[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 211 (Thursday, October 31, 2013)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 65208-65209]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-25853]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 71

[Docket No. FAA-2012-1174; Airspace Docket No. 12-AAL-12]


Modification of Class D and E Airspace; Kenai, AK

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: This action modifies Class D and E airspace at Kenai Municipal 
Airport, Kenai, AK. Controlled airspace is necessary to accommodate 
aircraft using the new Area Navigation (RNAV) Global Positioning System 
(GPS) standard instrument approach procedures at the airport. A minor 
adjustment is made to the geographic coordinates of the airport. 
Additionally, language establishing dates and times of use of the 
procedures was inadvertently omitted from the description for the Class 
E airspace designated as an extension, and is included in this rule. 
This action, initiated by the biennial review of the Kenai airspace 
area, enhances the safety and management of aircraft operations at the 
airport.

DATES: Effective date, 0901 UTC, February 6, 2014. 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: Richard Roberts, Federal Aviation 
Administration, Operations Support Group, Western Service Center, 1601 
Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057; telephone (425) 203-4517.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

History

    On June 10, 2013, the FAA published in the Federal Register a 
notice of

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proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to modify controlled airspace at Kenai 
Municipal Airport, Kenai, AK (78 FR 34609). Interested parties were 
invited to participate in this rulemaking effort by submitting written 
comments on the proposal to the FAA. No comments were received. 
Subsequent to publication, the FAA found that the text regarding 
operating hours established by NOTAM was omitted from Class E airspace 
designated as an extension to a Class D surface area. This action 
includes the NOTAM information.
    Class D and Class E airspace designations are published in 
paragraph 5000, 6002 and 6004, respectively, 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 and Class E airspace 
designations listed in this document will be published subsequently in 
this Order.

The Rule

    This action amends Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) 
Part 71 by modifying Class D airspace, Class E surface airspace and 
Class E airspace designated as an extension to Class D surface area, at 
Kenai Municipal Airport, Kenai, AK. Also, the geographic coordinates of 
the airport are updated to coincide with the FAA's aeronautical 
database. The FAAs biennial review found modification of the airspace 
necessary for the safety and management of aircraft departing and 
arriving under IFR operations at the airport. The Class D airspace and 
Class E surface area airspace excluded below 1100 feet MSL beyond 4 
miles from the airport is decreased, and the segment of the Class E 
airspace designated as an extension extending to 10.2 miles northeast 
of the airport is adjusted to coincide with the dimensions of the 
cutout. Also, this action adds the text specifying the operating hours 
established in advance by NOTAM in the airspace description for Class E 
airspace designated as an extension to Class D or E surface area.
    The FAA has determined 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 
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 discusses 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 the Kenai Municipal Airport, Kenai, AK.

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

Paragraph 5000 Class D Airspace

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AAL AK D Kenai, AK [Amended]

Kenai Municipal Airport, AK
    (Lat. 60[deg]34'24'' N., long. 151[deg]14'41'' W.)

    That airspace extending upward from the surface to and including 
2,600 feet MSL within a 5.2-mile radius of Kenai Municipal Airport, 
excluding the airspace below 1,100 feet MSL beyond 4 miles from the 
airport extending from the 310[deg] bearing clockwise to the 
346[deg] bearing 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 date and time will thereafter 
be continuously published in the Airport/Facility Directory.

Paragraph 6002 Class E airspace designated as surface areas.

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AAL AK E2 Kenai, AK [Amended]

Kenai Municipal Airport, AK
    (Lat. 60[deg]34'24'' N., long. 151[deg]14'41'' W.)

    That airspace extending upward from the surface to and including 
2600 feet MSL within a 5.2-mile radius of Kenai Municipal Airport, 
excluding the airspace below 1,100 feet MSL beyond 4 miles from the 
airport extending from the 310[deg] bearing clockwise to the 
346[deg] bearing of the airport; and that airspace extending upward 
from the surface beginning at lat. 60[deg]39'25'' N., long. 
151[deg]17'17'' W.; to lat. 60[deg]45'01'' N., long. 151[deg]10'27'' 
W.; to lat. 60[deg]41'12'' N., long. 150[deg]57'33'' W.; to lat. 
60[deg]35'34'' N., long. 151[deg] 04'25'' W., thence 
counterclockwise along the 5.2-mile radius of the airport to the 
point of beginning. This Class E 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 Airport/Facility Directory.

Paragraph 6004 Class E airspace areas designated as an extension to 
Class D or Class E surface area.

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AAL AK E4 Kenai, AK [Amended]

Kenai Municipal Airport, AK
    (Lat. 60[deg]34'24'' N., long. 151[deg]14'41'' W.)

    That airspace extending upward from the surface beginning at 
lat. 60[deg]39'25'' N., long. 151[deg]17'17'' W.; to lat. 
60[deg]45'01'' N., long. 151[deg]10'27'' W.; to lat. 60[deg]41'12'' 
N., long. 150[deg]57'33'' W.; to lat. 60[deg]35'34'' N., long. 
151[deg] 04'25'' W., thence counterclockwise along the 5.2-mile 
radius of the airport to the point of beginning. This Class E 
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 Airport/
Facility Directory.

    Issued in Seattle, Washington, on October 23, 2013.
Clark Desing,
Manager, Operations Support Group, Western Service Center.
[FR Doc. 2013-25853 Filed 10-30-13; 8:45 am]
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