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Proposed Revision of Class E Airspace at Kalispell, MT

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Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.


Notice of proposed rulemaking.


This proposal would revise Class E airspace at Kalispell/Glacier Park International Airport, Kalispell, MT. Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations transitioning between Helena, MT, and Kalispell, MT, makes this proposal necessary. This additional airspace extending 1,200 feet or more above the surface of the earth is necessary to provide controlled airspace for the containment and safety of IFR flights transitioning between Helena, MT, and Kalispell/Glacier Park International Airport at Kalispell, MT.


Comments must be received on or before December 5, 2003.


Send comments on this proposal to the Docket Management System, U.S. Department of Transportation, Room Plaza 401, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590-0001. You must identify the docket number, FAA-2003-16214; Airspace Docket No. 03-ANM-11, at the beginning of your comments. You may also submit comments on the Internet at You may review the public docket containing the proposal, any comments received, and any final Start Printed Page 60050dispositions in person in the Docket Office between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The Docket Office (telephone number 1 (800) 647-5527) is on the plaza level of the Department of Transportation NASSIF Building at the above address.

An informal docket may also be examined during normal business hours at the Office of the Regional Air Traffic Division, Northwest Mountain Region, Federal Aviation Administration, Airspace Branch ANM-520, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, WA 98055.

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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 Docket No. FAA-2003-16214; Airspace Docket 02-ANM-11, and be submitted in triplicate to the address listed above. Commenters wishing the FAA to acknowledge receipt of their comments on this action must submit, with those comments, a self-addressed stamped postcard on which the following statement is made: “Comments to Airspace Docket No. FAA-2003-16214; Airspace Docket 02-ANM-11.” the postcard will be date/time stamped and returned to the commenter.

Availability of NPRM

An electronic copy of this document may be downloaded through the Internet at Recently published rulemaking documents can also be accessed through the FAA's web page at or the Superintendent of Document's web page at​nara.

Additionally, any person may obtain a copy of this notice by submitting a request to the Federal Aviation Administration, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, WA, 98055. Communications must identify both document numbers for this notice. Persons interested in being placed on a mailing list for future NPRMs should contact the FAA's Office of Rulemaking, (202) 267-9677, to request a copy of Advisory Circular No. 11-2A, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Distribution System, which describes the application procedures.

The Proposal

This action amends Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations, part 71 (14 CFR part 71) by adding additional Class E airspace at Kalispell, MT. This additional airspace extending 1,200 feet or more above the surface of the earth is necessary to provide additional controlled airspace for the containment and safety of IFR flights transitioning between Helena, MT, and Kalispell/Glacieer Park International Airport Kalispell, MT.

Class E airspace areas are published in Paragraph 6005 of FAA Order 7400.9L, dated September 2, 2003, and effective September 16, 2003, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. The Class E airspace designations listed in this document would be published subsequently in this 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 11013; 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

Accordingly, pursuant to the authority delegated to me, 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 the Federal Aviation Administration Order 7400.9L, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated September 2, 2003, and effective September 16, 2003, is amended as follows:

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

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ANM MT E5 Kalispell, MT (Revised)

Kalispell/Glacier Park International Airport, MT

[Lat. 48°18′41″ N., long. 114°15′19″ W.]

Smith Lake Non Directional Beacon (NDB)

[Lat. 48°06′30″ N., long. 114°27′41″ W.]

That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface within a 7-mile radius of Kalispell/Glacier Park International Airport, and within 4.8 miles each side of the 035° and 215° bearings from the Smith Lake NDB extending from the 7-mile radius to 10.5 miles southwest of the NDB; that airspace extending upward from 1,200 feet above the surface bounded by a line from lat. 47°30′00″ N., long. 112°37′30″ W.; to lat. 47°43′30″ N., long. lat. 112°37′30″ N., long. 48°07′30″ N., long. 113°30′00″ W to lat. 48°30′00″ N., long. 113°30′00″ W.; to lat. 48°30′00″ N., long. 116°03′35″ W to lat. 47°30′00″ N., long. 114°54′23″ W.; thence to point of origin; excluding Kalispell/Glacier Park International Airport Class D airspace, Class E2 airspace, and that airspace within Federal Airways airspace area.

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Issued in Seattle, Washington, on October 2, 2003.

John L. Pipes,

Acting Assistant Manager, Air Traffic Division, Northwest Mountain Region.

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[FR Doc. 03-26560 Filed 10-20-03; 8:45 am]