[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 94 (Thursday, May 15, 2014)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 27730-27731]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-11104]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 73

[Docket No. FAA-2014-0260; Airspace Docket No. 13-AEA-19]
RIN 2120-AA66


Amendment of Restricted Areas R-5001A and R-5001B, Fort Dix, NJ

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule; Technical amendment.

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SUMMARY: This action updates the descriptions of restricted areas R-
5001A and R-5001B, Fort Dix, NJ, to reflect the renaming of the 
military installation as ``Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, NJ,'' 
update the controlling and using agency information, eliminate 
redundant wording, and adjust by one second the longitude coordinate 
for the first point in the description of R-5001A. This action does not 
alter the boundaries or the use of the restricted areas.

DATES: Effective date: 0901 UTC, July 24, 2014.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Paul Gallant, Airspace Policy and 
Regulations Group, Office of Airspace Services, Federal Aviation 
Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591; 
telephone: (202) 267-8783.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    Restricted areas R-5001A and R-5001B were originally designated at 
Fort Dix, NJ. As a result of Department of Defense Joint Basing 
actions, McGuire Air Force Base, Fort Dix and Naval Air Engineering 
Station Lakehurst were combined under single Joint Base leadership and 
renamed as ``Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, NJ.''
    Restricted areas R-5001A and R-5001B share identical boundaries. R-
5001A extends from the surface to 4,000 feet MSL. R-5001B overlies R-
5001A and extends from 4,000 feet MSL to 8,000 feet MSL. A review of 
the legal description of R-5001A revealed a minor (one second) error in 
the longitude coordinate for the first point in the description. That 
longitude reads ``74[deg]27'00'' W. The same point in the R-5002B 
description reads ``74[deg]26'59'' W.'' After review, it was determined 
that the point in the R-5001B description is correct; therefore, this 
action changes the point in the R-5001A description to match R-5001B. 
Since this is a minor change, the depiction of the areas on 
aeronautical charts is not affected.
    In addition, several editorial changes to the descriptions of both 
restricted areas are required to remove redundant wording from the 
designated altitudes, increase the advance time requirement for issuing 
Notices to Airmen (NOTAM), change the ATC facility designated as the 
controlling agency, and update the using agency name to reflect the 
user's current organizational title and ``joint base'' status.
    The above changes do not alter the location or use of the 
restricted areas from the current parameters.

The Rule

    This action amends Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) 
part 73 by changing the location name in the title of restricted areas 
R-5001A and R-5001B from ``Fort Dix, NJ,'' to ``Joint Base McGuire-Dix-
Lakehurst, NJ.'' In addition, the first longitude coordinate in the 
description of R-5001A is changed from ``long. 74[deg]27'00'' W.'' to 
``long. 74[deg]26'59'' W.'' This change corrects a one second 
difference between the affected point in R-5001A and a shared common 
point in the description of R-5001B (which overlies R-5001A).
    For R-5001A, the designated altitudes are changed from ``Surface to 
and including 4,000 feet MSL'', to ``Surface to 4,000 feet MSL.'' In 14 
CFR 73.3, the word ``to'' is defined as meaning ``to and including;'' 
therefore, the words ``and including'' are not required. The time of 
designation is changed from ``0600 to 2330, local time daily; other 
times by NOTAM issued one hour in advance'', to ``0600 to 2330 local 
time, daily; other times by NOTAM at least four hours in advance.'' 
This change increases the NOTAM requirement from one hour in advance to 
four hours in advance to comply with current guidance and to provide 
the public with additional advance notice of planned activation of the 
airspace.
    For R-5001B, the designated altitudes are changed from ``From 4,000 
feet MSL to and including 8,000 feet MSL'', to ``4,000 feet MSL to 
8,000 feet MSL.'' The time of designation is amended by adding the 
words ``at least'' between the words ``NOTAM'' and ``48 hours in 
advance.''
    The controlling agency for both R-5001A and R-5001B is changed from 
``FAA, New York ARTCC,'' to ``U.S. Air Force, McGuire Radar Approach 
Control.'' This change is made because R-5001A and R-5001B lie 
completely within the airspace delegated to McGuire Radar Approach 
Control by New York ARTCC. The using agency name for both restricted 
areas is changed from ``Commanding General, Fort Dix, NJ,'' to 
``Commanding Officer, U.S. Army Support Activity, Joint Base McGuire-
Dix-Lakehurst, NJ.'' This change reflects an administrative name change 
of the using agency's organization and its leadership due to the 
renaming of the Fort Dix military installation as a ``joint base.''
    These changes update the descriptions of existing restricted areas 
R-5001A and R-5001B without altering the boundaries, or activities 
conducted within, the areas; therefore, I find that notice and public 
procedure 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 modifies the technical descriptions of restricted areas to ensure 
that accurate information is available to the flying public.

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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 
correct and update the descriptions of restricted areas R-5001A and R-
5001B to reflect current information. It does not alter the actual 
location, charted dimensions or use 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, Navigation (air), Security measures.

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

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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.  73.50  [Amended]

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2. Section 73.50 is amended as follows:

R-5001A Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, NJ [Amended]

    Boundaries. Beginning at Lat. 40[deg]02'45'' N., long. 
74[deg]26'59'' W.; to lat. 40[deg]00'00'' N., long. 74[deg]26'19'' 
W.; to lat. 39[deg]59'00'' N., long. 74[deg]25'07'' W.; to lat. 
39[deg]58'00'' N., long. 74[deg]24'59'' W.; to lat. 39[deg]57'30'' 
N., long. 74[deg]25'16'' W.; to lat. 39[deg]57'23'' N., long. 
74[deg]25'49'' W.; to lat. 39[deg]58'45'' N., long. 74[deg]27'59'' 
W.; to lat. 39[deg]58'45'' N., long. 74[deg]31'24'' W.; to lat. 
39[deg]59'15'' N., long. 74[deg]33'29'' W.; to lat. 40[deg]01'53'' 
N., long. 74[deg]33'29'' W.; to lat. 40[deg]02'45'' N., long. 
74[deg]32'29'' W.; to the point of beginning.
    Designated altitudes. Surface to 4,000 feet MSL.
    Time of designation. 0600 to 2330 local time, daily; other times 
by NOTAM issued at least four hours in advance.
    Controlling agency. U.S. Air Force, McGuire Radar Approach 
Control.
    Using agency. Commanding Officer, U.S. Army Support Activity, 
Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, NJ.

R-5001B Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, NJ [Amended]

    Boundaries. Beginning at Lat. 40[deg]02'45'' N., long. 
74[deg]26'59'' W.; to lat. 40[deg]00'00'' N., long. 74[deg]26'19'' 
W.; to lat. 39[deg]59'00'' N., long. 74[deg]25'07'' W.; to lat. 
39[deg]58'00'' N., long. 74[deg]24'59'' W.; to lat. 39[deg]57'30'' 
N., long. 74[deg]25'16'' W.; to lat. 39[deg]57'23'' N., long. 
74[deg]25'49'' W.; to lat. 39[deg]58'45'' N., long. 74[deg]27'59'' 
W.; to lat. 39[deg]58'45'' N., long. 74[deg]31'24'' W.; to lat. 
40[deg]01'53'' N., long. 74[deg]33'29'' W.; to lat. 40[deg]02'45'' 
N., long. 74[deg]32'29'' W.; to the point of beginning.
    Designated altitudes. 4,000 feet MSL to 8,000 feet MSL.
    Time of designation. Continuous, sunrise Friday to sunset 
Sunday, other times by NOTAM at least 48 hours in advance.
    Controlling agency. U.S. Air Force, McGuire Radar Approach 
Control.
    Using agency. Commanding Officer, U.S. Army Support Activity, 
Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, NJ.

    Issued in Washington, DC on May 8, 2014.
Gary A. Norek,
Manager, Airspace Policy and Regulations Group.
[FR Doc. 2014-11104 Filed 5-14-14; 8:45 am]
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