Oct. 8, 2014
On Oct. 8, NBAA presented its Silk Scarf Award to Wayne Werner, a founder of the Idaho Business Aviation Association (IBAA), for his life-long dedication to the business aviation industry. The award was presented by NBAA Regional Representative Kristi Ivey at the IBAA Fall Luncheon Event at Jackson Jet Center in Boise, ID.
“We are pleased to recognize Wayne Werner for his long list of contributions to business aviation,” said Ivey. “Having worked with Wayne on multiple boards and committees, I continue to be in awe of his commitment to giving back to the industry. Throughout the years, Wayne has also given back to future generations of business aviation professionals by mentoring, coaching, and providing guidance to countless individuals, and I often meet people from far and wide who he has inspired.
“There’s a huge ‘Wayne Werner Fan Club’ in the business aviation community, and I am fortunate enough to be a member,” she added.
Werner founded IBAA along with past Silk Scarf recipient Mike Pape – a venture that was supported by NBAA with guidance from Ivey’s predecessor, Paul Smith. While he remains a member of the IBAA Steering Committee, Werner has since moved to Seattle, WA, and also serves on the Pacific Northwest Business Aviation Association board of directors.
Werner is currently president of Aircraft Sales for Jackson Jet Center in Boise, and previously served as assistant general manager for Clay Lacy in Seattle. Prior to that, he owned an aircraft sales business in Boise, and was the president of Sun Valley Aviation in Sun Valley, ID from April 1982 until November 2003. Werner also previously worked at Mitsubishi Aircraft.
Werner grew up working at his family’s FBO – Casper Air Service – in Casper, WY, and ran the company from 1972 to 1976, along with his brother. He is an airline transport rated pilot with Lear, Westwind and Citation-type ratings, and also holds a gold seal flight instructor rating for instrument and multi-engine aircraft.
He has been with NBAA Member Companies for more than 40 years, and has been an AOPA member for 45 years. Werner was also a member of the Boise Idaho Airport Commission for 15 years, and previously served on the King County (ID) Airport Roundtable as the corporate tenant representative.
About the Award
In an effort to honor outstanding business aviation community members and inspire future aviators, the NBAA Silk Scarf Award is given to individuals for special contributions to the business aviation community during their careers. Learn more and view past award recipients at the Silk Scarf Award web page.