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Pilots' help sought to spot Alaska aviation infrastructure gaps

A study is underway to identify gaps in Alaska’s aviation infrastructure, creating an opportunity for pilots to help close them.

Alaska pilots can help planners prioritize aviation infrastructure upgrades by responding to a brief online survey. Photo by Chris Rose.

The study is part of a project conducted on behalf of the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities to evaluate needs for advanced air mobility. To that end the study is seeking input from pilots in Alaska regarding our needs for additional ADS-B coverage, weather cameras, radio coverage, and weather radar coverage.

The FAA is currently adding ADS-B ground stations in Alaska in response to a 2019 letter AOPA and other industry partners wrote asking for more coverage in the state. The additional stations currently under development will help, but significant gaps in coverage will remain, particularly for general aviation aircraft operating at lower altitudes. This is your chance to indicate how you use these tools and where additional coverage is needed.

The short online survey provides an opportunity to help the planners focus on areas important to your operations. Please take a few minutes and help identify the gaps in coverage of these services.

Tom George
Tom George
AOPA Alaska Regional Manager
AOPA Alaska Regional Manager Tom George has covered Alaska issues for AOPA since 2001. He is a commercial multiengine rated pilot who flies a Cessna 185 for fun and to acquire vertical aerial photography.
Topics: Advocacy, ADS-B, NextGen

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