[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 165 (Friday, August 24, 2012)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 51464-51465]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-20809]



Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 71

[Docket No. FAA-2011-1334; Airspace Docket No. 11-ASO-43]

Amendment of Class E Airspace; Augusta, GA

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule.


SUMMARY: This action amends Class E Airspace in Augusta, GA. The Bushe 
Non-Directional Beacon (NDB) and the Burke County NDB have been 
decommissioned and new Standard Instrument Approach Procedures have 
been developed at Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field, Augusta, GA, 
and Burke County Airport, Waynesboro, GA, respectively. Airspace 
reconfiguration is necessary for the continued safety and management of 
instrument flight rules (IFR) operations within the Augusta, GA, 
airspace area. This action also updates the geographic coordinates of 
Burke County Airport.

DATES: Effective 0901 UTC, November 15, 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 April 10, 2012, the FAA published in the Federal Register a 
notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend Class E airspace in the 
Augusta, GA area (77 FR 21506). Interested parties were invited to 
participate in this rulemaking effort by submitting written comments on 
the proposal to the FAA. No comments were received. Subsequent to 
publication, the FAA found an error in the latitudinal coordinate for 
Burke County Airport and makes the correction in the rule. Except for 
editorial changes, and the change noted above, this rule is the same as 
published in the NPRM.
    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 Augusta, GA. Airspace reconfiguration is necessary due 
to the decommissioning of the Bushe NDB at Augusta Regional at Bush 
Field Airport, Augusta, GA, and the Burke County NDB at Burke County 
Airport, Waynesboro, GA, thereby cancelling the NDB approaches. This 
action ensures the continued safety and management of IFR operations 
within the Augusta, GA airspace area. This action also adjusts the 
latitude degree coordinate of the Burke County Airport from 32[deg] to 
33[deg] to be in concert with the FAA's aeronautical database.
    The FAA has determined that this regulation only involves an 

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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 Augusta, GA 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 proposes to amend 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 GA E5 Augusta, GA [Amended]

Augusta Regional at Bush Field Airport, GA
    (Lat. 33[deg]22'12'' N., long. 81[deg]57'52'' W.)
Emory NDB
    (Lat. 33[deg]27'46'' N., long. 81[deg]59'49'' W.)
Daniel Field
    (Lat. 33[deg]27'59'' N., long. 82[deg]02'22'' W.)
Waynesboro, Burke County Airport, GA
    (Lat. 33[deg]02'29'' N., long. 82[deg]00'10'' W.)
Millen Airport
    (Lat. 32[deg]53'37'' N., long. 81[deg]57'55'' W.)
Millen NDB
    (Lat. 32[deg]53'41'' N., long. 81[deg]58'01'' W.)

    That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface 
within an 8.6-mile radius of Augusta Regional at Bush Field Airport, 
and within 3.2 miles either side of the 168[deg] bearing from the 
airport extending from the 8.6-mile radius to 12.5 miles south of 
the airport, and within a 7-mile radius of Daniel Field Airport, and 
within 8 miles west and 4 miles east of the 349[deg] bearing from 
the Emory NDB extending from the 7-mile radius to 16 miles north of 
the Emory NDB, and within a 6.6-mile radius of Burke County Airport, 
and within a 7.3-mile radius of the Millen Airport, and within 4 
miles east and 8 miles west of the 357[deg] bearing from the Millen 
NDB extending from the 7.3-mile radius to 16 miles north of the 

    Issued in College Park, Georgia, on August 16, 2012.
Barry A. Knight,
Manager, Operations Support Group, Eastern Service Center, Air Traffic 
[FR Doc. 2012-20809 Filed 8-23-12; 8:45 am]