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Amendment to Class E Airspace; Presque Isle, ME

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Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.


Direct final rule; request for comments.


This action revises the Class E airspace area at the Northern Maine Regional Airport in Presque Isle, Maine (KPQI) to eliminate reference to the now closed Rogers Airport.


Effective 0901 UTC, May 15, 2003.

Comments for inclusion in the Rules Docket must be received on or before April 7, 2003.


Send comments on the rule to the Docket Management System, U.S. Department of Transportation, Room Plaza 401, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590-0001. You must identify the docket number, FAA-2003-14346 / Airspace Docket No. 03-ANE-101, at the beginning of your comments. You may also submit comments on the Internet at You may review the public docket containing the proposal, any comments received, and any final disposition in person at the Dockets Office between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The Docket Office (telephone 1-800-647-5527) is located on the plaza level of the Department of Transportation NASSIF Building at the street address stated above. An informal docket may also be examined during normal business hours at the office of the Regional Air Traffic Division, New England Region, Federal Aviation Administration, 12 New England Executive Park, Burlington, MA 01803-5299. Call the Manager, Airspace Branch, ANE-520, telephone (781) 238-7520; fax (781) 238-7596, to make prior arrangements for your visit.

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David T. Bayley, Air Traffic Division, Airspace Branch, ANE-520, Federal Aviation Administration, 12 New Start Printed Page 10655England Executive Park, Burlington, MA 01803-5299; telephone (781) 238-7552; fax (781) 238-7596.

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Recently, the Rogers Airport near Easton, Maine, was abandoned. Since the Rogers Airport lay in close proximity to the Northern Maine Regional Airport at Presque Isle, Maine (KPQI), the Class E controlled airspace extending from the surface for Northern Main Regional Airport included an exclusion that centered on the Rogers Airport. Since Rogers Airport is now abandoned, that exclusion is no longer needed. This amendment will remove the exclusion centered on the now abandoned Rogers airport from the Class E airspace extending from the surface for Northern Maine Regional Airport. Class E airspace designations for airspace areas designated as a surface area for an airport are published in paragraph 6002 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 amended by this document will be amended subsequently in this Order.

The Direct Final Rule Procedure

The FAA anticipates that this regulation will not result in adverse or negative comment, and, therefore, issues it as a direct final rule. 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. 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 above. 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 may be published with a new comment period.

Comments Invited

Although this action is in the form of a direct final rule, and was not preceded by a notice of proposed rulemaking, interested persons are invited to comment on this rule by submitting such written data, views, or arguments as they may desire. Communications must identify both docket numbers. All communications received on or before the closing date for comments will be considered, and this rule may be amended or withdrawn in light of the comments received. Factual information that supports the commenter's ideas and suggestions is extremely helpful in evaluating the effectiveness of this action and determining whether additional rulemaking action would be needed.

Comments are specifically invited on the overall regulatory, economic, environmental, and energy aspects of the rule that might suggest a need to modify the rule. All comments submitted will be available, both before and after the closing date for comments, in the Rules Docket for examination by interested persons. A report that summarizes each FAA-public contact concerned with the substance of this action will be filed in the Rules Docket.

Agency Findings

This rule does not have federalism implications, as defined in Executive Order No. 13132, because it does 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. Accordingly, the FAA has not consulted with state authorities prior to publication of this rule.

The FAA has determined that this regulation is non-controversial 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) does not warrant preparation of a Regulatory Evaluation as these routine matters will only affect air traffic procedures and air navigation. It is certified that these proposed rules 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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Accordingly, pursuant to the authority delegated to me, the Federal Aviation Administration amends part 71 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (14 CFR part 71) as follows:

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PART 71—[Amended]

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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; 14 CFR 11.69.

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2. The incorporation by reference in 14 CFR 71.1 of Federal Aviation Administration Order 7400.9K, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 30, 2002, and effective September 16, 2002, is amended as follows:

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Subpart E—Class E Airspace

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Paragraph 6002 Class E airspace areas designated as a surface area for an airport

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ANE ME E2 Presque Isle, ME [Revised]

Northern Maine Regional Airport at Presque Isle, ME

(Lat. 46°41′20″N, long. 68°02′41″W).


(Lat. 46°36′37″N, long. 68°01′08″W).

Within a 6.8-mile radius of Northern Maine Regional Airport at Presque Isle, and within 2.5 miles on each side of the Northern Maine Regional Airport at Presque Isle 165° bearing extending from the 6.8-mile radius to 8.2 miles southeast of the EXCAL LOM. This Class E airspace area is effective during the specific dates and times established in advance by a Notice to Airmen. The effective date and time will thereafter be continuously published in the Airport/Facility Directory.

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Issued in Burlington, MA, on February 11, 2003.

Thomas R. Davidson,

Manager, Air Traffic Division, New England Region.

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[FR Doc. 03-5295 Filed 3-5-03; 8:45 am]