Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.
This action amends Class E airspace at Muldrow Army Heliport, Lexington, OK. Changes to military mission requirements require conversion of the Class E surface area to a Class E transition area. This action enhances the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rule (IFR) operations at the airport.
Effective date: 0901 UTC, December 12, 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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On June 3, 2013, the FAA published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend Class E airspace at Muldrow Army Heliport, Lexington, OK (78 FR 33017) Docket No. FAA-2013-0272. 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 paragraphs 6002 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 E airspace designations listed in this document will be published subsequently in the Order.
This action amends Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 71 by amending Class E airspace at Muldrow Army Heliport, Lexington, OK, removing the Class E surface area and creating Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface within a 6.8-mile radius of the heliport. This change supports low altitude military helicopter operations and ensures that standard instrument approaches are conducted within controlled airspace for the safety and management of IFR operations at the heliport.
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 Muldrow Army Heliport, Lexington, OK.
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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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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Paragraph 6002 Class E Airspace Designated as Surface Areas.
ASW OK E2 Lexington, OK [Removed]
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Paragraph 6005 Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet or more above the surface of the earth.
ASW OK E5 Lexington, OK [New]
Muldrow Army Heliport, OK
(Lat. 35°01′35″ N., long. 97°13′54″ W.)
That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface within a 6.8-mile radius of Muldrow Army Heliport.
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Issued in Fort Worth, Texas, on August 2, 2013.
David P. Medina,
Manager, Operations Support Group, ATO Central Service Center.
[FR Doc. 2013-20016 Filed 8-16-13; 8:45 am]
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