Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.
Direct final rule, request for comments.
This action revises Class E airspace at Rock Rapids, IA. The Rock Rapids Nondirectional Radio Beacon (NDB) that served Rock Rapids Municipal Airport, Rock Rapids, IA has been decommissioned and standard instrument approach procedures (SIAPs) that utilized the NDB have been cancelled. Controlled airspace extending upward from 700 feet Above Ground Level (AGL) that accommodated the NDB SIAPs is no longer needed.
The intended effect of this rule is to provide appropriate controlled Class E airspace for aircraft operating under Instrument Flight Rule (IFR) at Rock Rapids, IA, delete the Rock Rapids NDB and coordinates from the legal Start Printed Page 18116description of Class E airspace at Rock Rapids, IA, and comply with the criteria of FAA Order 7400.2E.
This direct final rule is effective on 0901 UTC, August 7, 2003.
Comments for inclusion in the Rules Docket must be received on or before May 30, 2003.
Send comments on this proposal 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-2003-14843/Airspace Docket No. 03-ACD-28, 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 a.m. and 5 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.Start Further Info
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.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
This amendment to 14 CFR 71 revises the Class E airspace at Rock Rapids, IA. The Rock Rapids NDB has been decommissioned and the NDB SIAPs that served Rock Rapids Municipal Airport, Rock Rapids, IA has been cancelled. Controlled airspace extending upward from 700 feet AGL that accommodated these SIAPs is no longer needed. The amendment to Class E airspace at Rock Rapids, IA provides controlled airspace at and above 700 feet AGL to contain SIAPs, other than the NDB SIAPs, at Rock Rapids Municipal Airport. The additional Class E airspace necessary for the NDB SIAPs is revoked. The Rock Rapids NDB and coordinates, and reference to these, are deleted from the legal description of Rock Rapids, IA Class E airspace. 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 designating 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 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.
Interested parties are invited to participate in this proposed rulemaking by submitting such written data, views, or arguments, as they may desire. Comments that provide the factual basis 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 must submit with those comments a self-addressed, stamped postcard on which the following statement is made: “Comments to Docket No. FAA-2003-14843/Airspace Docket No. 03-ACE-28” The postcard will be date/time stamped and returned to the commenter.
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.Start List of Subjects
List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 71
- Incorporation by reference
- Navigation (air)
Adoption of the AmendmentStart Amendment Part
Accordingly, the Federal Aviation Administration amends 14 CFR part 71 as follows:End Amendment Part Start Part
PART 71—DESIGNATION OF CLASS A, CLASS B, CLASS C, CLASS D, AND CLASS E AIRSPACE AREAS; AIRWAYS; ROUTES, AND REPORTING POINTSEnd Part Start Amendment Part
1. The authority citation for part 71 continues to read as follows:End Amendment Part
2. The incorporation by reference in 14 CFR 71.1 of Federal Aviation Administration Order 7400.09K, dated August 30, 2002, and effective September 16, 2002, is amended as follows:End Amendment Part
Paragraph 6005 Class E airspace areas extending upward from 700 feet or more above the surface of the earth.
ACE IA E5 Rock Rapids, IA
Rock Rapids Municipal Airport, IA
(Lat 43°27′08″ N., long 96°10′47″ W.)
That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface within a 6.2-mile radius of Rock Rapids Municipal Airport.
Issued in Kansas City, MO, on April 4, 2003.
Herman J. Lyons, Jr.
Manager, Air Traffic Division, Central Region.
[FR Doc. 03-9179 Filed 4-14-03; 8:45 am]
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