Federal Aviation Administration February 25, 2020 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents
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Proposed Establishment of Class E Airspace; Port Angeles, WA
This action proposes to establish a Class E surface area, Class E airspace as an extension to the surface area and Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface at Port Angeles CGAS, Port Angeles, WA. Following a review of the airspace serving Port Angeles CGAS and William R Fairchild International Airport, the FAA found it necessary to provide Port Angeles CGAS with airspace independent of the airspace for William R Fairchild Airport. A microclimate at Port Angeles CGAS causes weather patterns to vary from the weather at William R Fairchild Airport. The difference in weather between the two locations can negatively impact operations at Port Angeles CGAS, impeding training and mission accomplishment. This action would establish new airspace for the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at Port Angeles CGAS, Port Angeles, WA.
Proposed Establishment of Class E Airspace; Harlowton, MT
This action proposes to establish Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet or more above the surface at the Wheatland County at Harlowton Airport, Harlowton, MT. The FAA proposes to establish two Class E airspace areas. The first area extends upward from 700 feet above the surface and the second area extends upward from 1,200 feet above the surface. The establishment of the Class E airspace will, to the extent possible, contain the new area navigation (RNAV) approach procedure and instrument flight rules (IFR) departures. The new procedures facilitate the airport's transition from visual flight rules (VFR) to IFR operations. This action would ensure the safety and management of IFR operations at the airport.
Pilot Professional Development
This action amends the requirements primarily applicable to air carriers conducting domestic, flag, and supplemental operations to enhance the professional development of pilots in those operations. This action requires air carriers conducting domestic, flag, and supplemental operations to provide new-hire pilots with an opportunity to observe flight operations and become familiar with procedures before serving as a flightcrew member in operations; to revise the upgrade curriculum; and to provide leadership and command and mentoring training for all pilots in command. This final rule will mitigate incidents of unprofessional pilot behavior and reduce pilot errors that can lead to a catastrophic event.