[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 221 (Thursday, November 15, 2012)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 68068-68069]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-27668]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 71

[Docket No. FAA-2012-0648; Airspace Docket No. 12-ANM-19]


Modification of Class E Airspace; Pullman, WA

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: This action modifies Class E airspace at Pullman/Moscow 
Regional Airport, Pullman, WA. Controlled airspace is necessary to 
accommodate aircraft using Area Navigation (RNAV) Global Positioning 
System (GPS) standard instrument approach procedures at Pullman/Moscow 
Regional Airport. This action also makes a minor change to the legal 
description in reference to Class E airspace extending upward from 700 
feet above the surface. This improves the safety and management of 
Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at the airport.

DATES: Effective date, 0901 UTC, January 10, 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 August 21, 2012, the FAA published in the Federal Register a 
notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to modify controlled airspace at 
Pullman, WA (77 FR 50419). Interested parties were invited to 
participate in this rulemaking effort by submitting written comments on 
the proposal to the FAA. No comments were received.
    The FAA's Aeronautical Products Office requested the legal 
description for the Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet 
above the surface be rewritten for clarity. With the exception of 
editorial changes and the changes described above, this rule is the 
same as that proposed in the NPRM.
    Class E airspace designations are published in paragraphs 6002 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 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 Class E surface airspace, and Class E airspace 
extending upward from 700 feet above the surface, at Pullman/Moscow 
Regional Airport, to accommodate IFR aircraft executing RNAV (GPS) 
standard instrument approach procedures at the airport. 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 Pullman/Moscow Regional Airport, Pullman, WA.

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 6002 Class E airspace designated as surface areas.

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ANM WA E2 Pullman, WA [Modified]

Pullman/Moscow Regional Airport, WA
    (Lat. 46[deg]44'38'' N., long. 117[deg]06'35'' W.)

    Within a 4-mile radius of Pullman/Moscow Regional Airport, and 
within 1.7 miles each side of the Pullman/Moscow Regional Airport 
046[deg] bearing extending from the 4-mile radius to 8 miles 
northeast of the airport, and within 1.7 miles each side of the 
Pullman/Moscow Regional Airport 227[deg]

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bearing extending from the 4-mile radius to 6 miles southwest 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.

* * * * *

ANM WA E5 Pullman, WA [Modified]

Pullman/Moscow Regional Airport, WA
    (Lat. 46[deg]44'38'' N., long. 117[deg]06'35'' W.)

    That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface 
within a 10-mile radius of the Pullman/Moscow Regional Airport, and 
within 1.7 miles each side of the Pullman/Moscow Regional Airport 
229[deg] bearing extending from the 10-mile radius to 13 miles 
southwest of the airport, and that airspace bounded by a line 
beginning at the intersection of the 10-mile radius of the airport 
and the Pullman/Moscow Regional Airport 307[deg] bearing to the 
intersection of the of the 23-mile radius of the airport and the 
Pullman/Moscow Regional Airport 328[deg] bearing extending clockwise 
within a 23-mile radius of the Pullman/Moscow Regional Airport; 
thence to the intersection of the 23-mile radius of the airport and 
the Pullman/Moscow Regional Airport 064[deg] bearing of the airport 
to the intersection of the 10-mile radius of the airport and the 
Pullman/Moscow Regional Airport 066[deg] bearing of the airport; 
thence clockwise along the 10-mile radius to the point of origin. 
That airspace extending upward from 1,200 feet above the surface 
bounded by a line beginning at lat. 46[deg]46'00'' N., long. 
117[deg]51'00'' W.; to lat. 47[deg]06'00'' N., long. 117[deg]29'00'' 
W.; to lat. 47[deg]10'00'' N., long. 117[deg]13'00'' W.; to lat. 
47[deg]07'00'' N., long. 116[deg]50'00'' W.; to lat. 46[deg]57'00'' 
N., long. 116[deg]28'00'' W.; to lat. 46[deg]38'00'' N., long. 
116[deg]41'00'' W.; to lat. 46[deg]31'00'' N., long. 116[deg]23'00'' 
W., to lat. 46[deg]12'00'' N., long. 116[deg]25'00'' W.; to lat. 
46[deg]19'00'' N., long. 116[deg]57'00'' W.; to lat. 46[deg]24'00'' 
N., long. 117[deg]30'00'' W.; thence to the point of origin.

    Issued in Seattle, Washington, on October 23, 2012.
Vered Lovett,
Manager, Operations Support Group,
    Western Service Center.
[FR Doc. 2012-27668 Filed 11-14-12; 8:45 am]
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