Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.
This action amends Class E Airspace at Danville Regional Airport, Danville, VA, to accommodate new landing and departure procedures, and by removing the operating hours established by a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM). This enhances the safety and management of aircraft operations at the airport. This action also updates the geographic coordinates of the airport.
Effective 0901 UTC, February 6, 2014. The Director of the Federal Register approves this incorporation by reference action under title 1, Code of Federal Regulations, 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:
John Fornito, Operations Support Group, Eastern Service Center, Federal Aviation Administration, P.O. Box 20636, Atlanta, Georgia 30320; telephone (404) 305-6364.
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On August 7, 2013, the FAA published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend Class E surface area airspace at Danville Regional Airport, Danville, VA. (78 FR, 48079). 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 6002 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.
This amendment to Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 71 amends Class E surface area airspace at Danville Regional Airport, Danville, VA, within a 5-mile radius of the airport, with segments extending from the 5-mile radius to 7 miles southwest and 7 miles northeast of the airport. Due to increased air traffic, controlled airspace is continuous 24 hours, and no longer effective during the specific dates and times established in advanced by NOTAM. The geographic coordinates of the airport also are adjusted to be in concert with FAAs 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, is non-controversial and unlikely to result in adverse or negative comments. It, therefore, (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 United States Code. Subtitle I, 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 Danville Regional Airport, Danville, VA.
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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1. The authority citation for Part 71 continues to read as follows:End Amendment Part
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Paragraph 6002 Class E Airspace Designated as Surface Areas.
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AEA VA E2 Danville, VA [Amended]
Danville Regional Airport
(Lat. 36°34′22″ N., long. 79°20′10″ W.)
That airspace extending upward from the surface within a 5-mile radius of Danville Regional Airport and within 2.4-mile each side of a 208° bearing from the airport, extending from the 5-mile radius to 7 miles southwest of the airport, and within 2.4-mile each side of a 016° bearing from the airport, extending from the 5-mile radius to 7 miles northeast of the airport.
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Issued in College Park, Georgia, on November 19, 2013.
Kip B. Johns,
Manager, Operations Support Group, Eastern Service Center, Air Traffic Organization.
[FR Doc. 2013-28665 Filed 11-29-13; 8:45 am]
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