[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 170 (Thursday, September 3, 2009)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 45574-45575]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-21266]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 71

[Docket No. FAA-2009-0677; Airspace Docket No. 09-AGL-17]


Proposed Amendment of Class E Airspace; Mankato, MN

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).

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SUMMARY: This action proposes to amend Class E airspace at Mankato, MN. 
Additional controlled airspace is necessary to accommodate new Standard 
Instrument Approach Procedures (SIAPs) at Mankato Regional Airport, 
Mankato, MN. The FAA is taking this action to enhance the safety and 
management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations for SIAPs at 
Mankato Regional Airport.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before October 19, 2009.

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 20590-0001. You 
must identify the docket number FAA-2009-0677/Airspace Docket No. 09-
AGL-17, 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 a.m. and 5 
p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The Docket Office 
(telephone 1-800-647-5527), is on the ground floor of the building at 
the above address.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Scott Enander, Central Service Center, 
Operations Support Group, Federal Aviation Administration, Southwest 
Region, 2601 Meacham Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76137; telephone: (817) 321-
7716.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

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-2009-0677/
Airspace Docket No. 09-AGL-17.'' The postcard will be date/time stamped 
and returned to the commenter.

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/airports_airtraffic/air_traffic/publications/airspace_amendments/.
    Additionally, any person may obtain a copy of this notice by 
submitting a request to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), 
Office of Air Traffic Airspace Management, ATA-400, 800 Independence 
Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20591, or by calling (202) 267-8783. 
Communications must identify both docket numbers for this notice. 
Persons interested in being placed on a mailing list for future NPRMs 
should contact the FAA's Office of Rulemaking (202) 267-9677, to 
request a copy of Advisory Circular No. 11-2A, Notice of Proposed 
Rulemaking Distribution System, which describes the application 
procedure.

The Proposal

    This action proposes to amend Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations 
(14 CFR) part 71 by adding additional Class E airspace extending upward 
from 700 feet above the surface for SIAPs operations at Mankato 
Regional Airport, Mankato, MN. Controlled airspace is needed for the 
safety and management of IFR operations at the airport.
    Class E airspace areas are published in Paragraphs 6002 and 6005 of 
FAA

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Order 7400.9S, dated October 3, 2008, and effective October 31, 2008, 
which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. The Class E airspace 
designation listed in this document would be published subsequently in 
the Order.
    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. 
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, will not have a significant 
economic impact on a substantial number of small entities under the 
criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.
    The FAA's authority to issue rules regarding aviation safety is 
found in Title 49 of the U.S. Code. Subtitle 1, 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 add additional controlled airspace at Mankato Regional 
Airport, Mankato, MN.

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 71

    Airspace, Incorporation by reference, Navigation (Air).

The Proposed Amendment

    In consideration of the foregoing, the Federal Aviation 
Administration proposes to amend 14 CFR part 71 as follows:

PART 71--DESIGNATION OF CLASS A, B, C, D, AND E AIRSPACE AREAS; AIR 
TRAFFIC SERVICE ROUTES; AND REPORTING POINTS

    1. The authority citation for part 71 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g); 40103, 40113, 40120; E.O. 10854, 24 
FR 9565, 3 CFR, 1959-1963 Comp., p. 389.


Sec.  71.1  [Amended]

    2. The incorporation by reference in 14 CFR 71.1 of FAA Order 
7400.9S, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated October 3, 
2008, and effective October 31, 2008, is amended as follows:

Paragraph 6002 Class E Airspace designated as surface areas.

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AGL MN E2 Mankato, MN [Amended]

Mankato Regional Airport, MN
    (Lat. 44[deg]13'22'' N., long. 93[deg]55'10'' W.)
Mankato VOR/DME
    (Lat. 44[deg]13'12'' N., long. 93[deg]54'45'' W.)

    Within a 4.2-mile radius of Mankato Regional Airport and within 
1.8 miles each side of the Mankato VOR/DME 167[deg] radial extending 
from the 4.2-mile radius to 7 miles south of the VOR/DME; and within 
2.7 miles each side of the Mankato VOR/DME 326[deg] radial extending 
from the 4.2-mile radius to 7 miles northwest of the VOR/DME. This 
Class E airspace 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 Airport/
Facility Directory.
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Paragraph 6005 Class E Airspace areas extending upward from 700 
feet or more above the surface of the earth.

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AGL MN E5 Mankato, MN [Amended]

Mankato Regional Airport, MN
    (Lat. 44[deg]13'22'' N., long. 93[deg]55'10'' W.)
Immanuel-St. Joseph's Hospital, MN
Point In Space Coordinates
    (Lat. 44[deg]09'48'' N., long. 93[deg]57'40'' W)

    That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface 
within a 7-mile radius of Mankato Regional Airport, and within 2 
miles each side of the 047[deg] bearing from the airport extending 
from the 7-mile radius to 8 miles northeast of the airport; and 
within 4 miles each side of the 020[deg] bearing from the airport 
extending from the 7-mile radius to 11 miles north of the airport; 
and within a 6-mile radius of the point in space serving Immanuel-
St. Joseph's Hospital.
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    Issued in Fort Worth, TX, on August 25, 2009.
Ronnie L. Uhlenhaker,
Acting Manager, Operations Support Group, ATO Central Service Center.
[FR Doc. E9-21266 Filed 9-2-09; 8:45 am]
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