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Establish Class E Airspace; Point Roberts, WA

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Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.


Final rule.


This action will establish Class E airspace at Point Roberts, WA. Additional controlled airspace is necessary to support flight operations at Abbotsford Airport, BC. The FAA is taking this action to improve the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at the request of the Canadian Government.


Effective Date: 0901 UTC, November 20, 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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Richard Roberts, Federal Aviation Administration, Operations Support Group, Western Service Area, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, WA 98057; telephone (425) 203-4517.

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On February 7, 2008, the FAA published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking to establish controlled airspace at Point Roberts, WA (73 FR 7228). 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 signed 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 Point Roberts, WA. Additional controlled airspace is necessary to support IFR operations at Abbotsford Airport, BC.

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 U.S. Code. Subtitle 1, Section 106 discusses 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 controlled airspace at Point Roberts, WA.

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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 6005 Class E airspace areas extending upward from 1,200 feet or more above the surface of the earth.

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ANM WA E5 Point Roberts, WA (Abbotsford, BC) [New]

Abbotsford Airport, BC, Canada

(Lat. 49°01′31″ N., long. 122°21′48″ W.)

That airspace extending upward from 1,200 feet above the surface bounded by a line beginning at lat. 49°00′00″ N., long. 122°15′00″ W.; thence east along the Canadian U.S. Border to lat. 49°00′00″ N., long. 121°20′15″ W.; thence south to lat. 48°51′40″ N., long. 121°20′15″ W.; thence west to lat. 48°51′40″ N., long. 122°15′00″ W.; thence back to the point of origination.

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Issued in Seattle, Washington, on August 27, 2008.

Kevin Nolan,

Acting Manager, Operations Support Group, Western Service Center.

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[FR Doc. E8-20663 Filed 9-8-08; 8:45 am]