[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 207 (Friday, October 25, 2013)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 63860-63861]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-24976]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 71

[Docket No. FAA-2013-0817; Airspace Docket No. 13-AWP-14]
RIN 2120-AA66


Amendment of Class D Airspace; Kwajalein Island, Marshall 
Islands, RMI

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule, technical amendment.

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SUMMARY: This action amends the Kwajalein Island Class D airspace 
description by amending the geographic coordinates for Bucholz Army 
Airfield (AAF), Kwajalein Island, Marshall Islands, RMI. The Bucholz 
AAF geographic coordinates information was updated in the Kwajalein 
Island Class E airspace descriptions in 2011, but was inadvertently 
overlooked in the Kwajalein Island Class D airspace description. This 
action ensures the safety of aircraft operating in the Kwajalein Island 
airspace area. This is an administrative action and does not affect the 
operating requirements of the airspace.

DATES: Effective date 0901 UTC, December 12, 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: Colby Abbott, Airspace Policy and ATC 
Procedures Group, Office of Airspace Services, Federal Aviation 
Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591; 
telephone: (202) 267-8783.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

History

    In 2010, the FAA published a final rule, technical amendment in the 
Federal Register (75 FR 61993, October 7, 2010) that removed reference 
to the decommissioned Kwajalein Tactical Air Navigation (TACAN) 
navigation aid from the Kwajalein Island Class E airspace area legal 
descriptions. Subsequent to that rule being published, it was 
determined that the Bucholz AAF geographic coordinates were in error. 
As a result, the FAA published a final rule, correction in the Federal 
Register (76 FR 2572, January 14, 2011) to correcting the Bucholz AAF 
geographic coordinates information in the Kwajalein Island Class E 
airspace descriptions and to match the FAA's aeronautical database. 
Unfortunately, consideration for correcting the Bucholz AAF geographic 
coordinates in the Kwajalein Island Class D airspace description was 
overlooked at that time and is now being corrected.

The Rule

    This action amends Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) part 
71 by amending the geographic coordinates for Bucholz AAF in the 
Kwajalein Island, Marshall Islands, RMI, Class D airspace legal 
description to reflect current FAA aeronautical database information. 
The geographic coordinates for Bucholz AAF, are changed from (lat. 
08[deg]43'00'' N., long. 167[deg]44'00'' E) to (lat. 08[deg]43'12'' N., 
long. 167[deg]43'54'' E.) This action more accurately depicts the 
center of the Kwajalein Island Class D airspace area with no other 
changes to the dimensions or altitudes of the Class D airspace area. 
Therefore, notice and public procedures under 5 U.S.C. 553(b) are 
unnecessary.
    Class D airspace areas are published in paragraph 5000 of FAA Order 
7400.9X dated August 7, 2013, and effective September 15, 2013, which 
is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. The Class D airspace area 
listed in this action 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 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 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

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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 
amends Class D airspace at Kwajalein Island, Marshall Islands, RMI.

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 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 7400.9X, 
Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, signed August 7, 2013, and 
effective September 15, 2013, is amended as follows:

Paragraph 5000--Class D Airspace

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AWP RM D Kwajalein Island, Marshall Islands, RMI

Kwajalein Island, Bucholz AAF, RMI
    (Lat. 08[deg]43'12'' N., long. 167[deg]43'54'' E.)

That airspace extending upward from the surface to and including 
2,500 feet MSL within a 4.3-mile radius of the Bucholz AAF. 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 
Pacific Chart Supplement.
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    Issued in Washington, DC, September 24, 2013.
Gary A. Norek,
Manager, Airspace Policy and ATC Procedures Group.
[FR Doc. 2013-24976 Filed 10-24-13; 8:45 am]
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