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Proposed Modification of Class D Airspace; Luke Air Force Base, AZ

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Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.


Notice of proposed rulemaking.

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This notice proposes to modify Class D airspace at Luke Air Force Base (LUF), AZ. This modification is necessary to contain and protect circling maneuvers for Category E aircraft executing these maneuvers in conjunction with Standard Instrument Approach Procedures (SIAPs) at the airport. This action would modify the existing LUF Class D airspace to extend upward from the surface to, but not including, 4,000 feet mean sea level (MSL) and extend the lateral limits from 4.4 nautical miles (NM) to 5.6 NM from the 170° bearing from the airport clockwise to the 046° bearing from the airport.


Comments must be received on or before January 8, 2007.


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-2006-26311/Airspace Docket No. 06-AWP-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.

An informal docket may also be examined during normal business hours at the office of the Area Director, Terminal Operations, Western Service Area, Federal Aviation Administration, Room 2010, 15000 Aviation Boulevard, Lawndale, California, 90261.

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Francie Hope, System Support Specialist, Western Service Area, Federal Aviation Administration, 15000 Aviation Boulevard, Lawndale, California 90261; telephone (310) 725-6502.

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Comments Invited

Interested parties are invited to participate in this proposed 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-2006-26311/Airspace Docket No. 06-AWP-19.” The postcard will be date/time stamped and returned to the commenter. All communications received before the specified closing date for comments will be considered before taking action on the proposed rule. The proposal contained in this notice may be changed in light of the comments received. A report summarizing each substantive public contact with FAA personnel concerned with this rulemaking will be filed in the docket.

Availability of NPRMs

An electronic copy of this document may be downloaded through the Internet at Recently published rulemaking documents can also be accessed through the FAA's Web page at or the Superintendent of Document's Web page at​fr/​index.html. Additionally, any person may obtain a copy of this notice by submitting a request to the Federal Aviation Administration, Office of Air Traffic Airspace Management, ATA-400, 800 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20591, or by calling (202) 267-8783. Communications must identify both docket numbers for this notice. Persons interested in being placed on a mailing list for future NPRM's should contact the FAA's Office of Rulemaking, (202) 267-9677, to request a copy of Advisory Circular No. 11-2A, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Distribution System, which describes the application procedure.

The Proposal

The FAA is considering an amendment to part 71 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (14 CFR part 71) to modify Class D airspace at Luke Air Force Base (LUF), AZ. This action is necessary at LUF to provide controlled airspace for Category E aircraft conducting circling maneuvers in conjunction with published SIAPs. Generally, Category E aircraft are very large and/or high performance aircraft. At LUF, these aircraft require additional airspace when conducting circling maneuvers due to high speed and high performance. This proposal will raise the ceiling of the existing Class D airspace area from 3,600′ MSL to, but not including, 4,000′ MSL. It will also expand the lateral limit of the existing Class D airspace area from 4.4 NM to 5.6 NM starting at the 170° bearing from the airport and proceeding clockwise to the 046° bearing from the airport.

Class D airspace areas are published in Paragraph 5000 of FAA Order 7400.9P, dated September 1, 2006, and effective September 16, 2006, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. The Class D airspace designation listed in this document would be published subsequently in the Order.

The FAA has determined that this proposed regulation only involves an established body of technical regulations for which frequent and routine amendments are necessary to keep the 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 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.

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List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 71

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The Proposed Amendment

In consideration of the foregoing, the Federal Aviation Administration proposes to amend 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., 389.

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2. The incorporation by reference in 14 CFR 71.1 of Federal Aviation Administration Order 7400.9P, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated September 1, 2006, and effective September 16, 2006, is amended as follows:

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Paragraph 5000 Class D Airspace.

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AWP AZ D Phoenix, Luke AFB, AZ [Amended]

Phoenix Luke AFB, AZ

(Lat. 33°32′06″ N, Long. 112°22′59″ W)

That airspace extending upward from the surface to but not including 4,000 feet MSL within a 5.6-mile radius of Luke AFB bearing 170° clockwise to 046° from the airport; and within 4.4 miles of Luke AFB bearing 046° clockwise through 170° from the airport; and excluding that portion with the Glendale, AZ, and Goodyear, AZ, Class D airspace areas. This Class D airspace area is effective during the specific dates and times established in advance by a Notice to Airmen. The effective dates and times will thereafter be continually published in the Airport/Facility Directory.

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Issued in Los Angeles, California, on November 20, 2006.

Anthony J. DiBernardo,

Acting Director, Western Terminal Operations.

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[FR Doc. 06-9563 Filed 12-6-06; 8:45 am]