2301 Merrill Field Drive A-3, Anchorage AK 99501

907 277-0071

Mon-Fri   8:30 - 4:30 by appointment


We support and advocate for a sustainable Alaskan commercial aviation industry founded upon the principles of safety management and professionalism


     The Alaska Air Carriers Association (AACA) was founded in 1966 to help operators in Southeast Alaska have an organized “voice” in aviation regarding state legislation and worker’s compensation insurance premiums for high risk businesses.

     Today, our mission has evolved to provide safety and educational training and support for our members, and to facilitate the distribution of aviation safety and business management support. 

     Our office works daily to advocate for passage of wise federal and state regulations that affect our membership, and challenge those regulations that stifle healthy business or threaten safe operations. We provide a safe conduit between government and our membership.

     Our mission is to foster aviation safety in Alaska and promote the uniform treatment of aviation businesses. We promote the welfare of our members by advocacy, cooperation and education. We provide a forum for members to express their views while providing accurate information. 



(updated April 2014)

                              Commercial Operators

Current professional pilots average over 9,000 career flight hours

 They fly over 835,000 total hours annually

 420,000 scheduled flight hours

 415,000 unscheduled flight hours

2.8 million metric tons of cargo move through Anchorage

     alone (3rd highest volume for world airports)


Alaska has a fleet of 9,515 aircraft

40% of the aircraft are based in Anchorage

85% are single engine

Over1.6 million landings recorded annually


403 public use land-based airports

  43 heliports

  45 seaplane bases

736 recorded landing areas (private, public and military) and all the thousands of lakes, rivers, beaches and gravel bars across Alaska

141 automated weather monitoring systems

217 aviation weather camera sites


8,202 active pilots

2,849 active air frame and power plant mechanics

775 mechanics with inspection authorizations


Alaska's annual enplanements are 2.7 times greater than the rest of the US

Freight per person is 39 times higher, almost one ton per person per year

Aviation contributes $3.5 billion to the State's economy

Aviation contributes 8% of the Gross State Product (GSP)

47,000 people employed in Alaskan aviation

Employs 10% of the total workforce of Alaska


ANC is 9.5 flight hours from 90% of the world

Flight area of over 2.4 million square miles

The geographically largest aviation system in the U.S.

Distance from east to west is equivalent to flying coast to coast across the U.S.

Over 700 registered airports & 1,200 airstrips

82% of communities not accessible by road


Distance north to south:  1,500 miles

Distance east to west:  2,700 miles

Alaska has an area of 586,000 square miles

Alaska has 47,000 miles of shoreline:  more than

     all other 49 states combined

39 mountain ranges and 17 of the 20 highest peaks

     in North America

More than 100 volcanoes and volcanic fields


*Information is provided from the Economic Contribution of the

Aviation Industry to Alaska’s Economy.  (Alaska DOT/PF commissioned study),

FAA Alaskan Region, NIOSH, and State of Alaska resources.



2014 August Airmail Save the Date! AACA 2014 Alaska Legends and Medallion Safety Banquet, Save the Date! Anchorage Air Cargo Association Integrates with AACA - Kick off Luncheon, Rule Gives Medical Helicopter Departure Flexibility, FAA Issues "Hazard to Aviation" Determination, FAA Seeks Comments on Hangar Use, Medallion Fall Training Schedule, Crowley Fuels McGrath 24/7

Towers Proposed at Sitka and Wasilla

2014 August Airmail Save the Date! AACA 2014 Alaska Legends and Medallion Safety Banquet, Part 135 Activity Survey – FAA needs your help!, Huerta’s Staff Addressed Member Concerns, FAA Thanks AACA for  Mat-Su CTAF Comments, AACA to Draft Comments on Oliktok North Warning Area, FAA Weather Camera Program to Update Website

System Impact Update Report ANC

System Impact Report for Two Military Exercises SE Fairbanks

System Impact Report Dillingham VOR

System Impact Update Kodiak Airport

System Impact Report Arctic Thunder

AACA Comments on Mat-Su AREA CTAFs

RFP for EAS at Lake Minchumina and Rampart, Alaska

Stakeholder Questionnaire

AACA Forwards Members Concerns to FAA Administrator Huerta

Alaska Aviation Museum - Annual Salmon Bake and Fly-By - Sunday July 20, 3-6pm

FAA Administrator Huerta Responds to the AACA

System Impact - Browerville NDB at Barrow Out of Service until February 28, 2015

System Impact - Borland DME at Sand Point Out of Service 7/14 thru 7/25

System Impact - Runway Resurfacing at Dutch Harbor

Legislative Task Force - Unmanned Aircraft Systems Final document

Senator Begich Press Release - Urges FAA to expand ADS-b to Prince William Sound and install more weather at airports.

Fairbanks International Airport Open House - Airport Master Plan Update

Notice of Proposal to Establish Special Use Airspace - Oliktok North Warning Area

2014 June Airmail Save the Date! AACA 2014 Alaska Legends and Medallion Safety Banquet, Regulatory Exemptions for UASs desired by Movie Industry, Individual Seeks Commercial Pilot Position in Alaska, FAA Announces Alaska Regional Administrator, Aviation System Plan - SWA Communication Plan, Medallion Foundation Seeks Volunteers

FAA Weather Camera Program Adds UAS Feature

AACA seeks Federal Delegation Assistance on FET's Issues

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Flight to Commence at Prudhoe Bay 

Second New Tower Proposed for Homer

Downtown Tower Proposed for Homer

Movie Industry Requests Exemption for UAS Operations

Excise Taxes - IRS Responds to Senator Begich and AACA

Mat-Su Valley CTAF Assignment Supplement Map

2014 May 22 Newsletter CTAF's in the Mat-Su Valley Are Changing, FAA Flight Standards Update - New Certificate Process, AACA Discusses Tower Visibility and Registration, Medallion Foundation Seeks Volunteers, General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey

2014 Petition to EPA regarding Lead in AvGas

Press Release, Alaska UAS Legislation Heads to Governor

Runway 7R/25L Closure at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport

New Tower Proposed in Chugiak

New Wind Turbine Proposed for Atmautluak  

2014 04-18 NEWSLETTER  Group Health Care, FET Update, Proposed Towers, Interior use of UAVs, ADS-B Training Approved, Alaska UAS Taskforce, FAA Enforcement of UAS Ops, 2013 Safety Records

IRS Position Document Turbine Powered Aircraft

System Impact Report Cold Bay Airport Medium Intensity Approach Lighting Outage

2014 March 20 Newsletter Federal Excise, Group Health Care, Proposed Towers, Department of the Interior Negotiates Agreement to Operate UAV's-, FAA Approved ADS-b Training Program, Alaska Legislative Task Force on UAS, Medallion Foundation Seeks New Program Manager, Huerta Stresses FAA's Authority to Integrate, Enforce UAS Operations

IRS Offers Refund for Some Air Service Providers

System Impact Report Kotzebue Airport Glide Slope for Runway 9 

Proposed AC--HazMat Notification to Passengers

Issa's Proposed House Bill March 2014 on Bypass Mail

Airport Needs Survey for Southwest Alaska Airports

Draft NOTAM for the ZAN User Preferred Route Program Revision

EXCISE TAXES Delegation Demands  IRS Suspend Audits