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Establishment of Class E2 Airspace; and Modification of Class E5 Airspace; Independence, KS

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AGENCY:

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION:

Finale rule.

SUMMARY:

This rule establishes a Class E surface area at Independence, KS. It also modifies the Class E airspace area extending upward from 700 feet above the surface at Independence, KS by enlarging the area to meet airspace requirements for diverse departures from Independence Municipal Airport and by correcting discrepancies in the Independence Municipal Airport airport reference point (ARP).

The effect of this rule is to provide appropriate controlled Class E airspace for aircraft departing from and executing instrument approach procedures to Independence Municipal Airport and to segregate aircraft using instrument approach procedures in instrument conditions from aircraft operating in visual conditions.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

0901 UTC, March 17, 2005.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

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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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

History

On Tuesday, November 30, 2004, the FAA proposed to amend 14 CFR part 71 to establish a Class E surface area and to modify other Class E airspace at Independence, KS (69 FR 69554). The proposal was to establish a Class E surface area at Independence, KS. It was also to modify the Class E5 airspace and its legal description by enlarging the area to protect for diverse departures from the Independence Municipal Start Printed Page 3615Airport and by revising the Independence Municipal Airport ARP used in the Class E airspace legal description. 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 Independence, KS. Controlled airspace extending upward from the surface of the earth is needed to contain aircraft executing instrument approach procedures to Independence Municipal Airport. Weather observations will be provided by an Automatic Weather Observing/Reporting System (AWOS) and communications will be direct with Kansas City Air Route Traffic Control Center.

This rule also revises the Class E airspace area extending upward from 700 feet above the surface at Independence, KS. An examination of this Class E airspace area revealed it does not comply with airspace requirements for diverse departures from Independence Municipal Airport as set forth in FAA Order 7400.2E, Procedures for Handling Airspace Matters. The examination also revealed discrepancies in the Independence Municipal Airport ARP used in the airspace legal description. This action corrects these anomalies. The areas 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. Class E airspace areas extending upward from 700 feet or more above the surface of the earth are published in Paragraph 6005 of the same Order. The Class E airspace designations 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 Independence Municipal Airport.

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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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PART 71—DESIGNATION OF CLASS A, CLASS B, CLASS C, CLASS D, AND CLASS E AIRSPACE AREAS; AIRWAYS; ROUTES; AND REPORTING POINTS

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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 6002 Class E Airspace Designated as Surface Areas.

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ACE KS E2 Independence, KS

Independence Municipal Airport, KS

(Lat. 37°09′30″ N., long. 95°46′42″ W.)

Within a 4.6-mile radius of Independence Municipal Airport.

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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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ACE KS E5 Independence, KS

Independence Municipal Airport, KS

(Lat. 37°09′30″ N., long. 95°46′42″ W.)

That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface within a 7.6-mile radius of Independence Municipal Airport.

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Issued in Kansas City, MO, on January 11, 2005.

Donna R. McCord,

Acting Area Director, Western Flight Services Operations.

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[FR Doc. 05-1405 Filed 1-25-05; 8:45 am]

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