[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 59 (Tuesday, March 27, 2012)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 18104-18105]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-7311]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 73

[Docket No. FAA-2012-0174; Airspace Docket No. 11-AEA-3]
RIN 2120-AA66


Amendment of Restricted Areas R-5801 and R-5803; Chambersburg, PA

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule; technical amendment.

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SUMMARY: This action makes a minor editorial change to the time of 
designation for restricted areas R-5801 and R-5803, Chambersburg, PA, 
to remove the abbreviation ``EST.'' This amendment does not change the 
dimensions of, or activities conducted within, the restricted areas.

DATES: Effective date 0901 UTC, May 31, 2012.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Paul Gallant, Airspace, Regulations 
and ATC Procedures Group, Office of Airspace Services, Federal Aviation 
Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591; 
telephone: (202) 267-8783.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    The time of designation for R-5801 and R-5803 currently reads 
``0800 to 1600 EST, Monday-Friday.'' Since these restricted areas lie 
completely within the Eastern Time zone, it is unnecessary to specify 
``EST'' in the descriptions. The hours 0800 to 1600 are in effect year 
round regardless of time of year. The use of ``EST'' in the current 
description leads to confusion about the time of designation during 
that part of the year when daylight saving time is in effect. The 
intended time of designation for the restricted areas is 0800-1600 
local time during both standard time and daylight time periods.

The Rule

    This action amends Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) 
part 73 to remove ``EST'' from the time of designation in the 
descriptions of restricted areas R-5801 and R-5803, Chambersburg, PA. 
The time of designation is amended to read ``0800 to 1600 local time, 
Monday-Friday.'' This change does not alter the current usage of the 
restricted areas.
    Accordingly, since this action is an administrative change, and 
does not alter the dimensions or utilization of the restricted areas, I 
find that notice and public procedures under 5 U.S.C. 553(b) are 
unnecessary.
    Section 73.58 of Title 14 CFR part 73 was republished in FAA Order 
7400.8U, effective February 16, 2012.
    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 Department of Transportation (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

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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 the 
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 airspace descriptions to keep them current.

Environmental Review

    The FAA has determined that this action qualifies for categorical 
exclusion under the National Environmental Policy Act in accordance 
with FAA Order 1050.1E, Environmental Impacts: Policies and Procedures, 
paragraph 311d. This action updates the technical description of 
special use airspace that does not alter the dimensions, altitudes, or 
use of the airspace. It is not expected to cause any potentially 
significant environmental impacts, and no extraordinary circumstances 
exist that warrant preparation of an environmental assessment.

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 73

    Airspace, Prohibited areas, Restricted areas.

Adoption of Amendment

    In consideration of the foregoing, the Federal Aviation 
Administration amends 14 CFR part 73 as follows:

PART 73--SPECIAL USE AIRSPACE

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1. The authority citation for part 73 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.  73.58  [Amended]

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2. Section 73.58 is amended as follows:
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R-5801 Chambersburg, PA [Amended]

    By removing the current time of designation and substituting the 
following:
    Time of designation. 0800 to 1600 local time, Monday-Friday.
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R-5803 Chambersburg, PA [Amended]

    By removing the current time of designation and substituting the 
following:
    Time of designation. 0800 to 1600 local time, Monday-Friday.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on March 14, 2012.
Gary A. Norek,
Acting Manager, Airspace, Regulations and ATC Procedures Group.
[FR Doc. 2012-7311 Filed 3-26-12; 8:45 am]
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