed their objective to be the first to fly the 4500 mile trip across the Pacific—nonstop. So they departed for Japan. Thinking their landing papers were simply for formality, they landed prior to receiving them from their main office in New York. Upon landing, they were immediately arrested for espionage and placed in confinement for seven weeks. Somehow, during those seven weeks, they were able to modify the Bellanca airplane to carry 915 gallons of fuel instead of 700 and they secretly installed a system that would eject the landing gear once airborne. The loaded airplane weighed 9000 pounds, 3000 pounds more than the certified weight of 6000 pounds. continued next page

Photos and images courtesy of Edward Heikell, One Chance for Glory

Speaker Bios TED & BOB HEIKELL Authors, One Chance for Glory Saturday, February 22 Northwest Aviation Conference Edward (Ted) Heikell and Robert (Bob) Heikell were born and raised in Eastern Washington. Ted graduated from University of Washington with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering. Bob is a graduate of Central Washington College of Education. Both were involved in the aviation field their entire lives, as pilots and working in aviation for their livelihood. Together with their love of aviation and their connection to the area in which Pangborn began his adventure – the Heikell’s set out to research the details of the Pacific Crossing to bring this hero, Clyde Pangborn, to the forefront by writing the book, “One Chance for Glory.” The Heikells will be sharing Pangborn’s story in author presentations at the 2014 Northwest Aviation Conference. Their book will also be available for purchase and signing.

When they were released they were given but one chance to depart. If they ever returned to the Japanese homeland, the airplane would be confiscated and both of them would be immediately arrested and put in hard labor for 205 days. The heavy airplane departed from Sabishoro Beach at the northern part of Japan near Misawa. It had to fly in ground effect for over an hour before it burned off enough fuel to start its climb to altitude. It was three hours later that they jettisoned the landing gear into the ocean.

It would be impossible to safely belly land the airplane eventually with the landing gear pieces still attached. So Pangborn exited the cab window, crawled out onto the wing struts in the frigid conditions, laid out on the struts, feet forward, reached underneath the fuselage and removed the gear pieces and fought to return to his seat inside the airplane. Once inside, he announced that he could not reach the starboard struts so had to exit the airplane the second time to get the other side.

The engine fuel was gravity fed by the wing tanks located some several feet above. They held about 250 gallons of fuel. All of the remaining gas was at floor level and had to be manually pumped up the wing tanks by Herndon. It was a good plan but Herndon forgot on two occasions. The second occasion, somewhere over the Bering Sea, the engine completely died. continued next page

The system used to jettison the gear had to be installed in secret as the Japanese had an aviation administration that had to clear all airplanes departing Japan on historyattempting flights. Once the gear was jettisoned, Miss Veedol was able to climb to 14,000 feet without a problem—but there they encountered airframe icing so continued the climb above the ice to 17,000 feet, At that altitude and in the dark of night, they discovered that not all of the gear struts came off of the airplane when they jettisoned the gear.


There was no electricity, the only way to start the engine was to get the propeller spinning. While Herndon pumped feverishly, Clyde put the airplane into a terminal dive to build up speed. Once the engine turned over, Clyde was required to pull a high g-level to get out of the dive and stabilized at 1400 feet. Once the Queen Charlotte Islands were spotted, Clyde woke Herndon up to fly to Seattle. Pangborn had been flying for over 30 hours and had a tricky belly landing ahead, so needed to get some rest. He asked Hugh to fly the fixed heading and altitude down the coast. He was also asked to wake him up in about five hours when he sees the lights of Seattle shinning up from the left side.

“Then let’s make a go for Boise, then we can claim both the crossing and the longest distance records,” Clyde claimed. But the weather got worse and worse as they headed in the direction of Boise, so they turned to Spokane—same thing, then towards Pasco—no good. “Then lets go for Wenatchee,” Clyde said. “I know the place well and the weather is always good.” They belly-landed on a dirt strip cut out of the sagebrush in Wenatchee some 41 hours and 13 minutes after takeoff.

About 50 supporters were waiting there as they were convinced that he would arrive in Wenatchee. The representatives from the Japan newspaper, Asahi Shim bun, were also there with an award check for $25,000. Clyde was given $2500 by Hugh’s mother “for his effort”. The only thing that exists today of Miss Veedol is her bent propeller (bent during the belly landing). It resides in the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center. They belly-landed on a dirt strip cut out of the sagebrush in Wenatchee

Something woke Clyde in 5 ½ hours as the clouds parted and Mt Rainier lied directly ahead. “Hard left, Hard left,” he cried out narrowing missing some major glacier fields on the mountain. “Why are you so far off course? How much fuel do we have remaining?” he shouted to Herndon. “About two hundred gallons,” Herndon replied.

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LET’S TALK As the new president of AOPA, I’m making it my mission to get out of the office and meet with pilots where they fly. That’s why in 2014, as AOPA celebrates 75 years of protecting our freedom to fly, I’ll be hosting half a dozen regional events around the country. There will be opportunities for pilots to get together, talk flying, learn something, and enjoy the fun of aviation. I’ll also be taking part in local and regional events hosted by pilot groups, state aviation associations, airports, and others who care about general aviation. That’s why I’m excited to be part of the Northwest Aviation Conference. For me, it’s an opportunity to meet with thousands of aviation enthusiasts from across the region and celebrate GA. I’ll bring everyone up to date on AOPA’s work in Washington, D.C., state capitals, and local communities. But even more important, I’ll listen. I want to know what really matters to you as a member of the GA community. I want your input, your ideas, and your honest feedback, and I can only get that by interacting directly with you. I believe strongly that it’s my job, as AOPA president, to understand your biggest concerns, and then put the resources of your association to work on those issues. I hope you’ll join me in Puyallup. I can’t wait to hear what you have to say.

Mark Baker President & CEO, AOPA

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Aviation Connections In 2013 the Northwest Aviation Conference expanded to include an extra day for business and career sessions. Teaming with Pierce County Airport, Horizon Air, AOPA,, Workforce Central, General Aviation News, Seaplane Pilots Assoc., King County Airport, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, FAA, Professional Aviation Safety Specialists (PASS) and a multitude of businesses, aviation colleges, technical facilities and government agencies, the Aviation Business & Career Forum was the cumulative brainstorming of over fifty-five presenters from all aspects of the industry. The results were gratifying and electrifying! The business sessions covered topics such as marketing strategies, succession, hiring, tax incentives and included a track dedicated to topics affecting airports.The career tracks included hand’s on advise on all aspects of the industry – from pilots, mechanics to airport support. “As an aviation non-profit, we are very concerned about the future of this industry,” said Jamelle Garcia, Executive Director of the Washington Aviation Association, “Our conference attendees are getting older. Hosting this added day is a wonderful opportunity to reach out to young people and also provide resources to those already in the industry who need a boost to get to the next level. There are alarming workforce shortages in aviation, unless we become proactive, the situation will become severe.” The career seminars included panels with active duty pilots including airline, coast guard, WSP, float pilots and provided information from industry leaders such as Horizon Airlines, colleges and airports.

Rachel Hansen, organizer of the conference was thrilled with the response this event got in its first year. “I was excited when the idea got immediate feedback,” said Hansen regarding the tracks. “We are overwhelmed at how important we have discovered people feel this is.”

The most resounding success was by far the career portion of the event. Attendance was not limited to students – high school or college, rather many of the attendees seeking information, insight and resources were pilots (young and old) , aviation graduates and transitioning military.

In all over 300 people attended the Forum in 2013. Businesses attended sessions of particular interest to them – appreciating the advice and guidance from industry leaders. Airports appreciated the opportunity to network, discuss common issues and learn how other organizations had dealt with common regulatory and facility challenges.

One such attendee, Steve Tank, recently sent us a letter in which he credited the Forum for providing the opportunity to meet with people who connected him to a career with Alaska Airlines. He started as a First Officer in October. “I feel the workshop is very valuable for people looking for a future career in aviation, ” wrote Steve, “ I have told several of my pilot friends about the workshop and they were very sorry to have missed the networking opportunity. I believe there is a large void in this arena (especially in the NW) and it’s something I think you can capitalize on with the impending pilot shortage looming on the horizon.” Tank’s closing comments were to thank the Washington Aviation Association for “helping to keep aviation vital and viable in the Pacific NW.” continued page 22

How many people and who will be in attendance? This is a new event gaining momentum, but we are not completely sure. Hundreds of invitations are being sent out, registrations are already coming in!

Can we have a table at the event and participate as an attendee or facilitator?

Yes. There is no fee for tables if you are registered for the weekend Northwest Aviation Conference. Tables are conveniently located so as to maximize visibility throughout the day. If you can contribute to Each of the five breakout room any of the sessions as a facilitator, seats 250 people! we’d like to know! 20 washington-aviation.org

When may we set up and tear down our table?

May we distribute marketing materials?

Tables may be set up on Friday, from 7:00 to 8:00 a.m. Sessions end at 3:00 p.m. at which time exhibitors may move materials to regular exhibit areas.

Yes. Feel free to distribute any materials that you think would be of interest to attendees.

May we bring a backdrop?

Complete the form for attendees and check the “booth” box. We will contact you to confirm details – cost is $35.00/person with lunch.

Backdrops that are a maximum of eight feet wide are permitted as long as they are free-standing.

How do we register?

NW Aviation Business & Career Forum REGISTRATION FORM Name: ______________________________________________________________________ Company/Organization: ______________________________________________________

February 21 | check in begins at 8 am Enter through Blue Gate on Meridian Ave. Western WA Fairgrounds, Puyallup WA Follow signs – E. Showplex |


Address: ____________________________________________________________________

Email: ______________________________________________________________________



Phone: ______________________________________________________________________


City: __________________________ State: _____________ Zip: ______________________

Please select forum focus. You are welcome to attend all sessions regardless of selection.



Registration includes: FREE parking (Blue Lot) forum sessions, registration packet & credentials, lunch FRI, February 21, 2014 as well as TWO DAY admission ( FEB 22-23) to the Northwest Aviation Conference & Trade Show. $35.00 How did you hear about this event? ____________________________________________________________________________

Are You Registering for a Group?

If so, please list additional names/titles below. Group discount of $30/person if registering five (5) or more attendees: ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Student Registration:

Are you interested in a scholarship to attend? If so, please indicate why you feel you would benefit from attending this event. Please indicate age and level of education. Students will receive a full refund of registration fees if selected. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Payment: check CREDIT:

# of attendees: ______________ X $35.00/person = $ _________________ P/O

Fee waived for event facilitator/presenter, thank you for your support!


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EXP Date: ____/_____ CVV (Back of card): _________ Card Holder: _________________________________________________ Email form to rachel @washington-aviation.org | FAX to 360-868-2211 | Mail to Box 622, Shelton, WA 98584

Thank you for your support, please feel free to call Rachel at 866-922-7469 with any questions or concerns! You may also register online at www.washington-aviation.org.


Walla Walla University brought a group of students to the event as well as their aviation curriculum staff. Anthony Remboldt, Director of Training, Aviation Program was very happy with the value it added to the event. “My colleagues and myself are excited again this year to participate and bring our students to the career forum in 2014.” Remboldt wrote in an email, “It did so much good last year in our program and brought a lot of buzz and excitement into the often slow winter training time. We are working towards bringing more of our students this year and incorporating the event into our academic year.” In addition, Walla Walla University surveyed all the students that attended the 2013 Forum to gain their feedback on the event. The results were supportive of continuing this inaugural event. All of the ten students reported that they would not only recommend attendance of the NW Career Forum to a friend or fellow aviator but also that they would attend the career forum again. The surveyed students pointed out certain features that each found most valuable and would like to see again in the 2014 event: • I enjoyed the variety of topics • I appreciated the different career professionals and seeing what all the options out there are. • I really liked having representatives from airlines present. It was also nice having a wide array of aviation interests represented. • Thank you for having many different directors of the aviation industry • I enjoyed the sessions where different areas and paths of aviation were shown and discussed. I think a lot of the time we forget that its more than just airline, corporate, or instructor. • I enjoyed the different presenters from different sides of aviation. • I appreciate that the forum occurred on a Friday. Patricia Bening, Central Washington University, Department of Aviation, had this feedback to share on the CWU’s participation at the Forum, “CWU thought it was excellent and our best outreach and recruiting opportunity in recent history!”

The 2014 Forum is currently in it’s planning stages but already we have had plenty of input and suggestions from businesses, educational facilities and individuals. Each insight is helping organizers design an improved schedule of networking information sessions that will be as valuable as possible to attendees and participants. The panel format will be kept for the career sessions but the moderators will be provided strict guidelines on monitoring the input from panelists to be mindful of

subject objectives and timing. Focus will be on Q & A’s to engage the audience – especially after lunch! The forum committee will be reaching out to arrange a dynamic speaker to manage the general sessions. These key sessions are important as they bring all tracks together at one time. After the first keynote session each group goes to a series of specialized seminars in their field of interest - business management; airport operation; or pilot, airport, or maintenance careers.

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They return together for the noon session - then break out again in the afternoon. The committee will be working with the industry and event supporters to select a motivational speaker that can engage, energize and ultimately inspire the attendees!

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The forum committee is also working with high schools and colleges to raise awareness of the events and the opportunities it holds for those students who are considering a career in aviation or a related field. Part of this outreach will be to encourage facilities to consider the educational value of attending this forum. The organizers are working with aviation businesses and organizations to garner sponsorships for students to attend as well as grants to cover transportation costs. If interested, schools should contact Rachel Hansen at (360) 427-5599 or email to rachel@washington-aviation.org. In all 55 speakers committed to volunteer their time to present at the 2013 Forum. Already many of these have offered their support again for the 2014 event - thank you to each one of you for your past and future support! Many of the career presenters have already made great suggestions for topics at the upcoming event. From resume writing to coast guard training or airport management– and everything in between, it appears the topics are limitless. Last year’s most popular included panels from actively employed aviators in all walks of the industry. Attendees were able to ask questions and understand expectations. In 2014 we will take this one step further by asking our presenters to help us visualize with “a day in the life of –” followed by questions. The 2014 Aviation Business and Career Forum will be hosted Friday, February 21 at the Showplex, Western Washington Fairgrounds. Cost is $35 per person and includes lunch Friday (only) and admission to the conference Saturday and Sunday. Parking is free in the Blue Lot on Meridian. Doors open at 8:00 am. This event is held before the annual Northwest Aviation Conference & Trade Show. Visit the location information on page 14 for driving directions. Interested in participating? Complete the form on page 21 or visit the website, washington-aviation.org/forum.html, for details, schedule and registration or call Rachel toll free at 866-922-7469.

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Local business and government leaders joined students, educators and alumni from Raisbeck Aviation High School onboard a specially themed Alaska Airlines jet in October for the opening of the new facility for the nation’s first public, college preparatory, aviationthemed high school. The “Spirit of Education,” a Boeing 737-900ER, is dedicated to the students and staff of Raisbeck Aviation High School and will fly for six months around the carrier’s route network. Among the passengers onboard Flight 9401 was senior Austin Spores of Redmond, Wash., who commutes two hours to school every day. Spores, who is getting his private pilot’s license, plans to pursue a career as a commercial pilot. Like all students who choose to attend RAHS instead of a traditional secondary school, Spores had a strong interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Last summer, 24


he interned as a dispatcher for Seattlebased Kenmore Air and hopes to study aeronautics at the University of North Dakota or Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University after graduating next June. “I’ve been surrounded by aviation my entire life, so being in an aviation-themed environment like Raisbeck Aviation High School is a dream come true,” Spores said. Alaska Airlines employees have mentored and volunteered with students interested in commercial aviation since the school’s inception in 2004. As a founding sponsor, the airline pledged $1.5 million in a public/private partnership to build the $44.5 million state-of-the-art school designed to educate the next generation of scientists, engineers, and other aviation and aerospace-focused professionals. “Investing in Raisbeck Aviation High School is an investment in the youth of our community,” said Brad Tilden, Alaska Airlines’ president and CEO. “Students attending this STEM school are poised to bring much-needed innovation to our industry, which could

further improve the safety, efficiency and environmental performance of commercial aviation.”Raisbeck Aviation High School, part of Highline Public Schools, is located on the grounds of the Museum of Flight near Boeing Field to encourage partnerships with aviation and aerospace leaders and ensure relevance in the instructional program. “Having this school on the grounds of the Museum of Flight, so close to more than 200 aviation industry businesses like Boeing and Alaska Airlines, gives our students something truly special — an unparalleled chance to be simultaneously immersed in learning and industry,” said Reba Gilman, Raisbeck Aviation High School CEO and principal. Highlights of Raisbeck Aviation High School: • 400 students from 27 school districts • Students rank in the top 5 percent in Washington state assessments. The school’s performance ranks 252nd out of 22,000 nationwide high schools • The school is designed for project-based instructional programs, with labs that

enable students to build robots, rockets, model airplanes and even a real airplane. • Rather than a traditional library, the school provides classroom libraries and access to the Museum of Flight’s extensive archives and library. A computer is provided to each student. • During the summer, the school will be used by the museum for science camps — assuring year-round utilization of the building as well as introducing younger children to Raisbeck Aviation High School. • All RAHS students are connected with a mentor in an aviation/aerospace-related field. Students are also placed in internships in high-demand STEM workplaces such as Boeing, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Port of Seattle. Supporting education in its home state is a top priority for Alaska Airlines. Since 2007, the carrier has contributed more than $6.5 million in cash and in-kind contributions to 303 Washington educational institutions and organizations. Recent gifts include $150,000 to Western Washington University’s Institute for Energy Studies, $75,000 to the Highline Community College Foundation for student scholarships, $700,000

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to the Independent Colleges of Washington and $1.5 million to the University of Washington. Alaska Airlines, together with its partner regional airlines, serves 95 cities through an expansive network in Alaska, the Lower 48, Hawaii, Canada and Mexico. Alaska Airlines and its subsiduary, Horizon Air, are sponsors of the Northwest Aviation



Conference and Trade Show. Be sure to stop by their booths #108-109 at the event in February and thank them for their commitment to their local aviation community! Learn more about Alaska Airlines at Alaskaair.com; Raisbeck Aviation High School at highlineschools.org/raisbeckaviation.


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Maintenance seminars on track for 2014 IA Renewal Seminars welcome Ric Peri, Aircraft Electronics Association, as a 2014 keynote speaker We are pleased to again offer a low-cost maintenance refresher course at the 31st Annual Northwest Aviation Conference. In February, national and regional experts will travel to Puyallup to participate in this well attended event. In 2014 we are pleased to welcome our friend, Ric Peri, back to the Conference. Richard (Ric) Peri is the vice president of government and industry affairs for the Aircraft Electronics Association. He manages the Washington, D.C., office and is responsible for helping draft aviation regulations as well as instructing users on the proper interpretation of the regulations. He consults with aviation companies worldwide and actively participates in rulemaking in Europe, Canada, Australia and the U.S.



As a certificated mechanic, licensed pilot, operational crewmember and entrepreneur, Peri has more than 40 years of experience in aviation flight operations, aircraft maintenance and airport operations. He is a technical expert on international aviation maintenance regulations, repair station operations, environmental management and occupational safety. Peri is a U. S. Coast Guard veteran and a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Richard (Ric) Peri is the vice president of government and industry affairs for the Aircraft Electronics Association.

Peri is an active advocate for aviation small businesses worldwide and is an internationally recognized author and sought-after speaker concerning all areas of aviation maintenance issues, such as regulations, industrial safety and environmental management. He has been recognized for his accomplishments by the White House, the U. S. Coast Guard, the Federal Aviation Administration and ASTM International. In January 2013, Peri was elected to serve a three-year term on the ASTM International board of directors. An ASTM International member who joined the organization in 2004, Peri currently serves as chairman of Committee F39 on aircraft systems. In this role, he has worked closely with the FAA to expedite the development of new safety standards on aircraft wiring systems. Peri is a member of Committees F37 on lightsport aircraft and F44 on general aviation aircraft. For his contributions, Peri received the ASTM President’s Leadership Award in 2008.

In addition, Peri authors “The View from Washington,” a monthly column published in Avionics News magazine, along with international regulatory updates and answers to the industry’s most frequently asked questions. Peri will be the keynote speaker for Saturday’s IA seminars.

Maintenance Sessions IA Renewal Seminars

Registered IA’s attending the maintenance classes earn credits toward renewal of their certificate. To obtain credit, the IA’s must have their registration card stamped at the close of each hour attended.

February 22-23, 2014

Seminars are on both Saturday and Sunday, February 22-23, 2014; but only Saturday’s seminars allow for a one day completion of the full eight hour refresher requirements. If you require certification for the IA seminar, the $35.00 fee covers the cost of lunch (Saturday only) and admission both days as well as a approved FAA certificate of classes attended. On site check-in begins Saturday at 7:00 AM , seminars begin at 8:00 AM. Catered lunch Saturday is during break 12:15 – 1:30 pm PRE-REGISTRATION is required.

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Support Aviation Sponsorship opportunities at the 2014 NW Aviation Conference For over three decades, the Northwest Aviation Conference has provided aviation companies and organizations the opportunity to show support for the Northwest aviation industry while gaining valuable exposure to over 12,000 aircraft owners and pilots! We invite you to sponsor this event and take an active part in our excitement. With an attendance of over 12,000 annually; through radio, print media and direct mailings, your company will receive targeted Northwest aviation exposure participating in this event.

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Your sponsorship is unique. Our team uses all available resources to work with your organization to design the best value for your marketing dollars. Whether you would benefit from face time with mechanics, pilots or students – we are pleased to custom build YOUR sponsorship.

Why Sponsor?

We consider sponsors to be event partners. That extra effort makes so many things possible! At one time this event was operated by a partnership in funding supplied jointly by the FAA and WSDOT. Over the decades that financial funding has completely disappeared – making our job of producing quality programs more a challenge. In 2002 we began charging a nominal admission fee to offset the costs This helped alleviate the added expenses a little. However, in order to keep the costs low to

both attendees and exhibitors we need your help more than ever! But we also want you to feel that this is a sound marketing decision. How can we make your presence the best value possible? Let us know – we want our partners to be happy – and we want your company to help us present the best aviation event in the nation!

How can we help you reach your marketing goals?

• Recognition for support of specific events or activities: Business and Career Forum, aircraft showcase, museum exhibits, static displays or youth activities • Maintenance or product seminars • Sponsorship of keynote speakers with “brought to you by” after each mention • Prime booth space and bulk area. • Feature articles and exclusive coverage. • Specific Sponsorship - Recognition and opportunities available for support of specific events such as Kids Avfair, Aircraft Showcase, museum exhibits, static displays,product seminars, conference program, exhibitor network benefits (ie -coffee & donuts). Give us a call, the options are limitless and we cannot wait to discuss them with you!

Sponsorship Levels Diamond | $10,000 + • • • • • • •

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Platinum | $6,000 + • • • • • • •

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Gold | $4,000 + • • • • • • •

Logo on poster, adverting Logo with link on website, link on mailing, Prominent 20’ x 20’ exhibit area 1/2 page ad in On Course Prominent banner display at event 25 event passes to distribute seminar time to highlight product

Silver | $2,500 + • • • • •

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Bronze | $1,500 + • • • • •

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Friends of the Conference $500-$1,499 or In-Kind Sponsorship


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Opportunities to fly onward! WA Aerospace Training & Research Center

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Opened in 2010, the Washington Aerospace Training & Research Center is the educational resource for career pathways in the aerospace industry. Located at the Paine Field airport in Snohomish County, the center was built to create career opportunities and to serve the aerospace industry. At the Washington Aerospace Training & Research Center you can learn the skills required for a high-wage, high-demand aerospace job in just 12 weeks. In addition, you will also be earning college credit and certificates of completion that will qualify you for career opportunities in aerospace. Visit the Center at 3008 100th St SW, Everett, WA; or washingtonaerospace.com to see how the Washington Aerospace Training & Research Center can change the direction of your life and your career.

King County International Airport, a Northwest Aviation Conference Bronze level sponsor, supports Opportunity Skyway, a regional education initiative that uses aviation to excite at-risk youths about learning math, science, and aviation career skills. In one project, students work on building a full-sized kit airplane in the classroom, a part of the Opportunity Skyway program since its inception in 1996. King County, Airport staff, community leaders, tenant advisory partners, and the Seattle School District all work together to facilitate exposure to aviation education, on-the-job learning and internships, and job-shadow experiences in aviation organizations for these youths. Opportunity Skyway is more than an educational program; it is a community of developing professionals, friends, mentors and families. For more information call (206) 296-7452.

Northwest Aviation Business & Career Forum

Join the WAA and partnering aviation companies and organization for this new grass roots networking opportunity. Businesses will find specialized information on marketing, leadership, insurance, human resources, tax incentives and tips to be successful in aviation. Airports will benefit from conversations on all aspects of facilities operations Current and prospective pilots and other aviation professionals are invited to learn more about the imminent changes in the industry and get the tools to follow a successful path in aviation. If you are interested in participating in either the business or career forum, or know of an individual or company that could benefit from attending see pages 20-23 for additional details.

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Washington Aviation Association Anti-Drug & Alcohol Consortium The WAA operates a low-cost non-profit Anti-Drug & Alcohol Consortium. We take our responsibility seriously in managing the drug and alcohol testing programs. We believe in partnerships with our members and provide a high level of quality and service. Our goal is to help all companies meet their goals of a safe work environment and compliance with DOT/FAA regulations with drug free workplace. Our commitment to quality is measured by the results our members obtain. Our direct approach in carefully monitoring all phases of the testing program results in low error rates and test cancellations. Additionally, we measure our services by our ability to deliver information in a timely manner. Test turnaround time is carefully reviewed. Controls and check systems have been installed to ensure timely reporting. All of these activities demonstrate a commitment to continuous improvement.


Federally regulated drug testing started in 1989 when the Department of Transportation put into place its drug and alcohol testing program for covered workers. At the start of the DOT regulated drug testing program, 18 % of American truck driver’s drug tested positive, with cocaine, marijuana or amphetamines in their urine. The rate of positive drug tests has since gone down tremendously. In 1998, 5% of pre-employment drug tests were positive for illicit drugs, and for those employees in random drug testing programs, the positive drug test rate was less than 2%. In the FAA program, the positive drug test rate fell to less than 1%. 30

The federal drug testing program focuses on urine drug testing. A chain of custody form is used to ensure the drug testing process integrity. The analysis of the urine is first processed with a general drug screening test for the presence of illicit drugs; then, if the initial employee drug test screen is positive, the drug test screen is then re-tested for drug utilizing a more accurate drug test This drug test is valid and supportable enough to be used as evidence in a court of law.


All modes of the Department of Transportation (DOT) require a DOT drug test. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) drug tests pilots, flight crew, and mechanics as well as repair 145 FBO fixed base operators.

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) randomly drug tests truck drivers who operate vehicles that weigh over 26,000 and drug tests drivers of buses that have more than 16 passengers. Office of Pipeline Safety Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) requires pre-employment drug testing and random drug testing for pipeline construction workers. Alcohol and drug testing are done for-cause and after an accident. The Coast Guard regulations require drug testing on merchant fleets and drug tests crew of passenger vessels. washington-aviation.org

Safety & Business Partners How can the AD&AC Program assist your aviation company? The WAA specializes in Drug and Alcohol Programs to comply with DOT /FAA regulations. This includes: • • •

Pre-Employment Drug Testing Random Drug Testing Worker & Supervisor Education

The WAA provides the following services: • • • • • • • • •

DOT/FAA and Corporate Drug & Alcohol Policies. Worker and Supervisor Education: Online and PowerPoint presentations. 24/7 Online Web Access to Test Results Specimen Collection Nationwide Lab for processing the collection Medical Review Officer and Support. Inspection Support, Record Keeping, SAP Referral FAA Required Pilot Records Information Act 65 (PRIA) Packages.


When does the Department of Transportation require employee drug testing? Pre-employment drug Tests, Random drug tests, Post accident drug tests, Probable Cause drug tests, Return to Duty drug Testing and Follow-up drug Testing. For more information or to answer any questions please do not hesitate to call 253-939-4273.

Defining our role in aviation:

What is the Washington Aviation Association? The Washington Aviation Association (WAA) is a group of businesses that have an interest in aviation and enjoy flying. Organized in 1938 as an informal coalition of aviation businesses, the Washington Aviation Association was formalized into a nonprofit corporation in 1948 to confront problems of the industry and build a stable and prosperous future. Membership is open to everyone including non-Washington residents. Objectives of the WAA: • Encourage a united industry • Strengthen legislative representation • Nurture future needs of the industry • Promote cooperation between the aviation industry and related industries • Establish programs to improve our public image & reduce regulatory impact • Promote and sponsor educational projects • Encourage respect for all segments of our industry • Provide professional council The Washington Aviation Association organization is comprised of board members from the aviation industry. Current executive director of the board is Jamelle Garcia.

Throughout the year the WAA is involved in legislative measures that affect the aviation industry as well as the operation of the Anti-Drug and Alcohol Program (See facing page). For over three decades this non-profit business league has presented and managed the Northwest Aviation Conference & Trade Show in Puyallup, WA. This event annually attracts over 10,000 attendees. Currently the WAA is implementing programs to insure a “healthy” future for aviation in the Northwest. Through increased outreach, business mentors, career resource fairs as well as scholarship fund raisers and workshops, the WAA hopes to provide resources and empower businesses and individuals to have successful aviation futures. For more information visit the website washington-aviation.org.

Members of the Washington Aviation Association: • • • •

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participate in and influence the legislative process. participate in the Federal and State regulatory process. jointly solve the problems of the aviation industry. establish programs and procedures for the benefit of members and industry. help each other to attain more prosperous aviation business. exchange ideas and experiences. foster industry contacts and friendships.

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