An extended federal government shutdown could have long-term effects on Alaska's aviation industry, including regional airlines, air taxis and flight schools. "The longer the shutdown continues, the longer it will take to get back to business as usual," said Steve Smith, director of sales and marketing for Era Alaska, one of the state's biggest regional air carriers. "One major concern we have is that certain project timelines might be slipping which could put construction projects and safety improvements years behind schedule."

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