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Establishment of Class E2 Airspace; and Modification of Class E5 Airspace; Valentine, NE

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AGENCY:

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

This rule establishes a Class E surface area at Valentine, NE. It also modifies the Class E airspace area extending upward from 700 feet above the surface at Valentine, NE.

The effect of this rule is to provide appropriate controlled Class E airspace for aircraft departing from and executing instrument approach procedures to Miller Field, Valentine, NE and to segregate aircraft using instrument approach procedures in instrument conditions from aircraft operating in visual conditions.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

0901 UTC, July 7, 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 Thursday, March 23, 2005, the FAA proposed to amend part 71 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (14 CFR part 71) to establish a Class E surface area and to modify other Class E airspace at Valentine, NE (70 FR 14601). The proposal was to establish a Class E surface area at Valentine, NE and also to modify the Class E5 airspace area to bring Valentine, NE airspace into compliance with FAA directives. 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 14 CFR part 71 establishes Class E airspace designated as a surface area for an airport at Valentine, NE. The FAA has modified some existing instrument approach procedures (IAPs) and developed area navigation (RNAV) global positioning system (GPS) IAPs to serve Miller Field, Valentine, NE. Controlled airspace extending upward from the surface of the earth is needed to contain aircraft executing these IAPs. Weather observations will be provided by an Automatic Surface Observing System (ASOS) and communications will be direct with Denver Air Route Traffic Control Center.

This rule also revises the Class E airspace area extending upward from 700 feet above the surface at Valentine, NE. An examination of this Class E airspace area for Valentine, NE revealed noncompliance with FAA directives. This corrects identified discrepancies by eliminating the northwest extension to the airspace area, decreasing the width of the southeast extension from 2.6 miles to 2.5 miles each side of the 149° bearing from the Valentine nondirectional radio beacon (NDB), decreasing the length of the southeast extension in from 7.9 miles from the airport to 7 miles from the NDB, defining airspace of appropriate dimensions to protect aircraft departing and executing instrument approach procedures to Miller Field and brings the airspace area into compliance with FAA directives. Both 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 Miller Field.

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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 NE E2 Valentine, NE

Valentine, Miller Field, NE

(Lat. 42°51′128″ N., long. 100°32′51″ W.)

Valentine, NDB

(Lat. 42°51′42″ N., long 100°32′59″ W.)

Within a 4-mile radius of Miller Field and within 2.5 miles each side of the 149° bearing from the Valentine NDB extending from the 4-mile radius of the airport to 7 miles southeast of the NDB.

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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 NE E5 Valentine, NE

Valentine, Miller Field, NE

(Lat. 42°51′28″ N., long. 100°32′51″ W.)

Valentine NDB

(Lat. 42°51′42″ N., long. 100°32′59″ W.)

That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface within a 6.5-mile radius of Miller Field and within 2.5 miles each side of the 149° bearing from the Valentine NDB extending from the 6.5-mile Start Printed Page 24941radius of the airport to 7 miles southeast of the NDB.

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Issued in Kansas City, MO, on May 2, 2005.

Elizabeth S. Wallis,

Acting Area Director, Western Flight Services Operations.

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[FR Doc. 05-9435 Filed 5-11-05; 8:45 am]

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