[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 222 (Friday, November 16, 2012)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 68683-68684]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-27836]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 71

[Docket No. FAA-2012-0654; Airspace Docket No. 12-ACE-3]


Amendment of Class E Airspace; Forest City, IA

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: This action amends Class E airspace at Forest City, IA. 
Additional controlled airspace is necessary to accommodate new Area 
Navigation (RNAV) Standard Instrument Approach Procedures at Forest 
City Municipal Airport. The Forest City nondirectional beacon's (NDB) 
geographic coordinates are also adjusted. The FAA is taking this action 
to enhance the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rule (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: Scott Enander, Central Service Center, 
Operations Support Group, Federal Aviation Administration, Southwest 
Region, 2601 Meacham Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76137; telephone 817-321-
7716.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

History

    On August 16, 2012, the FAA published in the Federal Register a 
notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend Class E airspace for the 
Forest City, IA, area, creating additional controlled airspace at 
Forest City Municipal Airport (77 FR 49399) Docket No. FAA-2012-0654. 
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 7400.9W 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 the Order.

The Rule

    This action amends Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) 
part 71 by amending Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet 
above the surface to accommodate new standard instrument approach 
procedures at Forest City Municipal Airport, Forest City, IA. This 
action is necessary for the safety and management of IFR operations at 
the airport. Geographic coordinates of the Forest City NDB are updated 
to coincide with the FAA's aeronautical database.
    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. 
Therefore, this regulation: (1) Is not a ``significant regulatory 
action'' under Executive Order 12866; (2) is not

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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 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, 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 amends controlled airspace at Forest City Municipal Airport, 
Forest City, IA.

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

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ACE IA E5 Forest City, IA [Amended]

Forest City Municipal Airport, IA
    (Lat. 43[deg]14'05'' N., long. 93[deg]37'27'' W.)
Forest City NDB
    (Lat. 43[deg]14'09'' N., long. 93[deg]37'15'' W.)

    That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface 
within a 6.9-mile radius of Forest City Municipal Airport, and 
within 4 miles each side of the 347[deg] bearing from the airport 
extending from the 6.9-mile radius to 10.6 miles north of the 
airport, and within 2.6 miles each side of the 162[deg] bearing from 
the Forest City NDB extending from the 6.9-mile radius to 7.4 miles 
southeast of the airport.

    Issued in Fort Worth, Texas, on October 25, 2012.
David P. Medina,
Manager, Operations Support Group, ATO Central Service Center.
[FR Doc. 2012-27836 Filed 11-15-12; 8:45 am]
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