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Establishment of Class D Airspace; Kalispell, MT

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Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.


Final rule.


This action establishes a Class D surface area at Glacier Park International Airport, Kalispell, MT. The effect of this action is to provide controlled airspace to accommodate the procedures associated with the operation of a new Airport Traffic Control Tower (ATCT).


0901 UTC, November 1, 2001.

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Brian Durham, ANM-520.7, Federal Aviation Administration, Docket No. 01-ANM-12, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, Washington, 98055-4056; telephone number: (425) 227-2527.

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On July 10, 2001, the FAA proposed to amend Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations, part 71 (14 CFR part 71) by establishing the Kalispell, MT, Class D surface area (66 FR 35914). This establishment of the Class D area is in support of a new ATCT under construction at the Glacier Park International Airport, Kalispell, MT. The FAA establishes Class D airspace where necessary to protect aircraft transitioning between the terminal and en route environments, and to provide local Visual Flight Rules (VFR) sequencing by ATCT personnel. Interested parties were invited to participate in the rulemaking proceeding by submitting written comments on the proposal. No comments were received.

The coordinates for this airspace docket are based on North American Datum 83. Class D surface airspace areas are published in Paragraph 5000 of FAA Order 7400.91, dated September 1, 2000, and effective September 16, 2000, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. The Class D airspace designation listed in this document will be published subsequently in the Order.

The Rule

This amendment to 14 CFR part 71 establishes a Class D surface area in the vicinity of Kalispell, MT. The intended effect of this rule is to provide safe and efficient use of the navigable airspace and to promote safe flight operations under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) and VFR at Glacier Park International Airport and between the terminal and en route transition states.

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 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

  • Airspace
  • Incorporation by reference
  • Navigation (air)
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Adoption of the Amendment

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In consideration of the foregoing, the Federal Aviation Administration amends 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 CCFR, 1959-1963 Comp., p. 389.

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2. The incorporation by reference in 14 CFR 71.1 of the Federal Aviation Administration Order 7400.9I, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated September 1,2 000, and effective September 16, 2000, is amended as follows:

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Paragraph 5000 General.

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ANM MT D Kalispell, MT [New]

Glacier Park International Airport, Kalispell, MT

(Lat. 48°18′41″ N, long. 114°15′17″ W)

That airspace extending upwards from the surface to and including 5,500 feet MSL within a 4.3-mile radius of the Glacier Park International Airport. The Class D airspace area is effective during the specific dates and times established in advance by a Notice to Airmen. The effective date and time will thereafter be continuously published in the Airport/Facility Directory.

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Issued in Seattle, Washington, on September 6, 2001.

Daniel A. Boyle,

Assistant Manager, Air Traffic Division, Northwest Mountain Region.

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[FR Doc. 01-23034 Filed 9-12-01; 8:45 am]