2022 Airport Business Top 40 Under 40: Rebecca Douglas, C.M.

Dec. 13, 2022
Rebecca Douglas, C.M., Aviation Transportation Planner, Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities
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Becca Douglas is a dedicated aviation transportation planner in the division of Statewide Aviation, for the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF). She manages the Alaska Aviation System Plan (AASP), a project that covers the largest aviation system plan in North America. She began management of the system plan during its second phase in 2014 and currently runs Phase 3.

“I greatly enjoy problem solving an aviation issue, whatever it may be, and developing new tools, interactive databases and creative solutions to support anyone relating to aviation in Alaska," she said. “Each task is something new to tackle and helps my staff and stakeholders be more successful on our mission to improve Alaskan airports and maintain a safe transportation system."

Douglas also manages Alaska’s 5010 Master Record program that oversees more than 360 airport inspections each cycle and coordinated and assisted in the successful rollout of the FFY22 Rural Airport System Capital Improvement Program grant cycle.

Douglas has an exceptional reputation amongst the aviation community as she works with a vast number of stakeholders within and outside of the department on a daily basis, in addition to coordinating with industry groups such as the AOPA or the Alaska Air Carriers Association. Some of her strengths include communication, organization, innovation and dedication to her field. She ensures to carve out the time to talk through challenges and find innovative solutions that work for everyone, and meets the needs, missions and objectives of the department.

Under her management, the AASP program has grown exponentially, incorporating her peer’s programs to create new tools, such as a NOTAM query, project prioritization process, or grant database from 1982 to today, ensuring the AASP really is all encompassing.

New tools are constantly expanding the depository of information available to department members and contractors, resulting in a historical archive of airport information. Her ability to communicate, listen to others and respond in a manner that acknowledges and addresses the wide variety of priorities, opinions and agendas of divisions outside of her own has contributed to the success of the AASP and the Alaska DOT&PF.