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Establishment of Class E Airspace; Springfield, CO

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Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.


Final rule.


This action will establish Class E surface airspace at Springfield, CO. Controlled airspace is necessary to accommodate aircraft using a new Area Navigation (RNAV) Global Positioning System (GPS) Standard Instrument Approach Procedure (SIAP) at Springfield Municipal Airport. This action will enhance the safety of Instrument Flight rules (IFR) aircraft operations at Springfield Municipal Airport, Springfield, CO. Additionally this action also corrects the geographic location of Springfield Municipal Airport, CO.


Effective Date: 0901 UTC, February 14, 2008. The Director of the Federal Register approves this incorporation by reference action under 1 CFR part 51, subject to the annual revision of FAA Order 7400.9 and publication of conforming amendments.

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Eldon Taylor, Federal Aviation Administration, Western Service Area Office, System Support Group, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, WA 98057; telephone (425) 917-6726.

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On August 9, 2007, the FAA published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking to establish Class E airspace at Springfield, CO, (72 FR 44815). This action would improve the safety of IFR aircraft at Springfield Municipal Airport, Springfield, CO. Interested parties were invited to participate in this rulemaking effort by submitting written comments on the proposal to the FAA. No comments were received.

Class E airspace designations are published in paragraph 6005 of FAA Order 7400.9R dated August 15, 2007, and effective September 15, 2007, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR part 71.1. The Class E airspace designations listed in this document will be published subsequently in that Order.

The Rule

This action amends Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 71 by establishing Class E airspace at Springfield, CO. Controlled airspace is necessary to accommodate IFR aircraft at Springfield Municipal Airport, Springfield, CO.

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.

The FAA's authority to issue rules regarding aviation safety is found in Title 49 of the United States Code. Subtitle I, 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 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 as it establishes Class E airspace at Springfield, CO.

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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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1. The authority citation for

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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 Areas Designated as a Surface Area.

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ANM CO, E5 Springfield, CO [New]

Springfield Municipal Airport, CO

(Lat. 37°27′31″ N., long. 103°37′05″ W.)

That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface within a 7.0-mile radius of Springfield Municipal Airport; that airspace extending upward from 1,200 feet above the surface beginning at TOBE VORTAC, thence north along V-169 to lat. 38°34′00″ N., thence to lat. 38°34′00″ N., long. 102°00′00″ W., thence to lat. 36°30′00″ N., long. 102°00′00″ W., thence west on lat. 36°30′00″ N. to V-81, thence northwest along V-81 to point of beginning.

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Issued in Seattle, Washington, on October 17, 2007.

Clark Desing,

Manager, System Support Group, Western Service Center.

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[FR Doc. E7-21133 Filed 10-29-07; 8:45 am]