June 30, 2017

Tristan Atkins
In recognition of his decades of service to business aviation, Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Director of Aviation Tristan Atkins is being honored with NBAA’s prestigious Silk Scarf Award. Atkins is retiring from the department effective June 30 after six years in the position and 35 years of federal and state service.

Under his leadership, WSDOT successfully completed landmark studies including the Airport Investment and Airport Investment “Solutions” studies, which helped identify aviation funding gaps and target investments in the state.

He helped create the Washington State Aviation Alliance, and through his work with stakeholders, he has championed efforts to increase state Airport Aid Grant Program funding for crucial airport projects.

Most recently, Atkins and his staff were awarded the 2017 President’s Award from the Washington Airport Management Association.

A veteran of aviation, Atkins was named WSDOT director of aviation in June 2011. Prior to joining WSDOT, Atkins worked for the Washington State Patrol for 25 years, and was commander of the aviation section for 10 years. Atkins holds the military rank of colonel, having served as an Army aviator for 24 years.

“NBAA is pleased to present this award to an individual who has been an exceptional friend to the business aviation community in Washington,” said NBAA’s Northwest Regional Representative Kristi Ivey. “Tristan has truly engaged with and supported the Pacific Northwest Business Aviation Association and NBAA throughout his years of service, and for that we thank him.”

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 Silk Scarf Award recipients.