Amendment of Class E Airspace; Anaktuvuk Pass, AK

Summary:

This action revises Class E airspace at Anaktuvuk Pass Airport, Anaktuvuk Pass, AK. The creation of two standard instrument approach procedures at the airport has made this action necessary to enhance safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations. This action also adjusts the geographic coordinates of the airport.

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For further information contact:

Jeanette Roller, Federal Aviation Administration, Operations Support Group, Western Service Center, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057; telephone (425) 203-4541.

Supplementary information:

History

On September 13, 2011, the FAA published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend controlled airspace at Anaktuvuk Pass, AK (76 FR 56354). Interested parties were invited to participate in this rulemaking effort by submitting written comments on the proposal to the FAA. No comments were received. Reference to the adjustment to the geographic coordinates of the airport was inadvertently omitted in the NPRM, and is now noted.

Class E airspace designations are published in paragraph 6005 of FAA Order 7400.9V dated August 9, 2011, and effective September 15, 2011, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR Part 71.1. The Class E airspace designations listed in this document will be published subsequently in that Order.

The Rule

This action amends Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) Part 71 by revising Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface, at Anaktuvuk Pass Airport, to accommodate the creation of two standard instrument approach procedures. This action is necessary for the safety and management of IFR operations. This action also brings the coordinates for the Anaktuvuk Pass Airport into agreement with the FAA's aeronautical database.

The FAA has determined this regulation only involves an established body of technical regulations for which frequent and routine amendments are necessary to keep them operationally current. Therefore, this regulation: (1) Is not a “significant regulatory action” under Executive Order 12866; (2) is not a “significant rule” under DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures (44 FR 11034; February 26, 1979); and (3) does not warrant preparation of a regulatory evaluation as the anticipated impact is so minimal. Since this is a routine matter that will only affect air traffic procedures and air navigation, it is certified this rule, when promulgated, will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. The FAA's authority to issue rules regarding aviation safety is found in Title 49 of the U.S. Code. Subtitle 1, Section 106 discusses the authority of the FAA Administrator. Subtitle VII, Aviation Programs, describes in more detail the scope of the agency's authority. This rulemaking is promulgated under the authority described in Subtitle VII, Part A, Subpart I, Section 40103. Under that section, the FAA is charged with prescribing regulations to assign the use of airspace necessary to ensure the safety of aircraft and the efficient use of airspace. This regulation is within the scope of that authority as it creates additional controlled airspace at Anaktuvuk Pass Airport, Anaktuvuk, AK.

List of subjects in 14 cfr part 71

Airspace, Incorporation by reference, Navigation (air).

Adoption of the Amendment

In consideration of the foregoing, the Federal Aviation Administration amends 14 CFR Part 71 as follows:

Part 71—designation of class a, b, c, d and e airspace areas; air traffic service routes; and reporting points

1. The authority citation for 14 CFR Part 71 continues to read as follows:

Authority:

49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40103, 40113, 40120; E.O. 10854, 24 FR 9565, 3 CFR, 1959-1963 Comp., p. 389.

§ 71.1 2. The incorporation by reference in 14 CFR Part 71.1 of the Federal Aviation Administration Order 7400.9V, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 9, 2011, and effective September 15, 2011 is amended as follows:

Paragraph 6005Class E airspace areas extending upward from 700 feet or more above the surface of the earth.

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AAL AK E5Anaktuvuk Pass, AK [Amended]

Anaktuvuk Pass Airport, AK

(Lat. 68°08′01″ N., long. 151°44′36″ W.)

Anaktuvuk Pass, NDB

(Lat. 68°08′12″ N., long. 151°44′39″ W.)

That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface within a 9.3-mile radius of the Anaktuvuk Pass Airport, AK and within 8 miles northwest and 4 miles southeast of the Anaktuvuk Pass NDB 240° bearing extending from the 9.3-mile radius to 16.7 miles southwest of the Anaktuvuk Pass Airport, AK; and that airspace extending upward from 1,200 feet above the surface within a 66-mile radius of the Anaktuvuk Pass Airport, AK.

Issued in Seattle, Washington, on December 3, 2011. John Warner,

Manager, Operations Support Group, Western Service Center.

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