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About the Standing Committee on Aviation

The committee shall coordinate the efforts of the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) and AASHTO on aviation policy matters. The committee shall review aviation policy obtained from NASAO and others; suggest aviation policy for NASAO's consideration; and recommend aviation policy to AASHTO's Board of Directors. It shall identify and receive reports from its subcommittees and task forces as to federal regulatory mandates of national concern, and provide reports thereon. It shall operate as a forum to exchange information and receive reports from its subcommittees and task forces regarding aviation issues of national concern.

Membership on the committee is open to all AASHTO Members with one voting member per state.​


Marc Luiken, Alaska DOT&PF

Marc Luiken is the Commissioner for the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. Under his direction, the department is responsible for the planning, design and construction, as well as the maintenance and operation of Alaska's transportation system, public buildings and facilities.

He previously served as the department's Commissioner from December 2010 to October 2012; a position he took after serving as DOT's Deputy Commissioner for Aviation. Most recently, Commissioner Luiken was employed as a project manager and performance coach with RLG International, a consulting firm supporting the oil industry in Alaska with ConocoPhillips and BP Exploration Alaska.

Prior to his public service to the State of Alaska, Luiken served 29 years with the U.S. Air Force, retiring June 1, 2010. His career as an Air Force fighter pilot spanned the globe with multiple assignments in the United Kingdom and Germany, and an assignment in Japan. He is a combat veteran with service in Operation Desert Storm, Operation Southern Watch, Operation Joint Forge and Operation Enduring Freedom.

Commissioner Luiken holds a bachelor's in Human Factor's Engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy; a master's degree in Management from Troy State University and a master's in Strategic Studies from Air University in Alabama. He is a Certified Member of the American Association of Airport Executives and a member of the Air Force Association. 

He lives in Anchorage with his wife Suzanne. They have five children; each of whom are Alaska residents.


Reports and Studies

How State DOT's are using Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)
According to a March 2016 survey by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, 33 state departments of transportation have or are exploring, researching, testing or using unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly referred to as drones, to inspect bridges and assist with clearing vehicle crashes, among other innovative applications​. AASHTO recently hosted a webinar to further discuss how different states are incorporating UAS technology into their research and project delivery. Below you will find a recording of this webinar, as well as links to several presentations regarding UAS.

Webinar recording: Watch Here.​

Transportation TV's Special Report on "State DOTs Using Drones to Improve Safety, Collect Data Faster and Cut Costs"

Slideshow PDFs:
California UAS Operations - Gary Cathey.pdf
Evaluating the Use of UAS for Transportation Purposes - Steven Cook.pdf
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet UAS Program - Jason Siwula, PE.pdf
Ohio and Indiana UAS Center - Enabling UAS Operations - Fred Judson.pdf
UAS in Vermont - Jarlath O'Neil-Dunne.pdf

Current Topics

AASHTO Journal:​ Survey of State DOTs Finds Dozens Eyeing Drones to Aid Inspections, Cut Costs: AASHTO notes that all such drone testing must be approved by the Federal Aviation Administration, and several state DOTs reported that the FAA application process to research UAVs can take months to complete. But FAA officials say they expect to issue new regulations for commercial drone testing and usage this summer.

NY Times: F.A.A. Reauthorization Bill in Senate Could Snag on Unrelated Tax Provisions: 

"The F.A.A. bill needs to be approved over the next few weeks before the Senate moves on to the annual spending bills. Unlike the House bill, it does not seek to privatize the nation’s air traffic control system."

The Standing Committee on Aviation is proud to be part of the

Alliance for Aviation Across America