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Fees for FAA Services for Certain Flights; Extension of Comment Period

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Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.


Interim final rule; extension of comment period.


On June 6, 2000, the FAA published an Interim Final Rule (IFR) establishing fees for FAA air traffic and related services for certain aircraft that transit U.S.-controlled airspace but neither take off from, nor land in, the United States and invited comments for a 120-day period. The IFR went into effect on August 1, 2000, and the comment period was originally scheduled to close on October 4, 2000. However, the FAA is extending the comment period to October 27, 2000, to ensure that affected entities( mostly foreign) have sufficient time to comment on the contents of the docket.


Comments must be received on or before October 27, 2000.


Address your comments to the Docket Management System (DMS), U.S. Department of Transportation, Room Plaza Level 401, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590-0001. You must identify the docket number “FAA-00-7018” at the beginning of your comments, and you should submit two copies of your comments.

You may also submit comments through the Internet to

You may review the public docket containing comments to this interim rule in person in the Dockets Office between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The Dockets Office is on the plaza level of the NASSIF Building at the Department of Transportation at the above address. Also, you may review public dockets on the Internet at

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Randall Fiertz, Office of Performance Management, (APF-1), Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, 20591; telephone (202) 267-7140; fax (202) 493-4191.

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Comments Invited

Interested persons are invited to comment on the interim rule submitting such written data, views, or arguments as they may desire. Comments relating to the environmental, energy, federalism, or economic impact that might result from adopting the interim rule are also invited. Substantive comments should be accompanied by cost estimates. Comments must identify the regulatory docket or notice number and be submitted in duplicate to the Rules Docket address specified above.

All comments received, as well as a report summarizing each substantive public contact with FAA personnel on this interim rule will be filed in the docket. The docket is available for public inspection before and after the comment closing date.

The Administrator will consider all comments received on or before the closing date. Late-filed comments will be considered to the extent practicable. The Interim Final Rule, as well as the Final Rule, may be changed in light of the comments received.

Commenters wishing the FAA to acknowledge receipt of their comments must include a pre-addressed, stamped postcard on which the following statement is made: “Comments to Docket No. FAA-00-7018.” The postcard will be date-stamped and mailed to the commenter.

Availability of Interim Final Rule

You can get an electronic copy using the Internet by taking the following steps:

(1) Go to the search function of the Department of Transportation's electronic Docket Management System (DMS) web page (​search).

(2) On the search page type in the last four digits of the Docket number shown at the beginning of this notice. Click on “search.”

(3) On the next page, which contains the Docket summary information for the Docket you selected, click on the document number for the item you wish to view.

You can also get an electronic copy using the Internet through FAA's web page at​avr/​arm/​nprm/​nprm.htm or the Federal Register's web page at​su_​docs/​aces/​aces140.html.

You can also get a copy by submitting a request to the Federal Aviation Administration, Office of Rulemaking, ARM-1, 800 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20591, or by calling (202) 267-9680. Make sure to identify the docket number of this rulemaking.

Extension of Comment Period

On June 6, 2000, the FAA published Amendment No. 187-11, Fees for FAA Services for Certain Flights (65 FR 36002). The FAA requested that comments to that document be submitted on or before October 4, 2000. The FAA has received and reviewed approximately 70 comments. In response to the extreme significance and international implications of this IFR, as expressed in the comments, FAA is extending the comment period to give affected entities (mostly foreign) additional time to comment on the contents of the docket. Also, the first billing under this rule has recently occurred and entities that may not have commented to date may desire to comment. This action provides the opportunity.

The FAA determines that extending the comment period is in the public interest and that good cause exists for taking this action. Accordingly, the comment period for Amendment No. 187-11 is extended until October 27, 2000. If possible, any comments received after this date will be considered by the FAA prior to any further action in this rulemaking.

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Issued in Washington, DC, September 29, 2000.

Donna McLean,

Assistant Administrator for Financial Services.

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[FR Doc. 00-25633 Filed 10-3-00; 2:42 pm]