[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 160 (Friday, August 17, 2012)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 49719-49720]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-20138]



Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 71

[Docket No. FAA-2012-0392; Airspace Docket No. 12-AGL-3]

Amendment of Class D Airspace; Sault Ste Marie, ON

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule.


SUMMARY: This action amends Class D airspace at Sault Ste Marie, ON. 
Additional controlled airspace is necessary to coincide with the 
Canadian control zone over Sault Ste Marie Airport. The FAA is taking 
this action to enhance the safety and management of Instrument Flight 
Rule (IFR) operations at the airport.

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DATES: Effective date: 0901 UTC, November 15, 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 May 21, 2012, the FAA published in the Federal Register a notice 
of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend Class D airspace for the Sault 
Ste Marie, ON, area, creating additional controlled airspace at Sault 
Ste Marie Airport (77 FR 29916) Docket No. FAA-2012-0392. 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 Part 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 amending Class D airspace at Sault Ste Marie Airport, Sault 
Ste Marie, ON, creating additional controlled airspace to coincide with 
that portion of the control zone in Canadian airspace. 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 at Sault Ste Marie Airport, Sault Ste 
Marie, ON.

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.

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

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AGL ON D Sault Ste Marie, ON [Amended]

Sault Ste Marie Airport, ON, Canada
    (Lat. 46[deg]29'06'' N., long. 84[deg]30'34'' W.)

    That airspace in the United States at or below 3,000 feet MSL 
within a 5-mile radius of Sault Ste Marie Airport.

    Issued in Fort Worth, Texas, on August 1, 2012.
David P. Medina,
Manager, Operations Support Group, ATO Central Service Center.
[FR Doc. 2012-20138 Filed 8-16-12; 8:45 am]