New Director of Aviation Joins WSDOT Crew

The Washington State Department of Transportation welcomed the new director of aviation, David Fleckenstein, to its team on Aug. 7. Fleckenstein has many years of aviation experience, first in the United States Army’s Adjutant Generals Corps. For over 23 years, he held various positions at all levels of Army Aviation. After 25 years of service, […]

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Data Comm Now at Sea-Tac Airport

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is bringing new benefits to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport through a technology called Data Comm. Data Comm revolutionizes communications between air traffic controllers and pilots by replacing some traditional voice communications with digital information exchanges. Voice communication is labor intensive, time consuming and can lead to miscommunications known as “talk back, […]

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Automated Weather Reporting Upgrades Available for Methow Valley State Airport

Come rain or shine, pilots traveling in the Methow Valley now have a new way to access weather information online via the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) website. Winthrop-area weather data for pilots is made possible through the automated weather observing system (AWOS) at the Methow Valley State Airport. The Washington State Department of […]

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Washington State Aviation Director to Retire on Friday

After 35 years of federal and state service, including the last six years as Director of Aviation at the Washington State Department of Transportation, Tristan Atkins is retiring. Atkins’ professional accomplishments as aviation director are numerous. Under his leadership, WSDOT successfully completed landmark studies including the Airport Investment and Airport Investment “Solutions” studies, which helped […]

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WSDOT seeks new director of aviation

The Washington State Department of Transportation has an opportunity for a uniquely qualified, executive-level professional who will serve as the agency’s director of aviation. WSDOT’s director of aviation is responsible for developing and implementing statewide programs that protect and promote aviation; airport improvements and investments; and the state’s aviation system in partnership with federal and […]

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Washington State Aviation Alliance celebrates successes at second annual general membership meeting

Washington State Aviation Alliance (WSAA) members met to discuss past successes and future initiatives during the second annual general membership meeting April 25 at the Westin Hotel in Bellevue. WSAA President David Ketchum, along with the Board of Directors, provided an overview of the organization’s history, objectives and achievements. Over the past two years, WSAA […]

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WSDOT to Hire Airport Land Use and Strategic Programs Coordinator

The Washington State Department of Transportation Aviation Division in Tumwater, Washington is currently accepting applications for an Airport Land Use & Strategic Programs Coordinator (Transportation Planning Specialist 4). This unique and challenging position will manage complex, statewide aviation projects and studies. The opportunity is ideal for those interested in working with airports, conducting in-depth land-use […]

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