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Amendment of Class D and Class E Airspace; San Marcos, TX

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AGENCY:

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

This action amends Class D and Class E airspace at San Marcos, TX. Additional controlled airspace is necessary to accommodate new Area Navigation (RNAV) Standard Instrument Approach Procedures at San Marcos Municipal Airport and the decommissioning of the Garys Locator Outer Marker (LOM). This action enhances the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rule (IFR) operations at the airport. Geographic coordinates are also updated.

DATES:

Effective date: 0901 UTC, October 17, 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:

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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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

History

On June 4, 2013, the FAA published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend Class D and Class E airspace for the San Marcos, TX, area, creating additional controlled airspace at San Marcos Municipal Airport (78 FR 33263) Docket No. FAA-2013-0273. 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 and E airspace designations are published in paragraphs 5000, and 6005, respectively, 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 and Class E airspace designations listed in this document will be published subsequently in the Order.Start Printed Page 48294

The Rule

This action amends Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) Part 71 by amending Class D airspace and Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface ensuring controlled airspace exists to contain aircraft executing new standard instrument approach procedures and the decommissioning of the Garys LOM at San Marcos Municipal Airport, San Marcos, TX. Accordingly, small segments of Class D airspace extend 4.4 miles both west and north, and 5 miles northwest from the 4.2-mile radius of the airport, and small segments of Class E airspace extend 13.1 miles west, 11.1 miles northwest, 10.4 miles both east and south, and 9.6 miles southeast of the 6.7-mile radius of the airport for the safety and management of IFR operations to/from the en route environment. Geographic coordinates for San Marcos Municipal Airport and Lockhart Municipal Airport are also updated 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. 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 that 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, 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 San Marcos Municipal Airport, San Marcos, TX.

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 that warrant preparation of an environmental assessment.

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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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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

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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 5000 Class D airspace.

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ASW TX D San Marcos, TX [Amended]

San Marcos Municipal Airport, TX

(Lat. 29°53′34″ N., long. 97°51′47″ W.)

That airspace extending upward from the surface to and including 3,100 feet MSL within a 4.2-mile radius of San Marcos Municipal Airport, and within 1 mile each side of the 313° bearing from the airport extending from the 4.2-mile radius to 5 miles northwest of the airport, and within 1 mile each side of the 268° bearing from the airport extending from the 4.2-mile radius to 4.4 miles west of the airport, and within 1 mile each side of the 358° bearing from the airport extending from the 4.2-mile radius to 4.4 miles north of the airport. This Class D airspace area is effective during the specific dates and times established in advance by a Notice to Airmen. The effective dates and times will thereafter be continually published in the Airport/Facility Directory.

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

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ASW TX E5 San Marcos, TX [Amended]

San Marcos Municipal Airport, TX

(Lat. 29°53′34″ N., long. 97°51′47″ W.)

Lockhart Municipal Airport, TX

(Lat. 29°51′01″ N., long. 97°40′21″ W.)

That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface within a 6.7-mile radius of San Marcos Municipal Airport, and within 2 miles each side of the 268° bearing from the airport extending from the 6.7-mile radius to 13.1 miles west of the airport, and within 2 miles each side of the 313° bearing from the airport extending from the 6.7-mile radius to 11.1 miles northwest of the airport, and within 2 miles each side of the 088° bearing from the airport extending from the 6.7-mile radius to 10.4 miles east of the airport, and within 2 miles each side of the 133° bearing from the airport extending from the 6.7-mile radius to 9.6 miles southeast of the airport, and within 2 miles each side of the 178° bearing from the airport extending from the 6.7-mile radius to 10.4 miles south of the airport, and within a 6.3-mile radius of Lockhart Municipal Airport.

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Issued in Fort Worth, Texas, on July 25, 2013.

David P. Medina,

Manager, Operations Support Group, ATO Central Service Center.

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[FR Doc. 2013-18715 Filed 8-7-13; 8:45 am]

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