[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 229 (Wednesday, November 27, 2013)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 70854-70855]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-28481]



Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 73

[Docket No. FAA-2013-0931; Airspace Docket No. 13-AWP-6]
RIN 2120-AA66

Amendment of Restricted Area R-7201 Farallon De Medinilla Island; 
Mariana Islands, GU

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule; technical amendment.


SUMMARY: This action makes a minor correction to the longitude 
coordinate in the boundary of restricted area R-7201, Farallon De 
Medinilla Island, Mariana Islands, Guam. This change is due to the 
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) adoption of a 
revised datum which resulted in a minor shift in the charted location 
of Farallon De Medinilla Island. This action adjusts the longitude 
coordinate of the restricted area to ensure that it is charted in the 
proper position over the Island.

DATES: Effective date: December 27, 2013.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Paul Gallant, Airspace Policy and ATC 
Procedures Group, Office of Airspace Services, Federal Aviation 
Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591; 
telephone: (202) 267-8783.



    Based on a NOAA survey in 2010, it was determined that Farallon De 
Medinilla Island (FDM) was not plotted properly on the NOAA charts. As 
a result, the datum for charting the FDM inset on NOAA Chart 81086 was 
corrected based on the survey findings. This requires a minor 
adjustment in the longitude coordinate for R-7201 to take into account 
the revised positioning of FDM on NOAA Chart 81086 and to ensure that 
the restricted area is centered over FDM on the current NOAA chart.

The Rule

    This action amends Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) 
part 73 by making a minor correction to the longitude coordinate in the 
description of restricted area R-7201, Farallon De Medinilla Island, 
Mariana Islands, Guam. This action changes the longitude coordinate 
from ``long. 146[deg]04'39'' E.'' to ``long. 146[deg]03'31'' E.''
    This change does not affect the designated altitudes or activities 
conducted within the restricted area. Because this is a minor change 
that merely provides a more accurate plotting of the FDM Island and the 
overlying restricted airspace to match the amended NOAA chart datum, 
notice and public procedures under 5 U.S.C. 553(b) are unnecessary.
    The FAA has determined that this action 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 that 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 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 the 
airspace necessary to ensure the safety of aircraft and the efficient 
use of airspace. This regulation is within the scope of that authority 
as amends the description of restricted area R-7201, Farallon De 
Medinilla Island, Mariana Islands.

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 311d. This action is an administrative change to the 
description of affected restricted area R-7201 to reflect a more 
accurate geographic coordinate. It does not alter the dimensions, 
altitudes, time of designation or use of the airspace; therefore, it is 
not expected to cause any potentially significant environmental 
impacts, and no extraordinary circumstances exists that warrant 
preparation of an environmental assessment.

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 73

    Airspace, Prohibited areas, Restricted areas.

Adoption of the Amendment

    In consideration of the foregoing, the Federal Aviation 
Administration amends 14 CFR part 73, as follows:


1. The authority citation for part 73 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.

[[Page 70855]]

Sec.  73.72  [Amended]

2. Section 73.72 is amended as follows:
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R-7201 Farallon De Medinilla Island, Mariana Islands, GU [Amended]

    By removing the sentence under Boundaries and adding in their 
    Boundaries. The area within a 3-nautical mile radius of lat. 
16[deg]01'04'' N., long. 146[deg]03'31'' E.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on November 19, 2013.
Gary A. Norek,
Manager, Airspace Policy and ATC Procedures Group.
[FR Doc. 2013-28481 Filed 11-26-13; 8:45 am]