[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 229 (Tuesday, November 29, 2011)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 73502-73503]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-30531]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 71

[Docket No. FAA-2011-0851; Airspace Docket No. 11-ASW-10]


Amendment of Class E Airspace; Ardmore, OK

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: This action amends Class E airspace for Ardmore, OK. 
Decommissioning of the Arbuckle non-directional beacon (NDB) and 
cancellation of the NDB Standard Instrument Approach Procedure (SIAP) 
at Ardmore Municipal Airport, Ardmore, OK, as well as the addition of 
new area navigation (RNAV) SIAPs, has made this action necessary to 
enhance the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rule (IFR) 
operations at the airport. This action also updates the geographic 
coordinates of the airport.

DATES: Effective date: 0901 UTC, February 9, 2012. 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: 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:

History

    On August 26, 2011, the FAA published in the Federal Register a 
notice of proposed rulemaking to amend Class E airspace for Ardmore, 
OK, reconfiguring controlled airspace at Ardmore Municipal Airport (76 
FR 53355) Docket No. FAA-2011-0851. Interested parties were invited to 
participate in this rulemaking effort by submitting written comments on 
the proposal to the FAA. No comments were received. 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 the Order.

The Rule

    This action amends Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) 
part 71 by amending Class E airspace designated as an extension to a 
Class D surface area, and Class E airspace extending upward from 700 
feet above the surface for the Ardmore, OK area. Decommissioning of the 
Arbuckle NDB and cancellation of the NDB approach at Ardmore Municipal 
Airport, as well as the creation of new RNAV standard instrument 
approach procedures, has made reconfiguration of the airspace necessary 
for the safety and management of IFR operations at the airport. Also, 
this action updates the geographic coordinates of the airport 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. 
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 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 amends controlled airspace at Ardmore Municipal Airport, Ardmore, 
OK.

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

    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]

    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 6004 Class E Airspace areas designated as an extension to 
a Class D surface area.

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ASW OK E4 Ardmore, OK [Amended]

Ardmore Municipal Airport, OK
    (Lat. 34[deg]18'15'' N., long. 97[deg]01'14'' W.)
Ardmore VORTAC

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    (Lat. 34[deg]12'42'' N., long. 97[deg]10'06'' W.)

    That airspace extending upward from the surface within 1.3 miles 
each side of the Ardmore VORTAC 056[deg] radial extending from the 
4.2-mile radius of Ardmore Municipal Airport to 8.5 miles southwest 
of the airport, and within 1 mile each side of the 315[deg] bearing 
from Ardmore Municipal Airport extending from the 4.2-mile radius of 
the airport to 5.3 miles northwest of the 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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ASW OK E5 Ardmore, OK [Amended]

Ardmore Municipal Airport, OK
    (Lat. 34[deg]18'15'' N., long. 97[deg]01'14'' W.)
Ardmore VORTAC
    (Lat. 34[deg]12'42'' N., long. 97[deg]10'06'' W.)
Ardmore Downtown Executive Airport, OK
    (Lat. 34[deg]08'49'' N., long. 97[deg]07'22'' W.)

    That airspace extending upward from the 700 feet above the 
surface within a 6.8-mile radius of Ardmore Municipal Airport, and 
within 1.1 miles each side of the 315[deg] bearing from the airport 
extending from the 6.8-mile radius to 6.9 miles northwest of the 
airport, and within a 6.5 mile radius of Ardmore Downtown Executive 
Airport, and within 8 miles west and 4 miles east of the 329[deg] 
radial of the Ardmore VORTAC extending from the 6.5-mile radius to 
16 miles northwest of the VORTAC.

    Issued in Fort Worth, Texas, on November 9, 2011.
Gail L. Kasson,
Acting Manager, Operations Support Group, ATO Central Service Center.
[FR Doc. 2011-30531 Filed 11-28-11; 8:45 am]
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