[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 221 (Thursday, November 15, 2012)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 68065-68067]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-27659]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 71

[Docket No. FAA-2012-0384; Airspace Docket No. 12-ANM-9]


Amendment of Class D and Class E Airspace; Lewiston, ID

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: This action modifies the Class D and Class E airspace areas at 
Lewiston, ID, to accommodate aircraft using Area Navigation (RNAV) 
(GPS) standard instrument approach procedures at Lewiston-Nez Perce 
County Airport. Also, the geographic coordinates are updated for the 
airport and navigational aids. This improves the safety and management 
of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at the airport.

DATES: Effective date, 0901 UTC, January10, 2013. 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: 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 June 4, 2012, the FAA published in the Federal Register a notice 
of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend controlled airspace at Lewiston-
Nez Perce County Airport, Lewiston, ID (77 FR 32921). Interested 
parties were invited to participate in this rulemaking effort by 
submitting written comments on the proposal to the FAA. The FAA 
received one comment from the National Business Aviation Association 
(NBAA).
    The NBAA recommended making the Class E airspace area extending 
upward from 1,200 feet above the surface larger by lowering some of the 
adjacent Class E airspace, which begins from between

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10,000 Mean Sea Level (MSL) and 14,500 MSL, for aircraft safety. The 
FAA found merit in this comment and further amended the NPRM with a 
supplemental NPRM (SNPRM) published in the Federal Register of August 
21, 2012 (77 FR 50417). 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 D and Class E airspace designations are published in 
paragraphs, 5000, 6002, 6004 and 6005, respectively, of FAA Order 
7400.9W dated August 8, 2012, and effective September 15, 2012, which 
is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR Part 71.1. The Class D airspace 
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 modifying the Class E airspace area extending upward from 
700 and 1,200 feet above the surface at Lewiston-Nez Perce County 
Airport, Lewiston, ID, to accommodate aircraft using RNAV (GPS) 
standard instrument approach procedures at the airport. This action 
also updates the geographic coordinates of the airport, the Nez Perce 
VHF Omni-Directional Radio Range/Distance Measuring Equipment (VOR/
DME), and the Lewiston-Nez Perce Instrument Landing System (ILS) 
Localizer navigation aids 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 Lewiston-Nez Perce County Airport, Lewiston, ID.

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 7400.9W, 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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ANM ID D Lewiston, ID [Modified]

Lewiston-Nez Perce County Airport, ID
    (Lat. 46[deg]22'28'' N., long. 117[deg]00'55'' W.)

    That airspace extending upward from the surface to and including 
3,900 feet MSL within a 4.1-mile radius of the Lewiston-Nez Perce 
County Airport. This Class D 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.

Paragraph 6002 Class E airspace designated as surface areas.

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ANM ID E2 Lewiston, ID [Modified]

Lewiston-Nez Perce County Airport, ID
    (Lat. 46[deg]22'28'' N., long. 117[deg]00'55'' W.)

    Within a 4.1-mile radius of the Lewiston-Nez Perce County 
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.

Paragraph 6004 Class E airspace designated as an extension to a 
Class D surface area.

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ANM ID E4 Lewiston, ID [Modified]

Lewiston-Nez Perce County Airport, ID
    (Lat. 46[deg]22'28'' N., long. 117[deg]00'55'' W.)
Nez Perce VOR/DME
    (Lat. 46[deg]22'54'' N., long. 116[deg]52'10'' W.)
Lewiston-Nez Perce ILS Localizer
    (Lat. 46[deg]22'27'' N., long. 117[deg]01'54'' W.)

    That airspace extending upward from the surface within 2.7 miles 
each side of the Lewiston-Nez Perce ILS localizer course extending 
from the 4.1-mile radius of the airport to 14 miles east of the 
airport and within 3.5 miles each side of the Nez Perce VOR/DME 
266[deg] radial extending from the 4.1-mile radius of the airport to 
13.1 miles west 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.

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

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ANM ID E5 Lewiston, ID [Modified]

Lewiston-Nez Perce County Airport, ID
    (Lat. 46[deg]22'28'' N., long. 117[deg]00'55'' W.)

    That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface 
bounded by a line beginning at lat. 46[deg]33'00'' N., long. 
117[deg]38'00'' W.; to lat. 46[deg]31'30'' N., long 117[deg]14'00'' 
W.; to lat. 46[deg]40'00'' N., long. 116[deg]48'00'' W.; to lat. 
46[deg]26'00'' N., long. 116[deg]26'00'' W.; to lat. 46[deg]13'00'' 
N., long. 116[deg]30'00'' W.; to lat. 46[deg]14'00'' N., long. 
116[deg]35'00'' W.; to lat. 46[deg]06'00'' N., long. 116[deg]47'00'' 
W.; to lat. 46[deg]17'00'' N., long. 116[deg]49'00'' W.; to lat. 
46[deg]18'00'' N., long 117[deg]00'00'' W.; to lat. 46[deg]17'30'' 
N., long. 117[deg]22'00'' W.; to lat. 46[deg]10'30'' N., long. 
117[deg]26'30'' W.; to lat. 46[deg]12'00'' N., long. 117[deg]36'00'' 
W.; thence to the point of origin; that airspace extending upward 
from 1,200 feet above the surface within a 62-mile radius of the 
Lewiston-Nez Perce County Airport, and within 24 miles each side of 
the 056[deg] bearing of the airport, extending from the 62-mile 
radius to 92 miles northeast of the airport.



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    Issued in Seattle, Washington, on October 23, 2012.
Vered Lovett,
Acting Manager, Operations Support Group, Western Service Center.
[FR Doc. 2012-27659 Filed 11-14-12; 8:45 am]
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