Proposed Modification of Class E Airspace; Gulkana, AK, 22366-22368 [2021-08727]

Download as PDF 22366 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 80 / Wednesday, April 28, 2021 / Proposed Rules with the Accomplishment Instructions, paragraph 2.B., Operational Procedure, of Eurocopter ASB No. 25.01.18. (2) For Model AS350B, AS350BA, AS350B1, AS350B2, AS350B3, AS350D, AS355E, AS355F, AS355F1, AS355F2, and AS355N helicopters identified in paragraph (c) of this AD: (i) Before next flight involving a hoist operation after the effective date of this AD, modify and re-identify the hoist operator control unit, replace the fuses, and functionally test the hoist operation and the emergency jettison controls in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions, paragraph 2.B., Operational Procedure, of Airbus Helicopters ASB No. 25.00.71, Revision 2, dated May 14, 2019 (ASB 25.00.71 Rev 2), or Airbus Helicopters ASB No. 25.00.79, Revision 3, dated September 24, 2019 (ASB 25.00.79 Rev 3), as applicable to your model helicopter. (ii) Within 30 days after accomplishing the actions required by paragraph (g)(2)(i) of this AD, report the information in Appendix 4.A. of ASB 25.00.71 Rev 2 or ASB 25.00.79 Rev 3, as applicable to your model helicopter, by email to support.technical-avionics.ah@ airbus.com. (3) As of the effective date of this AD, do not install a Breeze, TRW, Lucas, or Air Equipement 300 pound hoist identified in paragraphs (c)(1) or (2) of this AD unless the actions required by paragraphs (g)(1) or (2) have been accomplished, as applicable to your model helicopter. (h) Credit for Previous Actions Actions accomplished before the effective date of this AD by following the procedures in Airbus Helicopters ASB No. 25.00.71, Revision 1, dated May 21, 2014, or ASB No. 25.00.79, Revision 1, dated May 21, 2014 or Revision 2, dated May 14, 2019, as applicable to your model helicopter, are considered acceptable for compliance with the corresponding actions required in paragraph (g)(2)(i) of this AD. Accomplish the actions required by paragraph (g)(2)(ii) of this AD within 30 days after the effective date of this AD. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with PROPOSALS Jkt 253001 Issued on April 22, 2021. Lance T. Gant, Director, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2021–08782 Filed 4–27–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 71 [Docket No. FAA–2021–0275; Airspace Docket No. 20–AAL–39] Proposed Modification of Class E Airspace; Gulkana, AK Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). AGENCY: (j) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) (1) The Manager, International Validation Branch, FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. In accordance with 14 CFR 39.19, send your request to your principal inspector or local Flight Standards District Office, as appropriate. If sending information directly to the manager of the International Validation Branch, send it to the attention of the person identified in paragraph (k)(1) of this AD. Information may be emailed to: 9-AVS-AIR730-AMOC@faa.gov. (2) Before using any approved AMOC, notify your appropriate principal inspector, or lacking a principal inspector, the manager 15:51 Apr 27, 2021 (k) Related Information (1) For more information about this AD, contact Hal Jensen, Aerospace Engineer, Operational Safety Branch, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, FAA, 950 L’Enfant Plaza N SW, Washington, DC 20024; telephone (202) 267–9167; email hal.jensen@ faa.gov. (2) For service information identified in this AD, contact Airbus Helicopters, 2701 N Forum Drive, Grand Prairie, TX 75052; telephone (972) 641–0000 or (800) 232–0323; fax (972) 641–3775; or at https:// www.airbus.com/helicopters/services/ technical-support.html. You may view this referenced service information at the FAA, Office of the Regional Counsel, Southwest Region, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy., Room 6N– 321, Fort Worth, TX 76177. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call (817) 222–5110. (3) The subject of this AD is addressed in Direction Generale De L’Aviation Civile (DGAC) AD 2002–584(A), dated November 27, 2002, and European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD 2019–0228, dated September 12, 2019. You may view the DGAC and EASA ADs on the internet at https://www.regulations.gov in Docket No. FAA–2021–0340. RIN 2120–AA66 (i) Special Flight Permits Special flight permits are prohibited for use of a Breeze, TRW, Lucas, or Air Equipement 300 pound hoist identified in paragraphs (c)(1) or (2) of this AD. VerDate Sep<11>2014 of the local flight standards district office/ certificate holding district office. This action proposes to modify the Class E airspace, designated as a surface area, at Gulkana Airport, Gulkana, AK. This action also proposes to modify the Class E airspace extending upward from 700 and 1,200 feet above the surface. Additionally, this action also proposes to remove the Gulkana VORTAC and the Glenallen NDB from the Class E2’s text header and airspace description. Further, this action proposes to remove the Gulkana VOR/ DME from the Class E5’s text header and SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 airspace description. Lastly, this action proposes administrative updates to the Class E2 and Class E5 text headers and the Class E2 airspace description. This action would ensure the safety and management of instrument flight rules (IFR) operations at the airport. DATES: Comments must be received on or before June 14, 2021. ADDRESSES: Send comments on this proposal to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590; telephone: 1–800–647–5527, or (202) 366–9826. You must identify FAA Docket No. FAA–2021–0275; Airspace Docket No. 20–AAL–39, at the beginning of your comments. You may also submit comments through the internet at https://www.regulations.gov. FAA Order 7400.11E, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, and subsequent amendments can be viewed online at https://www.faa.gov/air_ traffic/publications/. For further information, you can contact the Airspace Policy Group, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20591; telephone: (202) 267–8783. The Order is also available for inspection at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of FAA Order 7400.11E at NARA, email fedreg.legal@nara.gov or go to https:// www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ ibr-locations.html. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Matthew Van Der Wal, Federal Aviation Administration, Western Service Center, Operations Support Group, 2200 S 216th Street, Des Moines, WA 98198; telephone (206) 231–3695. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Authority for This Rulemaking The FAA’s authority to issue rules regarding aviation safety is found in Title 49 of the United States Code. Subtitle I, Section 106 describes the authority of the FAA Administrator. Subtitle VII, Aviation Programs, describes in more detail the scope of the agency’s authority. This rulemaking is promulgated under the authority described in Subtitle VII, Part A, Subpart I, Section 40103. Under that section, the FAA is charged with prescribing regulations to assign the use of airspace necessary to ensure the safety of aircraft and the efficient use of airspace. This regulation is within the scope of that authority, as it would modify the Class E airspace at Gulkana E:\FR\FM\28APP1.SGM 28APP1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 80 / Wednesday, April 28, 2021 / Proposed Rules Availability and Summary of Documents for Incorporation by Reference Airport, Gulkana, AK, to support IFR operations at the airport. 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 both docket numbers and be submitted in triplicate to the address listed above. Persons 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 Docket No. FAA–2021–0275; Airspace Docket No. 20–AAL–39’’. The postcard will be date/time stamped and returned to the commenter. All communications received 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 the comments received. A report summarizing each substantive public contact with FAA personnel concerned with this rulemaking will be filed in the docket. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with PROPOSALS Availability of NPRMs An electronic copy of this document may be downloaded through the internet at https://www.regulations.gov. Recently published rulemaking documents can also be accessed through the FAA’s web page at https:// www.faa.gov/air_traffic/publications/ airspace_amendments/. You may review the public docket containing the proposal, any comments received, and any final disposition in person in the Dockets Office (see the ADDRESSES section for the address and phone number) between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except federal holidays. An informal docket may also be examined during normal business hours at the Northwest Mountain Regional Office of the Federal Aviation Administration, Air Traffic Organization, Western Service Center, Operations Support Group, 2200 S 216th Street, Des Moines, WA 98198. VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:51 Apr 27, 2021 Jkt 253001 This document proposes to amend FAA Order 7400.11E, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated July 21, 2020, and effective September 15, 2020. FAA Order 7400.11E is publicly available as listed in the ADDRESSES section of this document. FAA Order 7400.11E lists Class A, B, C, D, and E airspace areas, air traffic service routes, and reporting points. The Proposal The FAA is proposing an amendment to 14 CFR part 71 by modifying the Class E airspace, designated as a surface area, at Gulkana Airport, Gulkana, AK. The areas extending north and south of the 4-mile radius are not required to contain IFR aircraft descending below 1,000 feet above the surface, and they should be removed. Also, the current description establishes the airspace’s ceiling at 4,100 feet MSL. This action proposes to remove the following verbiage from this airspace area ‘‘to and including 4,100 feet MSL’’, this will set the airspace’s ceiling at the floor of the overlying controlled airspace, which begins at 700 feet above the surface. This action also proposes to modify the Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface. This airspace is designed to contain IFR departures to 1,200 feet above the surface and IFR arrivals descending below 1,500 feet above the surface. To properly contain IFR aircraft arriving and departing from the airport, the circular radius of the airport should be reduced from 6.5 miles to 5 miles. The area extending south of the 5-mile radius should be enlarged to contain aircraft holding for the RNAV RWY 33R approach. The area extending north of the 5-mile radius should be modified slightly, this modification accounts for using the airport as the sole reference for the airspace’s description. This action also proposes to modify the Class E airspace extending upward from 1,200 feet above the surface. This airspace is designed to contain IFR aircraft transitioning to/from the terminal and en route environments. To properly contain IFR aircraft, this area should be reduced and reshaped. Additionally, this action proposes to remove the Gulkana VORTAC and the Glenallen NDB from the Class E2 text header and airspace description. The navigational aids (NAVAID) are not needed to define the airspace and removal of the NAVAIDs simplifies the airspaces’ description. PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 22367 Further, this action also proposes to remove the Gulkana VOR/DME from the Class E5 text headed and airspace description. The NAVAID is not needed to define the airspace and removal of the NAVAID simplifies the airspace’s description. Lastly, the action proposes administrative updates to the airspaces’ text headers and airspace descriptions. On the second line of the Class E5 text header, Gulkana is listed twice, this action proposes to remove the redundant city name. On the third line of the Class E2 and E5 text headers, the geographic coordinates should be updated to ‘‘lat. 62°09′16″ N, long. 145°27′19″ W.’’ In the last sentence of the Class E2 airspace’s description, the term ‘‘Airport/Facility Directory’’ is outdated and it should be changed to ‘‘Chart Supplement.’’ Class E2 and Class E5 airspace designations are published in paragraph 6002, and 6005 of FAA Order 7400.11E, dated July 21, 2020, and effective September 15, 2020, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. The Class E airspace designations listed in this document will be published subsequently in the Order. FAA Order 7400.11, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, is published yearly and effective on September 15. Regulatory Notices and Analyses 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, is non-controversial, and unlikely to result in adverse or negative comments. 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, would not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. Environmental Review This proposal will be subject to an environmental analysis in accordance with FAA Order 1050.1F, ‘‘Environmental Impacts: Policies and Procedures’’ prior to any FAA final regulatory action. E:\FR\FM\28APP1.SGM 28APP1 22368 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 80 / Wednesday, April 28, 2021 / Proposed Rules List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 71 Airspace, Incorporation by reference, Navigation (air). The Proposed Amendment [FR Doc. 2021–08727 Filed 4–27–21; 8:45 am] Accordingly, pursuant to the authority delegated to me, the Federal Aviation Administration proposes to amend 14 CFR part 71 as follows: PART 71—DESIGNATION OF CLASS A, B, C, D, AND E AIRSPACE AREAS; AIR TRAFFIC SERVICE ROUTES; AND REPORTING POINTS BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 71 [Docket No. FAA–2021–0003; Airspace Docket No. 21–ACE–5] 1. The authority citation for 14 CFR part 71 continues to read as follows: RIN 2120–AA66 Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(f), 106(g), 40103, 40113, 40120; E.O. 10854, 24 FR 9565, 3 CFR, 1959–1963 Comp., p. 389. Proposed Amendment of Class D and E Airspace and Revocation of Class E Airspace; Cape Girardeau, MO § 71.1 AGENCY: ■ Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). [Amended] 2. The incorporation by reference in 14 CFR 71.1 of FAA Order 7400.11E, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated July 21, 2020, and effective September 15, 2020, is amended as follows: ■ * * * AAL AK E2 * * Gulkana, AK [Amended] Gulkana Airport, AK (Lat. 62°09′16″ N, long. 145°27′19″ W) That airspace extending upward from the surface within a 4-mile radius of the airport. This Class E airspace area is effective during specific dates and times established in advance by Notice to Airmen. The effective date and time will thereafter be continuously published in the Chart Supplement. Paragraph 6005 Class E Airspace Areas Extending Upward From 700 Feet or More Above the Surface of the Earth. * * * AAL AK E5 * * Gulkana, AK [Amended] Gulkana Airport, AK (Lat. 62°09′16″ N, long. 145°27′19″ W) That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface within a 5-mile radius of the airport, and within 5 miles each side of the 169° bearing from the airport, extending from the 5-mile radius to 24 miles south of the airport, and within 4 miles each side of the 351° bearing from the airport, extending from the 5-mile radius to 12.5 miles north of the airport; and that airspace extending upward from 1,200 feet above the surface within an area beginning at lat. 62°53′13″ N, long. 144°15′00″ W, to lat. 61°44′20″ N, long. 144°15′00″ W, to lat. 61°42′32″ N, long. 146°46′37″ W, to lat. 62°51′31″ N, long. 146°46′37″ W, then to the point of beginning. VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:51 Apr 27, 2021 Jkt 253001 This action proposes to amend the Class D and Class E airspace and to revoke Class E airspace at Cape Girardeau Regional Airport, Cape Girardeau, MO. The FAA is proposing this action as the result of an airspace review caused by the decommissioning of the Marion VHF omnidirectional range (VOR) navigation aid as part of the VOR Minimum Operational Network (MON) Program. The name of the localizer would also be updated to coincide with the FAA’s aeronautical database. SUMMARY: Paragraph 6002 Class E Airspace Areas Designated as Surface Areas. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with PROPOSALS Issued in Des Moines, Washington, on April 21, 2021. B.G. Chew, Acting Group Manager, Operations Support Group, Western Service Center. Comments must be received on or before June 14, 2021. ADDRESSES: Send comments on this proposal to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590; telephone (202) 366–9826, or (800) 647–5527. You must identify FAA Docket No. FAA–2021– 0003, Airspace Docket No. 21–ACE–5 at the beginning of your comments. You may also submit comments through the internet at https://www.regulations.gov. You may review the public docket containing the proposal, any comments received, and any final disposition in person in the Dockets Office between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except federal holidays. FAA Order 7400.11E, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, and subsequent amendments can be viewed online at https://www.faa.gov/air_ traffic/publications/. For further information, you can contact the Airspace Policy Group, Federal Aviation DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20591; telephone (202) 267–8783. The Order is also available for inspection at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of FAA Order 7400.11E at NARA, email: fedreg.legal@nara.gov or go to https:// www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ ibr-locations.html. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John Fornito, Operations Support Group, Eastern Service Center, Federal Aviation Administration, 1701 Columbia Avenue, College Park, GA 30337; telephone (404) 305–6364. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Authority for This Rulemaking The FAA’s authority to issue rules regarding aviation safety is found in Title 49 of the United States Code. Subtitle I, Section 106 describes the authority of the FAA Administrator. Subtitle VII, Aviation Programs, describes in more detail the scope of the agency’s authority. This rulemaking is promulgated under the authority described in Subtitle VII, Part A, Subpart I, Section 40103. Under that section, the FAA is charged with prescribing regulations to assign the use of airspace necessary to ensure the safety of aircraft and the efficient use of airspace. This regulation is within the scope of that authority as it would amend the Class D airspace; amend the Class E surface airspace; amend the Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface; and revoke the Class E airspace area designated as an extension to Class D airspace at Cape Girardeau Regional Airport, Cape Girardeau, MO, to support instrument flight rule operations at this airport. 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 both docket numbers 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 E:\FR\FM\28APP1.SGM 28APP1

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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 80 (Wednesday, April 28, 2021)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 22366-22368]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-08727]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 71

[Docket No. FAA-2021-0275; Airspace Docket No. 20-AAL-39]
RIN 2120-AA66


Proposed Modification of Class E Airspace; Gulkana, AK

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).

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SUMMARY: This action proposes to modify the Class E airspace, 
designated as a surface area, at Gulkana Airport, Gulkana, AK. This 
action also proposes to modify the Class E airspace extending upward 
from 700 and 1,200 feet above the surface. Additionally, this action 
also proposes to remove the Gulkana VORTAC and the Glenallen NDB from 
the Class E2's text header and airspace description. Further, this 
action proposes to remove the Gulkana VOR/DME from the Class E5's text 
header and airspace description. Lastly, this action proposes 
administrative updates to the Class E2 and Class E5 text headers and 
the Class E2 airspace description. This action would ensure the safety 
and management of instrument flight rules (IFR) operations at the 
airport.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before June 14, 2021.

ADDRESSES: Send comments on this proposal to the U.S. Department of 
Transportation, Docket Operations, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, West 
Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590; telephone: 
1-800-647-5527, or (202) 366-9826. You must identify FAA Docket No. 
FAA-2021-0275; Airspace Docket No. 20-AAL-39, at the beginning of your 
comments. You may also submit comments through the internet at https://www.regulations.gov.
    FAA Order 7400.11E, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, and 
subsequent amendments can be viewed online at https://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/publications/. For further information, you can contact the 
Airspace Policy Group, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 
Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20591; telephone: (202) 267-
8783. The Order is also available for inspection at the National 
Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the 
availability of FAA Order 7400.11E at NARA, email [email protected] 
or go to https://www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibr-locations.html.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Matthew Van Der Wal, Federal Aviation 
Administration, Western Service Center, Operations Support Group, 2200 
S 216th Street, Des Moines, WA 98198; telephone (206) 231-3695.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Authority for This Rulemaking

    The FAA's authority to issue rules regarding aviation safety is 
found in Title 49 of the United States Code. Subtitle I, Section 106 
describes the authority of the FAA Administrator. Subtitle VII, 
Aviation Programs, describes in more detail the scope of the agency's 
authority. This rulemaking is promulgated under the authority described 
in Subtitle VII, Part A, Subpart I, Section 40103. Under that section, 
the FAA is charged with prescribing regulations to assign the use of 
airspace necessary to ensure the safety of aircraft and the efficient 
use of airspace. This regulation is within the scope of that authority, 
as it would modify the Class E airspace at Gulkana

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Airport, Gulkana, AK, to support IFR operations at the airport.

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 both docket numbers and be submitted in 
triplicate to the address listed above. Persons 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 Docket No. FAA-2021-0275; 
Airspace Docket No. 20-AAL-39''. The postcard will be date/time stamped 
and returned to the commenter.
    All communications received 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 the 
comments received. A report summarizing each substantive public contact 
with FAA personnel concerned with this rulemaking will be filed in the 
docket.

Availability of NPRMs

    An electronic copy of this document may be downloaded through the 
internet at https://www.regulations.gov. Recently published rulemaking 
documents can also be accessed through the FAA's web page at https://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/publications/airspace_amendments/.
    You may review the public docket containing the proposal, any 
comments received, and any final disposition in person in the Dockets 
Office (see the ADDRESSES section for the address and phone number) 
between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except federal 
holidays. An informal docket may also be examined during normal 
business hours at the Northwest Mountain Regional Office of the Federal 
Aviation Administration, Air Traffic Organization, Western Service 
Center, Operations Support Group, 2200 S 216th Street, Des Moines, WA 
98198.

Availability and Summary of Documents for Incorporation by Reference

    This document proposes to amend FAA Order 7400.11E, Airspace 
Designations and Reporting Points, dated July 21, 2020, and effective 
September 15, 2020. FAA Order 7400.11E is publicly available as listed 
in the ADDRESSES section of this document. FAA Order 7400.11E lists 
Class A, B, C, D, and E airspace areas, air traffic service routes, and 
reporting points.

The Proposal

    The FAA is proposing an amendment to 14 CFR part 71 by modifying 
the Class E airspace, designated as a surface area, at Gulkana Airport, 
Gulkana, AK. The areas extending north and south of the 4-mile radius 
are not required to contain IFR aircraft descending below 1,000 feet 
above the surface, and they should be removed. Also, the current 
description establishes the airspace's ceiling at 4,100 feet MSL. This 
action proposes to remove the following verbiage from this airspace 
area ``to and including 4,100 feet MSL'', this will set the airspace's 
ceiling at the floor of the overlying controlled airspace, which begins 
at 700 feet above the surface.
    This action also proposes to modify the Class E airspace extending 
upward from 700 feet above the surface. This airspace is designed to 
contain IFR departures to 1,200 feet above the surface and IFR arrivals 
descending below 1,500 feet above the surface. To properly contain IFR 
aircraft arriving and departing from the airport, the circular radius 
of the airport should be reduced from 6.5 miles to 5 miles. The area 
extending south of the 5-mile radius should be enlarged to contain 
aircraft holding for the RNAV RWY 33R approach. The area extending 
north of the 5-mile radius should be modified slightly, this 
modification accounts for using the airport as the sole reference for 
the airspace's description.
    This action also proposes to modify the Class E airspace extending 
upward from 1,200 feet above the surface. This airspace is designed to 
contain IFR aircraft transitioning to/from the terminal and en route 
environments. To properly contain IFR aircraft, this area should be 
reduced and reshaped.
    Additionally, this action proposes to remove the Gulkana VORTAC and 
the Glenallen NDB from the Class E2 text header and airspace 
description. The navigational aids (NAVAID) are not needed to define 
the airspace and removal of the NAVAIDs simplifies the airspaces' 
description.
    Further, this action also proposes to remove the Gulkana VOR/DME 
from the Class E5 text headed and airspace description. The NAVAID is 
not needed to define the airspace and removal of the NAVAID simplifies 
the airspace's description.
    Lastly, the action proposes administrative updates to the 
airspaces' text headers and airspace descriptions. On the second line 
of the Class E5 text header, Gulkana is listed twice, this action 
proposes to remove the redundant city name. On the third line of the 
Class E2 and E5 text headers, the geographic coordinates should be 
updated to ``lat. 62[deg]09'16'' N, long. 145[deg]27'19'' W.'' In the 
last sentence of the Class E2 airspace's description, the term 
``Airport/Facility Directory'' is outdated and it should be changed to 
``Chart Supplement.''
    Class E2 and Class E5 airspace designations are published in 
paragraph 6002, and 6005 of FAA Order 7400.11E, dated July 21, 2020, 
and effective September 15, 2020, which is incorporated by reference in 
14 CFR 71.1. The Class E airspace designations listed in this document 
will be published subsequently in the Order.
    FAA Order 7400.11, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, is 
published yearly and effective on September 15.

Regulatory Notices and Analyses

    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, is 
non-controversial, and unlikely to result in adverse or negative 
comments. 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, would not have a 
significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities 
under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.

Environmental Review

    This proposal will be subject to an environmental analysis in 
accordance with FAA Order 1050.1F, ``Environmental Impacts: Policies 
and Procedures'' prior to any FAA final regulatory action.

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List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 71

    Airspace, Incorporation by reference, Navigation (air).

The Proposed Amendment

    Accordingly, pursuant to the authority delegated to me, the Federal 
Aviation Administration proposes to amend 14 CFR part 71 as follows:

PART 71--DESIGNATION OF CLASS A, B, C, D, AND E AIRSPACE AREAS; AIR 
TRAFFIC SERVICE ROUTES; AND REPORTING POINTS

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

    Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(f), 106(g), 40103, 40113, 40120; E.O. 
10854, 24 FR 9565, 3 CFR, 1959-1963 Comp., p. 389.


Sec.  71.1  [Amended]

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2. The incorporation by reference in 14 CFR 71.1 of FAA Order 7400.11E, 
Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated July 21, 2020, and 
effective September 15, 2020, is amended as follows:

Paragraph 6002 Class E Airspace Areas Designated as Surface Areas.

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AAL AK E2 Gulkana, AK [Amended]

Gulkana Airport, AK
    (Lat. 62[deg]09'16'' N, long. 145[deg]27'19'' W)

    That airspace extending upward from the surface within a 4-mile 
radius of the airport. This Class E airspace area is effective 
during specific dates and times established in advance by Notice to 
Airmen. The effective date and time will thereafter be continuously 
published in the Chart Supplement.

Paragraph 6005 Class E Airspace Areas Extending Upward From 700 
Feet or More Above the Surface of the Earth.

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AAL AK E5 Gulkana, AK [Amended]

Gulkana Airport, AK
    (Lat. 62[deg]09'16'' N, long. 145[deg]27'19'' W)

    That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface 
within a 5-mile radius of the airport, and within 5 miles each side 
of the 169[deg] bearing from the airport, extending from the 5-mile 
radius to 24 miles south of the airport, and within 4 miles each 
side of the 351[deg] bearing from the airport, extending from the 5-
mile radius to 12.5 miles north of the airport; and that airspace 
extending upward from 1,200 feet above the surface within an area 
beginning at lat. 62[deg]53'13'' N, long. 144[deg]15'00'' W, to lat. 
61[deg]44'20'' N, long. 144[deg]15'00'' W, to lat. 61[deg]42'32'' N, 
long. 146[deg]46'37'' W, to lat. 62[deg]51'31'' N, long. 
146[deg]46'37'' W, then to the point of beginning.

    Issued in Des Moines, Washington, on April 21, 2021.
B.G. Chew,
Acting Group Manager, Operations Support Group, Western Service Center.
[FR Doc. 2021-08727 Filed 4-27-21; 8:45 am]
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