A significant re-write of the Lake Hood Tiedown Regulations has been drafted, and is out for public comment.  Staff at Anchorage International Airport, working with a stakeholder advisory committee, have overhauled the tiedown regulations for Lake Hood Seaplane Base (LHD).  This effort, which started last April, resulted in a significant revision to the rules that dictate how to obtain a float slip or tie-down at this facility, which is home to the largest concentration of seaplanes in the state (if not the world).

Lake Hood Seaplane Base and the Lake Hood Strip on a mid-April day after snow has melted, but before ice has gone out allowing the start of float operations. (Google Earth image)

The re-write is intended to simplify and clean up these regulations, and has reduced their length by approximately 50%.  Gone is the requirement for a medical certificate. Flight activities required to keep a tiedown have been reduced. Documents provided to the airport will no longer need to be notarized.   But the devil is in the details–so current or prospective permit holders should go over these carefully.

To view the public notice see: https://aws.state.ak.us/OnlinePublicNotices/Notices/View.aspx?id=187873

Since this is a massive re-write, the airport has provided a list of Frequently Asked Questions to help point out changes.  This document will be updated as questions arise.

A public meeting is scheduled on:
Tuesday, December 12, 2018, 6 – 8 pm
Coast International Inn, 2450 Aviation Avenue, Anchorage

Comments may be provided by mail to:
Alex Moss, AIAS Planning Manager
PO Box 196960
Anchorage, AK 99519-6960
or emailed to:  [email protected]
Please share your comments with AOPA: [email protected]

In case you want to compare, here is a link to the current regulations.

The comment period runs until January 19, 2018 at 4 pm.