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Amendment of Class E Airspace; Mercury, NV


Final Rule.


This action amends Class E airspace at Mercury, Desert Rock Airport, Mercury, NV. Decommissioning of the Mercury Non-Directional Beacon (NDB) at Mercury, Desert Rock Airport has made this action necessary for the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at the airport. This action also makes a minor adjustment to the geographic coordinates in the regulatory text.


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Effective date, 0901 UTC, February 9, 2012. The Director of the Federal Register approves this incorporation by reference action under 1 CFR part 51, subject to the annual revision of FAA Order 7400.9 and publication of conforming amendments.


Eldon Taylor, Federal Aviation Administration, Operations Support Group, Western Service Center, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057; telephone (425) 203-4537.


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On September 12, 2011, the FAA published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking to amend controlled airspace at Mercury, NV (76 FR 56127). Interested parties were invited to participate in this rulemaking effort by submitting written comments on the proposal to the FAA. No comments were received. Subsequent to publication, the FAA's Aeronautical Products office made further adjustments to the geographic coordinates listed in the regulatory text, and is included in this rulemaking.

Class E airspace designations are published in paragraph 6005, of FAA Order 7400.9V dated August 9, 2011, and effective September 15, 2011, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. The Class E airspace designations listed in this document will be published subsequently in that Order.

The Rule Back to Top

This action amends Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 71 by amending Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface, at Mercury, Desert Rock Airport, to accommodate IFR aircraft approach procedures. The Mercury NDB has been decommissioned the NDB approach cancelled. Also, the second boundary coordinate listed in the regulatory text is adjusted to be in concert with the FAA's aeronautical database. This action is necessary for the safety and management of IFR operations. With the exception of editorial changes and the changes noted above, this rule is the same as that proposed in the NPRM.

The FAA has determined 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 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. The FAA's authority to issue rules regarding aviation safety is found in Title 49 of the U.S. Code. Subtitle 1, Section 106 discusses the authority of the FAA Administrator. Subtitle VII, Aviation Programs, describes in more detail the scope of the agency's authority. 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 airspace necessary to ensure the safety of aircraft and the efficient use of airspace. This regulation is within the scope of that authority as it amends controlled airspace at Mercury, Desert Rock Airport, Mercury, NV.

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Adoption of the Amendment Back to Top

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

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1.The authority citation for 14 CFR part 71 continues to read as follows:


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 part 71.1 of the Federal Aviation Administration Order 7400.9V, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 9, 2011, and effective September 15, 2011 is amended as follows:

Paragraph 6005Class E airspace areas extending upward from 700 feet or more above the surface of the earth.

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AWP NV E5Mercury, NV [Amended] Back to Top

Mercury, Desert Rock Airport, NV

(Lat. 36°37′10″ N., long. 116°01′58″ W.)

That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface within a 4.3-mile radius of the Mercury, Desert Rock Airport. That airspace extending upward from 1,200 feet above the surface within the area bounded by a line beginning at lat. 36°41′00″ N., long. 116°26′33″ W.; to lat. 36°41′00″ N., long. 115°56′03″ W.; to lat. 36°16′00″ N., long. 115°56′03″ W.; to lat. 36°16′00″ N., long. 116°08′03″ W.; to lat. 36°36′00″ N., long. 116°26′33″ W.; thence to the point of beginning, excluding the portion within Restricted Area R-4808N.

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Issued in Seattle, Washington, on November 21, 2011.

Robert Henry,

Acting Manager, Operations Support Group, Western Service Center.

[FR Doc. 2011-30884 Filed 12-1-11; 8:45 am]


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