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Modification of Class E Airspace; Saginaw, MI

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Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.


Final rule.


This action modifies Class E airspace at Saginaw, MI. Area Navigation (RNAV) Standard Instrument Approach Procedures (SIAPS) have been developed for Jack Barstow Airport, Midland, MI. Controlled airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface of the earth is needed to contain aircraft executing these approaches. This action increases the area of the existing controlled airspace at Jack Barstow Airport.


0901 UTC, July 10, 2003.

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Denis C. Burke, Air Traffic Division, Airspace Branch, AGL-520, Federal Aviation Administration, 2300 East Devon Avenue, Des Plaines, Illinois 60018, telephone (847) 294-7568.

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On Friday, January 17, 2003, the FAA proposed to amend 14 CFR part 71 to modify class E airspace at Saginaw, MI (68 FR 2463). The proposal was to modify controlled airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface of the earth to contain Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations in controlled airspace during portions of the terminal operation and while transiting between the enroute and terminal environments.

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 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 designations listed in this document will be published subsequently in the order.

The Rule

This amendment to 14 CFR part 71 modified Class E airspace at Saginaw, MI, to accommodate aircraft executing instrument flight procedures into and out of Jack Barstow Airport. The area 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 proposed regulation—(1) is not a “significant regulation 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 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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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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AGL MI E5 Saginaw, MI [Revised]

MBS International Airport, MI

(Lat. 43°31′58″ N., long. 84°04′47″ W.)

Saginaw County H.W. Browne Airport, MI

(Lat. 43°26′00″ N., long. 83°51′45″ W.)

Bay City, James Clements Municipal Airport, MI

(Lat. 43°32′49″ N., long. 83°53′44″ W.)

Midland, Jack Barstow Airport, MI

(Lat. 43°39′46″ N., long. 84°15′41″ W.)

Saint Mary's Hospital, MI

Point in Space Coordinates

(Lat. 43°24′54″ N., long. 83°56′27″ W.)

That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface within a 7-mile radius of MBS International Airport, within a 6.5-mile radius of Saginaw County H.W. Browne Airport, within a 6.4-mile radius of James Clements Municipal Airport, within a 6.4-mile radius of Jack Barstow Airport, and within a 6-mile radius of the Point in Space serving Saint Mary's Hospital.

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Issued in Des Plaines, Illinois on April 1, 2003.

Nancy B. Shelton,

Manager, Air Traffic Division, Great Lakes Region.

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[FR Doc. 03-9726 Filed 4-18-03; 8:45 am]