Fly Washington Passport Program Holds First Awards Ceremony

The first “Fly Washington Passport Program” awards ceremony was held at the 37th Annual NW Aviation Conference and Trade Show in Puyallup, WA on February 22, 2020.

Dan Wood displays his pin.

“The Fly WA Passport Program commenced April 1, 2019 and the excitement and level of participation it has generated has exceeded our expectations,” noted Warren Hendrickson, a Fly WA Passport Program Board Member and airport manager of Bremerton National Airport (PWT).

Unique features of the program include that there is no requirement to be a Washington state resident, or even a pilot. The program is open to all. There is no requirement that you must fly to a participating airport. You may drive, hike, or travel by horseback; the key is to visit the state’s airports and benefit their local communities.

A jacket is awarded to those achieving just 90% of participating airports. This intentionally acknowledges – and does not penalize for – that some airports may be beyond a pilot’s skill level or his/her aircraft’s performance, and given Washington’s unique landscape, seaplane bases and land-based airports both participate in the program. If one is able to achieve 100%, a pin is awarded to signify the additional achievement.

Fly Washington Passport Program is a partnership between Auburn Municipal Airport, City of Auburn, WSDOT Aviation, Washington Pilots Association (WPA), Washington Airport Management Association (WAMA) and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.

For more information on this program visit: FlyWashington