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Establishment of Class E2 Airspace; Wichita Colonel James Jabara Airport, KS

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Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.


Final rule.


This rule establishes a Class E surface area at Wichita Colonel James Jabara Airport, KS. The effect of this rule is to provide appropriate controlled Class E airspace for aircraft executing instrument approach procedures to Colonel James Jabara Airport and to segregate aircraft using instrument approach procedures in instrument conditions from aircraft operating in visual conditions.


0901 UTC, March 17, 2005.

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Brenda Mumper, Air Traffic Division, Airspace Branch, ACE-520A, DOT Regional Headquarters Building, Federal Aviation Administration, 901 Locust, Kansas City, MO 64106; telephone: (816) 329-2524.

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On Wednesday, November 10, 2004, the FAA proposed to amend 14 CFR part 71 to establish a Class E surface area at Wichita Colonel James Jabara Airport, KS (69 FR 65107). The proposal was to establish a Class E surface area at Wichita Colonel James Jabara Airport, KS. 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.

The Rule

This amendment to part 71 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (14 CFR part 71) establishes Class E airspace designated as a surface area for an airport at Wichita Colonel James Jabara Airport, KS. Controlled airspace extending upward from the surface of the earth is needed to contain aircraft executing instrument approach procedures. Weather observations will be provided by an Automated Surface Observing System (ASOS) and communications will be direct with Wichita Approach Control. The area will be depicted on appropriate aeronautical charts.

Class E airspace areas designated as surface areas are published in Paragraph 6002 of FAA Order 7400.9M, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 30, 2004, and effective September 16, 2004, 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 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 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.

This rulemaking is promulgated under the authority described in subtitle VII, part A, subpart I, section 40103. Under that section, the FAA is charged with prescribing regulations to assign the use of the airspace necessary to ensure the safety of aircraft and the efficient use of airspace. This regulation is within the scope of that authority since it contains aircraft executing instrument approach procedures to Colonel James Jabara Airport.

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List of Subjects in 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 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 7400.9M, dated August 30, 2004, and effective September 16, 2004, is amended as follows:

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Paragraph 6002 Class E airspace designated as surface areas.

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ACE KS E2 Wichita Colonel James Jabara Airport, KS

Wichita, Colonel James Jabara Airport, KS,

(Lat. 37°44′ 51″ N., long. 97°13′ 16″ W.)

Within a 4-mile radius of Colonel James Jabara Airport, excluding that airspace within the Wichita Mid-Continent Airport, KS Class C airspace area and the Wichita, McConnell AFB, KS Class D airspace area.

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Issued in Kansas City, MO, on December 23, 2004.

Rosalyn R. Ward,

Acting Area Director, Western Flight Services Operations.

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[FR Doc. 05-372 Filed 1-6-05; 8:45 am]