The Washington State Aviation Alliance (WSAA) earned the first-ever AOPA Advocacy Partnership Award for the Northwest Mountain Region for exemplary commitment to protecting the freedom to fly.
The new award recognizes state and local aviation associations that worked closely with AOPA on issues facing their airport, state, or region, and achieved a common goal through effective airport or state advocacy. On October 25, the WSAA was presented with the inaugural award during the Washington State Community Airports Association annual conference in Leavenworth, Washington. Accepting the award on behalf of this collection of aviation associations was John Dobson, WSAA president. WSAA is composed of several state aviation organizations that are voting members including the Washington Airport Management Association; the Washington State Community Airport Association; the Washington Pilots Association; the Washington Public Ports Association; the Pacific Northwest Business Aviation Association; the Washington Seaplane Pilots Association; the Washington Aviation Association; and the Washington Department of Transportation, Aviation Division. WSAA was instrumental in the successful effort to protect the aviation community from potentially disastrous legislation in Washington state.
During the presentation of this award to WSAA, Schuster emphasized the critical importance of partnerships like this: “It takes the entire aviation ecosystem taking active roles in protecting our freedom to fly to advance favorable GA legislation and defeat anti-aviation legislation,” he said. “State and local aviation and pilot advocacy groups play a vital role in these efforts, offering valuable insights into their respective state and local community mindset.”
AOPA’s advocacy strategies are much better informed with state and local knowledge that organizations like WSAA and its member organizations contribute. Aviation advocates looking to support their community airports should get involved with local and state pilot and airport organizations and contact their AOPA regional manager for additional information about how to get involved.