[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 206 (Wednesday, October 24, 2012)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 64889-64890]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-25925]



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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 71

[Docket FAA No. FAA-2012-1092; Airspace Docket No. 12-AWP-6]


Amendment of Class D and Class E Airspace; Hawthorne, CA

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule; technical amendment.

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SUMMARY: This action amends the airspace description for Class D and 
Class E airspace at Jack Northrop Field/Hawthorne Municipal Airport, 
Hawthorne, CA. The FAA is taking this action in response to a request 
from the Southern California Terminal Radar Approach Control to clarify 
the legal description of the controlled airspace. Some exclusionary 
language was omitted and the Class E extension was recorded as 1.5 
nautical miles and should have been .5 nautical miles. This action 
enhances the safety and management of aircraft operations for the 
Hawthorne, CA, area.

DATES: Effective date, 0901 UTC., November 23, 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: Richard Roberts, Federal Aviation 
Administration, Operations Support Group, Western Service Center, 1601 
Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057; telephone (425) 203-4517.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

History

    The FAA received a request from the Southern California Radar 
Approach Control to clarify the legal description of the existing Class 
D and E airspace at Jack Northrop Field/Hawthorne Municipal Airport, 
Hawthorne, CA. The current legal description published in the Federal 
Register on February 13, 2012 (77 FR 7525) omitted that portion of the 
airspace for Torrance Municipal Airport, CA, and established the Class 
E extension at 1.5-nautical miles instead of .5 nautical miles. This 
action is in response to that request.
    Class D and E airspace designations are published in paragraphs 
5000 and 6004, respectively, of FAA Order 7400.9W dated August 8, 2012, 
and effective September 15, 2012, 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 that Order.

The Rule

    This action amends Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) 
Part 71 by amending the legal description of the Class D surface 
airspace at Jack Northrop Field/Hawthorne Municipal Airport, Hawthorne, 
CA, to include the exclusion of that portion of the airspace for 
Torrance, CA. The Class E airspace area designated as an extension to 
Class D, is corrected from 1.5 miles to .5 miles south of the 096[deg] 
bearing of Jack Northrop Field/Hawthorne Municipal Airport. The legal 
description has been clarified to avoid confusion on the part of pilots 
flying into Jack Northrop Field/Hawthorne Municipal Airport, and 
coincides with the FAAs aeronautical database. This action is necessary 
for the safety and management of IFR operations. This is an 
administrative change and does not affect the altitudes or operating 
requirements of the airspace, therefore, notice and public procedures 
under 5 U.S.C.553(b) are unnecessary.
    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 amends 
controlled airspace for the Hawthorne, CA, area.

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.

Lists of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 71

    Airspace, Incorporation by reference, Navigation (Air).

Technical 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

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Administration Order 7400.9W, Airspace Designations and Reporting 
Points, dated August 8, 2012, and effective September 15, 2012, is 
amended as follows:

Paragraph 5000 Class D airspace.

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AWP CA D Hawthorne, CA [Amended]

Jack Northrop Field/Hawthorne Municipal Airport, CA
    (Lat. 33[deg]55'22'' N., long. 118[deg]20'07'' W.)

    That airspace extending upward from the surface to and including 
2,500 feet MSL within 2.6-mile radius of the Jack Northrop Field/
Hawthorne Municipal Airport, and that airspace 1.5 miles north and 2 
miles south of the 229[deg] bearing of the airport extending from 
the 2.6-mile radius to 3.8 miles southwest, and that airspace 2 
miles north and 1.5 miles south of the 096[deg] bearing of the 
airport extending from the 2.6-mile radius to 3.9 miles east of the 
airport, excluding the Los Angeles Airport Class D and that portion 
within the Torrance CA, Class D airspace area. This Class D airspace 
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 6004 Class E airspace areas designated as an extension to 
Class D or Class E surface area.

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AWP CA E4 Hawthorne, CA [Amended]

Jack Northrop Field/Hawthorne Municipal Airport, CA
    (Lat. 33[deg]55'22'' N., long. 118[deg]20'07'' W.)

    That airspace extending upward from the surface within 2 miles 
north and .5 miles south of the 096[deg] bearing of Jack Northrop 
Field/Hawthorne Municipal Airport, beginning 3.9 miles east of the 
airport extending to 6.3 miles east of the 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 Seattle, Washington, on October 9, 2012.
John Warner,
Manager, Operations Support Group, Western Service Center.
[FR Doc. 2012-25925 Filed 10-23-12; 8:45 am]
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