Alaska has long loved — and relied on — aviation. The state boasts more private pilots than any other state, and 10% of state’s workforce is connected to the aviation industry. That’s why it makes sense that Alaska’s congressional delegation — Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich and Rep. Don Young — have all vigorously defended aviators recently, according to a report in the Alaska Dispatch.
A hot issue is the future of 100LL, the story notes. “In Alaska, banning avgas wouldn’t just ground general aviation aircraft, it would have a major impact on daily life in many rural Alaska communities disrupting commerce and costing Alaska jobs,” the story quotes Begich. “Many of our rural communities depend on leaded avgas for planes to carry their medicine, food, mail and goods and there’s no available alternative.”