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Proposed Amendment of Class D and E Airspace and Establishment of Class E Airspace; La Crosse, WI

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AGENCY:

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION:

Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).

SUMMARY:

This action proposes to amend the Class D airspace, Class E surface airspace, and Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface and establish a Class E airspace area designated as an extension to Class D and Class E surface areas at La Crosse Regional Airport, La Crosse, WI. The FAA is proposing this action as the result of an airspace review caused by the decommissioning of the La Crosse VHF omnidirectional range (VOR) navigation aid, which provided navigation information for the instrument procedures at this airport, as part of the VOR Minimum Operational Network (MON) Program. The geographic coordinates of La Crosse Regional Airport and the name of La Crosse Regional Airport and Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare, La Crosse, WI, would also be updated to coincide with the FAA's aeronautical database. Airspace redesign is necessary for the safety and management of instrument flight rules (IFR) operations this airport.

DATES:

Comments must be received on or before September 5, 2019.

ADDRESSES:

Send comments on this proposal to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, West Building, Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590; telephone (202) 366-9826, or (800) 647-5527. You must identify FAA Docket No. FAA-2019-0503; Airspace Docket No. 19-AGL-19, at the beginning of your comments. You may also submit comments through the internet at http://www.regulations.gov. You may review the public docket containing the proposal, any comments received, and any final disposition in person in the Dockets Office between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except federal holidays.

FAA Order 7400.11C, 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 7400.11C at NARA, call (202) 741-6030, or go to http://www.archives.gov/​federal-register/​cfr/​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:

Jeffrey Claypool, Federal Aviation Administration, Operations Support Group, Central Service Center, 10101 Hillwood Parkway, Fort Worth, TX 76177; telephone (817) 222-5711.

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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 amend the Class D airspace, Class E surface airspace, and Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface and establish a Class E airspace area designated as an extension to Class D and Class E surface areas at La Crosse Regional Airport, La Crosse, WI, to support IFR operations at this 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. Commenters 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-2019-0503; Airspace Docket No. 19-AGL-19.” 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 Federal Aviation Administration, Air Traffic Organization, Central Service Center, Operations Support Group, 10101 Start Printed Page 35050Hillwood Parkway, Fort Worth, TX 76177.

Availability and Summary of Documents for Incorporation by Reference

This document proposes to amend FAA Order 7400.11C, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 13, 2018, and effective September 15, 2018. FAA Order 7400.11C is publicly available as listed in the ADDRESSES section of this document. FAA Order 7400.11C 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:

Amending the Class D airspace at La Crosse Regional Airport, La Crosse, WI, by updating the name (previously La Crosse Municipal Airport) and geographic coordinates of the airport to coincide with the FAA's aeronautical database; and replace the outdated term “Airport/Facility Directory” with “Chart Supplement”;

Amending the Class E surface airspace at La Crosse Regional Airport by updating the name (previously La Crosse Municipal Airport) and geographic coordinates of the airport to coincide with the FAA's aeronautical database; adding an altitude limit of 3,200 feet MSL; and replacing the outdated term “Airport/Facility Directory” with “Chart Supplement”;

Establishing a Class E airspace area designated as an extension to Class D and Class E surface areas at La Crosse Regional Airport within 1 mile each side of the 359° bearing from the La Crosse Regional Airport extending from the 4.4-mile radius of the airport to 5.3 miles north of the airport; and within 1 mile each side of the 359° bearing from the La Crosse Regional: RWY 18-LOC extending from the 4.4-mile radius of the La Crosse Regional Airport to 5.3 miles north of the La Crosse Regional: RWY 18-LOC; and within 1 mile each side of the 036° bearing from the La Crosse Regional Airport extending from the 4.4-mile radius of the airport to 6.2 miles northeast of the airport; and within 1 mile each side of the 119° bearing from the La Crosse Regional Airport extending from the 4.4-mile radius of the airport to 5.7 miles east of the airport; and within 1 mile each side of the 216° bearing from the La Crosse Regional Airport extending from the 4.4-mile radius of the airport to 5.6 miles southwest of the airport;

And amending the Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface at La Crosse Regional Airport by updating the name (previously La Crosse Municipal Airport) and geographic coordinates of La Crosse Regional Airport to coincide with the FAA's aeronautical database; removing the La Crosse VOR/DME and the associated extension from the airspace legal description; updating the name of Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare (previously Saint Francis Medical Center) to coincide with the FAA's aeronautical database; adding an extension 1 mile each side of the 359° bearing from the La Crosse Regional Airport extending from the 6.9-mile radius of the airport to 7.1 miles north of the airport; adding an extension within 2.9 miles each side of the 036° bearing from the La Crosse Regional Airport extending from the 6.9-mile radius of the airport to 9.6 miles northeast of the airport; adding an extension 1 mile each side of the 119° bearing from the La Crosse Regional Airport extending from the 6.9-mile radius of the airport to 7.4 miles southeast of the airport; and adding an extension 2 miles each side of the 216° bearing from the La Crosse Regional Airport extending from the 6.9-mile radius of the airport to 11.3 miles southwest of the airport.

This action is necessary due to an airspace review caused by the decommissioning of the La Crosse VOR, which provided navigation information for the instrument procedures at this airport, as part of the VOR MON Program.

Class D and E airspace designations are published in paragraph 5000, 6002, 6004, and 6005, respectively of FAA Order 7400.11C, dated August 13, 2018, and effective September 15, 2018, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. The Class D and E airspace designation listed 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, 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 rule, when promulgated, would not have a significant economic impact 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 7400.11C, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 13, 2018, and effective September 15, 2018, is amended as follows:

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Paragraph 5000 Class D Airspace.

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AGL WI D La Crosse, WI [Amended]

La Crosse Regional Airport, WI

(Lat. 43°52′45″ N, long. 91°15′24″ W)

That airspace extending upward from the surface to and including 3,200 feet MSL within a 4.4-mile radius of La Crosse Regional Airport. This Class D airspace area is effective during the specific dates and times established in advance by a Notice to Airmen. The effective dates and times will thereafter be continuously published in the Chart Supplement.

Paragraph 6002 Class E Airspace Areas Designated as a Surface Area.

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AGL WI E2 La Crosse, WI [Amended]

La Crosse Regional Airport, WI

(Lat. 43°52′45″ N, long. 91°15′24″ W)

That airspace extending upward from the surface to and including 3,200 feet MSL within a 4.4-mile radius of La Crosse Start Printed Page 35051Regional Airport. This Class E airspace area is effective during the specific dates and times established in advance by a Notice to Airmen. The effective dates and times will thereafter be continuously published in the Chart Supplement.

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

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AGL WI E4 La Crosse, WI [Establish]

La Crosse Regional Airport, WI

(Lat. 43°52′45″ N, long. 91°15′24″ W)

La Crosse Regional: RWY 18-LOC

(Lat. 43°52′01″ N, long. 91°15′31″ W)

That airspace extending upward from the surface within 1 mile each side of the 359° bearing from the La Crosse Regional Airport extending from the 4.4-mile radius of the airport to 5.3 miles north of the airport, and within 1 mile each side of the 359° bearing from the La Crosse Regional: RWY 18-LOC extending from the 4.4-mile radius of the La Crosse Regional Airport to 5.3 miles north of the La Crosse Regional: RWY 18-LOC, and within 1 mile each side of the 036° bearing from the La Crosse Regional Airport extending from the 4.4-mile radius of the airport to 6.2 miles northeast of the airport, and within 1 mile each side of the 119° bearing from the La Crosse Regional Airport extending from the 4.4-mile radius of the airport to 5.7 miles east of the airport, and within 1 mile each side of the 216° bearing from the La Crosse Regional Airport extending from the 4.4-mile radius of the airport to 5.6 miles southwest of the airport.

Paragraph 6005 Class E Airspace Areas Extending Upward From 700 Feet or More Above the Surface of the Earth.

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AGL WI E5 La Crosse, WI [Amended]

La Crosse Regional Airport, WI

(Lat. 43°52′45″ N, long. 91°15′24″ W)

Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare, WI, Point In Space Coordinates

(Lat. 43°47′39″ N, long. 91°14′00″ W)

That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface within a 6.9-mile radius of La Crosse Regional Airport, and within 1 mile each side of the 359° bearing from the La Crosse Regional Airport extending from the 6.9-mile radius to 7.1 miles north of the airport, and within 2.9 miles each side of the 036° bearing from the La Crosse Regional Airport extending from the 6.9-mile radius to 9.6 mile northeast of the airport, and within 1 mile each side of the 119° bearing from the La Crosse Regional Airport extending from the 6.9-mile radius from the airport to 7.4 mile southeast of the airport, and within 2 miles each side of the 216° bearing from the La Crosse Regional Airport extending from the 6.9-mile radius to 11.3 miles southwest of the airport, and within a 6-mile radius of the point in space serving Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare.

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Issued in Fort Worth, Texas, on July 15, 2019.

John Witucki,

Acting Manager, Operations Support Group, ATO Central Service Center.

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[FR Doc. 2019-15444 Filed 7-19-19; 8:45 am]

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