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Amendment of Class E Airspace; Omak, WA

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AGENCY:

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

This action amends Class E airspace at Omak Airport, Omak, WA. Decommissioning of the Nondirectional Radio Beacon (NDB) has made this action necessary. This action also makes a minor change to the legal description in reference to the Class E airspace extending upward from 4,500 feet Mean Sea Level (MSL). This improves the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at the airport.

DATES:

Effective date, 0901 UTC, June 27, 2013. 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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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

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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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

History

On January 24, 2013, the FAA published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend controlled airspace at Omak, WA (78 FR 5151). Interested parties were invited to participate in this rulemaking effort by submitting written comments on the proposal to the FAA. No comments were received.

The FAA's Aeronautical Products Office requested the legal description for the Class E airspace extending upward from 4,500 feet MSL be rewritten for clarity. With the exception of editorial changes and the changes described above, this rule is the same as that proposed in the NPRM.

Class E airspace designations are published in paragraph 6005,of FAA Order 7400.9W dated August 8, 2012, and effective September 15, 2012, 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 that 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 and 1,200 feet above the surface at Omak Airport, Omak, WA. The Omak NDB navigation aid is being decommissioned and, therefore, removed from the legal description. The size and shape of the airspace will remain the same by using the Airport Reference Point in describing the airspace. This action is necessary for the safety and management of IFR operations.

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 additional controlled airspace at Omak Airport, Omak, WA.

Environmental Review

The FAA has determined that this action qualifies for categorical exclusion under the National Environmental Policy Act in accordance with FAA Order 1050.1E, “Environmental Impacts: Policies and Procedures,” paragraph 311a. This airspace action is not expected to cause any potentially significant environmental impacts, and no extraordinary circumstances exist Start Printed Page 22414that warrant preparation of an environmental assessment.

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List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 71

  • Airspace
  • Incorporation by reference
  • Navigation (air)
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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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PART 71—DESIGNATION OF CLASS A, B, C, D AND E AIRSPACE AREAS; AIR TRAFFIC SERVICE ROUTES; AND REPORTING POINTS

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1. The authority citation for 14 CFR 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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2. The incorporation by reference in 14 CFR Part 71.1 of the Federal Aviation Administration Order 7400.9W, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 8, 2012, and effective September 15, 2012 is amended as follows:

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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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ANM WA E5 Omak, WA [Amended]

Omak Airport, WA

(Lat. 48°27′52″ N., long. 119°31′05″ W.)

That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface within a 4.3-mile radius of the Omak Airport, and within 1.8 miles each side of the 177° bearing of the Omak Airport extending from the 4.3-mile radius to 7.5 miles south of the airport; that airspace extending upward from 1,200 feet above the surface within 6.1 miles east and 8.7 miles west of the 177° and 357° bearings of the Omak Airport extending from 6.5 miles north to 17.9 miles south of the airport; that airspace extending upward from 4,500 feet MSL beginning at lat. 48°00′00″ N., long. 118°36′04″ W.; to lat. 47°45′00″ N., long. 118°36′04″ W.; to lat. 47°45′00″ N., long. 120°00′04″ W.; to lat. 48°00′00″ N., long. 120°00′04″ W.; to lat. 48°00′00″ N., long. 119°35′04″ W.; to lat. 48°09′46″ N., long. 119°36′06″ W.; to lat. 48°10′14″ N., long. 119°23′05″ W.; to lat. 48°00′00″ N., long. 119°22′24″ W., thence to the point of origin; that airspace extending upward from 8,500 feet MSL bounded on the north by the U.S./Canadian border, on the east by long. 119°00′04″ W., on the south by lat. 47°59′59″ N., and on the west by a line from lat. 47°59′59″ N., long. 120°30′04″ W.; to lat. 49°00′00″ N., long. 120°00′04″ W.

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Issued in Seattle, Washington, on April 4, 2013.

Clark Desing,

Manager, Operations Support Group, Western Service Center.

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[FR Doc. 2013-08814 Filed 4-15-13; 8:45 am]

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