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Proposed Establishment of Class E Airspace, Afton, WY

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Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.


Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).


This action proposes to establish Class E airspace at Afton, WY. Newly developed Area Navigation (RNAV) Standard Instrument Approach Procedures (SIAP) at Afton Municipal Airport has made this proposal necessary. The establishment of Class E airspace is required to contain aircraft executing instrument flight rule (IFR) operations at Afton Municipal Airport within controlled airspace. The intended effect of this action is to provide an increased level of safety for aircraft executing IFR operations between the terminal and the en route phase of flight at Afton Municipal Airport, Afton, WY.


Comments must be received on or before January 13, 2003.


Send comments on the proposal in triplicate to: Manager, Airspace Branch, ANM-520, Federal Aviation Administration, Docket No. 02-ANM-07, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, Washington 98055-4056.

An informal docket may also be examined during normal business hours in the office of the Manager, Air Traffic Division, Airspace Branch, at the address listed above.

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Ed Haeseker, ANM-520.8, Federal Aviation Administration, Docket No. 02-ANM-07, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, Washington 98055-4056; telephone number: (425) 227-2527.

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Comments 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 action must submit, with those comments, a self-addressed stamped postcard on which the following statement is made: “Comments to Airspace Docket No. 02-ANM-07.” The postcard will be date/time stamped and returned to the commenter. All communications received on or before the specified closing date for comments will be considered before taking action on the proposed rule. The proposal contained in this action may be changed in the light of comments received. All comments submitted will be available for examination at the address listed above 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 NPRM by submitting a request to the Federal Aviation Administration, Airspace Branch, ANM-520, 1601 Lind Avenue SW, Renton, Washington 98055-4056. 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 Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations, part 71 (14 CFR part 71) by establishing Class E airspace at Afton, WY. Two newly developed RNAV SIAP's, RNAV (GPS) RWY34 and RNAV (GPS) RWY 16, at Afton Municipal Airport, has made this proposal necessary. Establishing Class E airspace, 700-feet controlled airspace above the surface of the earth, is required to contain IFR operations at Afton Municipal Airport, Afton, WY. The FAA establishes Class E airspace where necessary to contain aircraft transitioning between the terminal and en route phase of flight environments. The intended effect of this proposal is designed to provide for the safe and efficient use of the navigable airspace.

The area would be depicted on aeronautical charts for pilot reference. The coordinates for this airspace docket are based on North American Datum 83. 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 airspace designation 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. It, therefore, (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 11013; 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, when promulgated, 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

  • Airspace
  • Incorporation by reference
  • Navigation (air)
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The Proposed Amendment

In consideration of the foregoing, the Federal Aviation Administration proposes to amend 14 CFR part 71 as follows:

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1. The authority citation for 14 CFR 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:

Paragraph 6005 Class E Airspace Extending Upward From 700 Feet or More Above the Surface of the Earth.

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ANM UT E5 Afton, WY [New]

Afton Municipal Airport, WY

(Lat. 42°42′41″ N, long. 110°56′32″ W)

That airspace extending upward from 700-feet above the surface within a 6.5 mile radius of the Afton Municipal Airport, and within 2 miles either side of the 355° bearing from the airport extending from the 6.5 mile radius to 7.5 miles north of the airport, and within 2 miles either side of the 185° bearing from the airport extending from the 6.5 mile radius to 19.3 miles south of the airport.

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Issued in Seattle, Washington, on October 24, 2002.

Raul C. Trevino,

Assistant Manager, Air Traffic Division, Northwest Mountain Region.

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[FR Doc. 02-29660 Filed 11-27-02; 8:45 am]