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Amendment of Class E Airspace; Tioga, ND

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Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.


Final rule.


This action amends Class E airspace at Tioga, ND. Additional controlled airspace is necessary to accommodate Area Navigation (RNAV) Standard Instrument Approach Procedures (SIAP) at Tioga Municipal Airport, Tioga, ND. This action also amends the geographic coordinates of Tioga Municipal Airport. The FAA is taking this action to enhance the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rule (IFR) operations at Tioga Municipal Airport.


Effective 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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Scott Enander, Central Service Center, Operations Support Group, Federal Aviation Administration, Southwest Region, 2601 Meacham Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76137; telephone (817) 321-7716.

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On July 31, 2009, the FAA published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking to amend Class E airspace at Tioga, ND, reconfiguring controlled airspace at Tioga Municipal Airport, Tioga, ND. (74 FR 38142, Docket No. FAA-2009-0504). 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 7400.9T signed August 27, 2009, and effective September 15, 2009, 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 the Order.

The Rule

This action amends Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 71 by amending Class E airspace at Tioga, ND, adding additional controlled airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface at Tioga Municipal Airport, Tioga, ND, for the safety and management of IFR operations. This action also amends the geographic coordinates of Tioga Municipal 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 Start Printed Page 53403not 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 amends controlled airspace at Tioga Municipal Airport, Tioga, ND.

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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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AGL ND E5 Tioga, ND [Amended]

Tioga, Tioga Municipal Airport, ND

(Lat. 48°22′49″ N., long. 102°53′51″ W.)

Minot AFB, ND

(Lat. 48°24′57″ N., long. 101°21′29″ W.)

Williston VORTAC

(Lat. 48°15′12″ N., long. 103°45′02″ W.)

That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface within a 6.7-mile radius of Tioga Municipal Airport and within 4 miles either side of the 133° bearing from the Tioga Municipal Airport extending from the 6.7-mile radius to 10.2 miles southeast of the airport; and that airspace extending upward from 1,200 feet above the surface bounded on the north by latitude 49°00′00″ N, on the east by the 47-mile radius of Minot AFB, on the south by V-430, on the southwest by the 21.8-mile radius of the Williston VORTAC, and on the west by the North Dakota/Montana state boundary.

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Issued in Fort Worth, Texas, on Oct 1, 2009.

Walter L. Tweedy,

Acting Manager, Operations Support Group, ATO Central Service Center.

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[FR Doc. E9-24619 Filed 10-16-09; 8:45 am]