Our Vision: To be the nationally recognized voice for the public interest, states and territories on aviation and the national aviation system.

Atkins to Retire from WSDOT Aviation

Tristan Atkins has announced his retirement, effective June 30th, from the Washington State Department of Transportation after 31 years of state service, having served as aviation director for nearly six of those years. “The leadership at the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has been incredibility supportive of efforts to foster the development of aeronautics and the state’s aviation system to support sustainable communities and statewide economic vitality,” said Atkins. “While I’m grateful to the leadership team at WSDOT, I’m equally appreciative for the friendship and support that WSDOT Aviation has received from our amazing stakeholders including airport, pilot, aerospace, and other aviation organizations—locally, statewide, and nationally.”

Beside the wonderful team at WSDOT Aviation and their stakeholders, what stands out the most for Atkins was the opportunity to work with the dedicated professionals that are the members and staff of the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO). “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time with NASAO.”

Atkins has been actively involved with NASAO over the years and currently serves as a Regional Director on the NASAO Board of Directors. “Tristan has certainly been an active and valued NASAO member over the years,” said Mark Kimberling, NASAO President and CEO. “We will miss having his sound counsel and insight through his service on the Board and wish him all the best in this new season of life.”



Categories: News
Whether you are a state aviation official, staff member or a Friend of NASAO, there are opportunities for you to become more involved with NASAO through participation on one of our many Committees. See a complete list of opportunities and let us know where you would like to be involved. More
NASAO is one of the most senior aviation organizations in the United States, predating even the Federal Aviation Administration’s predecessor, the Civil Aeronautics Authority. The states first established NASAO to ensure uniformity of safety measures, to standardize airport regulations and develop a truly national air transportation system responsive to local, state, and regional needs. More
NASAO holds two formal conferences each year – our Annual Convention and Trade Show, typically held in September and a Washington Legislative Conference held in the nation’s Capital during the February/March timeframe. NASAO also has a presence at EAA’s AirVenture, held each year in Oshkosh, Wisconsin in late July. Whether you are looking to attend an interesting, informative and relevant conference or would like to exhibit or sponsor an event, let us know. More
Featured Business Partners