WPA State President Les Smith
WPA is an all-volunteer organization working
for General Aviation in the state of Washington. Nearly everything
we do falls under one of the pillars of Advocacy, Outreach,
Education and Social Activities. We are busy with testimony in
Olympia, or land use hearings around the state. We host airport
events that reach out to neighboring communities.
We are holding seminars - on maintenance, new technology
and crossing borders. Our Chapters’ calendars are busy with hangar
parties, aviation movie nights or Saturday morning fly outs. We
are organized in 20 chapters across the state. Most of these
chapters are associated with airports, but we also draw from areas
larger than specific airports, including an at-large membership.
It is the Chapter that is the basic element in WPA. Oh sure,
there’s a State Board. We work to keep the organization as vital,
relevant and engaged as when this Association was formed nearly 55
years ago. But there’s no “puzzle palace” headquarters. When we
meet, we are hosted by chapters.