Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.
Direct final rule, request for comments.
This action establishes a Class E Surface Area at the Van Nuys Airport in Van Nuys, CA. The purpose of this action is to provide additional controlled airspace at this high-density airport during hours when the control tower is closed. A Class D Surface Area is in effect daily at Van Nuys Airport during the specific hours when Air Traffic Control Tower (ATCT) is operational. Van Nuys Class D Surface Area hours are published continuously in the Airport/Facility Directory, and existing Class D airspace will not change as a result of this action. However, this action to establish a Class E Surface Area eliminates Class G uncontrolled airspace at Van Nuys Airport during hours when the ATCT is closed.
0901 UTC November 1, 2001. Comment date: Comments for inclusion in the Rules Docket must be received on or before August 13, 2001.
Send comments on the direct final rule in triplicate to: Federal Aviation Administration, Attn: Manager, Airspace Branch, AWP-520, Docket No. 01-AWP-12, Air Traffic Division, P.O. Box 92007, Los Angeles, California 90009.
The official docket may be examined in the Office of the Assistant Chief Counsel, Western-Pacific Region, Federal Aviation Administration, Room 6007, 15000 Aviation Boulevard, Lawndale, California 90261.
An informal docket may also be examined during normal business hours at the Office of the Manager, Airspace Branch, Air Traffic Division at the above address.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Jeri Carson, Air Traffic Division, Airspace Specialist, AWP-520, Western-Pacific Region, Federal Aviation Administration, 15000 Aviation Boulevard, Lawndale, California 90261, telephone (310) 725-6611.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
This action establishes Class E airspace designated as a Surface Area at the Van Nuys Airport in Van Nuys, CA. The purpose of this action is to provide additional controlled airspace at this high-density airport during the hours when the air traffic control tower is closed. A Class D Surface Area is in effect daily at Van Nuys Airport during the specific hours when Van Nuys Air Traffic Control Tower is operational. The Van Nuys Call D Surface Area hours are published continuously in the Airport/Facility Directory. Existing Class D airspace will not change as a result of this action. However, this action to establish a Class E Surface Area eliminates Class G uncontrolled airspace at Van Nuys Airport when the control tower is closed. Van Nuys Airport now provides official aviation weather reporting service on a 24-hour daily basis, and meets all criteria for establishment of a Class E Surface Area at this location. The intended effect of this action is to provide adequate Class E controlled airspace to serve the Start Printed Page 36701volume of aircraft operating at Van Nuys Airport during hours when the tower is closed.
Class E airspace areas designated as surface areas for airports are published in Paragraph 6002 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 designation listed in this document will be published subsequently in that Order.
The Direct Final Rule Procedure
The FAA anticipates that this regulation will not result in adverse or negative comment and therefore is issuing it as a direct final rule. 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.
Although this action is in the form of a final rule and was not preceded by a notice of proposed rulemaking, comments are invited on the rule. Interested persons are invited to comment on this rule by submitting such written data, views, or arguments, as they may desire. Communications should identify the Rules Docket number and be submitted in triplicate to the address specified under the caption ADDRESSES. All communications received on or before the closing date for comments will be considered, and this rule may be amended or withdrawn in light of the comments received. Factual information that supports the commenter's ideas and suggestions is extremely helpful in evaluating the effectiveness of this action and determining whether additional rulemaking action would be needed.
Comments are specifically invited on the overall regulatory, economic, environmental, and energy aspects of the rule that might suggest a need to modify the rule. All comments submitted will be available, both before and after the closing date for comments, in the Rules of Docket for examination by interested persons. A report that summarizes each FAA-public contact concerned with the substance of this action will be filed in the Rules Docket.
Commenters wishing the FAA to acknowledge receipt of their comments submitted in response to this rule must submit a self-addressed, stamped postcard on which the following statement is made: “Comments to Docket No. 01-AWP-12.” The postcard will be date stamped and returned to the commenter.
The regulations adopted herein will not have substantial direct effects on the States, on the relationship between the national governments and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. Therefore, in accordance with Executive Order 12612, it is determined that this final rule does not have sufficient federalism implications to warrant the preparation of a Federalism Assessment.
The FAA has determined that this regulation is noncontroversial and unlikely to result in adverse or negative comments. For the reasons discussed in the preamble, 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 than will only affect air traffic procedures and air navigation, it is certified that this rule will not have significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.Start List of Subjects
List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 71End List of Subjects
Adoption of the AmendmentStart Amendment Part
In consideration of the foregoing, the Federal Aviation Administration amendsEnd Amendment Part Start Part
PART 71—DESIGNATION OF CLASS A, CLASS B, CLASS C, CLASS D, AND CLASS E AIRSPACE AREAS; ROUTES; AND REPORTING POINTS.End Part Start Amendment Part
1. The authority citation forEnd Amendment Part
2. The incorporation by reference inEnd Amendment Part
Paragraph 6002. Class E Airspace Designated as Surfae Areas.
AWP CA E2 Van Nuys, CA [New]
Van Nuys Airport, CA
(Lat. 34°12′35″N, long. 118°29′24″W)
Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport, CA
(Lat. 34°12′02″N, long. 118°29′30″W)
Van Nuys VOR/DME
(Lat. 34°13′24″N, long. 118°29′30″W)
Whiteman Airport, CA
(Lat. 34°15′35″N, long. 118°24′48″W)
That airspace extending upward from the surface to but not inclding 3,000 feet MSL withn a 4.3-mile radius of Van Nuys Airport, excluding that airspace within the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport, CA, Class C airspace Area, and excluding that airspace between the Van Nuys VOR/DME 219° radial clockwise to the Van Nuys VOR/DME 314° radial extending beyond the Burank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport 10-mile radius, and excluding that airspace within a 1.8-mile radius of Whiteman Airport.
Issued in Los Angeles, California, on June 28, 2001.
Acting Manager, Air Traffic Division, Western-Pacific Region.
[FR Doc. 01-17566 Filed 7-12-01; 8:45 am]
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