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.
7th Annual Aviation Awareness Day in Olympia. January 27, 2019 from 10am to 2pm in the Cherberg Building. Everyone invited.
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.
When the weather gets bad, the clouds come down, there is ice in them, but we still need to get past the Cascades, our options are limited. There are the routes through Snoqualmie Pass, Stampede Pass, and Stevens Pass, but really the main thoroughfare is The Gorge. Almost sea level, straight east/west from Portland to Walla Walla and Pendleton, and easy to find, it gives VFR flyers without anti-ice a reasonable chance to travel on otherwise marginal days.
Along the route there are airports and strips that provide safety opportunities if the weather deteriorates to a point where further onward travel is not possible: Wasco State, Goldendale, The Dalles, Hood River, and on the western end, Cascade Locks. It has been this way for decades and these safety valves have saved many a trapped aviator. Recently, though, there is a possible threat to the continued use of one of these strips.
Citizens of Cascade Locks are investigating possibilities of commercial development. Bounded by high terrain on one side and the Columbia on the other, developable land is scarce. As in many other communities the open space of an airport is low hanging fruit. The question arises: ‘With so few operations on such a small strip, why not use that land for commercial or residential improvements to the tax base of the community?’ It seems like a reasonable question. The problem is that the dollars and cents analysis doesn’t take into account the access, safety, or training uses of the airfield. Such uses are hard to quantify and don’t show up on financial spreadsheets. And once an airfield is gone, it is gone forever. We are long past the time where we’re putting new runways in.
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.