[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 93 (Tuesday, May 14, 2013)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 28132-28133]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-11182]



Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 71

[Docket No. FAA-2011-1242; Airspace Docket No. 11-AWP-16]

Amendment of Class D Airspace; El Monte, CA

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule.


SUMMARY: This action amends Class D airspace at El Monte Airport, El 
Monte, CA. This action, initiated by the FAA's biennial review of the 
El Monte Airspace area, creates additional Class D airspace to 
accommodate aircraft departures and arrivals. This improves the safety 
and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at the 

DATES: Effective date, 0901 UTC, August 22, 2013. 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: Rick Roberts, Federal Aviation 
Administration, Operations Support Group, Western Service Center, 1601 
Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA, 98057; telephone (425) 203-4517.



    On March 4, 2013, the FAA published in the Federal Register a 
notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend Class D airspace at El 
Monte, CA (78 FR 14031). 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 7400.9W dated August 8, 2012, and effective September 15, 
2012, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. The Class D 
airspace designations listed in this document will be published 
subsequently in that Order.

The Rule

    This action amends Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) 
part 71 by amending Class D airspace at El Monte Airport, El Monte, CA. 
The FAA's biennial review of the airspace found additional controlled 
airspace necessary laterally for the safety and management of aircraft 
departing and arriving under IFR operations at El Monte Airport, along 
with a reduction in the ceiling from 2,800 feet MSL to and including 
2,400 feet MSL due to arrivals to Los Angeles International Airport 
that overfly El Monte Airport.
    The FAA has determined 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 
only affects air traffic procedures and air navigation, it is certified 
this rule, when promulgated, does 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 discusses 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 El Monte Airport, El Monte, CA.

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 

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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 

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 7400.9W, Airspace Designations and 
Reporting Points, dated August 8, 2012, and effective September 15, 
2012 is amended as follows:

Paragraph 5000 Class D airspace areas.

* * * * *

AWP CA D El Monte Airport, CA [Amended]

El Monte Airport, CA
    (lat. 34[deg]05'10'' N., long. 118[deg]02'05'' W.)

    That airspace extending upward from the surface to and including 
2,400 feet MSL within a 4-mile radius of El Monte Airport and within 
1.8 miles each side of the El Monte Airport 097[deg] bearing 
extending from the 4-mile radius to 4.5 miles east of the airport. 
This Class D airspace area is effective during the specific dates 
and times established by a Notice to Airmen. The effective date and 
time will thereafter be continuously published in the Airport/
Facility Directory.

    Issued in Seattle, Washington, on May 2, 2013.
Clark Desing,
Manager, Operations Support Group, Western Service Center.
[FR Doc. 2013-11182 Filed 5-13-13; 8:45 am]