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Proposed Modification of Class E Airspace; Zanesville, OH

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AGENCY:

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION:

Notice of proposed rulemaking.

SUMMARY:

This document proposes to modify Class E airspace at Zanesville, OH. A Global Positioning System (GPS) Standard Instrument Approach Procedure (SIAP) 160° helicopter point in space approach, has been developed for Bethesda Hospital, Zanesville, OH. Controlled airspace extending upward from 700 feet or more above the surface of the earth is needed to contain aircraft executing this approach. This action would increase the radius of the existing controlled airspace for Zanesville Municipal Airport.

DATES:

Comments must be received on or before August 6, 2002.

ADDRESSES:

Send comments on the proposal in triplicate to: Federal Aviation Administration, Office of the Regional Counsel, AGL-7, Rules Docket No. 02-AGL-04, 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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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

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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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

On Monday, March 11, 2002, the FAA published a direct final rule with request for comment in the Federal Register (67 FR 10835). The rule Start Printed Page 40628modified existing Class E airspace at Zanesville Municipal Airport, OH, in order to protect for a point in space approach used by helicopters involved in medical emergencies. It stated that unless adverse comments were received, the rule would become effective on August 8, 2002. Eight (8) comments were received. All eight (8) were considered adverse, thereby requiring the rule to be withdrawn, and this NPRM being issue. The objections centered around issues at Parr Airport and contained the following concerns:

1. Safety concern over IFR helicopter operations. One (1) respondent stated he was concerned about inserting occasional helicopters into a busy G.A. environment.

2. Increased restrictions on the ability to fly during periods of low visibility. Four (4) respondents stated they would have less opportunity to fly or train during marginal weather conditions because of the higher visibility requirements associated with Class E airspace.

3. Impact to local flight school. Three (3) respondents stated business would be lost because of the inability to conduct VFR training during periods of low visibility.

All of these comments were considered and evaluated. They are responded to as follows:

In reference to:

1. Class E airspace is designed to protect aircraft executing instrument approach procedures. The higher visibility requirements for VFR flight in Class E airspace allows for a safer operating environment for IFR aircraft.

2. While not as many aircraft may operate at the same time when visibility is restricted, a special VFR clearance may be obtained, thus allowing for continued flight or training during these periods. Additionally, creating a Class E airspace corridor, or an exclusion for Parr Airport, which was suggested, would not fit design criteria, or provide adequate protection for the approach.

3. Other than having to conduct training under higher visibility requirements (unless a special VFR clearance is requested), the economic impact to the flight school is undefined and beyond the scope of the airspace action.

Comment Invited

Interested parties are invited to participate in this proposed rulemaking by submitting such written data, views, or arguments as they may desire. Comments that provide the factual basis supporting the views and suggestions presented are particularly helpful in developing reasoned regulatory decisions on the proposal. Comments are specifically invited on the overall regulatory, aeronautical, economic, environmental, and energy-related aspects of the proposal. Communications should identify the airspace docket number and be submitted in triplicate to the address listed above. Commenters wishing the FAA to acknowledge receipt of their comments on this notice must submit with those comments a self-addressed, stamped postcard on which the following statement is made: “Comments to Airspace Docket No. 01-AGL-21.” The postcard will be data/time stamped and returned to the commenter. All communications received on or before the specified closing date for comments with be considered before taking action on the proposed rule. The proposal contained in this action may be changed in light of comments received. All comments submitted will be available for examination in the Rules Docket, FAA, Great Lakes Region, Office of the Regional Counsel, 2300 East Devon Avenue, Des Plaines, Illinois, both before and after the closing date for comments. A report summarizing each substantive public contact with FAA personnel concerned with this rulemaking will be filed in the docket.

Availability of NPRM's

Any person may obtain a copy of this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) by submitting a request to the Federal Aviation Administration, Office of Public Affairs, Attention: Public Inquiry Center, APA-230, 800 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20591, or by calling (202) 267-3484. Communications must identify the docket number of this NPRM. Persons interested in being placed on a mailing list for future NPRM's should also request a copy of Advisory Circular No. 11-2A, which describes the application procedure.

The Proposal

The FAA is considering an amendment to 14 CFR part 71 to modify Class E airspace at Zanesville, OH, for Zanesville Municipal Airport. Controlled airspace extending upward from 700 feet or more above the surface of the earth is needed to contain aircraft executing instrument approach procedures. The area would be depicted on appropriate aeronautical charts. 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 7400.9J dated August 31, 2001, and effective September 16, 2001, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. The Class E designations listed in this document would be published subsequently in the Order.

The FAA has determined that this proposed regulation only involves an established body of technical regulations for which frequent and routine amendments are necessary to keep them operationally current. Therefore this, proposed 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 proposed 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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The Proposed Amendment

Accordingly, pursuant to the authority delegated to me, the Federal Aviation Administration proposes to amend 14 CFR part 71 as follows:

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PART 71—DESIGNATION OF CLASS A, CLASS B, CLASS C, CLASS D, AND CLASS E AIRSPACE AREAS; AIRWAYS; ROUTES; AND REPORTING POINTS

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 9565, 3 CFR, 1959-1963 Comp., p. 389.

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2. The incorporation by reference in 14 CFR 71.1 of the Federal Aviation Administration Order 7400.9J, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 31, 2001, and effective September 16, 2001, is amended as follows:

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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 Zanesville, OH [Revised]

Zanesville Municipal Airport, OH

(Lat. 39°56′40″ N., long. 81°53′32″ W.)

Zanesville VOR/DME

(Lat. 39°56′27″ N., long. 81°53′33″ W.)

Zenesville, Bethesda Hospital, OH

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(Lat. 39°59′5″ N., long. 82°1′30″ W.)

That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface within a 6.5-mile radius of the Zanesville Municipal Airport and within 7 miles east and 4.4 miles west of the Zanesville VOR/DME 220° radial extending from the VOR/DME to 10.5 miles southwest of the VOR/DME, and within 2.4 miles either side of the Zanesville VOR/DME 028° radial extending from the 6.5-mile radius to 7 miles northeast of the VOR/DME, and within a 6-mile radius of the Point in Space serving the Bethesda Hospital.

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Dated: Issued in Des Plaines, Illinois on May 24, 2002.

Nancy B. Shelton,

Manager, Air Traffic Division, Great Lakes Region.

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[FR Doc. 02-14985 Filed 6-12-02; 8:45 am]

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