[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 22 (Monday, February 3, 2014)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 6077-6078]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-02044]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 71

[Docket No. FAA-2013-0708; Airspace Docket No. 13-AWP-11]


Establishment of Class E Airspace, Amendment of Class D and Class 
E Airspace, and Revocation of Class E Airspace; Salinas, CA

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of 
Transportation (DOT).

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: This action establishes Class E airspace and modifies Class D 
airspace and Class E airspace at Salinas, CA, to accommodate aircraft 
departing and arriving under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) at Salinas 
Municipal Airport. This action also removes Class E airspace designated 
as surface area. Adjustments to the geographic coordinates of the 
airport also are made in the respective Class D airspace and Class E 
airspace areas. This action, initiated by the biennial review of the 
Salinas airspace area, enhances the safety and management of aircraft 
operations at the airport.

DATES: Effective date, 0901 UTC, April 3, 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 October 22, 2013, the FAA published in the Federal Register a 
notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend controlled airspace at 
Salinas, CA (78 FR 62498). 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 and Class E airspace designations are published in 
paragraphs 5000, 6002, 6004 and 6005,

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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 airspace and Class E airspace designations listed in this 
document will be published subsequently in that Order.

The Rule

    This action amends Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) 
Part 71 by establishing Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet 
above the surface within a 13.1-mile radius of Salinas Municipal 
Airport, Salinas, CA. Additionally, the 10-mile southeast segment of 
Class E airspace designated as an extension to Class D surface area is 
modified from the 4.3-mile radius of the airport to 8 miles southeast 
of the airport. This modification eliminates the need for Class E 
airspace designated as surface airspace and is, therefore, removed. The 
geographic coordinates of the airport are updated in the respective 
Class D airspace and Class E airspace areas to coincide with the FAA's 
aeronautical database. This action is necessary for the safety and 
management of IFR operations.
    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 Salinas Municipal Airport, Salinas, CA.

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 Part 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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AWP CA D Salinas, CA [Modified]

Salinas Municipal Airport, CA
    (Lat. 36[deg]39'46'' N., long. 121[deg]36'23'' W.)

    Airspace extending upward from the surface to, but not including 
2,500 feet mean sea level within a 4.3-mile radius of the Salinas 
Municipal 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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AWP CA E2 Salinas, CA [Removed]

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

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AWP CA E4 Salinas, CA [Modified]

Salinas Municipal Airport, CA
    (Lat. 36[deg]39'46'' N., long. 121[deg]36'23'' W.)

    That airspace extending upward from the surface within 1.8 miles 
each side of the 150[deg] bearing of the Salinas Municipal Airport 
extending from the 4.3-mile radius to 8 miles southeast of the 
airport. This Class E airspace area is effective during the 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 6005 Class E airspace areas extending upward from 700 
feet or more above the surface of the earth.

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AWP CA E5 Salinas, CA [New]

Salinas Municipal Airport, CA
    (Lat. 36[deg]39'46'' N., long. 121[deg]36'23'' W.)

    Airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface within 
a 13.1-mile radius of the Salinas Municipal Airport.

    Issued in Seattle, Washington, on January 17, 2014.
Clark Desing,
Manager, Operations Support Group, Western Service Center.
[FR Doc. 2014-02044 Filed 1-31-14; 8:45 am]
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