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Proposed Establishment of Class D and Class E Airspace, Amendment of Class E Airspace; Truckee, CA

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AGENCY:

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION:

Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).

SUMMARY:

This action proposes to establish Class D airspace, and Class E airspace designated as an extension, and modify Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface, at Truckee-Tahoe Airport, Truckee, CA. This airspace redesign is necessary to support standard instrument approach and departure procedures under instrument flight rules (IFR) operations at the airport due to the commissioning of the Truckee-Tahoe Airport Non-Federal Contract Tower. This proposal would enhance the safety and management of IFR operations at the airport.

DATES:

Comments must be received on or before September 11, 2017.

ADDRESSES:

Send comments on this proposal to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590; telephone: 1-800-647-5527, or (202) 366-9826. You must identify FAA Docket No. FAA-2017-0565; Airspace Docket No. 17-AWP-1, at the beginning of your comments. You may also submit comments through the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov.

FAA Order 7400.11, 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 Start Printed Page 35130Avenue 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:

Tom Clark, Federal Aviation Administration, Operations Support Group, Western Service Center, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057; telephone (425) 203-4511.

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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 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 would establish Class D and Class E extension airspace at Truckee-Tahoe Airport, Truckee, CA, and amend Class E airspace to support standard instrument approach and departure procedures under instrument flight rules (IFR) operations at the airport.

Comments Invited

Interested parties are invited to participate in this proposed rulemaking by submitting such written data, views, or arguments, as they may desire. Comments that provide the factual basis supporting the views and suggestions presented are particularly helpful in developing reasoned regulatory decisions on the proposal. Comments are specifically invited on the overall regulatory, aeronautical, economic, environmental, and energy-related aspects of the proposal. Communications should identify both docket numbers and be submitted in triplicate to the address listed above. Persons wishing the FAA to acknowledge receipt of their comments on this notice must submit with those comments a self-addressed, stamped postcard on which the following statement is made: “Comments to Docket No. FAA-2017-0565; Airspace Docket No. 17-AWP-1.” The postcard will be date/time stamped and returned to the commenter.

All communications received before the specified closing date for comments will be considered before taking action on the proposed rule. The proposal contained in this notice may be changed in light of the comments received. A report summarizing each substantive public contact with FAA personnel concerned with this rulemaking will be filed in the docket.

Availability of NPRMs

An electronic copy of this document may be downloaded through the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov. Recently published rulemaking documents can also be accessed through the FAA's Web page at http://www.faa.gov/​air_​traffic/​publications/​airspace_​amendments/​.

You may review the public docket containing the proposal, any comments received, and any final disposition in person in the Dockets Office (see the ADDRESSES section for the address and phone number) between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except federal holidays. An informal docket may also be examined during normal business hours at the Northwest Mountain Regional Office of the Federal Aviation Administration, Air Traffic Organization, Western Service Center, Operations Support Group, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057.

Availability and Summary of Documents Proposed for Incorporation by Reference

This document proposes to amend 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 Proposal

The FAA is proposing an amendment to Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 71 by establishing Class D airspace, and Class E airspace designated as an extension, and modifying Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface, at Truckee-Tahoe Airport, Truckee, CA, to support the commissioning of a Non-Federal Contract Tower (NFCT), and to support standard instrument approach and departure procedures under IFR operations at the airport.

The Truckee-Tahoe NFCT would initially operate as a part-time, seasonal, air traffic control facility. The associated Class D airspace and Class E extension airspace areas would be effective during the specific dates and times established, in advance by NOTAM. The effective date and time will thereafter be continuously published in the Chart Supplement.

Class D airspace would be established upward from the surface to and including 8,400 feet MSL within a 4.2-mile radius of Truckee-Tahoe Airport.

Class E airspace designated as an extension to a Class D or Class E surface area would be established in two segments approximately 4 miles wide, one extending to approximately 10 miles north, and one 12 miles northwest, of Truckee-Tahoe Airport.

Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface (currently located north and northwest of the airport) would be shifted slightly east to precisely align with the RNAV instrument approach procedures to runways 11 and 02. Also, a small area would be expanded north of Truckee-Tahoe Airport to provide controlled airspace for IFR departures using runway 29.

Class D and Class E airspace designations are published in paragraph 5000, 6004, and 6005, respectively, 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 D and Class E airspace designations listed in this document will be published subsequently in the Order.

Regulatory Notices and Analyses

The FAA has determined that this proposed 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 will only affect air traffic procedures and air navigation, it is certified that this proposed rule, when promulgated, would not have a significant economic Start Printed Page 35131impact on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.

Environmental Review

This proposal will be subject to an environmental analysis in accordance with FAA Order 1050.1F, “Environmental Impacts: Policies and Procedures” prior to any FAA final regulatory action.

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List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 71

  • Airspace
  • Incorporation by reference
  • Navigation (air)
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The Proposed Amendment

Accordingly, pursuant to the authority delegated to me, the Federal Aviation Administration proposes to amend 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(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 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 5000 Class D Airspace.

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AWP CA D Truckee, CA [New]

Truckee-Tahoe Airport

(Lat. 39°19′12″ N., long. 120°08′22″ W.)

That airspace extending upward from the surface to and including 8400 feet MSL within a 4.2-mile radius of Truckee-Tahoe Airport. This Class D surface area is effective during the specific dates and times established, in advance, by a Notice to Airmen. The effective date and time will thereafter be continuously published in the Chart Supplement.

Paragraph 6004 Class E Airspace Designated as an Extension to a Class D or Class E Surface Area.

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AWP CA E4 Truckee, CA [New]

Truckee-Tahoe Airport

(Lat. 39°19′12″ N., long. 120°08′22″ W.)

That airspace within a line beginning at the point where a 279° bearing from the Truckee-Tahoe Airport intersects the 4.2-mile radius of the airport to lat. 39°26′41″ N., long. 120°20′43″ W., to lat. 39°29′27″ N., long. 120°16′17″ W., to the point where a 344° bearing from the airport intersects the 4.2-mile radius of the airport, thence counter clockwise along the 4.2-mile radius of the airport to the point of beginning, and that airspace within a line beginning at the point where a 352° bearing from the airport intersects the 4.2-mile radius of the airport to lat. 39°29′18″ N., long. 120°06′57″ W., to lat. 39°28′11″ N., long. 120°01′44″ W., to the point where a 053° bearing from the airport intersects the 4.2-mile radius of the airport, thence counter clockwise along the 4.2-mile radius of the airport to the point of beginning.

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 Truckee, CA [Modified]

Truckee-Tahoe Airport

(Lat. 39°19′12″ N., long. 120°08′22″ W.)

That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface within a line beginning at lat. 39°26′41″ N., long. 120°20′43″ W., to lat. 39°29′27″ N., long. 120°16′17″ W., to lat. 39°32′45″ N., long. 120°18′59″ W., to lat. 39°30′34″ N., long. 120°23′37″ W., thence to the point of beginning; and that airspace within a line beginning at lat. 39°29′18″ N., long. 120°06′57″ W., to lat. 39°28′11″ N., long. 120°01′44″ W., to lat. 39°36′17″ N., long. 119°58′54″ W., to lat. 39°37′23″ N., long. 120°04′08″ W., thence to the point of beginning; and that airspace within 1.8 miles each side of a line extending from the point where the Truckee-Tahoe Airport 328° bearing intersects the 4.2-mile radius of the airport to the point on a 348° bearing from the airport extending 6.3 miles northwest of the airport.

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Issued in Seattle, Washington, on July 19, 2017.

Sam S.L. Shrimpton,

Acting Group Manager, Operations Support Group, Western Service Center.

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[FR Doc. 2017-15868 Filed 7-27-17; 8:45 am]

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