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Proposed Amendment of Class E Airspace; Scottsboro, AL

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Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.


Notice of proposed rulemaking.


This action proposes to amend the Class E airspace area at Scottsboro, AL, to accommodate a new Standard Instrument Approach Procedure (SIAP) that has been developed for the Scottsboro Municipal—Word Field Airport. Additional controlled airspace is necessary for the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at Scottsboro Municipal—Word Field Airport.


Comments must be received on or before October 1, 2007.


Send comments on this proposal to the Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M-30, 1200 New Jersey Ave., SE., West Building, Ground Floor, Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590; telephone: 1-800-647-5527. You must identify the docket number FAA-2007-28591; Airspace Docket 07-ASO-16, 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 (see ADDRESSES section for address and phone number) between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

An informal docket may also be examined during normal business hours at the office of the Eastern Service Center, Federal Aviation Administration, Room C210, 1701 Columbia Avenue, College Park, Georgia 30337.

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Mark D. Ward, Manager, System Support, Eastern Service Center, Federal Aviation Administration, P.O. Box 20636, Atlanta, Georgia 30320; telephone (404) 305-5627.

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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. Communication 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-2007-28591/Airspace Docket No. 07-ASO-16.” 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

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The Proposal

The FAA is considering an amendment to Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 71 to amend Class E airspace at Scottsboro, AL. The current Class E airspace area supporting helicopter operations at Jackson County Hospital is too small to contain the new RNAV (GPS) SIAPs at nearby Scottsboro Municipal—Word Field Airport. This proposed action would provide the additional controlled airspace, extending upward from 700 feet above ground level (AGL), that is required to support the new RNAV (GPS) SIAPs for runways 4 and 22 at Scottsboro Municipal—Word Field Airport.

Class E airspace designations for airspace areas extending upward from 700 feet or more above the surface of the earth are published in Paragraph 6005 of FAA Order 7400.9P, dated September 1, 2006, and effective September 15, 2006, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. The Class E 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 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 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., p. 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 15, 2006, is amended as follows:

Paragraph 6005 Class E Airspace Areas Extending Upward from 700 feet or More Above the Surface of the Earth

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ASO AL E5 Scottsboro, AL [ADDED]

Scottsboro Municipal—Word Field Airport, AL

(Lat. 34°41′19″ N., long. 86°00′21″ W.)

Jackson County Hospital Point In Space Coordinates (Lat. 34°39′47″ N., long. 86°01′54″ W.)

That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface within a 6.5-mile radius of Scottsboro Municipal—Word Field Airport extending from the 6.5-mile radius to 4.4 miles northeast of the airport and within 4 miles each side of the 218° bearing from the Scottsboro Municipal—Word Field Airport extending from the 6.5-mile radius to 4.5 miles southwest of the airport; and that airspace within a 6-mile radius of the point in space (Lat. 34°39′47″ N., long. 86°01′54″ W.) serving Jackson County Hospital.

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Issued in College Park, Georgia, on July 2, 2007.

Lynda G. Otting,

Acting Group Manager, System Support Group, Eastern Service Center.

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[FR Doc. 07-3961 Filed 8-14-07; 8:45 am]