Pilots who use Lake Hood or those transiting the Anchorage area the Lake Hood strip is no longer called Z41. The gravel airstrip at Lake Hood is now being referred to as LHD or PALH as an ICAO designation.
Changes to the recent Oct. 17 Alaska Supplement (otherwise known as an Airport Facility Directory) will include LHD and its details.
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).
Pilots should also be aware that 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, and Notices (pages 344-345 in the Oct. 17 edition) will remain.
Coons stresses that only the Z41 designator is going away, not the Lake Hood airstrip.
Lake Hood(LHD) is the home to over 1000 aircraft located on the westerly portion of the Anchorage Municipality on the northeastern border of Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. The Lake Hood/Spenard seaplane base is home to 500 float planes used to access locations on lakes and rivers of Southcentral Alaska not on any road system.
Lake Hood is operated by the Alaska State Department of Tranportation.
Rob Stapleton can be reached at: robstapleton(at)alaska.net