[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 107 (Monday, June 4, 2012)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 32896-32897]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-13373]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 71

[Docket No. FAA-2012-0316; Airspace Docket No. 12-ANM-1]


Modification of Class E Airspace; Billings, MT

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: This action modifies Class E airspace at Billings Logan 
International Airport, Billings, MT. Controlled airspace is necessary 
to accommodate aircraft using Area Navigation (RNAV) Global Positioning 
System (GPS) standard instrument approach procedures at Billings Logan 
International Airport. This action will also make a minor adjustment to 
the geographic coordinates of the airport. This improves the safety and 
management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at the airport.

DATES: Effective date, 0901 UTC, September 20, 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.

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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 April 6, 2012, the FAA published in the Federal Register a 
notice of proposed rulemaking to modify controlled airspace at 
Billings, MT (77 FR 20747). 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 designation 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 airspace extending upward from 700 feet 
above the surface, at Billings Logan International Airport, to 
accommodate aircraft using RNAV (GPS) standard instrument approach 
procedures at the airport. The geographic coordinates of the airport 
are updated to coincide with the FAA's aeronautical database. This 
action is necessary for the safety and management of IFR operations.
    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 Billings Logan International Airport, Billings, 
MT.

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 311a. This airspace action 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 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 6005 Class E airspace areas extending upward from 700 
feet or more above the surface of the earth.

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ANM MT E5 Billings, MT [Modified]

Billings Logan International Airport, MT
    (Lat. 45[deg]48'28'' N., long. 108[deg]32'34'' W.)

    That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface 
within a 16-mile radius of Billings Logan International Airport; 
that airspace extending upward from 1,200 feet above the surface 
within a 63-mile radius of the Billings Logan International Airport.

    Issued in Seattle, Washington, on May 24, 2012.
John Warner,
Manager, Operations Support Group, Western Service Center.
[FR Doc. 2012-13373 Filed 6-1-12; 8:45 am]
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