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Revocation of Class E Airspace; Altus AFB, OK

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Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.


Final rule.


This action removes the Class E airspace area designated as an extension to a Class D surface area at Altus AFB, OK. This airspace has been incorporated into the Altus AFB Class D airspace area under separate rulemaking actions.


Effective Date: 0901 UTC, February 19, 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) 321-7716.

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On August 6, 2008, the FAA published in the Federal Register a direct final rule to amend Class D and Class E airspace at Altus AFB, OK (73 FR 45605, Docket No. FAA-2008-0339). This amendment extended the Class D airspace, removing the need for Class E extensions to the Class D airspace area. This airspace has been incorporated into the Altus AFB, OK, Class D airspace area under a separate rulemaking action, which was published on September 29, 2008 and became effective November 20, 2008 (73 FR 56473).

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 6004 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 revoking Class E airspace at Altus AFB, OK.

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 revokes controlled airspace at Altus AFB, OK.

Since this airspace area has been incorporated into Class D airspace, and in consideration of the need to avoid confusion on the part of pilots flying in the vicinity of Altus AFB, the FAA finds good cause, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(d), for making this amendment effective in less than 30 days in order to promote the safe and efficient handling of air traffic in the area.

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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 6004 Class E Airspace Designated as an Extension to a Class D Surface Area.

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ASW K E4 Altus, OK [Removed]

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Issued in Fort Worth, TX, on February 2, 2009.

Anthony D. Roetzel,

Manager, Operations Support Group, ATO Central Service Center.

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[FR Doc. E9-2987 Filed 2-18-09; 8:45 am]