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Proposed Establishment of Class E Airspace; Aspen, CO

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AGENCY:

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION:

Notice of proposed rulemaking.

SUMMARY:

This proposal would establish Class E airspace at Aspen, CO. A reduction in operating hours of Class D service located at Aspen-Pitkin County/Sardy Field, has made this action necessary. Additional Class E airspace will provide a controlled environment for the safety of aircraft executing Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at Aspen-Pitkin County/Sardy Field, Aspen, CO, outside the Class D service.

DATES:

Comments must be received on or before May 3, 2004.

ADDRESSES:

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 2004-17000; Airspace Docket 02-ANM-06, 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 dispositions in person in the Docket Office between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The Docket Office, 1-800-647-5527, is on the plaza level of the Department of Transportation NASSIF Building at the above address.

An informal docket may also be examined during normal business hours at the Office of the Regional Air Traffic Division, Northwest Mountain Region, Federal Aviation Administration, Airspace Branch, ANM-520, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, WA 98055.

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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. Communications should identify Docket FAA-2004-17000; Airspace Docket 02-ANM-06, and be submitted in triplicate to the address listed above. Commenters wishing the FAA to acknowledge receipt of their comments on this action must submit, with those comments, a self-addressed stamped postcard on which the following statement is made: “Comments to Docket FAA-2004-17000; Airspace Docket 02-ANM-06.” The postcard will be date/time stamped and returned to the commenter.

Availability of NPRM

An electronic copy of this document may be downloaded through the Internet at http://dms.dot.gov. Recently published rulemaking documents can also be accessed through the FAA's Web page at http://www.faa.gov or the Superintendent of Document's Web page at http://www.access.gpo.gov/​nara.

Additionally, any person may obtain a copy of this notice by submitting a request to the Federal Aviation Administration, Airspace Branch ANM-520, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, WA 98055. Communications must identify both document numbers for this notice. Persons interested in being placed on a mailing list for future NPRMs should contact the FAA's Office of Rulemaking, at (202) 267-9677, to request a copy of Advisory Circular No. 11-2A, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Distribution System, which describes the application procedures.

The Proposal

The FAA is considering an amendment to Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations, part 71 (14 CFR part 71) by establishing Class E airspace extending upward from the surface of the earth at Aspen-Pitkin County/Sardy Field, Aspen, CO. A reduction in hours of Class D service has made this amendment necessary. This action will establish Class E airspace extending upward from the surface of the earth for the safety of aircraft executing IFR operations outside the hours of Class D service. Class E airspace will be effective during specified dates and times established in advance by Notice to Airmen. The effective date and time will thereafter be published in the Airport/Facility Directory.

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 part 71.1. The Class E airspace designation 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 11013; 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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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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PART 71—DESIGNATION OF CLASS A, CLASS B, CLASS C, CLASS D, AND CLASS E AIRSPACE AREAS; AIRWAYS; ROUTES; AND REPORTING POINTS

1. The authority citation for 14 CFR 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 the Federal Aviation Administration Order 7400.9L, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated September 2, 2003, and effective September 16, 2003, is amended as follows:

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

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ANM OR E2 Aspen, CO [Added]

Aspen-Pitken County/Sardy Field

(lat. 39°13′23″N., long. 106°52′08″W.)

Within a 4.3-mile radius of Aspen-Pitkin County/Sardy Field. This Class E airspace is effective during 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 Seattle, Washington, on February 27, 2004.

Raul C. Trevino,

Acting Manager, Air Traffic Division, Northwest Mountain Region.

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[FR Doc. 04-6154 Filed 3-18-04; 8:45 am]

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