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Amendment of Class E Airspace; Lakeport, CA

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AGENCY:

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

This action amends Class E airspace at Lakeport, CA. Controlled airspace is necessary to accommodate Area Navigation (RNAV) Global Positioning System (GPS) standard instrument approach procedures at Lampson Field. The FAA is taking this action to enhance the safety and management of instrument flight rules (IFR) operations at the airport.

DATES:

Effective date, 0901 UTC, January 8, 2015. 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.

ADDRESSES:

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:

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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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

History

On July 23, 2014 the FAA published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend controlled airspace at Lakeport, CA (79 FR 42723). Interested parties were invited to participate in this rulemaking effort by submitting written comments on the proposal to the FAA. One comment from Martin Breunig was received in favor of the proposal.

Class E airspace designations are published in paragraph 6005 of FAA Order 7400.9Y, dated August 6, 2014, and effective September 15, 2014, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR Part 71.1. The E airspace designations listed in this document will be published subsequently in this Order.

The Rule

This action amends Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) Part 71 by creating Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface within a 4-mile radius of Lampson Field, Lakeport, CA. Controlled airspace is needed for RNAV (GPS) standard instrument approaches and departures. This action enhances the safety and management of IFR operations at the airport.

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 modifies controlled airspace at Lampson Field, Lakeport, CA.

Environmental Review

The FAA has determined that this action qualifies for categorical exclusion Start Printed Page 69373under 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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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:

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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 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:

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

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AWP CA E5 Lakeport, CA [Amended]

Lampson Field, CA

(Lat. 38°59′26″ N., long. 122°54′03″ W.)

Sutter Lakeside Hospital Heliport, CA Point in Space Coordinates

(Lat. 39°06′09″ N., long. 122°53′19″ W.)

That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface within a 4-mile radius of Lampson Field, and within a 5-mile radius of the Point in Space serving the Sutter Lakeside Hospital Heliport.

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Issued in Seattle, Washington, on November 6, 2014.

Christopher Ramirez,

Acting Manager, Operations Support Group, Western Service Center.

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[FR Doc. 2014-26860 Filed 11-20-14; 8:45 am]

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