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Establishment of Class E Airspace; Monterey, CA

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Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.


Final rule.


This action will establish Class E airspace at Monterey, CA, to accommodate aircraft using a new Area Navigation (RNAV) Required Navigation Performance (RNP) Standard Instrument Approach Procedures (SIAPs) at Monterey Peninsula Airport. This action will improve the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at the airport.


Effective date, 0901 UTC, September 23, 2010. 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 November 18, 2009, the FAA published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking to establish controlled airspace at Monterey, CA (74 FR 59491). 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, the FAA's National Aeronautical Charting Office found that the legal description was vague and needed to be clarified to avoid confusion on the part of pilots flying in the area. Therefore, the legal description for Monterey Peninsula Airport has been reworded. This change does not affect the boundaries of the airspace area.

Class E airspace designations are published in paragraph 6002 of FAA Order 7400.9T signed August 27, 2009, and effective September 15, 2009, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. The Class E airspace designations listed in this document will be published subsequently in that Order.

The Rule

This action will amend Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 71 by establishing Class E surface airspace at Monterey Peninsula Airport, Monterey, CA, to accommodate IFR aircraft executing new RNAV (RNP) SIAPs at the airport. This action is necessary for the safety and management of IFR operations. With the exception of editorial changes, and the changes described above, this rule is the same as that proposed in the NPRM.

The FAA has determined 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 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 Start Printed Page 41077controlled airspace at Monterey Peninsula Airport, Monterey, CA.

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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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AWP CA, E2 Monterey, CA [New]

Monterey Peninsula Airport, CA

(Lat. 36°35′13″ N., long. 121°50′35″ W.)

Within a 5-mile radius of the Monterey Peninsula Airport, and within 3 miles each side of the 113° bearing of the airport extending from the 5-mile radius of Monterey Peninsula Airport to 15.7 miles east of the airport. This Class E airspace area is effective during the specific dates and times established in advance by a Notice to Airmen. The effective dates and times will thereafter be continuously published in the Airport/Facility Directory.

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Issued in Seattle, Washington, on July 1, 2010.

John Warner,

Manager, Operations Support Group, Western Service Center.

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[FR Doc. 2010-17248 Filed 7-14-10; 8:45 am]