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Establishment of Class E Airspace; Flagstaff, AZ

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Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.


Final rule.


This action establishes Class E airspace at the Flagstaff VHF Omni-Directional Radio Range/Distance Measuring Equipment (VOR/DME) navigation aid, Flagstaff, AZ, to facilitate vectoring of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) aircraft under control of Albuquerque Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC). This improves the safety and management of IFR operations within the National Airspace System.


Effective date, 0901 UTC, November 13, 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.


FAA Order 7400.9X, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, and subsequent amendments can be viewed online at​air_​traffic/​publications/​. The Order is also available for inspection at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of this material at NARA, call (202) 741-6030, or go to​federal_​register/​code_​of_​federal-regulations/​ibr_​locations.html.

FAA Order 7400.9, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, is published yearly and effective on September 15. For further information, you can contact the Airspace Policy and Regulations Group, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC, 20591; telephone: (202) 267-8783.

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Richard 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 December 27, 2013, the FAA published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to establish controlled airspace at Flagstaff, AZ (78 FR 78794). Interested parties were invited to participate in this rulemaking effort by submitting written comments on the proposal to the FAA. One comment was received from the National Business Aviation Association in support of the recommended change.

Class E airspace designations are published in paragraph 6006, 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 that Order.

The Rule

This action amends Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) Part 71 by establishing Class E en route domestic airspace extending upward from 1,200 feet above the surface, at the Flagstaff VOR/DME navigation aid, Flagstaff, AZ, to accommodate IFR aircraft under control of Albuquerque Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC) by vectoring aircraft from en route airspace to terminal areas. This action is necessary for the safety and management of IFR operations.

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 establishes controlled airspace at the Flagstaff VOR/DME navigation aid, Flagstaff, AZ.

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

  • Airspace
  • Incorporation by reference
  • Navigation (air)
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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 14 CFR Part 71 continues to read as follows:

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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 14 CFR 71.1 of the Federal Aviation Administration Order 7400.9X, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 7, 2013, and effective September 15, 2013 is amended as follows:

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Paragraph 6006 En route domestic airspace areas.

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AWP AZ E6 Flagstaff, AZ [New]

Flagstaff VOR/DME, AZ

(Lat. 35°08′50″ N., long. 111°40′27″ W.)

That airspace extending upward from 1,200 feet above the surface within an area bounded by lat. 35°51′00″ N., long. 109°19′00″ W.; to lat. 35°41′00″ N., long. 109°38′30″ W.; to lat. 34°47′52″ N., long. 110°18′52″ W.; to lat. 34°30′00″ N., long. 109°35′00″ W.; to lat. 34°00′00″ N., long. 108°53′00″ W.; to lat. 33°52′30″ N., long. 108°45′00″ W.; to lat. 32°29′30″ N., long. 110°45′45″ W.; to lat. 33°33′12″ N., long. 111°51′21″ W.; to lat. 34°01′00″ N., long. 114°00′00″ W.; to lat. 34°40′00″ N., long. 114°00′00″ W.; to lat. 34°52′00″ N., long. 113°42′00″ W.; to lat. 34°55′00″ N., long. 113°37′00″ W.; to lat. 35°15′20″ N., long. 112°55′40″ W.; to lat. 35°23′00″ N., long. 112°40′00″ W.; to lat. 35°23′48″ N., long. 112°09′11″ W.; to lat. 35°24′00″ N., long. 112°00′00″ W.; to lat. 35°46′00″ N., long. 111°50′30″ W.; to lat. 35°42′00″ N., long. 110°14′00″ W., thence to the point of beginning.

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Issued in Seattle, Washington, on August 14, 2014.

Christopher Ramirez,

Acting Manager, Operations Support Group, Western Service Center.

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[FR Doc. 2014-20809 Filed 9-4-14; 8:45 am]