FAA Alaska Aviation Safety Initiative

Aviation in Alaska is a way of life and an absolute necessity for much of the state with 82% of communities accessible only by air. Aviation safety in Alaska has made great strides since the late 1990's, and the FAA recognizes the importance of continuous improvements to aviation safety standards and practices. 

The FAA has teamed with the flying community in a yearlong, sweeping examination of safety issues specific to the challenges of flying in Alaska. The FAA Alaska Aviation Safety Initiative (FAASI) team has developed a comprehensive blueprint for increasing aviation safety in Alaska through the management, improvement, and implementation of new and current initiatives.

2022 Alaska Aviation Events List

Steps the FAA has taken

In this first year, we completed implementation of 3 of the 11 recommendations

  • In September, we activated 13 of the 54 newly published GPS-guided routes in Alaska.
    • Another 20 are expected to go live in November and December, and the remainder in 2023.
  • Alaska charting issues were included as an agenda item at the April 2022 Aeronautical Charting Meeting.  
    • Alaska specific needs and chart supplement modernization efforts will continue to be a focus at the October 24-27 meeting.
  • Earlier this year, the new editions of the Sectional Aeronautical Charts identify the Naqsralugiaq and Carter passes for the first time, providing pilots more accurate information while crossing major mountainous areas.
  • We completed installation of eight new Automated Weather Observing Systems (AWOS) to provide continuous, real-time and accurate weather information on remote areas of Alaska to pilots before they take off.  
  • We are collaborating with aircraft operators to identify T-Routes or segments within the airspace over Alaska where establishing a communications gap would be beneficial.
  • A report with findings from the VWOS test and evaluation period was completed in July 2022, and the FAA is currently conducting analysis and comparison of the VWOS system at four Alaska locations – Eek, Tatitlek, Healy River, and Palmer.
  • FAA is closely collaborating on this work across the Alaska aviation community, to include participation in Runway Safety Action Team meetings, air tour operator safety meetings, and the Bethel Stakeholders Group.

FY2022 FAA Alaska Aviation Safety Initiative Progress Report

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Most Recent Successes