Notice of a Change in Direction Finder Availability in Alaska
This Notice Announcement is a request for public comment on a proposal to decommission all 29 Direction Finders (DF) and the associated DF approaches in Alaska. DF usage for pilot orientation has become almost non-existent. Since 2004, the Alaska Flight Service Information Area Group (AFSIAG) has documented eight flight assists that involved lost or disoriented pilots. Of these, the use of DF equipment was documented three times. Since 2008, there have been no flight assists, nor usage of DF equipment for orientation services. Newer technologies such as Global Positioning System (GPS) and Automatic Dependent SurveillanceBroadcast (ADSB) have reduced the utilization of DF steers. Flight Service Stations have other tools available to assist lost or disoriented pilots, such as VOR, ADF, and GPS, that meet the needs of our aviation community. DF equipment is beyond its useful lifecycle.
Public Notice for Waiver of Aeronautical Land-Use Assurance; Southern Illinois Airport, Carbondale, IL
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is considering a proposal to change a portion of airport land from aeronautical use to non-aeronautical use at the Southern Illinois Airport in Carbondale, Illinois. The proposal consists of a total of 4.34 acres, Parcel 1F (3.77 acres) and Parcel 2F (0.57 acres), located on the southwest part of the airport. This notice announces that the FAA is considering the release of the subject airport property at Southern Illinois Airport, from all federal land covenants. Approval does not constitute a commitment by the FAA to financially assist in disposal of the subject airport property nor a determination that all measures covered by the program are eligible for grant-in-aid funding from the FAA. In accordance with section 47107(h) of Title 49, United States Code, this notice is required to be published in the Federal Register 30 days before modifying the land-use assurance that requires the property to be used for an aeronautical purpose.
Petition for Exemption; Summary of Petition Received
This notice contains a summary of a petition seeking relief from specified requirements of 14 CFR. The purpose of this notice is to improve the public's awareness of, and participation in, this aspect of FAA's regulatory activities. Neither publication of this notice nor the inclusion or omission of information in the summary is intended to affect the legal status of the petition or its final disposition.