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Amendment of Class E Airspace; Muncie, IN

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Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.


Final rule.


This action amends Class E airspace at Muncie, IN, to accommodate new Area Navigation (RNAV) Standard Instrument Approach Procedures (SIAP) at Ball Memorial Hospital Heliport, Muncie, IN. The FAA is taking this action to enhance the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rule (IFR) operations at the heliport.


Effective date: 0901 UTC, May 5, 2011. 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 November 8, 2010, the FAA published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking to amend Class E airspace for Muncie, IN, creating controlled airspace at Ball Memorial Hospital Heliport (75 FR 68552) Docket No. FAA-2010-1032. 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, an error was found in the regulatory text noting the wrong airport name. This rule will make the correction. Start Printed Page 9220

Class E airspace designations are published in paragraph 6005 of FAA Order 7400.9U dated August 18, 2010, and effective September 15, 2010, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 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 creating Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface to accommodate the new COPTER RNAV (POINT-IN-SPACE) standard instrument approach procedures at Ball Memorial Hospital Heliport, Muncie, IN. This action is necessary for the safety and management of IFR operations at the heliport. This action also corrects the airport name listed in the regulatory text for Muncie, IN, from “Purdue University Airport” to “Delaware County Regional Airport”. With the exception of editorial changes and the changes described above, this action is the same as that proposed in the NPRM.

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 creates controlled airspace at Ball Memorial Hospital Heliport, Muncie, IN.

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List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 71

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Adoption of the Amendment

In consideration of the foregoing, the Federal Aviation Administration amends 14 CFR part 71 as follows:

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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 IN E5 Muncie, IN [Amended]

Muncie, Delaware County Regional Airport, IN

(Lat. 40°14′33″ N., long. 85°23′45″ W.)

Muncie, Ball Memorial Hospital Heliport, IN

Point In Space

(Lat. 40°11′50″ N., long. 85°25′52″ W.)

That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface within a 7-mile radius of Delaware County Regional Airport, and within a 6-mile radius of the Ball Memorial Hospital Heliport point in space coordinates at lat. 40°11′50″ N., long. 85°25′52″ W.

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Issued in Fort Worth, Texas, on February 8, 2011.

Richard J. Kervin, Jr.

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

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[FR Doc. 2011-3549 Filed 2-16-11; 8:45 am]