Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.
This action amends Class D airspace at El Monte Airport, El Monte, CA. This action, initiated by the FAA's biennial review of the El Monte Airspace area, creates additional Class D airspace to accommodate aircraft departures and arrivals. This improves the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at the airport.
Effective date, 0901 UTC, August 22, 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:
Rick Roberts, Federal Aviation Administration, Operations Support Group, Western Service Center, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA, 98057; telephone (425) 203-4517.
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On March 4, 2013, the FAA published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend Class D airspace at El Monte, CA (78 FR 14031). 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 D airspace designations are published in paragraph 5000, of FAA Order 7400.9W dated August 8, 2012, and effective September 15, 2012, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. The Class D airspace designations listed in this document will be published subsequently in that Order.
This action amends Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 71 by amending Class D airspace at El Monte Airport, El Monte, CA. The FAA's biennial review of the airspace found additional controlled airspace necessary laterally for the safety and management of aircraft departing and arriving under IFR operations at El Monte Airport, along with a reduction in the ceiling from 2,800 feet MSL to and including 2,400 feet MSL due to arrivals to Los Angeles International Airport that overfly El Monte Airport.
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 only affects air traffic procedures and air navigation, it is certified this rule, when promulgated, does 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 amends controlled airspace at El Monte Airport, El Monte, CA.
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,” Start Printed Page 28133paragraph 311a. This airspace action is not expected to cause any potentially significant environmental impacts, and no extraordinary circumstances exist that warrant preparation of an environmental assessment.
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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
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1. The authority citation for 14 CFR part 71 continues to read as follows:End Amendment Part
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2. The incorporation by reference in 14 CFR 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:End Amendment Part
Paragraph 5000 Class D airspace areas.
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AWP CA D El Monte Airport, CA [Amended]
El Monte Airport, CA
(lat. 34°05′10″ N., long. 118°02′05″ W.)
That airspace extending upward from the surface to and including 2,400 feet MSL within a 4-mile radius of El Monte Airport and within 1.8 miles each side of the El Monte Airport 097° bearing extending from the 4-mile radius to 4.5 miles east of the airport. This Class D airspace area is effective during the specific dates and times established by a Notice to Airmen. The effective date and time will thereafter be continuously published in the Airport/Facility Directory.
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Issued in Seattle, Washington, on May 2, 2013.
Manager, Operations Support Group, Western Service Center.
[FR Doc. 2013-11182 Filed 5-13-13; 8:45 am]
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