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The Capstone Program was a United States government-funded aviation safety program for the state of Alaska, primarily focusing on rural areas of the state. The program concentrated on increasing safety in aviation through technology and making the process of integrating that technology more efficient. Some of the systems developed in Capstone include GPS receivers, data link transceivers, ADSB, multi-function displays, flight information services, moving map displays, and terrain databases. The program operated from 1999 through 2006.
Alaska is the largest of the United States of America in area, but one of the smallest in population. In the late 1990s, one out of every 58 people in the state was a pilot and there were six airplanes for every ten pilots. With a very limited highway and railroad infrastructure, aviation emerged as the essential, and in most locations the only, transportation system. However, in Alaska the vital infrastructure supporting aviation fell short of the standards commonly expected or encountered elsewhere in the US.
The harsh environment of Alaska contributed to averages of one aircraft accident every other day, and one accident-related fatality every nine days. More than one third of the annual air commuter accidents in the US occurred in Alaska, and more than ten percent of the professional pilots working there would not survive a thirty-year career.
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