[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 240 (Wednesday, December 14, 2011)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 77669-77670]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-31854]



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Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 240 / Wednesday, December 14, 2011 / 
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 71

[Docket No. FAA-2011-0625; Airspace Docket No. 11-AEA-16]


Amendment of Class D and E Airspace; North Philadelphia, PA

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: This action amends Class D and Class E airspace at Northeast 
Philadelphia Airport, North Philadelphia, PA, due to the closing of 
Willow Grove Naval Air Station and Warminster Naval Air Warfare Center 
(NAWC). This action also corrects a typographic error in the regulatory 
text for the Class E airspace radius and ceiling level, and adjusts the 
geographic coordinates of the airport. This action enhances the safety 
and airspace management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations in 
the North Philadelphia, PA, airspace area.

DATES: Effective date: 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, Airspace Specialist, 
Operations Support Group, Eastern Service Center, Air Traffic 
Organization, Federal Aviation Administration, P.O. Box 20636, Atlanta, 
Georgia 30320; telephone (404) 305-6364.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

History

    On August 10, 2011, the FAA published in the Federal Register a 
notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend Class D and Class E 
airspace at Northeast Philadelphia Airport, North Philadelphia, PA. (76 
FR 49383). 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 a typographic error in the regulatory text for the radius of the 
controlled airspace listed for Class E surface airspace, and makes the 
correction from a 5-mile radius to a 5.6-mile radius of the airport, 
and also removes reference to the ceiling level that was cited in 
error. Also, the geographic coordinates of the airport are adjusted.
    Class D and E airspace designations are published in paragraphs 
5000 and 6002, 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 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 to amend Class D airspace and Class E surface airspace at 
Northeast Philadelphia Airport, North Philadelphia, PA. The Class D and 
Class E surface airspace is reconfigured due to the closing of the 
Willow Grove Naval Air Station and Warminster NAWC. The boundary radius 
of the controlled airspace listed in the regulatory text for Class E 
airspace is corrected from a 5-mile radius to a 5.6-mile radius of the 
airport and reference to the ceiling level listed for Class E airspace 
is removed. Also, the geographic coordinates of the airport are 
adjusted to be in concert with the FAAs aeronautical database. This 
action enhances the safety and management of IFR operations at the 
airport.
    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. 
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, would 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 Class D and E airspace at Northeast Philadelphia Airport, 
North Philadelphia, PA.

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, and effective September 15, 2011, is 
amended as follows:

Paragraph 5000 Class D Airspace.

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AEA PA D North Philadelphia, PA [Amended]

Northeast Philadelphia Airport, Philadelphia, PA
    (Lat. 40[deg]04'55'' N., long. 75[deg]00'38'' W.)

    That airspace extending upward from the surface to and including 
2,600 feet MSL within a 5.6-mile radius of the Northeast 
Philadelphia Airport. 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.

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AEA PA E2 North Philadelphia, PA [Amended]

Northeast Philadelphia Airport, Philadelphia, PA
    (Lat. 40[deg]04'55'' N., long. 75[deg]00'38'' W.)

    That airspace extending upward from the surface within a 5.6-
mile radius of the Northeast Philadelphia 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.

    Issued in College Park, Georgia, on November 29, 2011.
Mark D. Ward,
Manager, Operation Support Group, Eastern Service Center, Air Traffic 
Organization.
[FR Doc. 2011-31854 Filed 12-13-11; 8:45 am]
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