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Establishment of Class E Airspace; Kipnuk, AK

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Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.


Final rule.


This action establishes Class E airspace at Kipnuk, AK. The establishment of a Global Positioning System (GPS) instrument approach procedure at Kipnuk Airport made this action necessary. The Kipnuk Airport status changes from Visual Flight Rules (VFR) to Instrument Flight Rules (IFR). This rule provides adequate controlled airspace for aircraft flying IFR procedures at Kipnuk, AK.


0901 UTC, June 15, 2000.

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Bob Durand, Operations Branch, Federal Aviation Administration, 222 West 7th Avenue, Box 14, Anchorage, AK 99513-7587; telephone number (907) 271-5898; fax: (907) 271-2850; email: Internet address:​at or at address​at.

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On December 13, 1999, a proposal to amend part 71 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (14 CFR part 71) to establish the Class E airspace at Kipnuk, AK, was published in the Federal Register (64 FR 69430). The proposal was necessary due to the establishment of a GPS instrument approach procedure to Runway 15 at Kipnuk, AK. Interested parties were invited to participate in this rulemaking proceeding by submitting written comments on the proposal to the FAA. No public comments to the proposal were received; thus, the rule is adopted as written.

The area would be depicted on aeronautical charts for pilot reference. The coordinates for this airspace docket are based on North American Datum 83. The Class E airspace areas designated as 700/1200 foot transition areas are published in paragraph 6005 in FAA Order 7400.9G, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated September 1, 1999, and effective September 16, 1999, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. The Class E airspace designations listed in this document will be published subsequently in the Order.

The Rule

This amendment to 14 CFR part 71 establishes the Class E airspace at Kipnuk, AK, through the establishment of a GPS instrument approach to Runway 15. The airport status changes from VFR to IFR. The area will be depicted on aeronautical charts for pilot reference. The intended effect of this rule is to provide controlled airspace for IFR operations at Kipnuk, AK.

The FAA has determined that this regulation only involves an established body of technical regulations for which frequent and routine amendments are necessary to keep them operationally current. It, therefore—(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 that this rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.

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List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 71

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Adoption of the Amendment

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In consideration of the foregoing, the Federal Aviation Administration amends

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1. The authority citation for

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

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2. The incorporation by reference in

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

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AAL AK E5 Kipnuk, AK [New]

Kipnuk Airport, AK

(Lat. 59°55′59″ N., long. 164°01′50″ W.)

Kipnuk VOR/DME

(Lat. 59°56′34″ N., long. 164°02′04″ W.)

That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface within 6.2-mile radius of the Kipnuk Airport and within 3 miles each side of the Kipnuk VOR/DME 168° radial extending from the 6.2-mile radius of the airport to 9.5 miles south of the airport and within 4 miles east and 8 miles west of the Kipnuk VOR/DME 348° radial extending from the Kipnuk VOR/DME to 16 miles north of the VOR/DME; and that airspace extending upward from 1,200 feet above the surface within a 51-mile radius of the VOR/DME; excluding that airspace within the Norton Sound Low Offshore Airspace Area and the Bethel Class E airspace area.

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Issued in Anchorage, AK, on April 14, 2000.

Anthony M. Wylie,

Acting Manager, Air Traffic Division, Alaskan Region.

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[FR Doc. 00-10013 Filed 4-20-00; 8:45 am]