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Amendment of Class D Airspace; Norfolk NAS, VA

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Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.


Final rule.


This action amends Class D airspace at Norfolk NAS, Norfolk, VA by lowering the upper limits. This action is necessary to insure continuous altitude coverage for Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations to the airport. The area would be depicted on aeronautical charts for pilot reference.


0901 UTC April 17, 2003

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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, New York 11434-4809, telephone: (718) 553-4521.

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On October 24, 2002 a notice proposing to amend Part 71 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (14 CFR Part 71) by lowering the upper limit of Class D airspace from 2500 feet mean sea level (MSL) up to but no including 2,000 feet MSL at Norfolk NAS, Norfolk, VA, was published in the Federal Register (67 FR 65323-6524). Interested parties were invited to participate in this rulemaking proceeding by submitting written comments on the proposal to the FAA. No comments to the proposal were received. The rule is adopted as proposed. The coordinates for this airspace docket are based on North American Datum 83. Class D airspace area designations for airspace extending upward from the surface are published in Paragraph 5000 of FAA Order 7400.9K, dated august 30, 2002 and effective September 16, 2002. The Class D airspace designation listed in this document will be published in the order.Start Printed Page 260

The Rule

This amendment to Part 71 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (14 CFR Part 71) extends Class D airspace from the surface of the earth up to but not including 2,000 feet MSL for aircraft conducting IFR operations at Norfolk NAS, Norfolk, VA. The previous Class D airspace ceiling was 2,500 feet.

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

  • Airspace
  • Incorporation by reference
  • Navigation (air)
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Adoption of the Amendment

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In consideration of the foregoing, the Federal Aviation Administration amends 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; EO 10854, 24 FR 9565, 3 CFR, 1959-1963 Comp., p. 389

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2. The incorporation by reference in CFR 71.1 of Federal Aviation Administration Order 7400.9K, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated august 30, 2002, and effective September 16, 202, is amended as follows:

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Paragraph 5000 Class D Airspace Areas Extending Upward From the Surface of the Earth

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NAS Norfolk (Chambers), Norfolk, VA

(Lat. 36°56′15″N., long. 76°17′25″W.)

That airspace extending upward from the surface to but no including 2,000 feet MSL within a 4.3-mile radius of NAS Norfolk (Chambers) excluding that airspace southeast of a line connecting the 4.3-mile radius of Norfolk NAS and the 5-mile radius of Norfolk International Airport.

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Issued in Jamaica, New York on December 13, 2002.

Richard J. Ducharme,

Assistant Manager, Air Traffic Division, Eastern Region.

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[FR Doc. 03-66 Filed 1-2-03; 8:45 am]