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Amendment of Class E Airspace, Dunkirk, NY

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Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) DOT.


Final rule; request for comments.


This action amends the description of the Class E airspace designated for Dunkirk, NY. Angola airport has been closed and the Standard Instrument Approach Procedures (SIAP) for this airport have been canceled. Class E airspace for Angola Airport is no longer needed.


October 3, 2002.

Comment Date: Comments must be received on or before August 15, 2002.


Send comments on the rule in triplicate to: Manager, Airspace Branch, AEA-520, Docket No. 02-AEA-08, FAA Eastern Region, 1 Aviation Plaza, Jamaica, NY 11434-4890.

The official docket may be examined in the Office of the Regional Counsel, AEA-7, FAA Eastern Region, 1 Aviation Plaza, Jamaica, NY 11434-4809; telephone: (718) 553-3255.

An informal docket may also be examined during normal business hours at the address listed above.

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Mr. Francis Jordan, Airspace Specialist, Airspace Branch, AEA-520, Air Traffic Division, Eastern Region, Federal Aviation Administration, 1 Aviation Plaza, Jamaica, NY 11434-4809, telephone: (718) 553-4521.

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Although this action is a final rule, which involves the amendment of the Class E airspace at Dunkirk, NY, by revoking that airspace designated for Angola Airport, and was not preceded by notice and public procedure, comments are invited on the rule. This rule will become effective on the date specified in the DATES section. However, after the review of any comments and, if the FAA finds that further changes are appropriate, it will initiate rulemaking proceeding to extend the effective date or to amend the regulation.

Comments that provide the factual basis supporting the views and suggestions presented are particularly helpful in evaluating the effects of the rule, and in determining whether additional rulemaking is required. Comments are specifically invited on the overall regulatory, aeronautical, economic, environmental, and energy-related aspects of the rule which might suggest the need to modify the rule.

The Rule

This amendment to Part 71 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (14 CFR part 71) changes the description of the Class E airspace at Dunkirk, NY, by revoking that airspace designated for Angola Airport. The Angola airport has been closed and abandoned for aeronautical use. As a result the Angola Airport Class E airspace is no longer required for air safety. Class E airspace designations for airspace 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 airspace designation listed in this document will be published subsequently in the Order.

Under the circumstances presented, the FAA concludes that there is a need to amend the description of the Class E airspace area at Dunkirk, NY to ensure public access to that airspace designated for the Angola Airport. Accordingly, since this action merely involves a change in the legal description of the Dunkirk, NY, Class E airspace, revoking that airspace designated for the Angola airport, notice and public procedure under 5 U.S.C. 553(b) are unnecessary. Furthermore, in order to incorporate this change into the next sectional chart and avoid confusion on the part of pilots, I find that good cause exists, pursuant to 5 U.S.C 553(d), for making this amendment effective as soon as possible.

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 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 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 from 700 feet or more above the surface of the earth.

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AEA NY E5 Dunkirk, NY [Revised]

Chautauqua County/Dunkirk Airport, NY

(Lat. 42°29′36″ N, long. 79°16′19″ W)

That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface within a 6.6-mile radius of Chautauqua County/Dunkirk Airport and within an 11.8-mile radius of the airport extending clockwise from a 022° to a 264° bearing from the airport.

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Issued in Jamaica, New York on July 16, 2002.

F.D. Hatfield,

Manager, Air Traffic Division, Eastern Region.

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[FR Doc. 02-19677 Filed 8-6-02; 8:45 am]