Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.
This action amends Class D airspace at Wichita, McConnell AFB, KS. The closure of nearby Derby, Hamilton Field has necessitated the need to amend Class D airspace at McConnell AFB. This action enhances the safety and management of aircraft operations at the airport.
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 7400.9Y, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points and subsequent amendments can be viewed online at http://www.faa.gov/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 http://www.archives.gov/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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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Raul Garza, Jr., Central Service Center, Operations Support Group, Federal Aviation Administration, Southwest Region, 2601 Meacham Blvd., Fort Start Printed Page 56651Worth, TX 76137; telephone 817-321-7654.
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On May 27, 2014, the FAA published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to modify Class D airspace at McConnell AFB, Wichita, KS, (79 FR 30054) Docket No. FAA-2014-0294. 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 airspace designations are published in paragraph 5000 of FAA Order 7400.9Y dated August 6, 2014, and effective September 15, 2014, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR.
This action amends Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) Part 71 by amending Class D airspace by removing the segment of controlled airspace once reserved for use at Derby, Hamilton Field, and reverting the airspace to McConnell AFB, Wichita, KS. This action is needed for the safety and management of IFR operations at the airport due to the closure of Derby, Hamilton Field. Except for editorial changes, this rule is the same as published in the NPRM.
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 McConnell AFB, Wichita, KS.
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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Adoption of the Amendment
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 14 CFR Part 71 continues to read as follows:End Amendment Part
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2. The incorporation by reference in 14 CFR Part 71.1 of the Federal Aviation Administration Order 7400.9Y, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 6, 2014, and effective September 15, 2014, is amended as follows:End Amendment Part
Paragraph 5000: Class D Airspace
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ACE KS D Wichita, McConnell AFB, KS [Amended]
Wichita McConnell AFB, KS
(lat. 37°37′23″ N., long. 97°16′03″ W.)
That airspace extending upward from the surface to and including 3,900 feet MSL within a 4.5-mile radius of McConnell Air Force Base, excluding that airspace within the Wichita Mid-Continent Airport, KS, Class C airspace area.
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Issued in Fort Worth, Texas, on September 10, 2014.
Manager, Operations Support Group, ATO Central Service Center.
[FR Doc. 2014-22508 Filed 9-22-14; 8:45 am]
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