Now that I have your attention, let me clarify: the Z41 Identifier is going away, not the Lake Hood Strip.
For as long as I can remember, Z41 has been the identifier for the 2,200 foot gravel runway on the north side of Lake Hood. But as of 0901 Z, October 17, 2013, that identifier is being retired, and the strip will just be runway 14/32 at LHD (or PALH if you prefer the four digit ICAO designation). This cleans up an administrative detail, as having a unique identifier it was treated in certain FAA publications as a separate airport. While the Lake Hood Strip entry in the Alaska Supplement is gone, the detailed maps of the seaplane base and the gravel strip in Section C, Notices (pages 344-345 in the Oct. 17 edition) will remain.
When I fly to Anchorage International Airport, Z41—I mean the Lake Hood Strip— is my favorite destination. Generally quicker and easier to get into than the paved runways on the “big airplane” side of the airport. Less worry about wake turbulence with the heavy jet traffic that is the lion’s share of ANC’s business.
If you have questions about this change, get in touch with the Lake Hood Seaplane Base Manager, Tim Coons at 907-266-2741 or via email: [email protected]
So long, Z41. But long live the Lake Hood Strip!
PS. Concurrent with this change is a revision to the Chickaloon VFR Departure. Pilots who use this procedure should examine these changes.