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Establishment of Class E Airspace; Branson, MO

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Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.


Final rule.


This action establishes Class E airspace at Branson Airport, Branson, MO. Establishment of an air traffic control tower and Standard Instrument Approach Procedures (SIAPs) have made this action necessary for the safety of Instrument Flight Rule (IFR) operations at the airport. Also, this action corrects the name to Branson Airport, and makes a correction to the geographic coordinates for Branson Airport.


Effective Date: 0901 UTC, March 12, 2009. 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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Scott Enander, Central Service Center, Operations Support Group, Federal Aviation Administration, Southwest Region, 2601 Meacham Blvd., Ft. Worth, TX 76193-0530; telephone (817) 222-5582.

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On October 22, 2008, the FAA published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking to establish Class E airspace at Branson, MO (73 FR 62940, Docket No. FAA-2008-0873). Interested parties were invited to participate in this rulemaking effort by submitting written comments on the proposal to the FAA. No comments were received. With the exception of editorial changes, and the changes described above, this rule is the same as that proposed in the NPRM. Class E airspace designations are published in paragraphs 6002 and 6005 of FAA Order 7400.9S signed October 3, 2008, and effective October 31, 2008, 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 Branson Airport, Branson, MO. Controlled airspace is necessary to accommodate a new air traffic control tower and SIAPs for IFR operations at this new airport.

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, 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 controlled airspace at Branson Airport, Branson, MO.

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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 Designated as Surface Areas.

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ACE MO E2 Branson, MO [New]

Branson Airport, MO

(lat. 36°31′55″ N., long. 93°12′02″ W.)

Within a 4.1-mile radius of Branson Airport. This Class E airspace area is effective during the specific dates and times established in advance by a Notice to Airmen. The effective date and time will thereafter be continuously published in the Airport/Facility Directory.

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Paragraph 6005 Class E airspace areas extending upward from 700 feet or more above the surface of the earth.

ACE MO E5 Branson, MO [New]

Branson Airport, MO

(Lat. 36°31′55″ N., long. 93°12′02″ W.)

That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface within a 6.6-mile radius of Branson Airport.

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Issued in Fort Worth, TX, on December 19, 2008.

Donald R. Smith,

Manager, Operations Support Group, Central Service Center.

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[FR Doc. E8-31441 Filed 1-7-09; 8:45 am]