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Proposed Revision of Class E Airspace; Ketchikan, AK

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Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.


Notice of proposed rulemaking.


This action revises Class E airspace at Ketchikan, AK. The need to redefine the Ward Cove surface area exclusion in the Class E (surface area) airspace at Ketchikan, AK, has made this action necessary. Adoption of this proposal would result in the provision of an accurate Ward Cove exclusion in the surface area at Ketchikan, AK.


Comments must be received on or before February 26, 2001.


Send comments on the proposal in triplicate to: Manager, Operations Branch, AAL-530, Docket No. 00-AAL-19, Federal Aviation Administration, 222 West 7th Avenue, Box 14, Anchorage, AK 99513-7587.

The official docket may be examined in the Office of the Regional Counsel for the Alaskan Region at the same address. Start Printed Page 1922

An informal docket may also be examined during normal business hours in the Office of the Manager, Operations Branch, Air Traffic Division, at the address shown above.

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Robert van Haastert, Operations Branch, Federal Aviation Administration, 222 West 7th Avenue, Box 14, Anchorage, AK 99513-7587; telephone number (907) 271-5863; fax: (907) 271-2850; email: Internet address:​at.

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Comments Invited

Interested parties are invited to participate in this proposed rulemaking by submitting such written data, views, or arguments as they may desire. Comments that provide the factual basis supporting the views and suggestions presented are particularly helpful in developing reasoned regulatory decisions on the proposal. Comments are specifically invited on the overall regulatory, aeronautical, economic, environmental, and energy-related aspects of the proposal. Communications should identify the airspace docket number and be submitted in triplicate to the address listed above. Commentors wishing the FAA to acknowledge receipt of their comments on this notice must submit with those comments a self-addressed, stamped postcard on which the following statement is made: “Comments to Airspace Docket No. 00-AAL-19.” The postcard will be date/time stamped and returned to the commentor. All communications received on or before the specified closing date for comments will be considered before taking action on the proposed rule. The proposal contained in this notice may be changed in light of comments received. All comments submitted will be available for examination in the Operations Branch, Air Traffic Division, Federal Aviation Administration, 222 West 7th Avenue, Box 14, Anchorage, AK, both before and after the closing date for comments. A report summarizing each substantive public contact with FAA personnel concerned with this rulemaking will be filed in the docket.

Availability of Notice of Proposed Rulemaking's (NPRM's)

An electronic copy of this document may be downloaded, using a modem and suitable communications software, from the FAA regulations section of the Fedworld electronic bulletin board service (telephone: 703-321-3339) or the Federal Register's electronic bulletin board service (telephone: 202-512-1661).

Internet users may reach the Federal Register's web page for access to recently published rulemaking documents at​su_​docs/​aces/​aces140.html.

Any person may obtain a copy of this NPRM by submitting a request to the Operations Branch, AAL-530, Federal Aviation Administration, 222 West 7th Avenue, Box 14, Anchorage, AK 99513-7587 or view the NPRM at the Alaskan Region's Air Traffic website at​at. Communications must identify the notice number of this NPRM. Persons interested in being placed on a mailing list for future NPRM's should contact the individual(s) identified in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section.

The Proposal

The FAA proposes to amend 14 CFR part 71 by revising Class E airspace at Ketchikan, AK, due to the revision of the Ward Cove exclusion area in the surface area at Ketchikan, AK. The Ward Cove exclusion area was established for seaplane holding on July 2, 1996 [61 FR 34391]. During a recent review of the Revilla Corridor Operation, the exclusion area was found to be incorrectly described in statute miles and magnetic degrees. Descriptions are mandated to be in nautical miles and true degrees. The intended effect of this proposal is to provide an accurate Ward Cove exclusion in the surface area at Ketchikan, AK.

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 surface areas are published in paragraph 6002 in FAA Order 7400.9H, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated September 1, 2000, and effective September 16, 2000, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. The Class E airspace designations listed in this document would be published subsequently in the Order.

The FAA has determined that this proposed 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, when promulgated, 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

  • Airspace
  • Incorporation by reference
  • Navigation (air)
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The Proposed Amendment

In consideration of the foregoing, the Federal Aviation Administration proposes to amend 14 CFR part 71 as follows:

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

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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 14 CFR 71.1 of Federal Aviation Administration Order 7400.9H, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated September 1, 2000, and effective September 16, 2000, is to be amended as follows:

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Paragraph 6002 Class E airspace designated as surface areas.

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AAL AK E2 Ketchikan, AK [Revised]

Ketchikan International Airport, AK

(Lat. 55° 21′ 20″ N., long. 131° 42′ 49″ W.)

Ketchikan Localizer

(Lat. 55° 20′ 51″N., long. 131° 42′ 00″ W.)

Danger Island

(Lat. 55° 24′ 08″ N., long. 131° 48′ 47″ W.)

East Island

(Lat. 55° 23′ 46″ N., long. 131° 44′ 46″ W.)

Wrong Benchmark

(Lat. 55° 23′ 35″ N., long. 131° 44′ 10″ W.)

Decoy Benchmark

(Lat. 55° 23′ 55″ N., long. 131° 44′ 33″ W.)

Within a 3-mile radius of the Ketchikan International Airport and within 1 mile each side of the Ketchikan localizer northwest/southeast courses extending from the 3-mile radius to 4.6 miles northwest and 4.1 miles southeast of the airport excluding that airspace from Danger Island to East Island to the Wrong Benchmark thence along the Ward Cove shore line to the Decoy Benchmark thence north along the Refuge Cove shore line to a point abeam Refuge Cove State Recreation Site picnic area (Lat. 55° 24′ 31″ Start Printed Page 1923N., 131° 45′ 36″ W.) thence to the point of beginning.

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Issued in Anchorage, AK, on December 18, 2000.

Trent S. Cummings,

Manager, Air Traffic Division, Alaskan Region.

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[FR Doc. 01-700 Filed 1-9-01; 8:45 am]