[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 42 (Tuesday, March 4, 2014)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 12057-12058]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-04497]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 71

[Docket No. FAA-2013-0552; Airspace Docket No. 13-ASO-14]


Amendment of Class E Airspace; Macon, GA

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: This action amends Class E Airspace at Macon, GA, as the Bay 
Creek Non-Directional Beacon (NDB) has been decommissioned and airspace 
reconfiguration is necessary for the safety and airspace management of 
Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at Perry-Houston County 
Airport. This action also amends controlled airspace and updates the 
name and geographic coordinates of Macon Downtown Airport and amends 
controlled airspace for Middle Georgia Regional Airport.

DATES: Effective 0901 UTC, May 29, 2014. The Director of the Federal 
Register approves this incorporation by reference action under title 1, 
Code of Federal Regulations, part 51, subject to the annual revision of 
FAA Order 7400.9 and publication of conforming amendments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John Fornito, Operations Support 
Group, Eastern Service Center, Federal Aviation Administration, P.O. 
Box 20636, Atlanta, Georgia 30320; telephone (404) 305-6364.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

History

    On August 22, 2013, the FAA published in the Federal Register a 
notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend Class E airspace in 
Macon, GA, (78 FR 52114). 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 E airspace designations are published in paragraph 6005 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 E 
airspace designations listed in this document will be published 
subsequently in the Order.

The Rule

    This amendment to Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) 
part 71 amends Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above 
the surface within a 7.8-mile radius of Middle Georgia Regional 
Airport, Macon, GA; and within a 9.8-mile radius of Perry-Houston 
County Airport; and within a 7-mile radius of Robins AFB; and within a 
8.8-mile radius of Macon Downtown Airport formerly called Herbert Smart 
Downtown Airport. Airspace reconfiguration is necessary due to the 
decommissioning of the Bay Creek NDB and cancellation of the NDB 
approach, and for continued safety and management of IFR operations at 
the airports. Also, the geographic coordinates of Macon Downtown 
Airport are adjusted to coincide with the FAAs aeronautical database.
    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, is 
non-controversial and unlikely to result in adverse or negative 
comments. It, therefore, (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 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 in the Macon, GA, area.

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.

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

Paragraph 6005 Class E Airspace Areas Extending Upward From 700 
Feet or More Above the Surface of the Earth.

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ASO GA E5 Macon, GA [Amended]

Middle Georgia Regional Airport, GA
    (Lat. 32[deg]41'34'' N., long. 83[deg]38'57'' W.)
Macon Downtown Airport
    (Lat. 32[deg]49'18'' N., long. 83[deg]33'43'' W.)
Robins AFB
    (Lat. 32[deg]38'25'' N., long. 83[deg]35'31'' W.)
Perry-Houston County Airport
    (Lat. 32[deg]30'38'' N., long. 83[deg]46'02'' W.)

    That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface 
within a 7.8-mile radius of Middle Georgia Regional Airport, and 
within a 8.8-mile radius of Macon Downtown Airport, and within a 7-
mile radius of Robins AFB, and within a 9.8-mile radius of Perry-
Houston County Airport.


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    Issued in College Park, Georgia, on February 21, 2014.
Eric Fox,
Acting Manager, Operations Support Group, Eastern Service Center, Air 
Traffic Organization.
[FR Doc. 2014-04497 Filed 3-3-14; 8:45 am]
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