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Modification of Class E Airspace; Albert Lea, MN

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Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.


Final rule.


This action modifies Class E airspace at Albert Lea, MN. Standard Instrument Approach Procedures have been developed for Albert Lea Municipal Airport. Controlled airspace extending upward from 700 feet or more above the surface of the earth designated as an extension, is no longer needed. This action eliminates the area of controlled airspace designated as an extension to the existing Class E airspace area, at Albert Lea Municipal Airport.


Effective Date: 0901 UTC, November 25, 2004.

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J. Mark Reeves, FAA, Terminal Operations, Central Service Office, Airspace Branch, AGL-520, Federal Aviation Administration, 2300 East Devon Avenue, Des Plaines, Illinois 60018, telephone (847) 294-7568.

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On Wednesday, June 9, 2004, the FAA proposed to amend 14 CFR part 71 to modify Class E airspace at Albert Lea, MN (69 FR 32293). The proposed was to eliminate controlled airspace extending upward from 700 feet or more above the surface designated as an extension to the existing Class E airspace area.

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 designation for airspace areas extending Start Printed Page 56932upward 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 designation 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 Albert Lea, MN, to accommodate aircraft executing instrument flight procedures into and out of Albert Lea Municipal 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 regulation—(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 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 95665, 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 MN E5 Albert Lea, MN [Revised]

Albert Lea Municipal Airport, MN

(Lat. 43°40′54″ N., long.93°22′02″ W.)

That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface within a 6.5-mile radius of the Albert Lea Municipal Airport.

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Issued in Des Plaines, Illinois, on September 9, 2004.

Keith A. Thompson,

Area Staff Manager, Central Terminal Operations.

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[FR Doc. 04-21395 Filed 9-22-04; 8:45 am]