[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 36 (Thursday, February 23, 2012)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 10649-10650]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-4156]



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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 71

[Docket No. FAA-2011-1313; Airspace Docket No. 11-AWP-17]


Modification of Class E Airspace; Douglas, AZ

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: This action modifies Class E airspace at Bisbee Douglas 
International Airport, Douglas, AZ. Decommissioning of the Cochise VHF 
Omni-Directional Radio Range Tactical Air Navigational Aid (VORTAC) has 
made this action necessary for the safety and management of aircraft 
operations at the airport. This action also adjusts the geographic 
coordinates of the airport, and corrects a typographical error in the 
legal description for the Class E 700 foot airspace. This improves the 
safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at 
the airport.

DATES: Effective date, 0901 UTC, May 31, 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: 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 December 16, 2011, the FAA published in the Federal Register a 
notice of proposed rulemaking to amend controlled airspace at Douglas, 
AZ (76 FR 78180). 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 typographical error in a bearing of the 1,200 foot airspace 
description and makes the correction in the rule.
    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 Douglas, AZ. 
Additional controlled airspace is necessary to accommodate aircraft 
using VHF Omni-Directional Radio Range/Distance Measuring Equipment, 
Global Positioning System standard instrument approach procedures at 
Bisbee Douglas International Airport, Douglas, AZ. Decommissioning of 
the Cochise VORTAC has made this action necessary and enhances the 
safety and management of aircraft operations at the airport. The 
geographic coordinates of the airport is also updated to coincide with 
the FAA's aeronautical database. In the 700 foot/1,200 foot airspace 
description, the 20-mile radius bearing 076[deg] is corrected to 
075[deg] bearing of the airport.
    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 modifies controlled airspace at Bisbee Douglas International 
Airport, Douglas, AZ.

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 6002 Class E airspace designated as surface areas.

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AWP AZ E2 Douglas, AZ [Modified]

Bisbee Douglas International Airport, AZ
    (Lat. 31[deg]28'08'' N., long. 109[deg]36'14'' W.)

    Within a 4.3-mile radius of Bisbee Douglas International 
Airport, and within 1.8 miles each side of the Bisbee Douglas 
International Airport 332[deg] bearing extending from the 4.3-mile 
radius to 7 miles northwest of the airport. This Class E airspace 
area is effective

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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 AZ E5 Douglas, AZ [Modified]

Bisbee Douglas International Airport, AZ
    (Lat. 31[deg]28'08'' N., long. 109[deg]36'14'' W.)

    That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface 
within 3.9 miles northeast and 8.3 miles southwest of the Bisbee 
Douglas International Airport 333[deg] bearing extending from the 
airport to 16.1 miles northwest. That airspace extending upward from 
1,200 feet above the surface within a 7.8-mile radius of Bisbee 
Douglas International Airport, and within a 20-mile radius of Bisbee 
Douglas International Airport extending clockwise from the 288[deg] 
bearing to the 075[deg] bearing of the airport, and within 4.3 miles 
east and 7.4 miles west of the Bisbee Douglas International Airport 
347[deg] bearing extending from the airport to 34.5 miles north.

    Issued in Seattle, Washington, on February 13, 2012.
John Warner,
Manager, Operations Support Group, Western Service Center.
[FR Doc. 2012-4156 Filed 2-22-12; 8:45 am]
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