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Amendment of Class E Airspace; Lakeland, FL

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Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.


Final rule.


This action amends Class E airspace at Lakeland, FL. The Plant City Non-Directional Beacon (NDB) has been decommissioned and new Standard Instrument Approach Procedures have been developed for Lakeland Linder Regional Airport. This action also updates the geographic coordinates of the airport, as well as Plant City Municipal Airport and Winter Haven's Gilbert Airport. This action enhances the safety and airspace management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at the airport.


Effective 0901 UTC, October 20, 2011. The Director of the Federal Register approves this incorporation by reference action under title 1, Code of Federal Regulations, part 51, subject to the annual revision of FAA Order 7400.9 and publication of conforming amendments

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John Fornito, Operations Support Group, Eastern Service Center, Federal Aviation Administration, P.O. Box 20636, Atlanta, Georgia 30320; telephone (404) 305-6364.

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On May 24, 2011, the FAA published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend Class E airspace at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport, Lakeland, FL (75 FR 30047) Docket No. FAA-2011-0005. 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 found that the geographic coordinates of Lake Linder Regional Airport, Plant City Municipal Airport, and Winter Haven's Gilbert Airport needed to be adjusted. This action makes these updates. Except for editorial changes, and the changes noted above, this rule is the same as published in the NPRM.

Class E airspace designations are published in Paragraph 6005 of FAA Start Printed Page 47062Order 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 amendment to Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 71 amends Class E surface airspace to support new standard instrument approach procedures developed at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport, Lakeland, FL. Airspace reconfiguration is necessary due to the decommissioning of the Plant City NDB and cancellation of the NDB approach, and for continued safety and management of IFR operations at the airport. This action also updates the geographic coordinates of Lake Linder Regional, Plant City Municipal, and Winter Haven's Gilbert Airports to coincide with the FAA's aeronautical database.

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, is non-controversial and unlikely to result in adverse or negative comments. It, therefore, (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 United States Code. Subtitle I, 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 Class E airspace at Lakeland, FL.

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Lists 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 part 71 continues to read as follows:

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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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Paragraph 6005 Class E Airspace Areas Extending Upward From 700 Feet or More Above the Surface of the Earth.

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ASO FL E5 Lakeland, FL [Amended]

Lakeland Linder Regional Airport, FL

(Lat. 27°59′20″ N., long. 82°01′07″ W.)

Bartow Municipal Airport

(Lat. 27°56′36″ N., long. 81°47′00″ W.)

Plant City Municipal Airport

(Lat. 28°00′01″ N., long. 82°09′48″ W.

Winter Haven's Gilbert Airport

(Lat. 28°03′47″ N., long. 81°45′12″ W.)

Lakeland VORTAC

(Lat. 27°59′10″ N., long. 82°00′50″ W.)

That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface within a 7-mile radius of Lakeland Linder Regional Airport, and within a 6.7-mile radius of Bartow Municipal Airport, and within a 6.6-mile radius of Plant City Municipal Airport, and within 3.5 miles each side of the 266° bearing from the Plant City Airport extending from the 6.6-mile radius to 7.5 miles west of the airport, and within a 6.5-mile radius of Winter Haven's Gilbert Airport, and within 2.5 miles each side of the Lakeland VORTAC 071° radial, extending from the 7-mile radius to Winter Haven's Gilbert Airport 6.5-mile radius.

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Issued in College Park, Georgia, on July 19, 2011.

Mark D. Ward,

Manager, Operations Support Group, Eastern Service Center, Air Traffic Organization.

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[FR Doc. 2011-19166 Filed 8-3-11; 8:45 am]