[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 19 (Monday, January 30, 2012)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Page 4457]
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[FR Doc No: 2012-1800]

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Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 71

[Docket No. FAA-2011-0630; Airspace Docket No. 11-ASW-8]

Amendment of Class D Airspace; Altus AFB, OK

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule.


SUMMARY: This action amends Class D airspace for Altus AFB, OK. 
Procedural changes implemented to enhance safety for aircraft operating 
in the vicinity of Altus/Quartz Mountain Regional Airport, Altus, OK, 
has made this action necessary for the safety and management of 
Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at Altus AFB.

DATES: Effective date: 0901 UTC, April 5, 2012. The Director of the 
Federal Register approves this incorporation by reference action under 
1 CFR part 51, subject to the annual revision of FAA Order 7400.9 and 
publication of conforming amendments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Scott Enander, Central Service Center, 
Operations Support Group, Federal Aviation Administration, Southwest 
Region, 2601 Meacham Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76137; telephone (817) 321-



    On October 28, 2011, the FAA published in the Federal Register a 
notice of proposed rulemaking to amend Class D airspace for Altus AFB, 
OK (76 FR 66866) Docket No. FAA-2011-0630. Interested parties were 
invited to participate in this rulemaking effort by submitting written 
comments on the proposal to the FAA. No comments were received. Class D 
airspace designations are published in paragraph 5000 of FAA Order 
7400.9V dated August 9, 2011, and effective September 15, 2011, 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.

The Rule

    This action amends Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) 
Part 71 by modifying Class D airspace at Altus AFB, Altus, OK. Airspace 
reconfiguration is necessary due to procedural changes implemented to 
enhance safety for aircraft operating in the vicinity of Altus/Quartz 
Mountain Regional Airport. Controlled airspace is necessary for the 
safety and management of IFR operations at the airport.
    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 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 U.S. Code. Subtitle 1, 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 
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 for Altus AFB, OK.

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. 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 7400.9V, Airspace Designations and 
Reporting Points, dated August 9, 2011, and effective September 15, 
2011, is amended as follows:

Paragraph 5000 Class D Airspace

* * * * *

ASW OK D Altus AFB, OK [Amended]

Altus AFB, OK
    (Lat. 34[deg]39'59'' N., long. 99[deg]16'05'' W.)
Altus AFB ILS Localizer
    (Lat. 34[deg]38'31' N., long. 99[deg]16'26'' W.)

    That airspace extending upward from the surface to and including 
3,900 feet MSL within a 6-mile radius of Altus AFB, and within 2 
miles each side of the Altus AFB ILS 17R Localizer north course 
extending from the 6-mile radius to 7.6 miles north of the airport, 
and excluding that airspace below 2,500 feet MSL west of long. 
99[deg]18'52'' W. This Class D airspace area is effective during the 
specific dates and times established in advance by a Notice to 
Airmen. The effective date and time will thereafter be continuously 
published in the Airport/Facility Directory.

    Issued in Fort Worth, Texas, on January 13, 2012.
Walter L. Tweedy,
Acting Manager, Operations Support Group, ATO Central Service Center.
[FR Doc. 2012-1800 Filed 1-27-12; 8:45 am]