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Modification of Legal Description of the Class D and Class E Airspace; Topeka, Forbes Field, KS

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Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.


Direct final rule; request for comments.


An examination of controlled airspace for Topeka, Forbes Field, KS has revealed discrepancies in the airport reference point used in the legal description for the Class E airspace designated as a surface area. This action corrects that discrepancy by incorporating the current airport reference point in the Class E surface area for Topeka, Forbes Field, KS. This action also removes references to effective dates and times established in advance by a Notice to Airmen from the legal descriptions for Class D, Class E2 and Class E4 airspace. The effective dates and times are now continuously published in the Airport/Facility Directory.


This direct final rule is effective on 0901 UTC, October 27, 2005. Comments for inclusion in the Rules Docket must be received on or before July 29, 2005.


Send comments on this proposal to the Docket Management System, U.S. Department of Transportation, Room Plaza 401, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590-0001. You must identify the docket number FAA-2005-21703/Airspace Docket No. 05-ACE-19, at the beginning of your comments. You may also submit comments on the Internet at You may review the public docket containing the proposal, any comments received, and any final disposition in person in the Dockets Office between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The Docket Office (telephone 1-800-647-5527) is on the plaza level of the Department of Transportation NASSIF Building at the above address.

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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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This amendment to 14 CFR part 71 modifies the legal description for Class D airspace and Class E airspace designated as a surface area at Topeka, Forbes Field, KS to contain Instrument Flight Rule (IFR) operations in controlled airspace. The areas are depicted on appropriate aeronautical charts. Class D airspace areas are published in paragraph 5000 of FAA Order 7400.9M. Airspace Designation 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 designated as surface areas are published in Paragraph 6002 and 6004 of the same FAA Order. The Class D and Class E airspace designations listed in this document will be published subsequently in the Order.

The Direct Final Rule Procedure

The FAA anticipates that this regulation will not result in adverse or negative comment and, therefore, is issuing it as a direct final rule. Previous actions of this nature have not been controversial and have not resulted in adverse comments or objections. Unless a written adverse or negative comment, or a written notice of intent to submit an adverse or negative comment is received within the comment period, the regulation will become effective on Start Printed Page 39915the date specified above. After the close of the comment period, the FAA will publish a document in the Federal Register indicating that no adverse or negative comments were received and confirming the date on which the final rule will become effective. If the FAA does receive, within the comment period, an adverse or negative comment, or written notice of intent to submit such a comment, a document withdrawing the direct final rule will be published in the Federal Register, and a notice of proposed rulemaking may be published with new comment period.

Comment Invited

Interested parties are invited to participate in this rulemaking by submitting such written data, views, or arguments, as they may desire. Comments that provide the factual basis supporting the views and suggestions presented are particularly helpful in developing reasoned regulatory decisions on the proposal. Comments are specifically invited on the overall regulatory, aeronautical, economic, environmental, and energy-related aspects of the proposal. Communications should identify both docket numbers and be submitted in triplicate to the address listed above. Commenters wishing the FAA to acknowledge receipt of their comments on this notice must submit with those comments a self-addressed, stamped postcard on which the following statement is made: “Comments to Docket No. FAA-2005-21703/Airspace Docket No. 05-ACE-19.” The postcard will be date/time stamped and returned to the commenter.

Agency Findings

The regulations adopted herein will not have a substantial direct effect on the States, on the relationship between the national Government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. Therefore, it is determined that this final rule does not have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132.

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 Forbes Field.

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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

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Accordingly, 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 5000 Class D Airspace.

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ACE KS D Topeka, Forbes Field, KS

Topeka, Forbes Field, KS

(Lat. 38°57′03″ N., long 95°39′49″ W.)

That airspace extending upward from the surface to and including 3,600 feet MSL within a 4.6-mile radius of Forbes Field.

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Paragraph 6002 Class E Airspace Designated as Surface Areas.

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ACE KS E2 Topeka, Forbes Field, KS

Topeka, Forbes Field, KS

(Lat. 38°57′03″ N., long. 95°39′49″ W.)

Within a 4.6-mile radius of Forbes Field.

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Paragraph 6004 Class E Airspace Areas Designated as an Extension to a Class D or Class E Surface Area.

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ACE KS E4 Topeka, Forbes Field, KS

Topeka, Forbes Field, KS

(Lat. 38°57′03″ N., long. 95°39′49″ W.)


(Lat. 38°53′06″ N., long. 95°34′53″ W.)

That airspace extending upward from the surface within 2.2 miles each side of the RIPLY LOM 317° bearing extending from the 4.6-mile radius of Forbes Field to 5.3 miles northwest of the airport and within 1.8 miles each side of Forbes Field ILS localizer southeast course extending from the 4.6-mile radius of Forbes Field to 0.9 miles southeast of the LOM excluding that airspace in the Topeka, Philip Billard Airport, KS, Class D airspace area.

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Issued in Kansas City, MO, on June 28, 2005.

Elizabeth S. Wallis,

Acting Area Director, Western Flight Services Operations.

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[FR Doc. 05-13645 Filed 7-11-05; 8:45 am]