[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 218 (Tuesday, November 12, 2013)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 67296-67297]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-26925]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 71

[Docket No. FAA-2012-0580; Airspace Docket No. 12-ASW-2]


Establishment of Class D Airspace; Mesquite, TX

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: This action establishes Class D airspace at Mesquite, TX. 
Establishment of an airport traffic control tower at Mesquite Metro 
Airport has made this action necessary for the safety and management of 
Instrument Flight Rule (IFR) 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: 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 August 12, 2013, the FAA published in the Federal Register a 
notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to establish Class D airspace for 
Mesquite Metro Airport, Mesquite, TX (78 FR 48842) Docket No. FAA-2012-
0580. 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 airspace designations 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 designations listed in this document will be 
published subsequently in the Order.

The Rule

    This action amends Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) 
Part 71 by establishing Class D airspace up to but not including 2,000 
feet MSL within a 3.5-mile radius of Mesquite Metro Airport, Mesquite, 
TX, with an extension from the 3.5-mile radius to 4.1

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miles south of the airport. Controlled airspace enhances the safety and 
management of IFR operations at the airport.
    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 establishes controlled airspace at Mesquite Metro Airport, 
Mesquite, 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 7400.9X, 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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ASW TX D Mesquite, TX [New]

Mesquite, Mesquite Metro Airport, TX
    (Lat. 32[deg]44'49'' N., long. 96[deg]31'50'' W.)

    That airspace extending upward from the surface to but not 
including 2,000 feet MSL within a 3.5-mile radius of Mesquite Metro 
Airport, and within 1 mile each side of the 181[deg] bearing from 
the airport extending from the 3.5-mile radius to 4.1 miles south 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 
continuously published in the Airport/Facility Directory.

    Issued in Fort Worth, Texas, on October 25, 2013.
David P. Medina,
Manager, Operations Support Group, ATO Central Service Center.
[FR Doc. 2013-26925 Filed 11-8-13; 8:45 am]
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