Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.
Notice of proposed rulemaking.
This action proposes to revise Class E airspace at Nuiqsut, AK. Two new Standard Instrument Approach Procedures (SIAP) have been established for the Nuiqsut Airport. The existing Class E airspace at Nuiqsut is insufficient to contain aircraft executing the new SIAPs. Adoption of this proposal would result in the addition and revision of Class E airspace at Nuiqsut, AK.
Comments must be received on or before June 7, 2002.
Send comments on the proposal in triplicate to: Manager, Operations Branch, AAL-530, Docket No. 02-AAL-3, 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.
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 and on the Internet at Alaskan Region's home page at http://www.alaska.faa.gov/at or at address http://18.104.22.168/at.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Derril Bergt, AAL-538, Federal Aviation Administration, 222 West 7th Avenue, Box 14, Anchorage, AK 99513-7587; telephone number (907) 271-2796; fax: (907) 271-2850; e-mail: Derril.CTR.Bergt@faa.gov. Internet address: http://www.alaska.faa.gov/at or at address http://22.214.171.124/at.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
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, Start Printed Page 19711environmental, and energy-related aspects of the proposal. Communications should identify the airspace docket number and be submitted in triplicate to the address listed above. Commenters 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. 02-AAL-3.” The postcard will be date/time stamped and returned to the commenter. 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 Rulemakings (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 http://www.access.gpo.gov/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. 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 FAA proposes to amend 14 CFR part 71 by revising Class E airspace at Nuiqsut, AK. The intended effect of this proposal is to extend that Class E controlled airspace above 1,200 feet to enable IFR operations at Nuiqsut, AK to be contained within controlled airspace.
The FAA Instrument Flight Procedures Production and Maintenance Branch has developed two new SIAPs for the Nuiqsut Airport. The new approaches are (1) Area Navigation (Global Positioning System) (RNAV GPS) Runway 4, original; (2) RNAV (GPS) Runway 22, original. The existing GPS Runway 4 and GPS Runway 22 SIAPs will be cancelled by this action. Intersections on existing airways have also been created to initiate transitions to the new SIAPs. The transitions require more airspace than currently exists to contain Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) aircraft.
That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface within a 6.5 mile radius of the Nuiqsut Airport will not be affected by this action. That airspace extending upward from 1,200 feet above the surface will be revised and expanded if this action is taken.
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 7400.9J, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated September 1, 2001, and effective September 16, 2001, 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.Start List of Subjects
List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 71End List of Subjects
The Proposed Amendment
In consideration of the foregoing, the Federal Aviation Administration proposes to amend 14 CFR part 71 as follows:Start Part
PART 71— DESIGNATION OF CLASS A, CLASS B, CLASS C, CLASS D, AND CLASS E AIRSPACE AREAS; AIRWAYS; ROUTES; AND REPORTING POINTS
1. The authority citation for 14 CFR part 71 continues to read as follows:
2. The incorporation by reference in 14 CFR 71.1 of Federal Aviation Administration Order 7400.9J, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated September 1, 2001, and effective September 16, 2001, is to be amended as follows:
Paragraph 6005 Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet or more above the surface of the earth
AAL AK E5 Nuiqsut, AK [Revised]
Nuiqsut Airport, AK
(Lat. 70°12′36″ N, long. 151°00′20″ W)
That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface within a 6.5 mile radius of the Nuiqsut Airport, and that airspace extending upward from 1,200 feet above the surface from 13 miles north and 8 miles south of the 249° bearing from the airport to 29 miles southwest, to 19 miles northwest of the airport on the 314° bearing clockwise to the 352° bearing 13 miles north of the airport.
Issued in Anchorage, AK, on April 10, 2002.
Stephen P. Creamer,
Assistant Manager, Air Traffic Division, Alaskan Region.
[FR Doc. 02-9847 Filed 4-22-02; 8:45 am]
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