[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 180 (Tuesday, September 16, 2008)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Page 53359]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E8-21522]



Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 73

[Docket No. FAA-2008-0939; Airspace Docket No. 08-ASW-7]
RIN 2120-AA66

Change of Using Agency for Restricted Area R-3807, Glencoe, LA

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule.


SUMMARY: This action changes the using agency of R-3807, Glencoe, LA, 
from ``USAF, Southeast Air Defense Sector, Tyndall AFB, FL,'' to 
``Western Air Defense Sector (WADS), McChord AFB, WA.'' The FAA is 
taking this action in response to a request from the United States Air 
Force (USAF) to reflect an administrative change of responsibility for 
the restricted area. There are no changes to the boundaries; designated 
altitudes; time of designation; or activities conducted within the 
affected restricted area.

DATES: Effective Dates: 0901 UTC, November 20, 2008.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Colby Abbott, Airspace and Rules 
Group, Office of System Operations Airspace and AIM, Federal Aviation 
Administration, 800 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20591; 
telephone: (202) 267-8783.



    On March 13, 2008, the USAF requested that the FAA change the using 
agency for R-3807 from, ``USAF, Southeast Air Defense Sector, Tyndall 
AFB, FL,'' to ``Western Air Defense Sector (WADS), McChord AFB, WA.'' 
The USAF request was based on the Southeast Air Defense Sector (SEADS) 
transitioning to a new mission and the WADS unit assuming 
responsibility for the SEADS area of responsibility, including all 
special use airspace within that area. Coordination between the two air 
defense sector airspace management offices, as well as Houston Air 
Route Traffic Control Center, was effected prior to this using agency 
change request being submitted by the USAF.
    Section 73.63 of Title 14 CFR part 73 was republished in FAA Order 
7400.8P, effective February 16, 2008.

The Rule

    This action amends Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) 
part 73 by revising the using agency listed for R-3807, Glencoe, LA; 
transferring using agency responsibility for R-3807 from ``USAF, 
Southeast Air Defense Sector, Tyndall AFB, FL'' to ``Western Air 
Defense Sector (WADS), McChord AFB, WA.'' This is an administrative 
change and does not affect the boundaries, designated altitudes, or 
activities conducted within the restricted area; therefore, notice and 
public procedures under 5 U.S.C. 553(b) are unnecessary.
    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. 
Therefore, this regulation: (1) Is not a ``significant regulatory 
action'' under Executive Order 12866; (2) is not a ``significant rule'' 
under Department of Transportation (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 economic impact on a 
substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the 
Regulatory Flexibility Act.
    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 is amending the using agency for R-3807, Glencoe, LA.

Environmental Review

    The FAA has determined that this action qualifies for a categorical 
exclusion under the National Environmental Policy Act in accordance 
with 311d., FAA Order 1050.1E, ``Environmental Impacts: Policies and 
Procedures.'' There are no extraordinary circumstances that would 
require additional environmental analysis.

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 73

    Airspace, Prohibited areas, Restricted areas.

Adoption of the Amendment

In consideration of the foregoing, the Federal Aviation Administration 
amends 14 CFR part 73 as follows:


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.  73.38  [Amended]

2. Section 73.38 is amended as follows:
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R-3807 Glencoe, LA [Amended]

    Under using agency, remove ``USAF, Southeast Air Defense Sector, 
Tyndall AFB, FL'' and insert the words ``Western Air Defense Sector 
(WADS), McChord AFB, WA.''
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    Issued in Washington, DC, on September 4, 2008.
Edith V. Parish,
Manager, Airspace and Rules Group.
 [FR Doc. E8-21522 Filed 9-15-08; 8:45 am]