Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.
This action revises Class E airspace at St. Mary's, AK, to provide adequate controlled airspace to contain aircraft executing Standard Instrument Approach Procedures (SIAPs). Two new SIAPs are being developed for the St. Mary's Airport. Additionally, four SIAPs are being amended. This action revises existing Class E airspace upward from the surface and from 700 feet (ft.) above the surface at St. Mary's Airport, St. Mary's, AK.
Effective Date: 0901 UTC, July 31, 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.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: email@example.com. Internet address: http://www.alaska.faa.gov/at.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
On Tuesday, February 19, 2008, the FAA proposed to amend part 71 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (14 CFR part 71) to revise Class E airspace upward from 700 ft. above the surface and from 1,200 ft. above the surface at St. Mary's, AK (73 FR 9063). The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking's airspace description included discussion of 1,200 ft. airspace, which is unnecessary in this action. Additionally, the airport coordinates are updated in this action to reflect the most recent airport survey. The action was proposed in order to create Class E airspace sufficient in size to contain aircraft while executing SIAPs for the St. Mary's Airport. Class E controlled airspace extending upward from the surface and from 700 ft. above the surface in the St. Mary's Airport area is revised by this action.
Interested parties were invited to participate in this rulemaking proceeding by submitting written comments on the proposal to the FAA. No comments were received. The rule is adopted as proposed.
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 surface areas are published in paragraph 6002 of FAA Order 7400.9R, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, signed August 15, 2007, and effective September 15, 2007, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. The Class E airspace areas designated as 700/1,200 ft. transition areas are published in paragraph 6005 of FAA Order 7400.9R, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, signed August 15, 2007, and effective September 15, 2007, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. The Class E airspace designations listed in this document will be published subsequently in the Order.
This amendment to 14 CFR part 71 revises Class E airspace at the St. Mary's Airport, AK. This Class E airspace is revised to accommodate aircraft executing new and amended SIAPs, and will be depicted on aeronautical charts for pilot reference. The intended effect of this rule is to provide adequate controlled airspace for Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at the St. Mary's Airport, St. Mary's, 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 is 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 St. Mary's 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 6002 Class E airspace designated as surface areas.
AAL AK E2 St. Mary's, AK [Revised]
St. Mary's Airport, AK
(Lat. 62°03′39″ N., long. 163°18′07″ W.)
Within a 6.7-mile radius of the St. Mary's Airport, and within 4 miles either side of the 202° bearing from the St. Mary's Airport extending from the 6.7-mile radius to 10 miles south of the St. Mary's Airport. This Class E airspace area is effective during the specific dates and times established in advance by a Notice to Airmen. The effective Start Printed Page 31025date and time will thereafter be continuously published in the Airport/Facility Directory.
Paragraph 6005 Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet or more above the surface of the earth.
AAL AK E5 St. Mary's, AK [Revised]
St. Mary's, St. Mary's Airport, AK
(Lat. 62°03′39″ N., long. 163°18′07″ W.)
That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface within a 8.7-mile radius of the St. Mary's Airport, and within 4 miles east and 8 miles west of the 202° bearing from the St. Mary's Airport, extending from the 8.7-mile radius to 16 miles south of the St. Mary's Airport.
Issued in Anchorage, AK, on May 16, 2008.
Anthony M. Wylie,
Manager, Alaska Flight Services Information Area Group.
[FR Doc. E8-11982 Filed 5-29-08; 8:45 am]
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