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Proposed Establishment of Class D Airspace; New Braunfels, TX

Action

Notice Of Proposed Rulemaking.

Summary

This action proposes to establish Class D airspace at New Braunfels, TX. The establishment of an air traffic control tower at New Braunfels Municipal Airport, TX has made this action necessary for the safe control of aircraft within this airspace.

 

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DATES: Back to Top

Comments must be received on or before February 1, 2008.

ADDRESSES: Back to Top

Send comments on this proposal to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590. You must identify the docket number FAA-2007-29372/Airspace Docket No. 7-ASW-09, at the beginning of your comments. You may also submit comments on the Internet at http://www.regulations.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 ground floor of the building at the above address.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Back to Top

Rich Hall, Central Service Center, System Support Group, Federal Aviation Administration, Southwest Region, Fort Worth, TX 76193-0530; at telephone: (817) 222-5561.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Back to Top

Comments Invited Back to Top

Interested parties are invited to participate in this proposed 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-2007-29372/Airspace Docket No. 7-ASW-09.” The postcard will be date/time stamped and returned to the commenter.

Availability of NPRMs Back to Top

An electronic copy of this document may be downloaded through the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov. Recently published rulemaking documents can also be accessed through the FAA's Web page at http://www.faa.gov or the Superintendent of Document's Web page at http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara.

Additionally, any person may obtain a copy of this notice by submitting a request to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Office of Air Traffic Airspace Management, ATA-400, 800 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20591, or by calling (202) 267-8783. Communications must identify both docket numbers for this notice. Persons interested in being placed on a mailing list for future NPRM's should contact the FAA's Office of Rulemaking (202) 267-9677, to request a copy of Advisory Circular No. 11-2A, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Distribution System which describes the application procedure.

The Proposal Back to Top

This action proposes to amend Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 71 by establishing a Class D airspace area extending upward from the surface to and including 2,700 feet MSL within a 4.1-mile radius of New Braunfels Municipal Airport, TX. The establishment of an air traffic control tower has made this action necessary. The intended effect of this proposal is to provide controlled airspace for flight operations at New Braunfels Municipal Airport, TX. The area would be depicted on appropriate aeronautical charts.

Class D airspace areas are published in Paragraph 5000 of FAA Order 7400.9R, dated August 15, 2007, and effective September 15, 2007, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. The Class D airspace designation listed in this document would be published subsequently in the Order.

The FAA has determined that this proposed regulation only involves an established body of technical regulations for which frequent and routine amendments are necessary to keep them operationally current. It, therefore, (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 improves the safety of aircraft executing IFR procedures at New Braunfels Municipal Airport, TX.

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 71 Back to Top

  • Airspace
  • Incorporation by reference
  • Navigation (Air)

The Proposed Amendment Back to Top

In consideration of the foregoing, the Federal Aviation Administration proposes to amend 14 CFR part 71 as follows:

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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, 24 FR 9565, 3 CFR, 1959-1963 Comp., p. 389.

§ 71.1 [Amended]

2. The incorporation by reference in 14 CFR 71.1 of Federal Aviation Administration Order 7400.9R, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 15, 2007, and effective September 15, 2007, is amended as follows:

Paragraph 5000Class D Airspace.

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ASW TX DNew Braunfels, TX [New] Back to Top

New Braunfels Municipal Airport, TX

(Lat. 29°42′16″ N., long. 98°02′32″ W.)

That airspace extending upward from the surface to and including 2,700 feet MSL within a 4.1-mile radius of New Braunfels Municipal Airport. This Class D airspace area is effective during the specific dates and times established in advance by a Notice to Airmen. The effective date and time will thereafter be continuously published in the Airport/Facility Directory.

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Issued in Fort Worth, TX, on December 5, 2007.

Rick Farrell,

Acting Manager, System Support Group, ATO Central Service Center.

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[FR Doc. 07-6066 Filed 12-17-07; 8:45 am]

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