[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 72 (Friday, April 13, 2012)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 22190-22191]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-8566]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 71

[Docket No. FAA-2011-1196; Airspace Docket No. 11-ASO-38]


Amendment of Class E Airspace; Columbia, SC, and Establishment of 
Class E Airspace; Pelion, SC

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: This action amends Class E Airspace at Columbia, SC, by 
removing Corporate Airport from the airspace designation, and 
establishes Class E Airspace at Pelion, SC, using the new airport name, 
as new Standard Instrument Approach Procedures have been developed at 
Lexington County Airport at Pelion. This action enhances the safety and 
airspace management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations within 
the National Airspace System. This action also updates the geographic 
coordinates of the airport.

DATES: Effective 0901 UTC, May 31, 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 December 14, 2011, the FAA published in the Federal Register a 
notice of proposed rulemaking to amend Class E airspace at Columbia, 
SC, and establish Class E airspace at Pelion, SC, Docket No. FAA-2011-
1196 (76 FR 77727). 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 Part 71.1. The Class 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 E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above 
the surface at Columbia, SC, by removing Corporate Airport from the 
airspace designation and establishes Class E airspace at Pelion, SC, to 
support new Standard Instrument Approach Procedures at Lexington County 
Airport at Pelion, Pelion, SC, formerly Corporate Airport. Airspace 
reconfiguration is necessary due to the design of new arrival 
procedures, and for continued safety

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and management of IFR operations at the airport. The geographic 
coordinates also are adjusted to coincide with the FAAs 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 Columbia, SC, and establishes 
controlled airspace at Lexington County Airport at Pelion, Pelion, SC.

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 6005 Class E airspace areas extending upward from 700 
feet or more above the surface of the earth.

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ASO SC E5 Columbia, SC [Amended]

Columbia Metropolitan Airport, SC
    (Lat. 33[deg]56'20'' N., long. 81[deg]07'10'' W.)
Columbia Owens Downtown Airport
    (Lat. 33[deg]58'14'' N., long. 80[deg]59'43'' W.)

    That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface 
within a 10-mile radius of Columbia Metropolitan Airport and within 
a 6.5-mile radius of Columbia Owens Downtown Airport.
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ASO SC E5 Pelion, SC [New]

Lexington County Airport at Pelion, Pelion, SC
    (Lat. 33[deg]47'41'' N., long. 81[deg]14'45'' W.)

    That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface 
within a 6.6-mile radius of the Lexington County Airport at Pelion.

    Issued in College Park, Georgia, on March 30, 2012.
Barry A. Knight,
Manager, Operations Support Group, Eastern Service Center, Air Traffic 
Organization.
[FR Doc. 2012-8566 Filed 4-12-12; 8:45 am]
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