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Modification of Class E Airspace; Athens, OH

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Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.


Direct final rule; request for comments.


This document modifies Class E airspace at Athens, OH. A Global Positioning System (GPS) Standard Instrument Approach Procedure (SIAP) 129° helicopter point in space approach, has been developed for O'Bleness Memorial Hospital, Athens, OH. Controlled airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface is need to contain aircraft executing the approach. This action modifies existing controlled airspace for Athens, OH, in order to include the point in space approach serving O'Bleness Memorial Hospital.


Effective 0901 UTC, October 03, 2002. Comments must be received on or before July 8, 2002.


Send comments on the rule in triplicate to: Federal Aviation Administration, Office of a the Regional Counsel, AGL-7, Rule Docket No. 01-AGL-17, 2300 East Devon Avenue, Des Plaines, Illinois 60018. The official docket may be examined in the Office of the Regional Counsel, Federal Aviation Administration, 2300 East Devon Avenue, Des Plaines, Illinois. An informal docket may also be examined during normal business hours at the Air Traffic Division, Airspace Branch, Federal Aviation Administration, 2300 East Devon Avenue, Des Plaines, Illinois.

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

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This amendment to 14 CFR part 71 modifies class E airspace at Athens, Ohio, to Accommodate Aircraft executing the proposed GPS SIAP 129° helicopter point in space approach for O'Bleness Memorial Hospital by modifying existing controlled airspace. The area will be depicted on appropriate aeronautical charts. Class E airspace designations are published in Paragraph 6005 of FAA Order 7400.9J, dated August 31, 200, and effective September 16, 2001, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR Sec. 71.1 The Class E airspace designation listed in this document will be published subsequently in the 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. A substantial number of previous opportunities provided to the public to comment on substantially identical actions have resulted in negligible adverse comments on objections. 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 will be published in the Federal Register. This document may withdraw the direct final rule in whole or in part. After considering the adverse or negative comment, we may publish another direct final rule or publish a notice of proposed rulemaking with a new comment period.

Comments Invited

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 this 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 is 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 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 Rule 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. 91-AGL-17.” The postcard will be date stamped and returned to the commenter.

Agency Findings

The regulations adopted herein will not have substantial direct effects on the Start Printed Page 36808States, on the relationship between the national government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. Therefore, it is determined that this final rule will not have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132.

Further, the FAA has determined that this regulation is noncontroversial and unlikely to result in adverse or negative comments and only involves an established body of technical regulations that require frequent and routine amendments to keep them operationally current. Therefore, I certify that 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) if promulgated, will not have a significant economic impact, positive or negative, on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. Since this rule involves routine matters that will only affect air traffic procedures and air navigation, it does not warrant preparation of a Regulatory Flexibility Analysis because the anticipated impact is so minimal.

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List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 71

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Accordingly, pursuant to the authority delegated to me, the Federal Aviation Administration amends

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1. The authority citation for

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Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40103, 40113, 40120; E.O. 10854; 24 FR 9565, 3 CFR, 1959-1963 Comp., p. 389.

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2. The incorporation by reference 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 OH E5 Athens, OH [Revised]

Athens, Athens-Albany, Ohio University, OH

(Lat. 39°12′39″ N., long. 82°13′53″ W.)

Athens, O'Bleness Memorial Hospital, OH

Point in Space Coordinates

(Lat. 39°20′3″ N., long. 82°07′48″ W.)

That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface within a 6.4-mile radius of Ohio University Airport and within 4.6 miles either side of the 061° bearing from the Ohio University Airport, extending from the 6.4-mile radius to 12.3 miles northeast of the airport, and within a 6-mile radius of the Point in Space serving Obliness Memorial Hospital.

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Issued in Des Plaines, Illinois on April 25, 2002.

Nancy B. Shelton,

Manager, Air Traffic Division, Great Lakes Region.

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[FR Doc. 02-13214 Filed 5-24-02; 8:45 am]