How the FAA is improving safety in Alaska

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 team has developed a comprehensive blueprint for increasing aviation safety in Alaska through the management, improvement, and implementation of new and current initiatives.

Steps the FAA is Taking to Increase Aviation Safety in Alaska

  1. Weather Reporting Enhancements
    • Install weather observing systems at airports and continue testing new weather monitoring technology.
  2. Navigation Strategy Development
    • Develop an airspace navigation strategy with lower-altitude flight routes and improved GPS backup systems.
  3. Aeronautical Charting
    • Improve navigation charting by verifying and adding mountain pass information on aeronautical charts.
  4. Surveillance
    • Expand ADS-B service coverage to areas that don't have it.
  5. Safety Outreach
    • Continue and develop new safety outreach collaborations to address concerns from multiple perspectives.

Read and download the Final Report

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Safety Considerations for Flying in Alaska