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Proposed Establishment of Class E2 Airspace; and Modification of Class E5 Airspace; Hutchinson, KS

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Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.


Notice of proposed rulemaking.


This notice proposes to create a Class E surface area at Hutchinson, KS for those times when the air traffic control tower (ATCT) is closed. It also proposes to modify the Class E5 airspace at Hutchinson, KS.


Comments for inclusion in the Rules Docket must be received on or before December 18, 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-2003-16210/Airspace Docket No. 03-ACE-79, 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 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.

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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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Comments Invited

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. Start Printed Page 65418Communications 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-2003-16410/Airspace Docket No. 03-ACE-79.” The postcard will be date/time stamped and returned to the commenter.

Availability of NPRM's

An electronic copy of this document may be downloaded through the Internet at Recently published rulemaking documents can also be accessed through the FAA's Web page at or the Superintendent of Document's Web page at​nara.

Additionally, any person may obtain a copy of this notice by submitting a request to the Federal Aviation Administration, Office of Air Traffic Airspace Management, ATA-400, 800 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20591, or by calling (202) 267-8783. Communications must identify both docket numbers for this notice. Persons interested in being placed on a mailing list for future NPRM's should contact the FAA's Office of Rulemaking (202) 267-9677, to request a copy of Advisory Circular No. 11-2A, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Distribution System, which describes the application procedure.

The Proposal

This notice proposes to amend Part 71 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (14 CFR Part 71) to establish Class E airspace designated as a surface area for an airport at Hutchinson, KS. Controlled airspace extending upward from the surface of the earth is needed to contain aircraft executing instrument approach procedures. This airspace would be in effect during those times when the ATCT is closed. Weather observations would be provided by an Automated Surface Observing System (ASOS) and communications would be direct with Wichita ATCT.

This notice also proposes to revise the Class E airspace area extending upward from 700 feet above the surface at Hutchinson, KS. An examination of this Class E airspace area for Hutchinson, KS revealed a discrepancy in the identified type of one navigational aid and a discrepancy in the location of another navigational aid serving Hutchinson Municipal Airport and used in the Class E airspace legal description. The Hutchinson Very High Frequency Omni-Directional Range (VOR)/Distance Measuring Equipment (DME) is misidentified as a VHF Omni-Directional range/Tactical Air Navigation (VORTAC). The location of the SALTT Outer Compass Locator (LOM) is erroneous. This proposal would correct these discrepancies. The areas would be depicted on appropriate aeronautical charts.

Class E airspace areas designated as surface areas are published in Paragraph 6002 of FAA Order 7400.9L, dated September 2, 2003, and effective September 16, 2003, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. Class E airspace areas extending upward from 700 feet or more above the surface of the earth are published in Paragraph 6005 of the same Order. The Class E airspace designations listed in this document would be published subsequently in the Order.

The FAA has determined that this proposed regulation only involves an established body of technical regulations for which frequent and routine amendments are necessary to keep them operationally current. It, therefore, (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

  • Airspace
  • Incorporation by reference
  • Navigation (Air)
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The Proposed Amendment

In consideration of the foregoing, the Federal Aviation Administration proposes to amend 14 CFR part 71 as follows:

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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 14 CFR 71.1 of Federal Aviation Administration Order 7400.9L, Airspace Designation and Reporting Points, dated September 2, 2003, and effective September 16, 2003, is amended as follows:

Paragraph 6002 Class E Airspace Designated as Surface Areas.

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ACE KS E2 Hutchinson, KS

Hutchinson Municipal Airport, KS

(Lat. 38°03′56″ N., long. 97°51′38″ W.)

Within a 4.3-mile radius of Hutchinson Municipal Airport. 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 6005 Class E airspace areas extending upward from 700 feet or more above the surface of the earth.

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ACE KS E5 Hutchinson, KS

Hutchinson Municipal Airport, KS

(Lat. 38°03′56″ N.,97°51′38″ W.)

Hutchinson VOR/DME

(Lat. 37°59′49″ N., long. 97°56′03″ W.)


(Lat. 38°07′25″ N., long. 97°55′37″ W.)

Hutchinson ILS Localizer

(Lat. 38°03′31″ N., long. 97°51′12″ W.)

That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface within a 6.8-mile radius of the Hutchinson Municipal Airport, and within 4 miles each side of the Hutchinson ILS localizer northwest course extending to 16 miles northwest of the SALTT LOM, and within 4 miles each side of the ILS localizer back course extending from the 6.8-mile radius to 7.4 miles southeast of the airport, and within 4 miles each side of the Hutchinson VOR/DME 042° radial extending from the 6.8-mile radius to 7.4 miles northeast of the airport, and within 4 miles each side of the Hutchinson VOR/DME 222° radial extending from the 6.8-mile radius to 11.2 miles southwest of the airport.

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Issued in Kansas City, MO, on November 3, 2003.

Paul J. Sheridan,

Acting Manager, Air Traffic Division, Central Region.

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[FR Doc. 03-29029 Filed 11-19-03; 8:45 am]