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Amendment of Class E Airspace; Omaha, NE

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ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

This action amends Class E airspace at Omaha, NE. Additional controlled airspace is necessary to accommodate new Area Navigation (RNAV) Standard Instrument Approach Procedures at Eppley Airfield. The FAA is taking this action to enhance the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rule (IFR) operations at the airport.

DATES:

Effective date: 0901 UTC, July 26, 2012. 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.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

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

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

History

On December 13, 2011, the FAA published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend Class E airspace for the Omaha, NE, area, creating additional controlled airspace at Eppley Airfield (76 FR 77448) Docket No. FAA-2011-1126. 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 7400.9V dated August 9, 2011, and effective September 15, 2011, 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 amending Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface to accommodate new standard instrument approach procedures at Eppley Airfield, Omaha, NE. This action is necessary for the safety and management of IFR operations at the 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 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 amends controlled airspace at Eppley Airfield, Omaha, NE.

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 71

Adoption of the Amendment

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

PART 71—DESIGNATION OF CLASS A, B, C, D, AND E AIRSPACE AREAS; AIR TRAFFIC SERVICE ROUTES; AND REPORTING POINTS

1. The authority citation for

Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40103, 40113, 40120; E. O. 10854, 24 FR 9565, 3 CFR, 1959-1963 Comp., p. 389.

[Amended]

2. The incorporation by reference in

Paragraph 6005 Class E airspace areas extending upward from 700 feet or more above the surface.

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ACE NE E5 Omaha, NE [Amended]

Omaha, Eppley Airfield, NE

(Lat. 41°18′11″ N., long. 95°53′39″ W.)

Omaha, Offutt AFB, NE

(Lat. 41°07′10″ N., long. 95°54′31″ W.)

Council Bluffs, Council Bluffs Municipal Airport, IA

(Lat. 41°15′36″ N., long. 95°45′31″ W.)

Blair, Blair Municipal Airport, NE

(Lat. 41°24′53″ N., long. 96°06′32″ W.)

That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface within a 6.9-mile radius of Eppley Airfield, and within 1 mile each side of the 000° bearing from Eppley Airfield extending from the 6.9-mile radius to 8.5 miles north of the airport, and within 3 miles each side of the Eppley Airfield Runway 14R ILS Localizer course extending from the 6.9-mile radius to 12 miles northwest of the airport, and within a 7-mile radius of Offutt AFB, and within 4.3 miles each side of the Offutt AFB ILS Runway 30 localizer course extending from the 7-mile radius to 7.4 miles southeast of Offutt AFB, and within a 6.4-mile radius of the Council Bluffs Municipal Airport, and within a 6.4-mile radius of Blair Municipal Airport, and within 2 miles each side of the 317° bearing from the Blair Municipal Airport extending from the 6.4-mile radius to 11.6 miles, and within 2 miles each side of the 137° bearing from the Blair Municipal Airport extending from the 6.4-mile radius to 12.2 miles.

Issued in Fort Worth, Texas, on April 5, 2012.

Walter L. Tweedy,

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

[FR Doc. 2012-11549 Filed 5-11-12; 8:45 am]

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