[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 45 (Thursday, March 7, 2013)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 14649-14651]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-04829]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 71

[Docket No. FAA-2013-0080; Airspace Docket No. 12-AWA-6]
RIN 2120-AA66


Amendment of Class B Airspace Description; Tampa, FL

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule, technical amendment.

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SUMMARY: This action amends the description of the Tampa International 
Airport, FL, Class B airspace area by changing the references for 
defining the

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centerpoint of the airspace from the ``airport surveillance radar (ASR) 
antenna'' to ``Point of Origin.'' In addition, the description is 
edited throughout to improve clarity. These changes are editorial only 
and do not alter the current charted boundaries or altitudes or the ATC 
procedures for the Tampa Class B airspace area.

DATES: Effective date: April 8, 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: Paul Gallant, Airspace Policy and ATC 
Procedures Group, Office of Mission Airspace Services, Federal Aviation 
Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591; 
telephone: (202) 267-8783.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    The Tampa Class B airspace area was established as a ``Terminal 
Control Area (TCA)'' on September 20, 1990 (55 FR 19226, May 8, 1990). 
In 1993, as part of the Airspace Reclassification Final Rule (56 FR 
65638, December 17, 1991), the term ``terminal control area'' was 
replaced by ``Class B airspace area.'' Because there was no VHF 
Omnidirectional Range (VOR) navigation aid located on the Tampa 
International Airport to serve as a reference for describing the 
airspace, the area was designed using the latitude/longitude position 
of the ASR antenna as the centerpoint. In 2012, the ASR antenna was 
moved to another location on the airport. So that there will be no 
change to the existing charted boundaries of the Tampa Class B airspace 
area, the FAA is retaining the same latitude/longitude of the ``old'' 
ASR antenna location as the centerpoint for the Class B airspace. To 
accomplish this, all references to the ASR in the Tampa Class B 
airspace description (as published in FAA Order 7400.9) are replaced by 
``Point of Origin.'' This practice is consistent with other Class B 
airspace locations that do not have a suitable navigation aid located 
on the airport.
    The current Tampa Class B description also refers to the LOC/DME 
antenna. However, the FAA's Digital Navigation Products Team reviewed 
the charted boundaries and determined that none of the boundaries are 
defined from the LOC/DME antenna position. Therefore, those references 
are unnecessary and are removed from the description. Additionally, the 
description has been edited to eliminate confusing wording and improve 
clarity.

The Rule

    The FAA is amending Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) 
part 71 by editing the description of the Tampa. FL, Class B airspace 
(as published in FAA Order 7400.9) to remove references to the ``ASR 
antenna'' and replace them with ``Point of Origin'' for defining the 
centerpoint of the airspace. The Point of Origin uses the same 
latitude/longitude of the ``old'' ASR antenna location. The FAA is 
taking this action so that the currently charted boundaries of the 
Class B airspace area are not affected by the recent relocation of the 
ASR antenna to a new position on the airport. The Class B airspace 
description is also edited to remove unnecessary references to the LOC/
DME antenna and to improve the clarity of the description.
    Because this action is a minor editorial change that does not alter 
the currently charted boundaries or altitudes or ATC procedures for the 
Tampa International Airport, I find that notice and public procedure 
under 5 U.S.C 553(b) are unnecessary and contrary to the public 
interest.
    Class B airspace areas are published in paragraph 3000 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 B airspace area 
listed in this document will be published subsequently in the Order.
    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 a ``significant rule'' 
under Department of Transportation (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 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 
the 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 makes editorial corrections to an existing Class B 
airspace description to maintain accuracy.

Environmental Review

    The FAA has determined that this action qualifies for categorical 
exclusion under the National Environmental Policy Act in accordance 
with 311a, FAA Order 1050.1E, ``Environmental Impacts: Policies and 
Procedures.'' This airspace action is an editorial change only and 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 71.1 of FAA Order 7400.9W, 
Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, signed August 8, 2012, and 
effective September 15, 2012, is amended as follows:

Paragraph 3000 Subpart B--Class B Airspace.

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ASO FL B Tampa, FL [Amended]

Tampa International Airport (Primary Airport)
    (Lat. 27[deg]58'32'' N., long. 82[deg]32'00'' W.)
Point of Origin
    (Lat. 27[deg]59'15'' N., long. 82[deg]32'40'' W.)

    Boundaries.
    Area A. That airspace extending upward from the surface to and 
including 10,000 feet MSL bounded by an area beginning at lat.

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27[deg]54'29'' N., long. 82[deg]30'56'' W.; then clockwise along the 
5-mile radius of the Point of Origin to lat. 27[deg]57'43'' N., 
long. 82[deg]27'18'' W.; then southwest to the point of beginning.
    Area B. That airspace extending upward from 1,200 feet MSL to 
and including 10,000 feet MSL beginning at the intersection of the 
Anna Maria Island, FL, shoreline and the 30-mile radius of the Point 
of Origin; then north along the shoreline to lat. 27[deg]40'47'' N., 
long. 82[deg]44'14'' W.; then northeast to lat. 27[deg]42'15'' N., 
long. 82[deg]40'45'' W. (the end of the Skyway Bridge); then north 
along the shoreline to the 10-mile radius of the Point of Origin; 
then clockwise along the 10-mile radius to U.S. Highway 301; then 
south along U.S. Highway 301 to Interstate 75; then south along 
Interstate 75 to the 10-mile arc of the Sarasota, FL, Class C 
airspace area; then counterclockwise along the Sarasota Class C 
airspace area 10-mile arc to the 30-mile radius of the Point of 
Origin; then clockwise along the 30-mile radius to the point of 
beginning.
    Area C. That airspace extending upward from 3,000 feet MSL up to 
and including 10,000 feet MSL bounded by a line beginning at the 
shoreline (lat. 28[deg]19'48'' N., long. 82[deg]43'37'' W.); then 
east to the intersection of Highway 19 and Highway 52; then east 
along Highway 52 to Interstate 75; then south along the eastern edge 
of Interstate 75 to Highway 54; then east along Highway 54 to 
Highway 39-301 at Zephyrhills, FL; then south on Highway 39 to 
Highway 60; then west on Highway 60 to lat. 27[deg]56'17'' N., long. 
82[deg]11'05'' W.; then south to and along the railroad to Parrish, 
FL; then southwest along Highway 301 to the 10-mile DME arc of the 
Sarasota Class C airspace area; then counterclockwise along the 
Sarasota Class C airspace area 10-mile DME arc to Interstate 75; 
then north along Interstate 75 to the 10-mile radius of the Point of 
Origin; then counterclockwise along 10-mile radius of the Point of 
Origin to the shoreline; then south along the shoreline to lat. 
27[deg]42'15'' N., long. 82[deg]40'45'' W.; then direct to the 
shoreline at lat. 27[deg]40'47'' N., long. 82[deg]44'14'' W.; then 
north along the shoreline to the point of beginning.
    Area D. That airspace extending upward from 6,000 feet MSL to 
and including 10,000 feet MSL beginning at the intersection of the 
Anna Maria Island, FL, shoreline and the 30-mile radius of the Point 
of Origin; then clockwise along the 30-mile radius of the Point of 
Origin to long. 83[deg]00'00'' W.; then north along long. 
83[deg]00'00'' W. to the 30-mile radius of the Point of Origin; then 
clockwise along the 30-mile radius of the Point of Origin to Dade 
City, FL; then south on Highway 39-301 to Highway 54 at Zephyrhills, 
FL; then west on Highway 54 to Interstate 75; then north on the 
eastern edge of Interstate 75 to Highway 52; then west on Highway 52 
to the intersection of Highway 52 and Highway 19 at Hudson, FL; then 
due west to and south along the shoreline to lat. 27[deg]40'47'' N., 
long. 82[deg]44'14'' W.; then south along the shoreline to the point 
of beginning; and that airspace beginning at the intersection of 
Highway 301 and the Sarasota Class C airspace area 10-mile DME arc; 
then northeast along Highway 301 to Parrish, FL; then northeast 
along the railroad to lat. 27[deg]56'17'' N., long. 82[deg]11'05'' 
W.; then east along Highway 60 to the intersection of Highway 60 and 
Highway 39; then south along Highway 39 to the 30-mile radius of the 
Point of Origin; then clockwise along the 30-mile radius of the 
Point of Origin to the Sarasota, FL, Class C airspace area 10-mile 
DME arc; then counterclockwise along the Sarasota Class C airspace 
area 10-mile DME arc to the point of beginning.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on February 21, 2013.
Gary A. Norek,
Manager, Airspace Policy and ATC Procedures Group.
[FR Doc. 2013-04829 Filed 3-6-13; 8:45 am]
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