Great Alaska Aviation GatheringWritten by Jennifer Dellenbusch
Over 275 exhibitors come to Alaska, the “flyingest” state in the union.
It was cold when we arrived in Anchorage for the Great Alaska Aviation Gathering—unseasonably so, we were told. As we drove past Lake Hood Seaplane Base on our way to set up our show booth we noted the lake was still frozen over and all the planes were pulled up on the shore.
Lake Hood Seaplane Base (ICAO: PALH; FAA LID: LHD) is a state-owned seaplane base. The Lake Hood Strip (Z41) is a gravel runway located adjacent to the seaplane base. Open to the public, Lake Hood is the world’s busiest seaplane base, handling an average of 190 flights per day.
The folks at FedEx are nice enough to allow the Alaska Airmen’s Association to use their maintenance hangar at Ted Stevens International Airport (PANC) for the event, and we had no trouble finding the building and getting our booth set up.
After tackling that, we had a little time to drive around Anchorage and stopped for lunch at the Glacier Brew House for a really excellent meal. The overcast lifted just enough to give us a tantalizing glimpse of the surrounding mountains.