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Revocation and Amendment of Class E Airspace; Williston, ND

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AGENCY:

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

This action revokes Class E airspace at Sloulin Field International Airport, Williston, ND, due to the airport's closure. This action also amends Class E airspace at Williston Basin International Airport, Williston, ND. The action establishes Class E airspace designated as a surface area. Additionally, this action amends Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface by adding two extensions, one to the southeast and one to the north of the airport. Further, this action adds a Class E airspace area extending upward from 1,200 feet above the surface. Lastly, this action implements an administrative correction to the Class E5 airspace legal description's text header by updating the airport's geographic coordinate to match the FAA's aeronautical database.

DATES:

Effective 0901 UTC, July 16, 2020. 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 7400.11D, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, and subsequent amendments can be viewed online at https://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 7400.11D at NARA, email fedreg.legal@nara.gov or go to https://www.archives.gov/​federal-register/​cfr/​ibr-locations.html.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Matthew Van Der Wal, Federal Aviation Administration, Western Service Center, Operations Support Group, 2200 S 216th Street, Des Moines, WA 98198; telephone (206) 231-3695.

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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 revokes the Class E airspace at Sloulin Field International Airport and amends the Class E airspace at Williston Basin International Airport, Williston, ND, to ensure the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at the airport.

History

The FAA published a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register (85 FR 12449; March 3, 2020) for Docket No. FAA-2019-1061 to revoke airspace at Sloulin Field International Airport and amend Class E airspace at Williston Basin International Airport, Williston, ND. Interested parties were invited to participate in this rulemaking effort by submitting written comments on the proposal to the FAA. One comment was received.

The comment was not germane to the proposed airspace action for the airports.

Class E2 and E5 airspace designations are published in paragraphs 6002 and 6005, respectively, of FAA Order 7400.11D, dated August 8, 2019, and effective September 15, 2019, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. The Class E airspace designation listed in this document will be published subsequently in the Order.

Availability and Summary of Documents for Incorporation by Reference

This document amends FAA Order 7400.11D, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 8, 2019, and effective September 15, 2019. FAA Order 7400.11D is publicly available as listed in the ADDRESSES section of this document. FAA Order 7400.11D lists Class A, B, C, D, and E airspace areas, air traffic service routes, and reporting points.

The Rule

This amendment to Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 71 revokes the Class E airspace at Sloulin Field International Airport at Williston ND, due to the airport's closure.

This action also amends Class E airspace at Williston Basin International Airport, Williston, ND. The action establishes Class E airspace, designated at a surface area. This area is designed to provide controlled airspace for terminal operations where a control tower is not in operation. This area is described as follows: That airspace extending upward from the surface within a 4.2-mile radius of the airport, and within 1.3 miles each side of the 135° bearing from the airport, extending from the 4.2-mile radius to 4.7 miles southeast of the airport, and within 1.3 miles each side of the 339° bearing from the airport, extending from the 4.2-mile radius to 4.7 miles north of the Williston Basin International Airport.

Additionally, this action amends the Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface by adding two extensions to the current 6.7-mile radius of the airport. One to the southeast and one to the north of the airport. This area is designed to accommodate arriving IFR aircraft descend below 1,500 feet above the surface and departing IFR aircraft until reaching 1,200 feet above the surface. The area is described as follows: That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface within a 6.7-mile radius of the airport, and within 3.6 miles each side of the 132° bearing from the airport, extending from the 6.7-mile radius to 11.4 miles southeast of the airport, and within 3.6 miles each side of the 340° bearing from the airport, extending from the 6.7-mile radius to 11 miles north of the Williston Basin International Airport.

Further, this action adds Class E airspace extending upward from 1,200 feet above the surface. This area is designed to accommodate IFR aircraft transitioning to/from the terminal or en route environments. The area is described as follows: That airspace extending upward from 1,200 feet above the surface within a 41-mile radius of the Williston Basin International Airport.

Lastly, this action implements an administrative correction to the Class E5 airspace legal description's text header by updating the airport's geographic coordinate to match the FAA's aeronautical database. The coordinates read: lat. 48°15′39″ N, long. 103°45′04″ W.

FAA Order 7400.11, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, is Start Printed Page 26846published yearly and effective on September 15.

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

The FAA has determined that this action qualifies for categorical exclusion under the National Environmental Policy Act in accordance with FAA Order 1050.1F, “Environmental Impacts: Policies and Procedures,” paragraph 5-6.5a. 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(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 7400.11D, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 8, 2019, and effective September 15, 2019, is amended as follows:

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Paragraph 6002 Class E Airspace Areas Designated as Surface Areas.

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AGL ND E2 Williston, ND [Revoked]

Williston, Sloulin Field International Airport, ND

(Lat. 48°10′41″ N, long. 103°38′32″ W)

AGL ND E2 Williston, ND [New]

Williston Basin International Airport, ND

(Lat. 48°15′39″ N, long. 103°45′04″ W)

That airspace extending upward from the surface within a 4.2-mile radius of the airport, and within 1.3 miles each side of the 135° bearing from the airport, extending from the 4.2-mile radius to 4.7 miles southeast of the airport, and within 1.3 miles each side of the 339° bearing from the airport, extending from the 4.2-mile radius to 4.7 miles north of the Williston Basin International 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 ND E5 Williston, ND [Revoked]

Sloulin Field International Airport, ND

(Lat. 48°10′41″ N, long. 103°38′32″ W)

AGL ND E5 Williston, ND [Amended]

Williston Basin International Airport, ND

(Lat. 48°15′39″ N, long. 103°45′04″ W)

That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface within a 6.7-mile radius of the airport, and within 3.6 miles each side of the 132° bearing from the airport, extending from the 6.7-mile radius to 11.4 miles southeast of the airport, and within 3.6 miles each side of the 340° bearing from the airport, extending from the 6.7-mile radius to 11 miles north of the airport; and that airspace extending upward from 1,200 feet above the surface within a 41-mile radius of the Williston Basin International Airport.

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Issued in Seattle, Washington, on April 29, 2020.

Shawn M. Kozica,

Group Manager, Western Service Center, Operations Support Group.

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[FR Doc. 2020-09591 Filed 5-5-20; 8:45 am]

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