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Modification of Class E Airspace; Caruthersville, MO

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AGENCY:

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION:

Direct final rule; request for comments.

SUMMARY:

This action modifies the Class E airspace at Carthersville, MO. The FAA has developed Area Navigation (RNAV) Global Positioning System (GPS) Runway (RWY) 36 ORIGINAL Standard Instrument Approach procedure (SIAP), RNAV (GPS) RWY 18 ORIGINAL SIAP and VHF Omni-directional Range (VOR)/Distance Measuring Equipment (DME) RWY 18 ORIGINAL SIAP to serve Caruthersville Memorial Airport, Caruthersville, MO. Current Class E airspace at Caruthersville, MO was designed to contain these SIAPs. A recent survey has established a new Airport Reference Point (ARP) for Caruthersville Memorial Airport. This requires that controlled airspace extending upward from 700 feet Above Ground Level (AGL) at Caruthersville, MO be redefined in order to accommodate the SIAPs.

The intended effect of this rule is to provide controlled Class E airspace for aircraft executing the SIAPs and to aggregate aircraft using instrument approach procedures in instrument conditions from aircraft operating in visual conditions.

DATES:

This direct final rule is effective on 0901 UTC, April 17, 2003.

Comments for inclusion in the Rules Docket must received on or before February 28, 2003.

ADDRESSES:

Send comments on this proposal to the Docket Management System, U.S. Departmental of Transportation, Room Plaza 401, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590-0001. You must identify the docket number FAA-2002-14089/Airspace Docket No. 02-ACE-13, at the beginning of your comments. You may also submit comments on the Internet at http://dms.dot.gov. You may review the public docket containing the proposal, any comments received, and any final disposition in person in the Dockets Office between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The Docket Office (telephone 1-800-647-5527) is on the plaza level of the Department of Transportation NASSIF Building at the above address.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Brenda Mumper, Air Traffic Division, Airspace Branch, ACE-520A DOT Regional Headquarters Building, Federal Aviation Administration, 901 Locust, Kansas City, MO 64106; telephone: (816) 329-2524.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The FAA has RNAV (GPS) RWY 36 ORIGINAL SIAP, RNAV (GPS) RWY 18 ORIGINAL SIAP and VOR/DME RWY 18 ORIGINAL SIAP to serve Caruthersville Memorial Airport, Caruthersville, MO. The amendment to Class E airspace at Caruthersville, MO will provide controlled airspace at and above 700 feet AGL to contain the new SIAPs within controlled airspace, and thereby facilitate separation of aircraft operating under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR). The area will 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 7400.9K, 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 published subsequently in the Order.

The Direct Final Rule Procedure

The FAA anticipates that this regulation will not result in adverse or negative comment and, therefore, is issuing it as a direct final rule. Previous actions of this nature have not been controversial and have not resulted in adverse comments or objections. The amendment will enhance safety for all flight operations by designation an area where VFR pilots may anticipate the presence of IFR aircraft at lower altitudes, especially during inclement weather conditions. A greater degree of safety is achieved by depicting the area on aeronautical charts. Unless a written adverse or negative comment, or a written notice of intent to submit an adverse or negative comment is received within the comment period, the regulation will become effective on the date specified below. After the close of the comment period, the FAA will publish a document in the Federal Register indicating that no adverse or negative comments were received and confirming the date on which the final rule will become effective. If the FAA does receive, within the comment period, an adverse or negative comment, or written notice of intent to submit such a comment, a document withdrawing the direct final rule will be published in the Federal Register, and a notice of proposed rulemaking will be published with a new comment period.

Comments Invited

Interested parties are invited to participate in this rulemaking by submitting such written data, views, or arguments, as they may desire. Comments that provide the factual basic 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 both docket numbers and be submitted in triplicate to the address listed above. Commenters wishing the FAA to acknowledge receipt of their comments on this notice submit with those comments a self-addressed, stamped postcard on which the following statement is made: “Comments to Docket No. FAA-2002-14089/Airspace Start Printed Page 491Docket No. 02-ACE-13” The postcard will be date/time stamped and returned to the commenter.

Agency Findings

The regulations adopted herein will not have a substantial direct effect on the States, on the relationship between the national Government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. Therefore, it is determined that this final rule does not have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132.

The FAA has determined that this regulation is noncontroversial and unlikely to result in adverse or negative comments. For the reasons discussed in the preamble, I certify that this regulation (1) is not a “significant regulatory action” under Executive Order 12866; (2) is not a “significant rule” under Department of Transportation (DOT) Regulatory Policies and Procedures (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979); and (3) if promulgated, will not have a significant economic impact, positive or negative, 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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Accordingly, the Federal Aviation Administration amends

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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

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

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ACE MO E5 Caruthersville, MO,

Caruthersville Memorial Airport, MO

(Lat. 36°10′09″ N., long. 89°40′35″ W.)

That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface within a 6.4-mile radius of Caruthersville Memorial Airport.

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Issued in Kansas City, MO, on December 20, 2002.

Herman J. Lyons, Jr.,

Manager, Air Traffic Division, Central Region.

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[FR Doc. 03-61 Filed 1-3-03; 8:45 am]

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