Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.
Direct final rule request for comments.
This action proposes to establish Class E5 airspace at Eagle Pass, TX. Additional controlled airspace is necessary to accommodate aircraft using new RNAV Global Positioning System (GPS) Standard Instrument Approach Procedures (SIAP). The FAA is proposing this action to enhance the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) aircraft operations at Eagle Pass, TX, Maverick County Memorial International Airport.
Effective Dates: 0901 UTC April 10, 2008. Comments for inclusion in the rules Docket must be received on or before February 25, 2008. The Director of the Federal Register approves this incorporation by reference action under Title 1, Code of Federal Regulations, part 51, subject to the annual revision of FAA Order 7400.9 and publication of conforming amendments.
Send comments on this proposal to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590-0001. You must identify the docket number FAA-2008-0027/Airspace Docket No. 08-ASW-3, at the beginning of your comments. You may also submit comments through the Internet at http://regulations.gov. 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 ground floor of the building at the above address.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Joe Yadouga, Central Service Center, System Support Group, Federal Aviation Administration, Southwest Region, Ft. Worth, Texas 76193-0530; telephone (817) 222-5597.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
The Direct Final Rule Procedure
The FAA anticipates that this regulation will not result in adverse or Start Printed Page 3626negative comments, and, therefore, issues it as a direct final rule. 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 the 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 effective date of the rule. If the FAA receives, within the comment period, an adverse or negative comment, or written comment 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 a new comment period.
Although this action is in the form of a direct final rule, and was not preceded by a notice of proposed rulemaking, interested persons are invited to comment on this rule by submitting such written data, views, or arguments as they may desire. An electronic copy of this document may be downloaded from http://www.regulations.gov. Communications should identify both docket numbers and be submitted in triplicate to the address specified under the caption ADDRESSES above or through the Web site. All communications received on or before the closing date for comments will be considered, and this rule may be amended or withdrawn in light of the comments received.
This amendment to Title 14, Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 71 establishes Class E5 airspace at Eagle Pass, TX providing the airspace required to support the new RNAV (GPS) RWY 13/31 approach developed for IFR landings at Maverick County Memorial International Airport. Controlled airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface is required to encompass all SIAPs and for the safety of IFR operations at Maverick County Memorial International Airport. Designations for Class E5 airspace areas extending upward from 700 feet above the surface of the earth are published in the FAA Order 7400.9R, signed August 15, 2007 and effective September 15, 2007, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. Class E5 designations listed in this document will be published subsequently in the Order.
The regulations adopted herein will not have substantial direct effects on the States, on the relationship between the national government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among various levels of government. Therefore, it is determined that this final rule does not have federalism implication 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, is non-controversial and unlikely to result in adverse or negative comments. 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.
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 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 E5 airspace near Eagle Pass, TX.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, B, C, D AND E AIRSPACE AREAS; AIR TRAFFIC SERVICE ROUTES; AND REPORTING POINTSEnd Part Start Amendment Part
1. The authority citation for part 71 continues to read as follows:End Amendment Part
2. The incorporation by reference inEnd Amendment Part
Paragraph 6002 Class E5 airspace areas extending upward from 700 feet above the surface of the earth
ASW TX Class E5 Eagle Pass, TX [New]
Maverick County Memorial International Airport
(lat. 28° 51.43′N., long. 100°30.81′W.)
That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface within a 6.5-mile radius of Maverick County Memorial International Airport to exclude the international boundaries of Mexican airspace. This Class E5 airspace is effective during specific dates and times established in advance by Notice to Airmen. The effective date and time will thereafter be continuously published in the Airport/Facility Directory.
Issued in Fort Worth, TX, on January 9, 2008.
Donald R. Smith,
Manager, System Support Group, ATO Central Service Center.
[FR Doc. 08-164 Filed 1-18-08; 8:45 am]
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