[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 1 (Tuesday, January 3, 2012)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 6-7]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-33566]



Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 71

[Docket No. FAA-2011-0881; Airspace Docket No. 11-AAL-18]

Amendment of Class E Airspace; Kwigillingok, AK

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule.


SUMMARY: This action modifies Class E airspace at Kwigillingok, AK. The 
revision of two standard instrument approach procedures at the 
Kwigillingok Airport has made this action necessary to enhance safety 
and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations.

DATES: Effective date, 0901 UTC, April 5, 2012. The Director of the 
Federal Register approves this incorporation by reference action under 
1 CFR part 51,

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subject to the annual revision of FAA Order 7400.9 and publication of 
conforming amendments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeanette Roller, Federal Aviation 
Administration, Operations Support Group, Western Service Center, 1601 
Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057; telephone (425) 203-4541.



    On August 31, 2011, the FAA published in the Federal Register a 
notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend controlled airspace at 
Kwigillingok, AK (76 FR 54151). Interested parties were invited to 
participate in this rulemaking effort by submitting written comments on 
the proposal to the FAA. No comments were received.
    Class E airspace designations are published in paragraph 6005 of 
FAA Order 7400.9V dated August 9, 2011, and effective September 15, 
2011, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. The Class E 
airspace designations listed in this document will be published 
subsequently in that Order. Except for editorial changes, this rule is 
the same as published in the NPRM.

The Rule

    This action amends Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) 
part 71 by modifying Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet 
above the surface, at Kwigillingok Airport, Kwigillingok, AK, to 
accommodate IFR aircraft executing the two revised standard instrument 
approach procedures at the airport. This action is necessary for the 
safety and management of IFR operations. The portion of the airspace 
that lies further than 12 miles offshore and overlaps Norton Sound Low 
will be amended in a future rulemaking.
    The FAA has determined this regulation only involves an established 
body of technical regulations for which frequent and routine amendments 
are necessary to keep them operationally current. Therefore, this 
regulation: (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 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. The FAA's authority to 
issue rules regarding aviation safety is found in Title 49 of the U.S. 
Code. Subtitle 1, section 106 discusses 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 modifies 
controlled airspace at Kwigillingok Airport, Kwigillingok, AK.

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 71

    Airspace, Incorporation by reference, Navigation (air).

Adoption of the Amendment

    In consideration of the foregoing, the Federal Aviation 
Administration amends 14 CFR part 71 as follows:


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

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

Sec.  71.1  [Amended]

2. The incorporation by reference in 14 CFR 71.1 of the Federal 
Aviation Administration Order 7400.9V, Airspace Designations and 
Reporting Points, dated August 9, 2011, and effective September 15, 
2011 is amended as follows:

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

* * * * *

AAL AK E5 Kwigillingok, AK [Modified]

Kwigillingok Airport, AK
    (Lat. 59[deg]32'35'' N., long. 163[deg]10'07'' W.)

    That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface 
within a 6.5-mile radius of Kwigillingok Airport, and that airspace 
extending upward from 1,200 feet above the surface within a 74-mile 
radius of Kwigillingok Airport, excluding that area outside 12 miles 
from the shoreline that overlies Norton Sound Low.

    Issued in Seattle, Washington, on December 21, 2011.
William Buck,
Acting Manager, Operations Support Group, Western Service Center.
[FR Doc. 2011-33566 Filed 12-30-11; 8:45 am]