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Establishment of Class E Surface Area Airspace; and Modification of Class D Airspace; Topeka, Forbes Field, KS

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AGENCY:

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

This document establishes a Class E surface area at Topeka, Forbes Field, KS for those times when the air traffic control tower (ATCT) is closed. It also modifies the Class D airspace at Topeka, Forbes Field, KS.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

0901 UTC, May 15, 2003.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Kathy Randolph, Air Traffic Division, Airspace Branch, ACE-520C, DOT Regional Headquarters Building, Federal Aviation Administration, 901 Locust, Kansas City, MO 64106; telephone: (816) 329-2525.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

History

On Monday, February 10, 2003, the FAA proposed to amend 14 CFR part 71 to establish a Class E surface area and to modify Class D airspace at Topeka, Forbes Field, KS (68 FR 6677). The proposal was to establish a Class E surface area at Topeka, Forbes Field, KS for those times when the air traffic Start Printed Page 17730control tower (ATCT) is closed. It also proposed to modify the Class D airspace and its legal description by incorporating the revised Topeka, Forbes Field, KS airport reference point. Interested parties were invited to participate in this rulemaking proceeding by submitting written comments on the proposal to the FAA. No comments objecting to the proposal were received.

Class E airspace areas designated as surface areas 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. Class D airspace areas are published in paragraph 5000 of the same FAA Order. The Class E and Class D airspace designations listed in this document will be published subsequently in the Order.

The Rule

This amendment to part 71 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (14 CFR part 71) establishes a Class E surface area at Topeka, Forbes Field, KS to provide adequate controlled airspace for aircraft executing instrument flight procedures. It also modifies the legal description of Class D airspace at Topeka, Forbes Field, KS. The areas will be depicted on appropriate aeronautical charts.

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, 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

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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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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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[Amended]
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2. The incorporation by reference in

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Paragraph 6002Class E Airspace Designated as Surface Areas.

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ACE KS E2 Topeka, Forbes Field, KS

Topeka, Forbes Field, KS

(Lat. 38°57′03″ N., long. 95°39′49″ W.)

Within a 4.6-mile radius of Forbes Field. 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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Paragraph 5000Class D Airspace.

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ACE KS D Topeka, Forbes Field, KS

Topeka, Forbes Field, KS

(Lat. 38°57′03″ N., long. 95°39′49″ W.)

This airspace extending upward from the surface to and including 3,600 feet MSL within a 4.6-mile radius of Forbes Field. This Class D 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 Kansas City, MO, on March 28, 2003.

Paul J. Sheridan,

Acting Manager, Air Traffic Division, Central Region.

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[FR Doc. 03-8568 Filed 4-10-03; 8:45 am]

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