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Amendment of Class E Airspace; Omaha, NE

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Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.


Final rule.


This action amends Class E airspace at Omaha, NE. Additional controlled airspace is necessary to accommodate Area Navigation (RNAV) Standard Instrument Approach Procedures (SIAP) at Blair Municipal Airport, Blair, NE. This action also makes minor changes to the geographic coordinates of the existing airports in the Omaha, NE, airspace area. The FAA is taking this action to enhance the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rule (IFR) operations at Blair Municipal Airport.


Effective Date: 0901 UTC, July 2, 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, Fort Worth, TX 76193-0530; telephone (817) 321-7716.

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On January 13, 2009, the FAA published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking to amend Class E airspace at Omaha, NE, adding additional controlled airspace at Blair Municipal Airport, Blair, NE. (74 FR 1651, Docket No. FAA-2008-1228). 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 7400.9S 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. With the exception of editorial changes, and the changes described above, this rule is the same as that proposed in the NPRM.

The Rule

This action amends Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) Part 71 by amending Class E airspace at Omaha, NE, adding additional controlled airspace at Blair Municipal Airport, Blair, NE. This action also updates s the geographic coordinates for Eppley Airfield, Offutt Air Force Base, and Council Bluffs Municipal Airport, to coincide with the National Aeronautical Charting Office.

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, Start Printed Page 17392Subpart 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 adds additional controlled airspace at Blair Municipal Airport, Blair, NE.

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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 700 feet or more above the surface.

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ACE NE E5 Omaha, NE [Amended]

Omaha, Eppley Airfield, NE

(Lat. 41°18′11″ N., long. 95°53′39″ W.)

Omaha, Offutt AFB, NE

(Lat. 41°07′10″ N., long. 95°54′31″ W.)

Council Bluffs, Council Bluffs Municipal Airport, IA

(Lat. 41°15′36″ N., long. 95°45′31″ W.)

Blair, Blair Municipal Airport, NE

(Lat. 41°24′53″ N., long. 96°06′32″ W.)

That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface within a 6.9-mile radius of Eppley Airfield and within 3 miles each side of the Eppley Airfield Runway 14R ILS Localizer course extending from the 6.9-mile radius to 12 miles northwest of the airport and within a 7-mile radius of Offutt AFB and within 4.3 miles each side of the Offutt AFB ILS Runway 30 localizer course extending from the 7-mile radius to 7.4 miles southeast of Offutt AFB and within a 6.4-mile radius of the Council Bluffs Municipal Airport, and within a 6.4-mile radius of Blair Municipal Airport, and within 2 miles each side of the 317° bearing from the Blair Municipal Airport extending from the 6.4-mile radius to 11.6 miles, and within 2 miles each side of the 137° bearing from the Blair Municipal Airport extending from the 6.4-mile radius to 12.2 miles.

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Issued in Fort Worth, TX, on March 24, 2009.

Ronnie L. Uhlenhaker,

Acting Manager, Operations Support Group, Central Service Center.

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[FR Doc. E9-8577 Filed 4-14-09; 8:45 am]