Alaska Governor Proclaims September Aviation Appreciation Month

GovGroupAGCedit.jpg Alaska Governor Bill Walker has proclaimed September 2015 as Aviation Appreciation Month. He took advantage of a large gathering this week of aviation stakeholders to present the proclamation to Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) Commissioner Marc Luiken. The proclamation states that Alaska has more private planes per capita than any other state in the union and that on average Alaskans fly more than eight times as often as residents of other states. The Governor noted that aviation plays a critical role in everyday life of Alaska’s people and economy. Alaska currently has 737 airports and seaplane bases, 9,347 registered aircraft and 8,032 active pilots.
(Photo, from left are; FAA Alaska Regional Administrator Kerry Long, FAA Executive Director for Regions & Center Operations Ravi Chaudhary, PenAir V.P. Cargo/Postal Services Al Orot, PenAir Director of Flight Operations Matt Macri, DOT&PF Deputy Commissioner John Binder, Governor Walker, Aviation Advisory Board Member Steve Strait, Alaska Air Carriers Association (AACA) Executive Director Jane Dale, DOT&PF Statewide Aviation Linda Bustamante, AACA Board Member Norman Chance, DOT&PF Commissioner Marc Luiken. Photo courtesy Rob Stapleton/Alaskafoto)