[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 179 (Thursday, September 15, 2011)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 56968-56969]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-23297]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 71


[Docket No. FAA-2011-0490; Airspace Docket No. 11-AWP-5]

Amendment of Class E Airspace; Tonopah, NV

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: This action modifies Class E airspace at Tonopah, NV, to 
accommodate aircraft using new Area Navigation (RNAV) Global 
Positioning System (GPS) standard instrument approach procedures at 
Tonopah Airport, NV. This action also makes a minor adjustment to the 
geographic coordinates of the airport, and corrects geographic 
coordinates in the regulatory text. This rule improves the safety and 
management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at the airport.

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

    On July 8, 2011, the FAA published in the Federal Register a notice 
of proposed rulemaking to amend controlled airspace at Tonopah, NV (76 
FR 40295). Interested parties were invited to participate in this 
rulemaking effort by submitting written comments on the proposal to the 
FAA. No

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comments were received. Subsequent to publication, the FAAs 
Aeronautical Products office made further adjustments to the geographic 
coordinates listed in the regulatory text, and these are included in 
this rulemaking.
    Class E airspace designations are published in paragraph 6002 and 
6005, respectively, 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 modifying Class E surface airspace, and Class E airspace 
extending upward from 700 feet above the surface, at Tonopah Airport, 
Tonopah, NV, to accommodate IFR aircraft executing new RNAV (GPS) 
standard instrument approach procedures at the airport. Also, the 
geographic coordinates of the airport are updated to coincide with the 
FAA's aeronautical database. Additionally, the latitude and longitude 
coordinates in the text of Class E airspace listed under paragraph 6005 
are adjusted to be in concert with the FAA's aeronautical database. 
This action is necessary for the safety and management of IFR 
operations. With the exception of editorial changes and the changes 
noted above, this rule is the same as that proposed in the notice of 
proposed rulemaking July 8, 2011.
    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 creates 
additional controlled airspace at Tonopah Airport, Tonopah, NV.

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 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 6002 Class E airspace designated as surface areas.

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AWP NV E2 Tonopah, NV [Modified]

Tonopah Airport, NV
    (Lat. 38[deg]03'37'' N., long. 117[deg]05'13'' W.)

    Within a 8.2-mile radius of the Tonopah Airport and within 2 
miles each side of the 358[deg] bearing from the Tonopah Airport 
extending from the 8.2-mile radius to 10.5 miles north of the 
Tonopah Airport, and within 2 miles each side of the Tonopah Airport 
117[deg] bearing extending from the 8.2-mile radius to 11.5 miles 
southeast of the Tonopah Airport. This Class E airspace area 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.

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

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AWP NV E5 Tonopah, NV [Modified]

Tonopah Airport, NV
    (Lat. 38[deg]03'37'' N., long. 117[deg]05'13'' W.)

    That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface 
within a 10.7-mile radius of the Tonopah Airport, and that airspace 
northwest of the Tonopah Airport bounded by a line beginning at lat. 
38[deg]10'16'' N., long. 117[deg]15'50'' W.; to lat. 38[deg]12'00'' 
N., long. 117[deg]17'00'' W.; to lat. 38[deg]18'00'' N., long. 
117[deg]17'00'' W.; to lat. 38[deg]18'00'' N., long. 117[deg]03'00'' 
W.; to lat. 38[deg]14'13'' N., long. 117[deg]03'13'' W.; thence 
clockwise via the 10.7-mile radius of the Tonopah Airport to lat. 
38[deg]00'36'' N., long. 116[deg]52'13'' W.; to lat. 38[deg]00'09'' 
N., long. 116[deg]51'06'' W.; to lat. 37[deg]56'35'' N., long. 
116[deg]53'24'' W.; to lat. 37[deg]57'02'' N., long. 116[deg]54'31'' 
W.; thence clockwise via the 10.7-mile radius of the Tonopah Airport 
to the point of beginning. That airspace extending upward from 1,200 
feet above the surface within the area bounded by a line beginning 
at lat. 37[deg]52'46'' N., long. 117[deg]05'41'' W.; to lat. 
37[deg]39'00'' N., long. 117[deg]22'00'' W.; to lat. 37[deg]35'00'' 
N., long. 117[deg]36'00'' W.; to lat. 37[deg]56'00'' N., long. 
117[deg]54'00'' W.; to lat. 37[deg]56'50'' N., long. 117[deg]32'00'' 
W.; to lat. 38[deg]08'00'' N., long. 117[deg]41'00'' W.; to lat. 
38[deg]18'00'' N., long. 117[deg]24'00'' W.; to lat. 38[deg]18'00'' 
N., long. 117[deg]00'00'' W.; to lat. 38[deg]14'00'' N., long. 
117[deg]00'00'' W.; to lat. 38[deg]17'00'' N., long. 116[deg]36'00'' 
W.; to lat. 38[deg]00'00'' N., long. 116[deg]33'00'' W.; to lat. 
37[deg]59'30'' N., long. 116[deg]38'30'' W.; to lat. 37[deg]53'00'' 
N., long. 116[deg]38'30'' W.; thence to the point of beginning.

    Issued in Seattle, Washington, on September 1, 2011.
Robert Henry,
Acting Manager, Operations Support Group, Western Service Center.
[FR Doc. 2011-23297 Filed 9-14-11; 8:45 am]
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