[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 207 (Friday, October 25, 2013)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 63869-63870]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-25210]


-----------------------------------------------------------------------

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 73

[Docket No. FAA-2013-0816; Airspace Docket No. 13-ANM-24]
RIN 2120-AA66


Change of Using Agency for Restricted Areas R-2309 and R-2312, AZ

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule.

-----------------------------------------------------------------------

SUMMARY: This action updates the name of the using agency for 
Restricted Areas R-2309 and R-2312 located in Arizona. This is an 
administrative change only, requested by the Department of the Air 
Force, and does not affect the

[[Page 63870]]

boundaries; designated altitudes; times of designation; or activities 
conducted within the affected 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:

Background

    As a result of the realignment of organizational responsibilities 
between federal agencies, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has been 
assigned the function of using agency for restricted areas R-2309 and 
R-2312 located in Arizona. The transfer of using agency operational 
control occurs October 1, 2013. This action is an administrative name 
change only and does not affect the current dimensions or use of the 
restricted areas.

The Rule

    This action amends Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) 
part 73 by amending the using agency name for Restricted Areas R-2309 
Yuma, AZ, and R-2312 Fort Huachuca, AZ. The using agency for these 
restricted areas is changed from ``U.S. Air Force, Western Air Defense 
Sector/DOS, McChord AFB, WA'' to ``U.S. Customs and Border Protection, 
Air and Marine Operations Center (AMOC), Riverside, CA.''
    This is an administrative change to update the title of the using 
agencies. It does not affect the boundaries, designated altitudes, or 
activities conducted within the restricted areas; therefore, notice and 
public procedures under 5 U.S.C. 553(b) are unnecessary.
    The FAA has determined that this action 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 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 amends the descriptions of restricted areas R-2309 and R-2312 to 
reflect current organizational responsibilities.

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 to update the using 
agency name. 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

0
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.  73.23  [Amended]

0
2. Section 73.23 is amended as follows:
* * * * *

R-2309 Yuma, AZ [Amended]

    By removing the current using agency and substituting the 
following:
    Using agency. U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Air and Marine 
Operations Center (AMOC), Riverside, CA.
* * * * *

R-2312 Fort Huachuca, AZ [Amended]

    By removing the current using agency and substituting the 
following:
    Using agency. U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Air and Marine 
Operations Center (AMOC), Riverside, CA.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on October 21, 2013.
Gary A. Norek,
Manager, Airspace Policy and ATC Procedures Group.
[FR Doc. 2013-25210 Filed 10-24-13; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4910-13-P