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Modification of Class E Airspace; Lake Havasu, AZ

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Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.


Final rule.


This action will modify Class E airspace at Lake Havasu, AZ. Additional controlled airspace is necessary to accommodate aircraft using a new Area Navigation (RNAV) Global Positioning System (GPS) Standard Instrument Approach Procedure (SIAP) at Lake Havasu City Airport, Lake Havasu, AZ. This will improve the safety of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) aircraft executing the new RNAV GPS SIAP at Lake Havasu City Airport, Lake Havasu, AZ. This also makes a minor change in the airport description. It changes the 2.2-mile radius of Chemehuevi Valley Airport to a 2.3-mile radius.


Effective Date: 0901 UTC, December 17, 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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Eldon Taylor, Federal Aviation Administration, Operations Support Group, Western Service Center, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, WA 98057; telephone (425) 203-4537.

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On June 24, 2009, the FAA published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking to establish additional controlled airspace at Lake Havasu, AZ (74 FR 30025). Interested parties were invited to participate in this rulemaking effort by submitting written comments on the proposal to the FAA. No comments were received. Subsequent to publication of the NPRM, the FAA found an error in the airport description for the excluded airspace. This action corrects that error.

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.

The Rule

This action amends Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 71 by amending the Class E airspace at Lake Havasu, AZ. Additional controlled airspace is necessary to accommodate IFR aircraft executing a new RNAV (GPS) approach procedure at Lake Havasu City Airport, Lake Havasu, AZ. This action also corrects the 2.2-mile radius exclusion to 2.3 miles.

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 additional controlled airspace at Lake Havasu City Airport, Lake Havasu, AZ.

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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 of the earth.

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AWP AZ E5 Lake Havasu, AZ [Modified]

Lake Havasu City, AZ

(Lat. 34°34′16″ N., long. 114°21′30″ W.)

Chemehuevi Valley Airport, CA

(Lat. 34°31′44″ N., long. 114°25′56″ W.)

That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface within a 6.7-mile radius of Lake Havasu City Airport and within 1 mile each side of the Lake Havasu City Airport 150° bearing extending from the 6.7-mile radius to 13 miles southeast of the Lake Havasu City Airport, excluding that airspace with a 2.3-mile radius of Chemehuevi Valley Airport. That airspace extending upward from 1,200 feet above the surface bounded by a line beginning at lat. 34°42′47″ N., long. 114°29′37″ W.; to lat. 34°42′47″ N., long. 114°12′06″ W.; to lat. 34°23′00″ N., long. 114°12′06″ W.; to lat. 34°17′19″ N., long. 114°32′12″ W.; thence to the point of beginning.

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Issued in Seattle, Washington, on August 14, 2009.

H. Steve Karnes,

Team Manager, Operations Support Group, Western Service Center.

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[FR Doc. E9-20278 Filed 8-25-09; 8:45 am]