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  • 03 Dec 2016 4:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    YIKES !!! Lake Chelan Seaplane Base is closing. The current historical location no longer seems to be a choice and we need to help find a new location, perhaps an even better one. WSPA will be monitoring and advocating for the right answer. 

    In addition to being a valuable commercial operation and source of lake transportation, Chelan SPB is also a place GA pilots can put down in times of need while crossing the mountains. It is an important part of the only northern US seaplane cross country trail we have left.

    Read here for news:


    Go here and sign the Save Chelan SPB Petition please:


    - WSPA

  • 03 Mar 2016 12:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hello All,


    I just wanted you all to know that the seaplane float is back in service on the north end of the Thea Foss Waterway in Tacoma!  We look forward to seeing your planes coming and going and we hope you have a very busy and exciting season. 


    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to e-mail or call us. 


    Louise Dreyer

    Executive Assistant/Office Manager

    Foss Waterway Development Authority


  • 04 Dec 2015 12:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please read about upcoming seaplane runway on lake Union and thoughtfully answer the poll if you have something constructive to add.


  • 12 Nov 2015 1:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hello All,

    It is that time of year again – time for Turkey and high winds – so we are having the Seaplane Float in the Thea Foss Waterway removed from service this afternoon.  We will notify you when it is returned to service after the storm season has ended.  

    In the meantime, enjoy your other fall/winter activities – we look forward to seeing you (or at least your planes) in the Spring!

    Louise Dreyer

    Executive Assistant/Office Manager

    Foss Waterway Development Authority

    535 Dock Street, #204

    Tacoma, WA   98402



    All e-mail communications with the Foss Waterway Development Authority are subject to disclosure under the Public Records Act and should be presumed to be public.

  • 26 Oct 2015 2:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hello Everyone,


    The Washington Seaplane Pilots Association announces a new Website and Social Media Presence for 2015.  If you are a past, current or future member, please read on as all of our communication and membership management will be performed via the new website.


    Our new website is washingtonseaplanepilots.org  The old address www.wa-spa.org can still be used as it has been redirected to the new site. 


    We also have a new Facebook page. You can find it by searching for “Washington Seaplane Pilots” on Facebook, or by clicking on the link at the bottom of the website homepage.


    The WSPA Board spent the past two years looking at our overall system needs and then the past three months implementing and testing our new website, membership and event management systems and accounting system.  We hope you like it. We moved most of the data from our old site to the new one. The old site still be accessed if you go to the “About” page at washingtonseaplanepilots.org.


    At the new website we made it easier to:

    • ·      Pay your annual dues and make donations to the open waters fund.
    • ·      View our event calendar and sign up and pay for events
    • ·      Communicate and ask questions of your fellow WA Seaplane pilots
    • ·      Find useful links for flight planning and destinations
    • ·      Read our latest newsletters and blogs
    • ·      Find Seaplane training materials


    Newsletters will be delivered online henceforth with news posted as it occurs, not several months later. The new system provides a convenient and flexible mechanism for us to communicate news to the entire Washington seaplane community and membership.


    The new system automates the membership renewal process. Each member has their renewal date set to the month/day they signed up. Previously membership had been by Calendar Year. Most existing or recent members have their renewal date set to January 1st, 2016. Some more recent members have their renewal date set later in the year coinciding with the month/day they paid. Annually, you will receive three renewal notices and (hopefully not) two past due reminders. These emails include a link to our online payment system where you can pay securely with Credit Card or by using Pay-Pal.

    We imported 381 member names and contact information from our old spreadsheet based system. If you do not want to be a member or receive communications from WSPA you can opt-out.  Anyone is able to join or renew online. 

    No personal information is available on the website. When you log in you can edit your profile, enter information about your seaplane, and opt-in to enable your visibility for other members to see.


    Please take a look at washingtonseaplanepilots.org, and stay in touch.  You can communicate directly with WSPA board members via email links on the website. We look forward to hearing from you. We encourage you all to visit the new site and will appreciate your feedback.  If there is missing information, or things you’d like to see added, changed, or removed, please let us know by sending email to admin@washingtonseaplanepilots.org

    Most of all I would like to thank Austin Watson, WSPA Board Member, for driving this to conclusion.  His leadership has been instrumental in making this happen.  And thank you to our board of directors for providing much of the content.


    Stephen Ratzlaff


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