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Receipt of Noise Compatibility Program and Request for Review for Williams Gateway Airport, Mesa, AZ

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Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Transportation.




The FAA announces that it is reviewing a proposed Noise Compatibility Program submitted by the Williams Gateway Airport Authority for the Williams Gateway Airport, Mesa, Arizona under the provisions of Title I of the Aviation Safety and Noise Abatement Act of 1979 (Pub. L. 96-193) (hereinafter referred to as “the Act”) and title 14, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), part 150. This program was submitted subsequent to a determination by the FAA that associated Noise Exposure Maps submitted under 14 CFR part 150 were in compliance with applicable requirements effective May 2, 2000. The proposed Noise Compatibility Program will be approved or disapproved on or before August 18, 2001.


The effective date of the start of the FAA's review of the Noise Compatibility Program is February 20, 2001. The public comment period ends April 20, 2001.

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Brian Armstrong, Airport Planner, Airports Division, AWP611.1, Federal Aviation Administration, Western-Pacific Region. Mailing Address: P.O. Box 92007, Los Angeles, CA, 90009-2007; Street Address: 15000 Aviation Boulevard, Hawthorne, CA, 290261; Telephone Number (310) 725-3614. Comments on the proposed Noise Compatibility Program should also be submitted to the above office.

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This notice announces that the FAA is reviewing a proposed Noise Compatibility Program for Williams Gateway Airport which will be approved or disapproved on or before August 18, 2001. This notice also announces the availability of this program for public review and comment.

An airport operator who has submitted Noise Exposure Maps that are found by the FAA to be in compliance with the requirements of 14 CFR part 150, promulgated pursuant to Title I of the Act, may submit a Noise Compatibility Program for FAA approval which sets forth the measures the operator has taken or proposes for the reduction of existing noncompatible uses and for the prevention of the introduction of additional noncompatible uses.

The FAA has formally received the Noise Compatibility Program for Williams Gateway Airport, effective on February 20, 2001. It is requested that the FAA review this material and that the noise mitigation measures, to be implemented jointly by the airport and surrounding communities, be approved as a Noise Compatibility Program under Section 104(b) of the Act. Preliminary review of the submitted material indicates that it conforms to the requirements for the submittal of Noise Compatibility Programs, but that further review will be necessary prior to approval or disapproval of the program. The formal review period, limited by law to a maximum of 180 days, will be completed on or before August 18, 2001.

The FAA's detailed evaluation will be conducted under the provisions of 14 CFR part 150, Section 150.33. The primary considerations in the evaluation process are whether the Start Printed Page 13119proposed measures reduce the level of aviation safety, create an undue burden on interstate or foreign commerce, or are reasonably consistent with obtaining the goal of reducing existing noncompatible land uses and preventing the introduction of additional noncompatible land uses.

Interested persons are invited to comment on the proposed program with specific reference to these factors. All comments, other than those properly addressed to local land use authorities, will be considered by the FAA to the extent practicable. Copies of the Noise Exposure Maps, the FAA's evaluation of the maps, and the proposed Noise Compatibility Program are available for examination at the following locations:

Federal Aviation Administration, National Headquarters, Community Environmental Needs Division, 800 Independence Avenue, SW Room 621, Washington, DC 20591.

Federal Aviation Administration, Western-Pacific Region, 15000 Aviation Boulevard, Room 3012, Hawthorne, CA, 90261.

Williams Gateway Airport Authority, 5835 South Sossman Road, Mesa, AZ 85212-0919.

Questions may be directed to the individual named above under the heading FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

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Issued in Hawthorne, California on February 20, 2001.

Herman C. Bliss,

Manager, Airports Division, Western-Pacific Region, AWP-600.

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[FR Doc. 01-5028 Filed 3-1-01; 8:45 am]