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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 6, 2019
Press Release: 19-0024
Contact: Linda Bustamante, (907)266-2596, linda.bustamante@alaska.gov

Governor Dunleavy Proclaims May as Aviation Appreciation Month in Alaska

Photo: Alaska Airmen Association Board of Director Members, Kevin Campbell, Dennis Bedford, John Dahlen, Governor Michael J. Dunleavy, Airmen Executive Director Corey Hester, Board President Sven Lincke, and Board Member Doug Bradbury
Photo: L-R Alaska Airmen Association Board of Director Members,
Kevin Campbell, Dennis Bedford, John Dahlen,
Governor Michael J. Dunleavy, Airmen Executive Director Corey Hester,
Board President Sven Lincke, and Board Member Doug Bradbury
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Photo by Rob Stapleton for Alaska DOT&PF.

(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) – Recognizing the importance of aviation to the great State of Alaska, Governor Michael J. Dunleavy has proclaimed May as Aviation Appreciation Month

The governor joined thousands of aviation enthusiasts at the Great Alaska Aviation Gathering in Anchorage, on Sunday, May 5, to read and sign the proclamation

Aviation was instrumental in the development of Alaska and is still a vital economic driver in the state. Aviation contributes $3.8 billion to Alaska’s economy annually and generates over 35,000 jobs, accounting for 10% of all jobs in Alaska.

“We thank Governor Dunleavy for this proclamation emphasizing the importance of aviation to our state,” said John Binder, Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) deputy commissioner. “Alaska has the largest aviation system in North America with the state owning and operating 239 airports.” 

For more information about aviation in Alaska, visit the Alaska Aviation System Plan.

Other aviation events happening around the state:

  • Valdez Fly-In, May 10-12
  • Talkeetna Fly-In, May 17-19
  • Fairbanks Aviation Day, May 18
  • Kenai Peninsula Fly-In, June 8
  • Wings Over Wasilla Airshow & Fly-In, June 14-16

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities oversees 239 airports, 10 ferries serving 35 communities, more than 5,600 miles of highway and 776 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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