[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 93 (Monday, May 14, 2012)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 28246-28247]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-11409]



Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 71

[Docket No. FAA-2011-1367; Airspace Docket No. 11-ASO-41]

Amendment of Class E Airspace; Tullahoma, TN

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule.


SUMMARY: This action amends Class E Airspace in the Tullahoma, TN area, 
as the Arnold Air Force Base has been closed and controlled airspace 
associated with the airport is being removed. Airspace reconfiguration 
is necessary for the continued safety and airspace management of 
Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations within the Tullahoma, TN 
airspace area. This action also makes a minor adjustment to the 
geographic coordinates of the Tullahoma Regional Airport/Wm Northern 

DATES: Effective 0901 UTC, July 26, 2012. 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 March 2, 2012, the FAA published in the Federal Register a 
notice of proposed rulemaking to amend Class E airspace at Tullahoma, 
TN (77 FR 12759). 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 E airspace designations 
are published in paragraph 6005 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 E airspace designations listed in 
this document will be published subsequently in the Order.

The Rule

    This amendment to Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) 
part 71 amends Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above 
the surface at Tullahoma, TN. Airspace reconfiguration is necessary due 
to the closing of Arnold Air Force Base, and supports new standard 
instrument approach procedures developed at Tullahoma Regional Airport/
Wm Northern Field. Controlled airspace is necessary for the continued 
safety and management of IFR operations within the Tullahoma, TN, area. 
This action also adjusts the geographic coordinates of the Tullahoma 
Regional Airport/Wm Northern Field to be in concert with the FAAs 
aeronautical database.
    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 Tullahoma, TN area.

Environmental Review

    The FAA has determined that this action qualifies for categorical 
exclusion under the National Environmental Policy Act in accordance 
with FAA Order 1050.1E, ``Environmental Impacts: Policies and 
Procedures,'' paragraph 311a. This airspace action is not expected to 
cause any potentially significant environmental impacts, and no 
extraordinary circumstances exist that warrant preparation of an 
environmental assessment.

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

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

* * * * *

ASO TN E5 Tullahoma, TN [Amended]

Tullahoma Regional Airport/Wm Northern Field, TN
    (Lat. 35[deg]22'48'' N., long. 86[deg]14'48'' W.)
Winchester Municipal Airport
    (Lat. 35[deg]10'39'' N., long. 86[deg]03'58'' W.)
Manchester Medical Center, Point In Space Coordinates
    (Lat. 35[deg]29'56'' N., long. 86[deg]05'37'' W.)

    That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface 
within a 7-mile radius of Tullahoma Regional Airport/Wm Northern 
Field and within 4 miles either side of the 360[deg] bearing from 
the airport extending from the 7-mile radius to 12 miles north of 
the airport, and within an 11-mile radius of Winchester Municipal 
Airport, and within a 6-mile radius of the point in space (lat.

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35[deg]29'56'' N., long. 86[deg]05'37'' W.) serving Manchester 
Medical Center.

    Issued in College Park, Georgia, on April 30, 2012.
Barry A. Knight,
Manager, Operations Support Group, Eastern Service Center, Air Traffic 
[FR Doc. 2012-11409 Filed 5-11-12; 8:45 am]