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Floatplane access to Big Lake Airport protectedFloatplane access to Big Lake Airport protected

Collaboration between aviation groups and the Matanuska-Susitna (Mat-Su) Borough, located north of Anchorage, Alaska, has preserved floatplane access to Big Lake Airport, which offers maintenance and float-change services. In May 2012, word that the borough had instituted a $1 million liability coverage requirement for operators utilizing a nearby borough-owned floatplane launch to access the airport sparked concern—and action—by AOPA Airport Support Network volunteers, the Big Lake Chamber of Commerce, and the Mat-Su Aviation Advisory Board. They won the support of local officials, and on Nov. 5 Borough Manager John Moosey issued a memorandum announcing the insurance requirement “has been deemed unnecessary.”

The reversal will preserve access to an important resource, and marks the latest aviation-friendly action by the borough and its aviation advisory board, which has a long history of collaboration with AOPA, community groups, and Alaska aviators on issues including safety, taxes, and access to vital facilities.

Jim Moore

Jim Moore

Editor-Web Jim Moore joined AOPA in 2011 and is an instrument-rated private pilot, as well as a certificated remote pilot, who enjoys competition aerobatics and flying drones.
Topics: Advocacy, Alaska, Travel

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