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Released: February 27, 2013
PUBLIC NOTICE

Federal Communications Commission
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DA 13-296

Released: February 27, 2013

EXTENSION OF DEADLINES FOR COMMENTS AND REPLY COMMENTS

ON PART 87 THIRD FURTHER NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULE MAKING

REGARDING 121.5

MHz EMERGENCY LOCATOR TRANSMITTERS

WT Docket No. 01-289

Extended Comment Deadline: April 1, 2013
Extended Reply Comment Deadline: May 2, 2013

By this Public Notice, the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau extends the deadlines for filing
comments and reply comments in the above-captioned proceeding. On March 30, 2012, the Commission
released the Third Further Notice of Proposed Rule Making in WT Docket No. 01-289, Review of Part 87
of the Commission’s Rules Concerning the Aviation Radio Services.1 Comments and reply comments
were due March 1 and March 18, 2013, respectively. On February 25, 2013, the Airline Owners and
Pilots Association, Experimental Aircraft Association, General Aviation Manufacturers Association, and
National Air Transportation Association requested a 60-day extension of the comment deadline in order
to allow more time to review, discuss with their memberships, and respond to the Third Further Notice of
Proposed Rule Making
.2 We grant the request in part.
As set forth in Section 1.46(a) of the Commission’s Rules,3 the Commission’s policy is that
extensions of time shall not be routinely granted. Given the importance of the issues in this proceeding
and in the interest of enabling interested parties to file comments, however, we believe that granting the
request in part is necessary to facilitate the development of a full record. Due to a desire to conduct a
prompt review of the record, we find that the requested 60-day extension is excessive,4 and instead we
grant a 30-day extension of the comment deadline and a 45-day extension of the reply comment deadline.
For additional information on this proceeding, contact Jeffrey Tobias, Jeff.Tobias@fcc.gov, of
the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, Mobility Division, (202) 418-1617, TTY (202) 418-7233.
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1 Review of Part 87 of the Commission’s Rules Concerning the Aviation Radio Services, Third Further Notice of
Proposed Rule Making
, WT Docket No. 01-289, 28 FCC Rcd 512 (2013).
2 Request for Comment Period Extension, WT Docket No. 01-289 (filed Feb. 25, 2013).
3 47 C.F.R. § 1.46.
4 We note that interested parties have been on notice since 2011 that the Commission would seek comment on the
issues presented in the Third Further Notice of Proposed Rule Making. See Review of Part 87 of the Commission’s
Rules Concerning the Aviation Radio Services, Order, WT Docket No. 01-289, 26 FCC Rcd 685, 687 ¶ 5 (2011).

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