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DOT&PF, Others to Hold Aviation Safety Signing Ceremony

(JUNEAU, Alaska) - The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) and Alaska Aviation Safety Project-Joint Project Office (AASP) partners are taking a new step toward improving aviation safety in Alaska.

Comprised of the DOT&PF, the Federal Aviation Administration, the Centers for Disease Control/National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the Medallion Foundation, the AASP will hold a signing ceremony in Anchorage Oct. 30, at noon to announce a cooperative effort to combine agency funds to advance aviation safety. The ceremony is slated for the Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum at Lake Hood.

"As a lifelong pilot who has flown throughout Alaska, I'm a firm believer that nothing should ever take precedence over safety in our skies, and this group is very dedicated to increasing public awareness and highlighting advancements in aviation safety," said Leo von Scheben, Commissioner, DOT&PF.

The AASP partners will combine resources to address the high rate of aviation-related fatalities in Alaska. Their efforts will include advancing three dimensional data used in aviation simulators for pilot training.

The AASP was originally formed within the Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, under then Lt. Gen. Craig E. Campbell, and later transferred to DOT&PF.

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