[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 228 (Monday, November 28, 2011)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 72837-72838]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-30489]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 71

[Docket No. FAA-2010-1328; Airspace Docket No. 10-AEA-26]


Amendment of Class D and Class E Airspace; Baltimore, MD

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: This action amends Class D and Class E airspace at Baltimore, 
MD, as the Martin Non-Directional Beacon (NDB) has been decommissioned 
and new Standard Instrument Approach Procedures have been developed at 
Martin State Airport. This action also updates the geographic 
coordinates of the Baltimore VORTAC and makes a minor adjustment to the 
geographic coordinates of the airport. This action enhances the safety 
and airspace management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at 
the airport.

DATES: Effective 0901 UTC, February 9, 2012. 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 7400.9 and publication of conforming amendments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John Fornito, Operations Support 
Group, Eastern Service Center, Federal Aviation Administration, P.O. 
Box 20636, Atlanta, Georgia 30320; telephone (404) 305-6364.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

History

    On August 31, 2011, the FAA published in the Federal Register a 
notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend Class D and E airspace at 
Martin State Airport, Baltimore, MD (76 FR 54153). Interested parties 
were invited to participate in this rulemaking effort by submitting 
written comments on the proposal to the FAA. No comments were received. 
Subsequent to publication, the FAA found that the geographic 
coordinates for Martin State Airport and navigation aid needed to be 
adjusted. This action makes that adjustment. Class D and E airspace 
designations are published in paragraph 5000, 6002, and 6004 
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 D and E airspace designations listed in this document will be 
published subsequently in the Order.

The Rule

    This amendment to Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) 
part 71 amends Class D airspace and Class E surface airspace and Class 
E airspace designated as an extension to Class D surface area. Airspace 
reconfiguration is necessary due to the decommissioning of the Martin 
NDB and cancellation of the NDB approach, and for continued safety and 
management of IFR operations at the airport. The geographic coordinates 
for the Baltimore VORTAC and Martin State Airport also are adjusted to 
coincide with the FAA's aeronautical database.
    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, 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 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 amends controlled airspace at Martin State Airport, Baltimore, 
MD.

Lists 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 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 Federal Aviation 
Administration Order 7400.9V, Airspace Designations and Reporting 
Points, dated August 9, 2011, effective September 15, 2011, is amended 
as follows:

Paragraph 5000 Class D Airspace

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AEA MD D Baltimore, Martin State Airport, MD [Amended]

Martin State Airport, Baltimore, MD
    (Lat. 39[deg]19'54'' N., long. 76[deg]24'83'' W.)
Baltimore VORTAC
    (Lat. 39[deg]10'12'' N., long. 76[deg]39'30'' W.)

    That airspace extending upward from the surface to and including 
2,500 feet MSL within a 5.2-mile radius of Martin State Airport and 
within 4.4 miles each side of a 14.7-mile radius arc of the 
Baltimore VORTAC extending clockwise from the Baltimore VORTAC 
030[deg] radial to the VORTAC 046[deg] radial, excluding that 
airspace within the Washington Tri-Area Class B

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airspace area and Restricted Areas R-4001A and R-4001B when they are 
in effect. This Class D 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 6002 Class E Airspace Designated as Surface Areas

* * * * *

AEA MD E2 Baltimore, Martin State Airport, MD [Amended]

Martin State Airport, MD
    (Lat. 39[deg]19'54'' N., long. 76[deg]24'83'' W.)
Baltimore VORTAC
    (Lat. 39[deg]10'12'' N., long. 76[deg]39'30'' W.)

    Within a 5.2-mile radius of Martin State Airport and within 4.4 
miles each side of a 14.7-mile radius arc of the Baltimore VORTAC 
extending clockwise from the Baltimore VORTAC 030[deg] radial to the 
VORTAC 046[deg] radial, excluding that airspace within the 
Washington Tri-Area Class B airspace area and Restricted Areas R-
4001A and R-4001B when they are in effect. 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 6004 Class E Airspace Designated as an Extension to a 
Class D Surface Area.

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AEA MD E4 Baltimore, Martin State Airport, MD [Amended]

Martin State Airport, MD
    (Lat. 39[deg]19'54'' N., long. 76[deg]24'83'' W.)

    That airspace extending upward from the surface within 4 miles 
each side of a 134[deg] bearing from Martin State Airport extending 
from the 5.2-mile radius of Martin State Airport to 9.2 miles 
southeast of the airport, excluding that airspace within the 
Washington Tri-Area Class B airspace area and Restricted Areas R-
4001A and R-4001B when they are in effect. 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.

    Issued in College Park, Georgia, on November 17, 2011.
Mark D. Ward,
Manager, Operations Support Group, Easter Service Center, Air Traffic 
Organization.
[FR Doc. 2011-30489 Filed 11-25-11; 8:45 am]
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