[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 207 (Friday, October 25, 2013)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 63866-63867]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-25203]



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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 73

[Docket No. FAA-2013-0838; Airspace Docket No. 12-AGL-17]


Modification of Restricted Areas R-6901A & R-6901B; Fort McCoy, 
WI

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule, technical amendment.

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SUMMARY: This action amends Restricted Areas R-6901A and R-6901B, Fort 
McCoy, WI, to accurately identify the segment of Wisconsin State 
Highway 21 used to identify the shared boundary between the restricted 
areas. The geographic coordinates contained in the existing legal 
descriptions for defining the highway actually plot south of it. This 
is an administrative correction to accurately define the geographic 
coordinates where the restricted area boundaries intercept Wisconsin 
State Highway 21 and does not affect the overall restricted area 
boundaries; designated altitudes; times of designation; or activities 
conducted within the restricted areas.

DATES: Effective date 0901 UTC, December 12, 2013.

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 December 1986, the FAA published a rule in the Federal Register 
(51 FR 44597, December 11, 1986) modifying the boundaries and time of 
designation of the existing R-6901, Fort McCoy, WI, deleting the 
southwest corner of the restricted area to remove McCoy Army Airfield 
from restricted airspace and subdivide the remaining area into two 
separate restricted areas. The rule also reduced the times of 
designation of the new restricted areas to more accurately depict 
actual use and make the airspace available for public access when it is 
not required by the using agency. Restricted area R-6901 was subdivided 
into two separate areas, R-6901A and R-6901B, along a line where 
Wisconsin State Highway 21 crossed the area. Unfortunately, the 
geographic coordinate references in the legal description describing 
where the restricted area boundaries intercept the highway lie south of 
the actual location of the highway.

The Rule

    The FAA is amending 14 CFR part 73 to amend restricted areas R-
6901A and R-6901B at Fort McCoy, WI. This action corrects the 
geographic coordinates in the legal description boundary information to 
accurately reflect where the boundary actually intercepts Wisconsin 
State Highway 21. The correct geographic coordinates for identifying 
where the R-6901A boundary intercepts Wisconsin State Highway 21 are 
``lat. 44[deg]00'28'' N., long. 90[deg]36'41'' W.'' and ``lat. 
44[deg]00'27'' N., long. 90[deg]38'45'' W.'' The correct geographic 
coordinates for identifying where the R-6901B boundary intercepts 
Wisconsin State Highway 21 are ``lat. 43[deg]59'58'' N., long. 
90[deg]43'10'' W.'' and ``lat. 44[deg]00'28'' N., long. 90[deg]36'41'' 
W.''
    This action also inserts an additional geographic coordinate to the 
eastern boundary of R-6901B to retain a shared boundary with the Volk 
South Military Operations Area. The FAA is taking this action to 
accurately define the geographic coordinates where the restricted area 
boundaries intercept Wisconsin State Highway 21, which is then used as 
a visual landmark describing the shared boundary between the two 
restricted areas, and is in concert with the FAA's aeronautical 
database.
    This is as administrative change to update the geographic 
(latitude/longitude) coordinates accurately reflecting where the 
boundaries intercept Wisconsin State Highway 21. It does not affect the 
boundaries, designated altitudes, or activities conducted within the 
restricted areas; therefore, notice and public procedure under 5 U.S.C. 
553(b) are unnecessary.
    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 proposed 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 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 an administrative change to the descriptions of Restricted 
Areas R-6901A and R-6901B, Fort McCoy, WI.

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 311d. This airspace action is an administrative change to the 
descriptions of the affected restricted areas which corrects the 
geographic coordinates defining a segment of a state highway forming 
the shared boundary between the restricted areas. It does not alter the 
dimensions, altitudes, or times of designation of the airspace; 
therefore, it is not expected to cause any potentially significant 
environmental impacts, and no extraordinary circumstances exists that 
warrant preparation of an environmental assessment.

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 73

    Airspace, Prohibited areas, Restricted areas.

Adoption of the Amendment

    In consideration of the foregoing, the Federal Aviation 
Administration amends 14 CFR part 73 as follows:

PART 73--SPECIAL USE AIRSPACE

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1. The authority citation for part 73 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.  73.69  [Amended]

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2. Section 73.69 is amended as follows:

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R-6901A Fort McCoy, WI  [Amended]

    By removing the current boundaries description and substituting the 
following:
    Boundaries. Beginning at lat. 44[deg]08'40'' N., long. 
90[deg]44'20'' W.; to lat. 44[deg]08'40'' N., long. 90[deg]40'22'' W.; 
to lat. 44[deg]09'36'' N., long. 90[deg]40'22'' W.; to lat. 
44[deg]09'36'' N., long. 90[deg]36'50'' W.; to lat. 44[deg]00'28'' N., 
long. 90[deg]36'41'' W.; then West along Wisconsin State Highway 21; to 
lat. 44[deg]00'27'' N., long. 90[deg]38'45'' W.; to lat. 44[deg]01'45'' 
N., long. 90[deg]44'31'' W.; to the point of beginning.


R-6901B Fort McCoy, WI  [Amended]

    By removing the current boundaries description and substituting the 
following:
    Boundaries. Beginning at lat. 43[deg]59'58'' N., long. 
90[deg]43'10'' W.; then East along Wisconsin State Highway 21; to lat. 
44[deg]00'28'' N., long. 90[deg]36'41'' W.; to lat. 44[deg]00'10'' N., 
long. 90[deg]36'41'' W.; to lat. 44[deg]00'02'' N., long. 
90[deg]36'35'' W.; to lat. 44[deg]00'02'' N., long. 90[deg]35'15'' W.; 
to lat. 43[deg]56'22'' N., long. 90[deg]35'22'' W.; to lat. 
43[deg]56'22'' N., long. 90[deg]39'00'' W.; to lat. 43[deg]56'38'' N., 
long. 90[deg]41'00'' W.; to lat. 43[deg]56'44'' N., long. 
90[deg]43'17'' W.; to the point of beginning.
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    Issued in Washington, DC on October 21, 2013.
Gary A. Norek,
Manager, Airspace Policy and ATC Procedures Group.
[FR Doc. 2013-25203 Filed 10-24-13; 8:45 am]
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