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Modification of Class E Airspace; South Haven, MI

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Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.


Final rule.


This action modifies Class E airspace at South Haven, MI. A Global Positioning System (GPS) Standard Instrument Approach Procedure (SIAP) 160° helicopter point in space approach has been developed for Watervliet Community Hospital, Watervliet, MI. Controlled airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface of the earth is needed to contain aircraft executing this approach. This action increases the area of the existing controlled airspace for South Haven Area Regional Airport.


Effective 0901 UTC, November 25, 2004.

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J. Mark Reeves, 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 Thursday, April 15, 2004, the FAA proposed to amend 14 CFR part 71 to modify Class E airspace at South Haven, MI (69 FR 19962). 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 7400.9L dated September 2, 2003, and effective September 16, 2003, 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 modifies Class E airspace at South Haven, MI, to accommodate aircraft executing instrument flight procedures into and out of Watervliet Community Hospital. 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 regulatory action” under Executive Order 12866; (2) is not a “significant rule” under DOT Regulatory Policies Start Printed Page 51947and 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 South Haven, MI [Revised]

South Haven Area Regional Airport, MI

(Lat. 42°21′03″ N., long. 86°15′22″ W.)

Pullman VORTAC

(Lat. 42°27′56″ N., long. 86°06′21″ W.)

Watervliet, Watervliet Community Hospital, MI Point in Space Coordinates

(Lat. 39°37′53″ N., long. 86°48′50″ W.)

That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface within a 6.6-mile radius of South Haven Area Regional Airport and within 1.3 miles each side of the Pullman VORTAC 224° radial extending from the 6.6-mile radius to the VORTAC, and within a 6-mile radius of the point in space serving the Watervliet Community Hospital, excluding that airspace within the South Bend, IN, Class E airspace area.

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Issued in Des Plaines, Illinois on August 5, 2004.

Nancy B. Kort,

Area Director, Central Terminal Operations.

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[FR Doc. 04-19372 Filed 8-23-04; 8:45 am]