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Amendment of Class E Airspace; Philadelphia, PA

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Federal Aviation Administration [FAA] DOT.


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This action amends Class E airspace at Philadelphia, PA. The proliferation of airports within a thirty mile radius of Philadelphia International Airport with approved Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations and the resulting overlap of designated Class E-5 airspace has made this action necessary. This action consolidates the Class E-5 airspace designations for twenty six airports and results in the recision of fourteen separate Class E-5 descriptions through separate rulemaking action. The area will be depicted on aeronautical charts for pilot reference.


0901 UTC March 20, 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 consolidating existing Class E-5 airspace designations in the Philadelphia complex and incorporating those areas into the Philadelphia, PA descriptions was published in the Federal Register (67 FR 65324-65325). 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 E airspace areas designations for airspace extending upward from the surface are published in paragraph 6005 of FAA Order 7400.9K, dated August 30, 2002 and effective September 16, 2002, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. The Class E airspace designation listed in this document will be amended in the order.

The Rule

This amendment to Part 71 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (14 CFR Part 71) provides controlled Class E airspace extending upward from 700 ft above the surface for aircraft conducting IFR operations within the Philadelphia, PA Class E-5 airspace description.

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 regulations: (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 at 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

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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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The incorporation by reference in

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Paragraph 6005 Class E airspace areas extending upward from 700 ft above the surface of the earth.

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AEA PA E5 Philadelphia, PA (Revised)

Philadelphia International Airport

(Lat. 39°52′19″N., long. 75°14′28″W.)

Chester County G. O. Carlson Airport, PA

(Lat. 39°58′44″N., long. 75°51′56″W.)

New Castle County Airport, DE

(Lat. 39°40′43″N., long. 75°36′24″W.)

Summit Airpark, DE

(Lat. 39°31′13″N., long. 75°43′14″W.)

Millville Municipal Airport, NJ

(Lat. 39°22′04″N., long. 75°04′20″W.)

That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface within a 31-mile radius of Philadelphia International Airport extending clockwise from a 225° bearing to a 307° bearing from the airport and within a 37-mile radius of Philadelphia International Airport extending from a 307° bearing to a 053° bearing from the airport and within a 33-mile radius of Philadelphia International Airport extending from a 053° bearing to a 173° bearing from the airport and within a 10-mile radius of Philadelphia International Airport extending from a 173° bearing from the airport to a 225° from the airport and within a 7-mile radius of Chester County G.O. Carlson Airport and within a 6.7 mile radius of New Castle County Airport and within a 8-mile radius of Summit Airpark and within a 6.5-mile radius of Millville Municipal Airport, excluding the airspace that coincides with the Wrightstown, NJ; Pittstown, NJ; Princeton, NJ; Reading, PA; Allentown, PA; and Elkton, MD Class E airspace areas.

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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. 03-67 Filed 1-2-03; 8:45 am]