[Federal Register Volume 64, Number 137 (Monday, July 19, 1999)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 38609-38610]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 99-18352]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 71

[Airspace Docket No. 99-ASW-12]


Proposed Establishment of Class E Airspace; Rockport, TX

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking.

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SUMMARY: This document proposes to establish Class E airspace extending 
upward from the surface within a 4.1-mile radius of Aransas County 
Airport, Rockport, TX. The intended effect of this proposal is to 
provide adequate controlled airspace for aircraft operating in the 
vicinity of Aransas County Airport, Rockport, TX.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before September 17, 1999.

ADDRESSES: Send comments on the proposal in triplicate to Manager, 
Airspace Branch, Air Traffic Division, Federal Aviation Administration, 
Southwest Region, Docket No. 99-ASW-12, Fort Worth, TX 76193-0520. The 
official docket may be examined in the Office of the Regional Counsel, 
Southwest Region, Federal Aviation Administration, 2601 Meacham 
Boulevard, 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, 
2601 Meacham Boulevard, Fort Worth, TX.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Donald J. Day, Airspace Branch, Air 
Traffic Division, Federal Aviation Administration, Southwest Region, 
Fort Worth, TX 76193-0520; telephone: (817) 222-5593.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Comments Invited

    Interested parties are invited to participate in this proposed 
rulemaking by submitting such written data, views, or arguments as they 
may desire. Comments that provide the factual basis supporting the 
views and suggestions presented are particularly helpful in developing 
reasoned regulatory decisions on the proposal. Comments are 
specifically invited on the overall regulatory, aeronautical, economic, 
environmental, and energy-related aspects of the proposal. 
Communications should identify the airspace docket number and be 
submitted in triplicate to the address listed under the caption 
ADDRESSES. Commenters wishing the FAA to acknowledge receipt of their 
comments on this notice must submit, with those comments, a self-
addressed, stamped postcard containing the following statement: 
``Comments to Airspace Docket No. 99-ASW-12.'' The postcard will be 
date and time stamped and returned to the commenter. All communications 
received on or before the specified closing date for comments will be 
considered before taking action on the proposed rule. The proposal 
contained in this notice may be changed in the light of comments 
received. All comments submitted will be available for examination in 
the Office of the Regional Counsel, Southwest Region, Federal Aviation 
Administration, 2601 Meacham Boulevard, Fort Worth, TX, both before and 
after the closing date for comments. A report summarizing each 
substantive public contact with FAA personnel concerned with this 
rulemaking will be filed in the docket.

Availability of NPRM's

    Any person may obtain a copy of this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking 
(NPRM) by submitting a request to the Operations Branch, Air Traffic 
Division, Federal Aviation Administration, Southwest Region, Fort 
Worth, TX 76193-0520. Communications must identify the notice number of 
this NPRM. Persons interested in being placed on a mailing list for 
future NPRM's should also request a copy of Advisory Circular No. 11-2A 
that describes the application procedure.

The Proposal

    The FAA is considering an amendment to 14 CFR Part 71 to establish 
Class E airspace, controlled airspace extending upward from the surface 
within a 4.1-mile radius of Aransas County Airport, Rockport, TX. The 
intended effect of this proposal is to provide adequate controlled 
airspace for aircraft operating in the vicinity of Aransas County 
Airport, Rockport, TX.
    The coordinates for this airspace docket are based on North 
American Datum 83. Designated Class E airspace areas are published in 
paragraph 6002 of FAA Order 7400.9F, dated September 10, 1998, and 
effective September 16, 1998, which is incorporated by reference in 14 
CFR 71.1. The Class E airspace designations listed in this document 
would be published subsequently in the order.
    The FAA has determined that this proposed regulation only involves 
an established body of technical regulations that require frequent and 
routine amendments to keep them operationally current. 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 will only 
affect air traffic procedures and air navigation, it is certified that 
this rule, when promulgated, will not have a significant

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impact on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of 
the Regulatory Flexibility Act.

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 71

    Airspace, Incorporation by reference, Navigation (air).

The Proposed Amendment

    In consideration of the foregoing, the Federal Aviation 
Administration proposes to amend 14 CFR Part 71 as follows:

PART 71--DESIGNATION OF CLASS A, CLASS B, CLASS C, CLASS D, AND 
CLASS E AIRSPACE AREAS; AIRWAYS; ROUTES; AND REPORTING POINTS

    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]

    2. The incorporation by reference in 14 CFR 71.1 of the Federal 
Aviation Administration Order 7400.9F, Airspace Designations and 
Reporting Points, dated September 10, 1998, and effective September 16, 
1998, is amended as follows:

Paragraph 6002: Class E airspace areas extending upward from the 
surface of the earth.

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ASW TX E2 Rockport, TX [Established]

Rockport, Aransas County Airport, TX,
    (Lat. 28 deg.05'12''N., long. 97 deg.02'41''W.)

    That airspace extending upward from the surface within a 4.1-
mile radius of Aransas County Airport, Rockport, TX.
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    Issued in Fort Worth, TX on June 15, 1999.
Robert N. Stevens,
Acting Manager, Air Traffic Division, Southwest Region.
[FR Doc. 99-18352 Filed 7-16-99; 8:45 am]
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