[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 208 (Friday, October 26, 2012)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 65255-65256]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-26330]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 71

[Docket No. FAA-2012-0385; Airspace Docket No. 12-ASO-23]


Establishment of Class E Airspace; Reidsville, GA, and Amendment 
of Class E Airspace; Vidalia, GA

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: This action establishes Class E Airspace at Reidsville, GA. 
Separation of existing Class E airspace surrounding Swinton Smith Field 
at Reidsville Municipal Airport, Reidsville, GA, from the Class E 
airspace of Vidalia Regional Airport, Vidalia, GA, has made this action 
necessary to enhance the safety and airspace management of Instrument 
Flight Rules (IFR) operations at the airport. This action also changes 
the names of both airports and updates the airport's geographic 
coordinates.

DATES: Effective 0901 UTC, January 10, 2013. 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 July 5, 2012, the FAA published in the Federal Register a notice 
of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to establish Class E airspace extending 
upward from 700 feet above the surface at Swinton Smith Field at 
Reidsville Municipal Airport, Reidsville, GA, to accommodate the 
separation of existing Class E airspace surrounding Vidalia Regional 
Airport, Vidalia, GA, (77 FR 39653) Docket No. FAA-2012-0385. 
Interested parties were invited to participate in this rulemaking 
effort by submitting written comments on the proposal to the FAA. No 
comments were received. Geographic coordinates for both airports also 
are adjusted.
    Class E airspace designations are published in paragraph 6005 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 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 establishes Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet 
above the surface at Swinton Smith Field at Reidsville Municipal 
Airport, formerly Reidsville Airport, Reidsville, GA, and amends Class 
E airspace at Vidalia, Regional Airport, formerly Vidalia Municipal 
Airport, Vidalia, GA, to provide the controlled airspace required to 
accommodate the separation of existing Class E airspace surrounding 
Vidalia Regional Airport. Geographic coordinates for both airport are 
adjusted to be in concert with the FAAs aeronautical database. This 
action is necessary for the safety and management of IFR operations at 
the airport.
    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

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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 establishes controlled airspace surrounding Swinton Smith Field 
at Reidsville Municipal Airport, Reidsville, GA and amends controlled 
airspace at Vidalia Regional Airport, Vidalia, GA.

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).

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 7400.9W, Airspace Designations and Reporting 
Points, dated August 8, 2012, effective September 15, 2012, 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 GA E5 Vidalia, GA [Amended]

Vidalia Regional Airport, GA
    (Lat. 32[deg]11'34'' N., long. 82[deg]22'16'' W.)

    That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface 
within a 7-mile radius of Vidalia Regional Airport.
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ASO GA E5 Reidsville, GA [New]

Swinton Smith Field at Reidsville Municipal Airport, GA
    (Lat. 32[deg]03'32'' N., long. 82[deg]09'06'' W.)

    That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface 
within a 7-mile radius of the Swinton Smith Field at Reidsville 
Municipal Airport.

    Issued in College Park, Georgia, on October 11, 2012.
Barry A. Knight,
Manager, Operations Support Group, Eastern Service Center, Air Traffic 
Organization.
[FR Doc. 2012-26330 Filed 10-25-12; 8:45 am]
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