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Modification of Class E Airspace; Wellington Municipal Airport, KS

Action

Direct Final Rule; Request For Comments.

Summary

An examination of the controlled airspace for Wellington Municipal Airport, KS has revealed a discrepancy in the Airport Reference Point (ARP) and the size of the Class E airspace area. This action corrects the ARP and modifies the size of the Class E5 airspace area beginning at 700 feet above the surface. The radius of the airspace area is expanded from within a 6.3-mile radius to within a 6.4 mile radius of the airport. This action brings the Class E5 airspace area into compliance with FAA directives.

 

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DATES: Back to Top

This direct final rule is effective on 0901 UTC, December 22, 2005. Comments for inclusion in the Rules Docket must be received on or before October 28, 2005.

ADDRESSES: Back to Top

Send comments on this proposal to the Docket Management System, U.S. Department of Transportation, Room Plaza 401, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590-0001. You must identify the docket number FAA-2005-22005/Airspace Docket No. 05-ACE-29, at the beginning of your comments. You may also submit comments on the Internet at http://dms.dot.gov. You may review the public docket containing the proposal, any comments received, and any final disposition in person in the Dockets Office between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The Docket Office (telephone 1-800-647-5527) is on the plaza level of the Department of Transportation NASSIF Building at the above address.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Back to Top

Brenda Mumper, Air Traffic Division, Airspace Branch, ACE-520A, DOT Regional Headquarters Building, Federal Aviation Administration, 901 Locust, Kansas City, MO 64106; telephone: (816) 329-2929.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Back to Top

This amendment to 14 CFR 71 modifies the Class E airspace beginning at 700 feet above the surface at Wellington Municipal Airport, KS to contain Instrument Flight Rule (IFR) operations in controlled airspace. The area will be depicted on appropriate aeronautical charts. Class E airspace areas are published in Paragraph 6605 of FAA Order 7400.9N, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated September 1, 2005, and effective September 16, 2005, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. The Class E airspace designations listed in this document will be published subsequently in the Order.

The Direct Final Rule Procedure Back to Top

The FAA anticipates that this regulation will not result in adverse or negative comment and, therefore, is issuing it as a direct final rule. Previous actions of this nature have not been controversial and have not resulted in adverse comments or objections. Unless a written adverse or negative comment, or a written notice of intent to submit an adverse or negative comment is received within the comment period, the regulation will become effective on the date specified above. After the close of the comment period, the FAA will publish a document in the Federal Register indicating that no adverse or negative comments were received and confirming the date on which the final rule will become effective. If the FAA does receive, within the comment period, an adverse or negative comment, or written notice of intent to submit such a comment, a document withdrawing the direct final rule will be published in the Federal Register, and a notice of proposed rulemaking may be published with a new comment period.

Comments Invited Back to Top

Interested parties are invited to participate in this rulemaking by submitting such written data, views, or arguments, as they may desire. Comments that provide the factual basis supporting the views and suggestions presented are particularly helpful in developing reasoned regulatory decisions on the proposal. Comments are specifically invited on the overall regulatory, aeronautical, economic, environmental, and energy-related aspects of the proposal. Communications should identify both docket numbers and be submitted in triplicate to the address listed above. Commenters wishing the FAA to acknowledge receipt of their comments on this notice must submit with those comments a self-addressed, stamped postcard on which the following statement is made: “Comments to Docket No. FAA-2005-22005/Airspace Docket No. 05-ACE-29.” The postcard will be date/time stamped and returned to the commenter.

Agency Findings Back to Top

The regulations adopted herein will not have a substantial direct effect on the States, on the relationship between the national Government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. Therefore, it is determined that this final rule does not have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132.

The FAA has determined that 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 that 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.

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 the airspace necessary to ensure the safety of aircraft and the efficient use of airspace. This regulation is within the scope of that authority since it contains aircraft executing instrument approach procedures to Wellington Municipal Airport.

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 71 Back to Top

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Adoption of the Amendment Back to Top

Accordingly, the Federal Aviation Administration amends 14 CFR part 71 as follows:

PART 71—DESIGNATION OF CLASS A, CLASS B, CLASS C, CLASS D, AND CLASS E AIRSPACE AREAS; AIRWAYS; ROUTES; AND REPORTING POINTS Back to Top

1.The authority citation for part 71 continues to read as follows:

Authority:

49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40103, 40113, 40120; E.O. 10854, 29 FR 9565, 3 CFR, 2959-2963 Comp., p. 389.

§ 71.1 [Amended]

2.The incorporation be reference in 14 CFR 71.1 of Federal Aviation Administration Order 7400.9N, dated September 1, 2005, and effective September 16, 2005, is amended as follows:

Paragraph 6005—Class E Airspace Areas Extending Upward From 70 Feet or More Above the Surface of the Earth.

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ACE KS E5 Wellington, KS Back to Top

Wellington Municipal Airport, KS

(Lat. 37°19′25″ N., long. 97°23′18″ W.)

Wellington NDB

(Lat. 37°19′26″ N., long. 97°23′22″ W.)

Wichita VORTAC

(Lat. 37°44′43″ N., long. 97°35′02″ W.)

That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface within a 6.4-mile radius of Wellington Municipal Airport and within 2.6 miles each side of the 007° bearing from Wellington NDB extending from the 6.4-mile radius of the airport to 7.4 miles north of the airport and within 4.4 miles each side of the 159° radial of the Wichita VORTAC extending from the 6.4-mile radius to 10.5 miles northwest of the airport.

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Issued in Kansas City, MO, on September 20, 2005.

Elizabeth S. Wallis,

Acting Area Director, Western Flight Services Operations.

[FR Doc. 05-19742 Filed 9-30-05; 8:45am]

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