Great Alaska Aviation Gathering

Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks during the 2021 Great Alaska Aviation Gathering.

WASILLA— The Great Alaska Aviation Gathering is returning to the Mat-Su Valley.

The 2022 event is scheduled for May 7 and May 8 at the Alaska State Fairgrounds and Palmer Airport.

This is the second time the Alaska Airmen’s Association has hosted the Great Alaska Aviation Gathering in Palmer. There was no 2020 event due to the pandemic and the 2021 show moved to the Alaska State Fairgrounds in 2021 to accommodate social distancing measures with the Fair’s large open space.

According to the Alaska Airmen’s Association’s official website, holding the event at the Fairgrounds made for a prosperous event and drew a large number of requests from the public to return to the Valley in 2022.

This annual event draws over 25,000 aviation enthusiasts and professionals.

The 2022 show is scheduled to feature an increased amount of exhibition space, events, demonstrations, and educational activities.

Over 100 related vendors ranging from flight schools and part suppliers to airlines and aircraft manufacturers are participating in this year’s event.

Visitors will have the opportunity to browse through vendor booths and food trucks, aircraft displays, a Fly Market and Swap Meet, a show and shine aircraft show, and youth events. There will also be live music and a beer garden.

There will be numerous live aviation demonstrations throughout the event, including a presentation by the Arctic Guardians of the Alaska Air National Guard’s 176th Wing showcasing a rescue aircraft.

According to a recent press release from the Alaska National Guard, rescue airmen will put on demonstrations both days of the event at the Palmer Municipal Airport.

A 211th Rescue Squadron HC-130J Combat King II is scheduled to arrive at the Palmer Municipal Airport May 6.

Personnel from the 176th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron and 176th Wing recruiting will be available to answer questions about job opportunities with a virtual-reality flight simulator set up at the aircraft.

“We look forward to the Great Alaska Aviation Gathering each year,” Alaska Air National Guard, 176th Wing commander, Anthony Stratton stated in the press release. “As Alaskans serving Alaskans, this is an incredible opportunity to network with our aviation partners and to share the mission of the 176th Wing.”

The 2022 Great Alaska Aviation Gathering is scheduled from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

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