[Federal Register Volume 62, Number 84 (Thursday, May 1, 1997)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 23648-23649]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 97-11370]



Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 71

[Airspace Docket No. 96-ASW-39]

Revision of Class E Airspace; Paragould, AR

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Direct final rule; request for comments.


SUMMARY: This action revises the Class E airspace at Kirk Field, 
Paragould, AR. A new Nondirectional Radio Beacon (NDB) Standard 
Instrument Approach Procedure (SIAP) to Runway (RWY) 04 and a new NDB 
SIAP to RWY 22 have made this rule necessary. This action is intended 
to provide adequate Class E airspace to contain Instrument Flight Rules 
(IFR) operations for aircraft executing the NDB SIAP to RWY 22 at Kirk 
Field, Paragould, AR.

DATES: Effective: 0901 UTC, September 11, 1997.
    Comment Date: Comments must be received on or before June 16, 1997.

ADDRESSES: Send comments on the rule in triplicate to Manager, Airspace 
Branch, Air Traffic Division, Federal Aviation Administration Southwest 
Region, Docket No. 96-ASW-39, Fort Worth, TX 76193-0530.
    The official docket may be examined in the Office of the Assistant 
Chief Counsel, Federal Aviation Administration, Southwest Region, 2601 
Meacham Boulevard, Room 663, Fort Worth, TX, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., 
Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. An informal docket may 
also be examined during normal business hours at the Airspace Branch, 
Air Traffic Division, Federal Aviation Administration, Southwest 
Region, Room 414, Fort Worth, TX.

Donald J. Day, Airspace Branch, Air Traffic Division, Southwest Region, 
Federal Aviation Administration, Fort Worth, TX 76193-0530, telephone 

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This amendment to part 71 of the Federal 
Aviation Regulations (14 CFR part 71) revises the Class E airspace, 
providing controlled airspace for airport operations at Kirk Field, 
Paragould, AR. The development of new NDB SIAP to RWY 22 requires 
revision of the Class E airspace to provide adequate controlled 
airspace for aircraft operating in the vicinity of the airport. This 
revision will avoid confusion on the part of the pilots flying near the 
airport, and promote the safe and efficient handling of air traffic in 
the area. This action will revise the Class E airspace at Kirk Field, 
Paragould, AR.
    Class E airspace designations are published in Paragraph 6005 of 
FAA Order 7400.9D, dated September 4, 1996, and effective September 16, 
1996, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR Sec. 71.1. The Class 
E airspace designation listed in this document will be published 
subsequently in the order.

The Direct Final Rule Procedure

    The FAA anticipates that this regulation will not result in adverse 
or negative comment and therefore is

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issuing it as a direct final rule. A substantial number of previous 
opportunities provided to the public to comment on substantially 
identical actions have resulted in negligible adverse comments or 
objections. Unless a written adverse or negative comment, or a written 
notice of intent to submit an adverse or negative comment is received 
within the comment period, the regulation will become effective on the 
date specified above. After the close of the comment period, the FAA 
will publish a document in the Federal Register indicating that no 
adverse or negative comments were received and confirming the date on 
which the final rule will become effective. If the FAA does receive, 
with the comment period, an adverse or negative comment, or written 
notice of intent to submit such a comment, a document withdrawing the 
direct final rule will be published in the Federal Register, and a 
notice of proposed rulemaking may be published with a new comment 

Comments Invited

    Although this action is in the form of a final rule and was not 
preceded by a notice of proposed rulemaking, comments are invited on 
this rule. Interested persons are invited to comment on this rule by 
submitting such written data, views, or arguments as they may desire. 
Communications should identify the Rules Docket number and be submitted 
in triplicate to the address specified under the caption ADDRESSES. All 
communications received on or before the closing date for comments will 
be considered, and this rule may be amended or withdrawn in light of 
the comments received. Factual information that supports the 
commenter's ideas and suggestions is extremely helpful in evaluating 
the effectiveness of this action and determining whether additional 
rulemaking action is needed.
    Comments are specifically invited on the overall regulatory, 
economic, environmental, and energy aspects of the rule that might 
suggest a need to modify the rule. All comments submitted will be 
available, both before and after the closing date for comments, in the 
Rules Docket for examination by interested persons. A report that 
summarizes each FAA-public contact concerned with the substance of this 
action will be filed in the Rules Docket.
    Commenters wishing the FAA to acknowledge receipt of their comments 
submitted in response to this rule must submit a self-addressed, 
stamped postcard on which the following statement is made: ``Comments 
to Docket No. 96-ASW-39.'' The postcard will be date stamped and 
returned to the commenter.

Agency Findings

    The regulations adopted herein will not have substantial direct 
effects on the States, on the relationship between the national 
government and the States, or on the distribution of power and 
responsibilities among the various level of government. Therefore, in 
accordance with Executive Order 12612, it is determined that this final 
rule does not have sufficient federalism implications to warrant the 
preparation of a Federalism Assessment.
    Further, the FAA has determined that this regulation is 
noncontroversial and unlikely to result in adverse or negative comments 
and only involves and established body of technical regulations that 
require frequent and routine amendments to keep them operationally 
current. Therefore, I certify that 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) if promulgated, will not have 
a significant economic impact, positive or negative, on a substantial 
number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory 
Flexibility Act. Since this rule involves routing matters that will 
only affect air traffic procedures and air navigation, it does not 
warrant preparation of a Regulatory Flexibility Analysis because the 
anticipated impact is so minimal.

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:


    1. The authority citation for 14 CFR part 71 continues to read as 

    Authority: 49 U.S.C. app. 40103, 40113, 40120; E.O. 10854; 24 FR 
9565, 3 CFR 1959-1963 Comp., p. 389; 49 U.S.C. 106(g); 14 CFR 11.69.

Sec. 71.1  [Amended]

    2. The incorporation by reference in 14 CFR 71.1 of the Federal 
Aviation Administration Order 7400.9D, Airspace Designations and 
Reporting Points, dated September 4, 1996, and effective September 16, 
1996, is amended as follows:

Paragraph 6005  Class E airspace areas extending upward from 700 
feet or more above the surface of the earth.

* * * * *

ASW AR ES  Paragould, AR [Revised]

Paragould, Kirk Field, AR
    (Lat. 36 deg.03'49'' N., long. 90 deg.30'36'' W.)
Paragould NDB
    (Lat. 36 deg.03'46'' N., long. 90 deg.30'40'' W.)

    That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface 
within a 6.4-mile radius of Kirk Field, and within 2.5 miles each 
side of the 218 deg. radial from the Paragould NDB extending from 
the 6.4-mile radius to 9.5 miles southwest of the airport, and 
within 2.5 miles each side of the 062 deg. radial of the Paragould 
NDB extending from the 6.4-mile radius to 7.5 miles northeast of the 
airport, excluding that airspace within the Jonesboro, AR, Class E 
airspace area.
* * * * *
    Issued in Forth Worth, TX, on April 22, 1997.
Albert L. Viselli,
Acting Manager, Air Traffic Division, Southwest Region.
[FR Doc. 97-11370 Filed 4-30-97; 8:45 am]