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Modification of Class E Airspace; Harbor Springs, MI

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Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.


Final rule.


This action modifies Class E airspace at Harbor Springs, MI. An Area Navigation (RNAV) Standard Instrument Approach Procedure (SIAP) to Runway 10, and an RNAV SIAP to Rwy 28, have been developed for Harbor Springs Airport. Controlled airspace extending upward from 700 feet or more above the surface of the earth is needed to contain aircraft executing these approaches. This action increases the radius of the existing controlled airspace extending upward from 1,200 feet for Harbor Springs Airport.


0901 UTC, November 30, 2000.

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Denis C. Burke, Air Traffic Division, Airspace Branch, AGL-520, Federal Aviation Administration, 2300 East Devon Avenue, Des Plaines, Illinois 60018; telephone (847) 294-7568.

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On Tuesday, May 2, 2000, the FAA proposed to amend 14 CFR part 71 to modify Class E airspace at Harbor Springs, MI (65 FR 25457). The proposal was to modify controlled airspace extending upward from the 700 feet above the surface to contain Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations in controlled airspace during portions of the terminal operation and while transiting between the enroute and terminal environments.

Interested parties were invited to participate in this rulemaking proceeding by submitting written comments on the proposal to the FAA. The City of Harbor Springs, MI, requested additional information on the impact of the proposal on the local community. Subsequent communication between the city manager of Harbor Springs, MI, and the Chicago Flight Procedures Office, AVN-140B, satisfactorily provided that information. Class E airspace areas extending upward from 700 feet or more above the surface of the earth are published in paragraph 6005 of FAA Order 7400.9H dated September 1, 2000, and effective September 16, 2000, 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 Rule

This amendment to 14 CFR part 72 modifies Class E airspace at Harbor Springs, MI, to accommodate aircraft executing instrument flight procedures into and out of Harbor Springs Airport. The area will be depicted on appropriate aeronautical charts.

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 will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.

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List of Subjects in 14 CFR PART 71

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Adoption of the Amendment

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In consideration of the foregoing, the Federal Aviation Administration amends

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

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Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40103, 40113, 40120; E.O. 10854, 24 FR 95665, 3 CFR, 1959-1963 Comp., p. 389.

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2. The incorporation by references in

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

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AGL MI E5 Harbor Springs, MI [Revised]

Harbor Springs Airport, MI

(Lat. 45°25′32″ N., long. 84°54′48″ W).

Pellston VORTAC

(Lat. 45°37′50″ N., long. 84°39′51″ W).

Sault Ste Marie, Chippewa County International Airport, MI

(Lat. 46°15′03″ N., long. 84°28′21″ W).

That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface within a 6.7-mile radius of the Harbor Springs Airport and the airspace extending upward from 1,200 feet above the surface within an area bounded on the north by latitude 46° 03′ 00″ N, on the northeast by the 22-mile radius of the Chippewa County International Airport, on the southeast by the 16.6-mile radius of the Pellston VORTAC, on the south by latitude 45°45′00″ N, and on the west by longitude 85°56′00″ W, excluding that airspace within V78, and the Manistique, MI, Class E airspace area.

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Issued in Des Plaines, Illinois on September 21, 2000.

Douglas F. Powers,

Acting Manager, Air Traffic Division.

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[FR Doc. 00-25639 Filed 10-5-00; 8:45 am]