Governor Bill Walker has declared September to be Aviation Appreciation Month in Alaska. In his proclamation, the Governor recognized some of the ways that aviation stands out here:
- Providing access to 82 percent of the communities in the state—that are not connected to our sparse road system
- As operating 242 airports across the Alaska, more than any other state in the nation
- Supporting the economy, not only by providing basic transportation infrastructure, but by generating almost 17,000 jobs tied to the airports at Anchorage and Fairbanks alone.
- Including backcountry airstrips among the components of the aviation infrastructure important to Alaska
Please join us in celebrating aviation during the month of September, with thanks to the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities staff who plan, design, build and operate airports; municipal governments that manage airports in their communities; maintenance facilities, parts suppliers, flight schools, aviation organizations and many other stakeholders that keep us flying!