[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 171 (Friday, September 2, 2011)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 54689-54690]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-22243]



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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 71

[Docket No. FAA-2011-0754; Airspace Docket No. 11-AWP-12]


Amendment of Class E Airspace; Hawaiian Islands, HI

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule, technical amendment.

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SUMMARY: This action amends Class E airspace for the Hawaiian Islands, 
HI. The FAA is taking this action in response to a request from the 
Honolulu Control Facility (HCF) to better clarify the legal description 
of controlled airspace designated as Class E airspace extending upward 
from 1,200 feet above the surface for the Hawaiian Islands, HI. This 
action enhances the safety and management of aircraft operations.

DATES: Effective date, 0901 UTC, December 15, 2011. The Director of the 
Federal Register approves this incorporation by reference action under 
1 CFR part 51, subject to the annual revision of FAA Order 7400.9 and 
publication of conforming amendments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Eldon Taylor, Federal Aviation 
Administration, Operations Support Group, Western Service Center, 1601 
Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, WA 98057; telephone (425) 203-4537.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

History

    The FAA received a request from the Honolulu Control Facility to 
clarify the legal description of the existing Class E airspace 
extending upward from 1,200 feet above the surface. The current legal 
description is vague and confusing; this action is in response to that 
request.
    Class E airspace designations are published in paragraph 6005 of 
FAA Order 7400.9V dated August 9, 2011, and effective September 15, 
2011, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. The Class E 
airspace designations listed in this document will be published 
subsequently in that Order.

The Rule

    This action amends Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) 
part 71 by amending the legal description of the Class E airspace area 
extending upward from 1,200 feet above the surface for the Hawaiian 
Islands, HI. The legal description has been clarified to avoid 
confusion on the part of pilots flying in the Hawaiian Islands, HI. 
This is an administrative change and does not affect the boundaries, 
altitudes, or operating requirements of the airspace, therefore, notice 
and public procedures under 5 U.S.C. 553(b) are unnecessary.
    The FAA has determined this regulation only involves an established 
body of technical regulations for which frequent and routine amendments 
are necessary to keep them operationally current. Therefore, this 
regulation: (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 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 discusses 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 amends 
controlled airspace for the Hawaiian Islands, HI.

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 71

    Airspace, Incorporation by reference, Navigation (air).

Adoption of the Amendment

    In consideration of the foregoing, the Federal Aviation 
Administration amends 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

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1. The authority citation for 14 CFR 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]

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2. The incorporation by reference in 14 CFR Part 71.1 of the Federal 
Aviation Administration Order 7400.9V, Airspace Designations and 
Reporting Points, dated August 9, 2011, and effective September 15, 
2011, is amended as follows:

Paragraph 6005 Class E airspace areas extending upward from 700 
feet or more above the surface of the earth.

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AWP HI E5 Hawaiian Islands, HI [Amended]

Hilo VORTAC
    (Lat. 19[deg]43'17'' N., long. 155[deg]00'39'' W.)
South Kauai VORTAC
    (Lat. 21[deg]54'01'' N., long. 159[deg]31'44'' W.)

    That airspace extending upward from 5,500 feet above the surface 
within an area bounded by a line beginning at lat. 23[deg]56'48'' 
N., long. 160[deg]45'50'' W.; to lat. 24[deg]18'48'' N., long. 
157[deg]16'50'' W.; to lat. 24[deg]02'48'' N., long. 156[deg]18'50'' 
W.; to lat. 23[deg]31'48'' N., long. 155[deg]28'50'' W.; to lat. 
22[deg]59'48'' N., long. 154[deg]38'50'' W.; to lat. 22[deg]21'48'' 
N., long. 153[deg]52'50'' W.; to lat. 21[deg]42'48'' N., long. 
153[deg]08'50'' W.; to lat. 20[deg]48'48'' N., long. 152[deg]59'50'' 
W.; to lat. 20[deg]15'49'' N., long. 152[deg]13'50'' W.; to lat. 
19[deg]13'49'' N., long. 151[deg]53'50'' W.; to lat. 18[deg]18'49'' 
N., long. 157[deg]48'50'' W.; to lat. 18[deg]25'49'' N., long. 
158[deg]53'50'' W.; to lat. 18[deg]52'49'' N., long. 159[deg]52'50'' 
W.; to lat. 19[deg]31'49'' N., long. 160[deg]35'50'' W.; to lat. 
20[deg]05'49'' N., long. 161[deg]51'50'' W.; to lat. 21[deg]00'49'' 
N., long. 162[deg]13'50'' W.; to lat. 21[deg]55'49'' N., long. 
162[deg]28'50'' W.; to lat. 22[deg]49'49'' N., long. 162[deg]13'50'' 
W.; to lat. 23[deg]31'49'' N., long. 161[deg]34'50'' W.; to the 
point of beginning. That airspace extending upward

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from 1,200 feet above the surface within an area described by a line 
beginning at lat. 23[deg]29'24'' N., long. 158[deg]54'07'' W.; 
thence east to lat. 22[deg]30'18'' N., long. 155[deg]48'43'' W.; to 
lat. 20[deg]59'57'' N., long. 153[deg]51'58'' W.; thence clockwise 
along the 100-mile radius of the Hilo VORTAC to lat. 19[deg]00'00'' 
N., long. 153[deg]25'14'' W.; thence west to lat. 19[deg]00'00'' N., 
long. 157[deg]42'33'' W.; to lat. 20[deg]26'57'' N., long. 
160[deg]24'57'' W.; thence clockwise along the 100-mile radius of 
the South Kauai VORTAC to the point of beginning.

    Issued in Seattle, Washington, on August 17, 2011.
Christine Mellon,
Acting Manager, Operations Support Group, Western Service Center.
[FR Doc. 2011-22243 Filed 9-1-11; 8:45 am]
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