The Aircraft Section provides annual training and proficiency check rides to all departmental pilots as required by federal regulations.
The Section's 6 aircraft mechanics maintain the 40 department-owned aircraft used by both Alaska Wildlife Troopers and the Alaska State Troopers. To support the Alaska Wildlife Troopers and the Alaska State Troopers, the section's aircraft mechanics maintain the Department's aircraft by performing routine scheduled maintenance and inspections as well as emergency repairs. They also perform complete aircraft engine and airframe overhauls and rebuilds necessary to keep vintage aircraft in operation.
Distances in Alaska are vast and in many areas the only practical means of accomplishing law enforcement missions is with aircraft. The Division must enforce Fish and Game regulations in the entire 586,000 square miles of Alaska as well as its 36,000 miles of coastline. In most of Alaska, there are no roads. Many commissioned officers in remote locations must be proficient pilots in order to patrol their vast enforcement area. The Aircraft Section provides the Department with aircraft that are safe and dependable to complete their patrols and other law enforcement assignments.
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