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Amendment of Class C Airspace; El Paso International Airport, TX

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AGENCY:

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

This action amends Class C airspace at El Paso International Airport, El Paso, TX, by removing a cutout from the Class C airspace area that excludes the airspace within a 2-mile radius of West Texas Airport and the airspace beyond an 8-mile arc from the El Paso International Airport beginning at the 115° bearing from the airport clockwise to the Rio Grande River. Additionally, this rule removes West Texas Airport from the Class C airspace description as the airport is closed, and amends the El Paso International Airport geographic coordinates to coincide with the FAA's aeronautical database. The FAA is taking this action to enable more efficient operations at El Paso International Airport.

DATES:

Effective date 0901 UTC, February 2, 2017. 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 7400.11 and publication of conforming amendments.

ADDRESSES:

FAA Order 7400.11A, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, and subsequent amendments can be viewed online at http://www.faa.gov/​air_​traffic/​publications/​. For further information, you can contact the Airspace Policy Group, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591; telephone: (202) 267-8783. The Order is also available for inspection at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of FAA Order 7400.11A at NARA, call (202) 741-6030, or go to http://www.archives.gov/​federal_​register/​code_​of_​federal-regulations/​ibr_​locations.html.

FAA Order 7400.11, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, is published yearly and effective on September 15.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Colby Abbott, Airspace Policy Group, Office of Airspace Services, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591; telephone: (202) 267-8783.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Authority for This Rulemaking

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 the 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 the El Paso, TX, Class C airspace area to preserve the safe and efficient flow of air traffic in the El Paso, TX, area.

History

On August 17, 2016, the FAA published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to modify the Class C airspace at El Paso International Airport, El Paso, TX (81 FR 54752), Docket No. FAA-2016-7417. Interested parties were invited to participate in this rulemaking effort by submitting written comments on the proposal. One comment was received supporting the FAA's proposed action.

Availability and Summary of Documents for Incorporation by Reference

This document amends FAA Order 7400.11A, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 3, 2016, and effective September 15, 2016. FAA Order 7400.11A is publicly available as listed in the ADDRESSES section of this document. FAA Order 7400.11A lists Class A, B, C, D, and E airspace areas, air traffic service routes, and reporting points.

The Rule

The FAA is amending Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 71 by modifying the El Paso International Airport, El Paso, TX, Class C airspace area. This action removes the cutout and reduced perimeter boundary arc that excludes the airspace extending upward from 5,200 feet MSL to and including 8,000 feet MSL within a 2-mile radius of the West Texas Airport, and the airspace beyond an 8-mile arc from the El Paso International Airport beginning at the 115° bearing from the airport clockwise to the Rio Grande River. Since West Texas Airport (renamed Horizon Airport in 2004) is permanently closed and the property sold for non-aviation uses, the purpose for the exclusions no longer exists. Thus, the FAA is removing the words “. . . that airspace beyond an 8-mile arc from the El Paso International Airport beginning at the 115° bearing from the airport clockwise to the Rio Grande River, and that airspace within a 2-mile radius of the West Texas Airport, and . . .” from the regulatory text. The West Texas Airport name and geographic coordinate references are also removed from the Class C airspace description.

Additionally, this action amends the exclusion language pertaining to the Class C airspace extending upward from 5,200 feet MSL to and including 8,000 feet MSL from “. . . that airspace within Mexico, and that airspace west of long 106°27′02″ W.” to “. . . that airspace west of long. 106°27′02″ W., and that airspace within Mexico.” This change is editorial for format and clarity to standardize the exclusion information associated with the Class C airspace surface area and shelf.

Lastly, this action updates the El Paso International Airport geographic coordinates to reflect the current airport reference point information in the Start Printed Page 86571FAA's aeronautical database from “lat. 31°48′24″ N., long. 106°22′40″ W.” to “lat. 31°48′26″ N., long. 106°22′35″ W.”

Class C airspace areas are published in paragraph 4000 of FAA Order 7400.11A, dated August 3, 2016, and effective September 15, 2016, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. The Class C airspace area modification in this document will be published subsequently in the Order.

Regulatory Notices and Analyses

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. It, therefore: (1) Is not a “significant regulatory action” under Executive Order 12866; (2) is not a “significant rule” under Department of Transportation (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 will only affect air traffic procedures and air navigation, it is certified that this rule, when promulgated, will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.

Environmental Review

The FAA has determined that this action of modifying the El Paso International Airport, El Paso, TX, Class C airspace area by removing a cutout from the Class C airspace area that excludes the airspace within a 2-mile radius of West Texas Airport (now closed) and the airspace beyond an 8-mile arc from the El Paso International Airport beginning at the 115° bearing from the airport clockwise to the Rio Grande River, removing the West Texas Airport and geographic coordinate references from the Class C airspace description, and amending the El Paso International Airport geographic coordinates to reflect the current airport reference point information contained in the FAA's aeronautical database qualifies for categorical exclusion under the National Environmental Policy Act and its implementing regulations at 40 CFR part 1500, and in accordance with FAA Order 1050.1F. Environmental Impacts: Policies and Procedures, Paragraph 5-6.5a, which categorically excludes from further environmental review [R]ulemaking actions that designate or modify classes of airspace areas, airways, routes, and reporting points. This action is not expected to cause any potentially significant environmental impacts. In accordance with FAA Order 1050.1F, paragraph 5-2 regarding Extraordinary Circumstances, this action has been reviewed for factors and circumstances in which a normally categorically excluded action may have a significant environmental impact requiring further analysis, and it is determined that 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 part 71 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(f), 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 FAA Order 7400.11A, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 3, 2016, and effective September 15, 2016, is amended as follows:

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Paragraph 4000 Subpart C—Class C Airspace.

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ASW TX C El Paso International Airport, TX [Amended]

El Paso International Airport, TX

(Lat. 31°48′26″ N., long. 106°22′35″ W.)

That airspace extending upward from the surface to and including 8,000 feet MSL within a 5-mile radius of the El Paso International Airport, excluding that airspace west of long. 106°27′02″ W., and that airspace within Mexico; and that airspace extending upward from 5,200 feet MSL to and including 8,000 feet MSL within a 10-mile radius of the El Paso International Airport, excluding that airspace west of long. 106°27′02″ W., and that airspace within Mexico.

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Issued in Washington, DC, on November 22, 2016.

Leslie M. Swann,

Acting Manager, Airspace Policy Group.

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[FR Doc. 2016-28726 Filed 11-30-16; 8:45 am]

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