Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.
This action establishes Class E airspace at Kuparuk, AK to provide adequate controlled airspace to contain aircraft executing eight Special Standard Instrument Approach Procedures (SIAPs). This rule results in new Class E airspace established upward from 700 feet (ft.) above the surface at Ugnu-Kuparuk Airport, AK.
Effective Date: 0901 UTC, August 3, 2006.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Gary Rolf, AAL-538G, Federal Aviation Administration, 222 West 7th Avenue, Box 14, Anchorage, AK 99513-7587; telephone number (907) 271-5898; fax: (907) 271-2850; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Internet address: http://www.alaska.faa.gov/at.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
On Wednesday, February 15, 2006, the FAA proposed to amend part 71 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (14 CFR part 71) to establish Class E airspace upward from 700 ft. above the surface at Ugnu-Kuparuk Airport, AK (71 FR 7890). The action was proposed in order to create Class E airspace sufficient in size to contain aircraft while executing eight Special SIAPs for the Ugnu-Kuparuk Airport. The Special approaches were listed as being new and revised in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM). However, all eight Special SIAPs were already in existence. Thus, there are no instrument approach procedure changes. This action is taken to fulfill the FAA policy of establishing controlled airspace at private airfields with existing instrument procedures. Class E controlled airspace extending upward from 700 ft. above the surface in the Ugnu-Kuparuk Airport area is created by this action. Interested parties were invited to participate in this rulemaking proceeding by submitting written comments on the proposal to the FAA. No public comments have been received; thus the rule is adopted as proposed. Additionally, the airspace action title in the NPRM should have been listed as “Establishment of Class E Airspace; Kuparuk, AK” instead of using the term “Ugnu-Kuparuk”. The legal description title is taken from the geographic location, not the airport's name.
The area will be depicted on aeronautical charts for pilot reference. The coordinates for this airspace docket are based on North American Datum 83. The Class E airspace areas designated as 700/1,200 ft. transition areas are published in paragraph 6005 of FAA Order 7400.9N, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated September 1, 2005, and effective September 15, 2005, 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.
This amendment to 14 CFR part 71 creates Class E airspace at Kuparuk, Alaska. This Class E airspace is established to accommodate aircraft executing existing Special SIAPs. The intended effect of this rule is to provide controlled airspace for Instrument Flight Rule (IFR) operations at Ugnu-Kuparuk Airport, Kuparuk, Alaska.
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. It, therefore—(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 a routine matter that will only affect air 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.
The FAA's authority to issue rules regarding aviation safety is found in Title 49 of the United States Code. Subtitle 1, Section 106 describes the authority of the FAA Administrator. Subtitle VII, Aviation Programs, describes in more detail the scope of the agency's authority.
This rulemaking is promulgated under the authority described in Subtitle VII, Part A, Subpart 1, Section 40103, Sovereignty and use of airspace. Under that section, the FAA is charged with prescribing regulations to ensure the safe and efficient use of the navigable airspace. This regulation is within the scope of that authority because it creates Class E airspace sufficient in size to contain aircraft executing instrument procedures for the Ugnu-Kuparuk Airport and represents the FAA's continuing effort to safely and efficiently use the navigable airspace.Start List of Subjects
List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 71End List of Subjects
Adoption of the AmendmentStart Amendment Part
In consideration of the foregoing, the Federal Aviation Administration amendsEnd Amendment Part Start Part
PART 71—DESIGNATION OF CLASS A, CLASS B, CLASS C, CLASS D, AND CLASS E AIRSPACE AREAS; AIRWAYS; ROUTES; AND REPORTING POINTSEnd Part Start Amendment Part
1. The authority citation forEnd Amendment Part
2. The incorporation by reference inEnd Amendment Part
Paragraph 6005 Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet or more above the surface of the earth.
AAL AK E5 Kuparuk, AK [New]
Ugnu-Kuparuk Airport, AK
(Lat. 70°19′51″ N., long. 149°35′51″ W.)
(Lat. 70°19′41″ N., long. 149°38′07″ W.)
That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface within a 7-mile radius of the Ugnu-Kuparuk Airport, and within 8 miles north and 4 miles south of the 078° bearing of the Pitsand NDB extending from the 7-mile radius to 16 miles east of the Pitsand NDB and within 8 miles north and 4 miles south of the 258° bearing of the Start Printed Page 20874Pitsand NDB extending from the 7-mile radius to 16 miles west of the Pitsand NDB.
Issued in Anchorage, AK, on April 14, 2006.
Anthony M. Wylie,
Manager, Safety, Area Flight Service Operations.
[FR Doc. 06-3861 Filed 4-21-06; 8:45 am]
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