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 2013)

                              Commercial Operators

Commercial operators in Alaska (March 12, 2013)

    3  Part 121

    2  Part 121/135

    2  Part 125

  28  Part 133

 281 Part 135

  12  Part 137

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 10,423 aircraft

40% of the aircraft are based in Anchorage


85% are single engine

Over1.6 million landings recorded annually



8,202 active pilots

2,849 active air frame and power plant mechanics

775 mechanics with inspection authorizations



Aviation contributes $3.5 billion to our economy

Contributes 8% of the Gross State Product (GSP)

47,000 people employed in Alaskan aviation

Employs 10% of the total workforce of Alaska

Enplanements are nearly two times higher than

     the rest of the US

Freight per person is 39 times higher, almost

     one ton per person per year



Alaska has 405 public use land-based airports, 54 heliports,

     and 855 recorded landing areas

Alaska has 184 seaplane bases

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 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

RS 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

NTSB Alaska Aviation Disaster Seminar hosted by the Alaska Air Group offered to AACA Membership

Draft NOTAM for the ZAN User Preferred Route Program Revision

EXCISE TAXES Delegation Demands  IRS Suspend Audits


2014 01 20 Newsletter AACA 2014 Convention and Trade Show Schedule, Thank You to our 2014 Convention and Trade Show Sponsors, Mat Su CTAF Input Requested, Pre-register WBAT Training Feb 17, Western Aircraft: A New AACA Member, Lawmakers Hear Testimony on UAS, Legislative Task Force on UAS Drafts Report, Haz-Mat Training Feb 17-18, Initial and Recurrent, New AACA Members:  Hangar.Net Open House, January 31, Merrill Field

Military Exercise in the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex (JPARC) Planned for January 14-17, 2014

System Impact Report Update for King Salmon, TACAN

Dillingham FSS Relocation

Policy Change to SVFR Separation Criteria

2013 12-16 Newsletter Save the Date! AACA 2014 Annual Convention February 18-20, Alaska Airlines Generously Provides Space Available Passes to AACA 2014 Annual Convention, Aviation System Planning Survey, AACA Board Nominations Needed!, Deadline for AACA Service Award Nominations January 1.

Alaska Aviation System Plan (AASP) Survey

FAA Seeks Comments on Proposed Towers and Wind Turbines

DRAFT Alaska Airport Needs Directory

System Impact Report for Dillingham NDB

System Impact Report for Murphy Dome Radar

King Salmon TACAN Update

2013 11-26 Newsletter Message from the AACA President, FAA Hosts Unleaded Avgas Public Meeting, Embry-Riddle American Eagle:  pilot pipeline program, Deadline for Service Award Nominations - January 1, AACA Board Nominations Needed!!, Open House and Holiday Party at Medallion Foundation.

King Salmon TACR Outage Beginning Today until November 23, 2013

UPDATE Fort Yukon VORTAC Outage Planned

UAS Roadmap 2013

UAS Comprehensive Plan

Fort Yukon VORTAC Outage Planned

ADOT Airport Improvement Program FY 2014 Spending Plan

Juneau RSA Update

Kotzebue RWY 9/27 Update

Gambell NDB Outage Update