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Proposed Establishment of Class E Airspace; Napa, CA

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Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.


Notice of proposed rulemaking.


This notice proposes to establish a Class E airspace area to support instrument operations into Napa County Airport for Aircraft transitioning from Sausalito VORTAC to the final approach course for the VOR RWY 6 Instrument Approach Procedure. Oakland Air Route Traffic Control Center has identified an operational necessity for additional controlled airspace to enable operations at 4000 feet above Mean Sea Level (MSL) along the Sausalito transition. Additional controlled airspace extending upward from 700 feet or more above the surface of the earth is needed to contain these aircraft. The intended effect of this proposal is to provide adequate controlled airspace for Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations.


Comments must be received on or before October 1, 2004.


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-2004-18697/Airspace Docket No. 04-AWP-4, 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 dispositions in person in the Docket 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.

An informal docket may also be examined during normal business hours at the office of Western Terminal Operations, Federal Aviation Administration, at 15000 Aviation Boulevard, Lawndale, California 90261.

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Jeri Carson, Airspace Branch, Western Terminal Operations, at (310) 725-6611.

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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 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 comments a self-addressed stamped postcard on which the following statement is made: “Comments to Docket No. FAA-2004-18697/Airspace Docket No. 04-AWP-4.” 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 Recently published rulemaking documents can also be accessed through the FAA's web page at or the Superintendent of Documents 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 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, (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 14 CFR part 71 by establishing a Class E airspace area at Napa, CA. Additional controlled airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface is needed to contain aircraft executing the VOR RWY 6 IAP into Napa County Airport. The intended effect of this proposal is to provide adequate controlled airspace for aircraft executing this instrument procedure. Class E airspace designations are published in paragraph 6005 of FAA Order 7400.9L dated September 2, 2003, and effective September 16, 2003, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 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. Therefore, this proposed regulation—(1) Is not a “significant regulatory action” under Executive Order 12866; (2) is not a “signficant 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 proposed rule would 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 14 CFR Part 71

  • Airspace
  • Incorporation by reference
  • Navigation (air)
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Adoption of the Amendment

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

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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 6005 Class E airspace areas extending upward from 700 feet or more above the surface of the earth.

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AWP CA E5 Napa, CA [New]

Napa County Airport, CA

(Lat. 38°12′47″ N, long. 122°16′50″ W)

That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface within a 6.5 mile radius of the Napa County Airport, and that airspace bounded by a line beginning at lat. 38°02′07″ N, long. 122°39′41″ W; to lat. 37°55′05″ N, long. 122°30′56″ W; to lat. 37°51′19″ N, long. 122°31′22″ W; to lat. 37°50′26″ N, long. 122°36′17″ W; to the point of beginning.

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Issued in Los Angeles, California, on July 30, 2004.

John Clancy,

Area Director, Western Terminal Operations.

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[FR Doc. 04-18821 Filed 8-16-04; 8:45 am]