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Amendment of Class E Airspace; Glens Falls, NY

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AGENCY:

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

This action amends Class E surface airspace, and Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface at Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport, (previously Warren County Airport), Glens Falls, NY due to the decommissioning of the Glens Falls very high frequency omnidirectional range collocated tactical air navigation (VORTAC) system, and cancellation of associated approaches. Controlled airspace is necessary for the safety and management of instrument flight rules (IFR) operations in the area. This action also updates the airport's name.

DATES:

Effective 0901 UTC, November 5, 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 on line 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 7400.11D 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:

John Fornito, Operations Support Group, Eastern Service Center, Federal Aviation Administration, 1701 Columbia Ave, College Park, GA 30337; telephone (404) 305-6364.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

July 31, 2020Start Printed Page 45996

Authority for This Rulemaking

The FAA's authority to issue rule regarding aviation safety if 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 insure the safety of aircraft and the efficient use of airspace. This regulation is within the scope of that authority as it amends Class E airspace in Glens Falls, NY to support IFR operations in the area.

History

The FAA published a notice of prosed rulemaking in the Federal Register (85 FR 21793, April 20, 2020) for Docket No. FAA-2020-0192 to amend Class E surface airspace and Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet or more above the surface at Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport, Glens Falls, NY, due to the decommissioning of the Glens Falls VORTAC, and cancellation of the associated approaches.

The NPRM also proposed to update the airport's name. Also, subsequent to publication of the NPRM, the FAA found the Class E surface description contained unnecessary verbiage. On page 21795, column 1, line 24, the number 124 was inadvertently entered in the middle of the word `from'. This action corrects that error. Interested parties were invited to participate in this rulemaking effort by submitting written comments on the proposal to the FAA. No comments were received that were associated to this action.

Class E 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 designations 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 routes, and reporting points.

The Rule

This amendment to Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 71 amends Class E surface airspace and Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface at Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport, Glens Falls, NY, due to the decommissioning of the Glens Falls VORTAC, and the cancellation of the associated approaches. In addition, the FAA is updating the airport's name.

FAA Order 7400.11, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, is published 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. 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 as the anticipated impact is so minimal. Since this is a routine matter that only affects air traffic procedures an air navigation, it is certified that 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.

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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Lists 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 FAA Order 7400.11D, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 8, 2019, effective September 15, 2019, is amended as follows:

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Paragraph 6002 Class E Surface Airspace.

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AEA NY E2 Glens Falls, NY [Amended]

Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport, NY

(Lat. 43°20′28″ N, long. 73°36′37″ W)

That airspace extending upward from the surface within a 4-mile radius of the Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport extending clockwise from a 357° bearing to a 275° bearing from the airport and within a 9.6-mile radius of the Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport extending clockwise from a 275° bearing to a 307° bearing from the airport and within a 6.6-mile radius of the Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport extending clockwise from a 307° bearing to a 357° bearing from the airport, and within 2 miles each side of a 121° bearing extending from the airport to 10-miles southeast 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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AEA NY E5 Glens Falls, NY [Amended]

Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport, NY

(Lat. 43°20′28″ N, long. 73°36′37″ W)

That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface within a 12.3-mile radius of Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport extending clockwise from a 050° bearing to a 220° bearing from the airport and within a 16.1-mile radius of the airport extending clockwise from a 220° bearing to a 050° bearing from the airport.

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Issued in College Park, Georgia, on July 22, 2020.

Andreese C. Davis,

Manager, Airspace & Procedures Team South, Eastern Service Center, Air Traffic Organization.

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[FR Doc. 2020-16297 Filed 7-30-20; 8:45 am]

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