[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 174 (Thursday, September 8, 2011)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 55553-55554]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-22876]



Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 71

[Docket No. FAA-2011-0087; Airspace Docket No. 11-ASO-12]

Amendment of Class D Airspace; Eglin AFB, FL

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule.


SUMMARY: This action amends Class D Airspace in the Eglin Air Force 
Base (AFB), FL airspace area. The Destin Non-Directional Beacon (NDB) 
has been decommissioned and new Standard Instrument Approaches have 
been developed for Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport that enhances the 
safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at 
the airport.
    This action also corrects the geographic coordinates of Eglin AFB, 
Duke Field, and Hulbert Field.

DATES: Effective 0901 UTC, October 20, 2011. 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.



    On July 1, 2011, the FAA published in the Federal Register a notice 
of proposed rulemaking to amend Class D airspace in the Eglin AFB, FL 
area (76 FR 38580) Docket No. FAA-2011-0087. Subsequent to publication, 
the FAA found that the latitude coordinates for Eglin AFB were not 
rounded up. This rule makes that correction. Also, this action adjusts 
the geographic coordinates for Duke Field and Hurlburt Field. 
Interested parties were invited to participate in this rulemaking 
effort by submitting written comments on the proposal to the FAA. One 
comment was received supporting this action. Class D airspace 
designations are published in

[[Page 55554]]

paragraph 5000 of FAA Order 7400.9U dated August 18, 2010, and 
effective September 15, 2010, which is incorporated by reference in 14 
CFR 71.1. The Class D airspace designations listed in this document 
will be published subsequently in the Order. With the exception of 
editorial changes, and the changes described above, this rule is the 
same as that proposed in the NPRM.

The Rule

    This amendment to Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) 
part 71 amends the Class D airspace in the Eglin AFB, FL area to 
accommodate new standard instrument approach procedures developed for 
Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport. The Destin NDB has been 
decommissioned, and the NDB approach cancelled. The existing Class D 
airspace extending upward from the surface is being modified for the 
safety and management of IFR operations. This action also rounds up the 
latitude coordinates of Eglin AFB from `lat. 30[deg]28.59'59'' N. to 
30[deg]29'00'' N., and adjusts the geographic coordinates of Duke Field 
and Hurlburt Field to be in concert with the FAAs aeronautical 
    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 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.
    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 
    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 Eglin AFB, FL area.

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:


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]

2. The incorporation by reference in 14 CFR 71.1 of Federal Aviation 
Administration Order 7400.9U, Airspace Designations and Reporting 
Points, dated August 18, 2010, effective September 15, 2010, is amended 
as follows:

Paragraph 5000 Class D airspace.

* * * * *

ASO FL D Eglin Air Force Base, FL [Amended]

Eglin Air Force Base, FL
    (Lat. 30[deg]29'00'' N., long. 86[deg]31'34'' W.)
Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport
    (Lat. 30[deg]24'00'' N., long. 86[deg]28'17'' W.)
Duke Field
    (Lat. 30[deg]39'01'' N., long. 86[deg]31'22'' W.)
Hurlburt Field
    (Lat. 30[deg]25'44'' N., long. 86[deg]41'22'' W.)

    That airspace extending upward from the surface to and including 
2,600 feet MSL within a 5.5-mile radius of Eglin AFB, and within a 
4.4-mile radius of Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport, excluding the 
portion north of a line connecting the 2 points of intersection 
within a 5.2-mile radius centered on Duke Field; excluding the 
portion southwest of a line connecting the 2 points of intersection 
within a 5.3-mile radius of Hurlburt Field; excluding a portion east 
of a line beginning at lat. 30[deg]30'43'' N., long. 86[deg]26'21'' 
W. extending east to the 5.5-mile radius of Eglin AFB.

    Issued in College Park, Georgia, on August 29, 2011.
Barry A. Knight,
Acting Manager, Operations Support Group, Eastern Service Center, Air 
Traffic Organization.
[FR Doc. 2011-22876 Filed 9-7-11; 8:45 am]