[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 153 (Thursday, August 8, 2013)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 48293-48294]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-18715]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 71

[Docket No. FAA-2013-0273; Airspace Docket No. 13-ASW-9]


Amendment of Class D and Class E Airspace; San Marcos, TX

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: This action amends Class D and Class E airspace at San Marcos, 
TX. Additional controlled airspace is necessary to accommodate new Area 
Navigation (RNAV) Standard Instrument Approach Procedures at San Marcos 
Municipal Airport and the decommissioning of the Garys Locator Outer 
Marker (LOM). This action enhances the safety and management of 
Instrument Flight Rule (IFR) operations at the airport. Geographic 
coordinates are also updated.

DATES: Effective date: 0901 UTC, October 17, 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 June 4, 2013, the FAA published in the Federal Register a notice 
of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend Class D and Class E airspace for 
the San Marcos, TX, area, creating additional controlled airspace at 
San Marcos Municipal Airport (78 FR 33263) Docket No. FAA-2013-0273. 
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 E airspace designations are 
published in paragraphs 5000, 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 71.1. The Class D and Class E 
airspace designations listed in this document will be published 
subsequently in the Order.

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The Rule

    This action amends Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) 
Part 71 by amending Class D airspace and Class E airspace extending 
upward from 700 feet above the surface ensuring controlled airspace 
exists to contain aircraft executing new standard instrument approach 
procedures and the decommissioning of the Garys LOM at San Marcos 
Municipal Airport, San Marcos, TX. Accordingly, small segments of Class 
D airspace extend 4.4 miles both west and north, and 5 miles northwest 
from the 4.2-mile radius of the airport, and small segments of Class E 
airspace extend 13.1 miles west, 11.1 miles northwest, 10.4 miles both 
east and south, and 9.6 miles southeast of the 6.7-mile radius of the 
airport for the safety and management of IFR operations to/from the en 
route environment. Geographic coordinates for San Marcos Municipal 
Airport and Lockhart Municipal Airport are also 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 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 only affects air traffic procedures and air navigation, it is 
certified that this rule, when promulgated, does 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 San Marcos Municipal Airport, San 
Marcos, TX.

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 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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ASW TX D San Marcos, TX [Amended]

San Marcos Municipal Airport, TX
    (Lat. 29[deg]53'34'' N., long. 97[deg]51'47'' W.)

    That airspace extending upward from the surface to and including 
3,100 feet MSL within a 4.2-mile radius of San Marcos Municipal 
Airport, and within 1 mile each side of the 313[deg] bearing from 
the airport extending from the 4.2-mile radius to 5 miles northwest 
of the airport, and within 1 mile each side of the 268[deg] bearing 
from the airport extending from the 4.2-mile radius to 4.4 miles 
west of the airport, and within 1 mile each side of the 358[deg] 
bearing from the airport extending from the 4.2-mile radius to 4.4 
miles north of the airport. This Class D airspace area is effective 
during the specific dates and times established in advance by a 
Notice to Airmen. The effective dates and times will thereafter be 
continually 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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ASW TX E5 San Marcos, TX [Amended]

San Marcos Municipal Airport, TX
    (Lat. 29[deg]53'34'' N., long. 97[deg]51'47'' W.)
Lockhart Municipal Airport, TX
    (Lat. 29[deg]51'01'' N., long. 97[deg]40'21'' W.)

    That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface 
within a 6.7-mile radius of San Marcos Municipal Airport, and within 
2 miles each side of the 268[deg] bearing from the airport extending 
from the 6.7-mile radius to 13.1 miles west of the airport, and 
within 2 miles each side of the 313[deg] bearing from the airport 
extending from the 6.7-mile radius to 11.1 miles northwest of the 
airport, and within 2 miles each side of the 088[deg] bearing from 
the airport extending from the 6.7-mile radius to 10.4 miles east of 
the airport, and within 2 miles each side of the 133[deg] bearing 
from the airport extending from the 6.7-mile radius to 9.6 miles 
southeast of the airport, and within 2 miles each side of the 
178[deg] bearing from the airport extending from the 6.7-mile radius 
to 10.4 miles south of the airport, and within a 6.3-mile radius of 
Lockhart Municipal Airport.

    Issued in Fort Worth, Texas, on July 25, 2013.
David P. Medina,
Manager, Operations Support Group, ATO Central Service Center.
[FR Doc. 2013-18715 Filed 8-7-13; 8:45 am]
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