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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 25, 2018
Press Release: 18-1004
Contact: Linda Bustamante (907) 266-2596 or via email at linda.bustamante@alaska.gov

Aviation Advisory Board issues statement on proposed Aircraft Registration Program

(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) – The Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) recently proposed an Aircraft Registration Program to support the Federal Aviation Administration’s requirements to track based aircraft at certain categories of airports. The Aviation Advisory Board discussed the proposal with DOT&PF and the FAA at its January meeting, and outlined many of the concerns that were expressed by the public comments made in response to the proposed regulation.

Following a presentation by the FAA Airports Division, the board appreciates the necessity for collecting the location of based aircraft to support airport planning activities and continued federal aviation funding for airport construction, which is essential to preserving the State of Alaska’s airport system.

In view of the significant public comments received regarding this proposal, the board will continue to work with DOT&PF on a revised registration proposal that meets the state’s informational needs, simplifies elements of the program and provides a tangible benefit to aircraft owners. This process will include an additional public comment period and we encourage the aviation community to stay engaged as work continues to develop a revised proposal.

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities oversees 239 airports, 10 ferries serving 35 communities, more than 5,600 miles of highway and 731 public facilities throughout the state of Alaska. The mission of the department is to “Keep Alaska Moving through service and infrastructure.”

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