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Walker Administration axes airplane tax — for now


The Walker Administration has quietly axed its tax-and-track proposal for private airplanes in Alaska.

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On Monday, the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities made it official and withdrew its proposed changes to a tax proposal published on Nov. 1, 2017. The original proposal had created an uproar in the aviation community.

The plan would have required registration for all aircraft in Alaska and implemented a “fee” for them, but as it was written, it had no enforcement mechanism at all, so was to be based on the honor system. If all airplane owners had participated, it would bring $2 million into the general fund, but that money could not be earmarked for airport maintenance.

“New regulations will be proposed regarding this matter in the near future,” the public notice reads on the State’s website.

[Read: No airplane tax for now]

In January, the Aviation Advisory Board had persuaded the Walker Administration to hold off on the proposed airplane tax and registration program. Aircraft owners already register their planes with the federal government and pay $150.

For now, the aviation enthusiasts of Alaska can use that extra dough to fuel up for their next scenic trip to Somewhere in Alaska….such as the 15th annual Valdez Fly-In and Air Show, May 11-13, 2018 … The 2016 Short Take Off and Landing contest is featured in the video below. Must Read Alaska will see you there!



Suzanne Downing
Suzanne Downing
Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.


  1. Today is another great day for Alaska , all of us that live in the mat-su are greatly
    Honored to see our New (Gov Mike Dunleavy) not to far away from doing our business
    and running are State we need a real (Leader) not a follower. thees bad apples from
    the past and we all know who they are good-by. work with our President move are LNG
    get our labor unions back to work lets make Alaska great again, I will be supporting our
    new (Gov Mike Dunleavy) for the state of alaska. thank you

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