Advocacy - Outreach - Education - Social
The Washington Pilot’s Association started in 1960 and has grown to over 1500 members statewide and includes 28 chapters. Since it’s inception the WPA has built upon the 4 pillars of why we exist. Whether you’re a veteran pilot or just discovered a passion for aviation, we are proud to welcome new members who share the wonders of flight in the Pacific Northwest! You are the voice of all pilots flying in our state and we know that strength in numbers works.
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The WPA is expanding. New Chapters are now being formed. One of these is Olympia. If you are in the south sound region and would like to join fellow pilots in the Olympia Area, contact us using our contact us form and we will put you in touch.
Veterans Day is not long past. This time of year, having spent 24 years in the Navy, I occasionally hear, “Thank you for your service!” I was honored to serve and enjoyed my time in Naval Aviation (A-6 Bombardier), but it makes me realize that, for the most part, Americans enjoy serving others and appreciate the service that others do. Not all cultures are like this. It is something we do well.
With chapter and state elections coming up, we have an excellent opportunity to step up and demonstrate that service in the support of the mission of the WPA. Each chapter requires officers and directors to remain viable. It does take a little time and effort but a) many hands make light work, b) your service provides huge benefits for others both now and years into the future, and c) it can actually be a lot of fun. Chapter presidents and vice presidents organize the chapter, direct activities, serve as the main points of contact for the chapter, but they also represent the chapter at local and state meetings. They get to meet other aviators and widen their circle of aviation friends and acquaintances. Treasurers, secretaries, and directors (membership, newsletter, program, legislative affairs) are the backbone of chapters. They provide the actual services that keep the chapter rolling and often step up into other leadership roles later.
At the state level the same needs exist. We are seeking nominations this year for President, Vice President (West Side), and directors of Legislative Affairs, and Membership. And as an appointed position, we are also seeking a Secretary. All of these positions help make up the Board of Directors that guide and shape the Washington Pilots Association. If you would like to take a broader role, or know someone who would do an excellent job in one of these positions but is too shy or self-effacing to suggest themselves, send an email to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Don and Rich are the nominating committee and can start a conversation.
If you have ever thought, “Man, those guys running this organization don’t know what they’re doing. If I were in charge, things would be different!” Well, now’s your chance. Volunteer for a chapter position or contact Rich, Don, or me to discuss a state board position. We need you, you’ll be providing a needed service to others, and we’ll all have fun in the process.
The WPA is the ONLY non-profit organization of pilots and others interested in aviation focused on serving pilots and promoting general aviation specifically in the State of Washington.
The WPA works closely with Airport Managers, Local Sponsors, WSDOT, State Legislators, and the FAA to represent General Aviation interests in Washington State
Youth Aviation Scholarships
The WPA Youth Aviation Scholarship Fund (YASF) as established by the Washington Pilots Association is a 501(C) (3) foundation dedicated to the future of aviation. In addition, several chapters around the state provide scholarships for training.
Washington Pilots Association Political Action Committee (WPA-PAC) is your advocate for general aviation interests in Washington State.