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Amendment of Class E Airspace; Carlsbad, NM

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Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.


Final rule.


This action amends Class E airspace at Carlsbad, NM. Controlled Start Printed Page 67293airspace is necessary to accommodate new Area Navigation (RNAV) Standard Instrument Approach Procedures at Cavern City Air Terminal. The FAA is taking this action to enhance the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rule (IFR) operations at the airport.


Effective date: 0901 UTC, February 6, 2014. 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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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 August 12, 2013, the FAA published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend Class E airspace for the Carlsbad, NM, area, creating additional controlled airspace at Cavern City Air Terminal (78 FR 48839) Docket No. FAA-2013-0173. 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 7400.9X dated August 7, 2013, and effective September 15, 2013, 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 contain aircraft executing new standard instrument approach procedures at Cavern City Air Terminal, Carlsbad, NM. Accordingly, an additional segment will extend from the 7.4-mile radius of the airport to 10.7 miles southwest of the airport, to retain the safety and management of IFR aircraft in Class E airspace to/from the en route environment.

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 Cavern City Air Terminal, Carlsbad, NM.

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

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ASW NM E5 Carlsbad, NM [Amended]

Carlsbad, Cavern City Air Terminal, NM

(Lat. 32°20′15″ N., long. 104°15′48″ W.)

Cavern City Air Terminal Localizer

(Lat. 32°20′22″ N., long. 104°15′19″ W.)

That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface within a 7.4-mile radius of Cavern City Air Terminal, and within 1.4 miles each side of the Cavern City Air Terminal Localizer southwest course extending from the 7.4-mile radius to 9.4 miles southwest of the airport, and within 1.8 miles each side of the 044° bearing from the airport extending from the 7.4-mile radius to 8.7 miles northeast of the airport, and within 2 miles each side of the 209° bearing from the airport extending from the 7.4-mile radius to 10.7 miles southwest of the airport.

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

David P. Medina,

Manager, Operations Support Group, ATO Central Service Center.

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[FR Doc. 2013-26920 Filed 11-8-13; 8:45 am]