[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 197 (Friday, October 13, 2017)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 47612-47613]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-22119]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 71

[Docket No. FAA-2017-0388; Airspace Docket No. 17-AGL-13]


Amendment of Class E Airspace; Medford, WI and Waupaca, WI

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: This action amends Class E airspace extending upward from 700 
feet above the surface at Taylor County Airport, Medford, WI and 
Waupaca Municipal Airport, Waupaca, WI, to accommodate new standard 
instrument approach procedures for instrument flight rules (IFR) 
operations at these airports. This action is necessary due to the 
decommissioning of the Medford and Waupaca non directional radio 
beacons (NDB), and cancellation of NDB approaches. Also, an error in 
the geographic coordinates of Waupaca Municipal Airport and Taylor 
County Airport are corrected. This action enhances the safety and 
management of IFR operations at these airports.

DATES: Effective 0901 UTC, December 7, 2017. 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 7400.11 and publication of conforming amendments.

ADDRESSES: FAA Order 7400.11B, Airspace Designations and Reporting 
Points, and subsequent amendments can be viewed online at http://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/publications/. For further information, you can 
contact the Airspace Policy Group, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 
Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591; telephone: (202) 267-
8783. The Order is also available for inspection at the National 
Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the 
availability of FAA Order 7400.11B at NARA, call (202) 741-6030, or go 
to https://www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibr-locations.html.
    FAA Order 7400.11, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, is 
published yearly and effective on September 15.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Walter Tweedy, Federal Aviation 
Administration, Operations Support Group, Central Service Center, 10101 
Hillwood Parkway, Fort Worth, TX 76177; telephone (817) 222-5900.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Authority for This Rulemaking

    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 
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 would amend controlled airspace to support IFR operations at 
Taylor County and Waupaca Municipal airports.

History

    The FAA published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed 
rulemaking (NPRM) (82 FR 26408, June 7, 2017) Docket No. FAA-2017-0388 
to modify Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the 
surface at Taylor County Airport, Medford, WI. 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 the geographic coordinates for 
Waupaca Municipal Airport, Waupaca, WI, were incorrect and makes the 
correction in this rule. Class E airspace designations are published in 
paragraph 6005 of FAA Order 7400.11B, dated August 3, 2017, and 
effective September 15, 2017, 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.

Availability and Summary of Documents for Incorporation by Reference

    This document amends FAA Order 7400.11B, Airspace Designations and 
Reporting Points, dated August 3, 2017, and effective September 15, 
2017. FAA Order 7400.11B is publicly available as listed in the 
ADDRESSES section of this document. FAA Order 7400.11B lists Class A, 
B, C, D, and E airspace areas, air traffic service routes, and 
reporting points.

The Rule

    This amendment to Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) 
part 71 modifies Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above 
the surface from the 6.8-mile radius of Taylor County Airport, Medford, 
WI by removing the segment within 2.7 miles each side of the 162[deg] 
bearing from the airport extending from the 6.8-mile radius to 7 miles 
southeast of the airport due to the decommissioning of the Medford NDB 
and cancellation of the NDB approach.
    This action also modifies Class E airspace extending upward from 
700 feet above the surface at Waupaca Municipal Airport, Waupaca, WI to 
within a 6.6-mile (from a 6.4-mile) radius of the airport and removes 
the segment within 2.7 miles each side of the 118[deg] bearing from the 
airport, extending from the 6.4-mile radius to 7 miles southeast of the 
airport due to the decommissioning of the Waupaca NDB and cancellation 
of the NDB approach. Also, the geographic coordinates are corrected to 
be in concert with the FAA's aeronautical database.
    This action enhances the safety and management of standard 
instrument approach procedures for IFR operations at these airports.

Regulatory Notices and Analyses

    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 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.

Environmental Review

    The FAA has determined that this action qualifies for categorical 
exclusion under the National Environmental Policy Act in accordance 
with FAA Order 1050.1F, ``Environmental Impacts: Policies and 
Procedures,'' paragraph 5-6.5.a. 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:

PART 71--DESIGNATION OF CLASS A, B, C, D, AND E AIRSPACE AREAS; AIR 
TRAFFIC SERVICE ROUTES; AND REPORTING POINTS

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 1. The authority citation for part 71 continues to read as follows:

    Authority:  49 U.S.C. 106(f), 106(g); 40103, 40113, 40120; E.O. 
10854, 24 FR 9565, 3 CFR, 1959-1963 Comp., p. 389.


Sec.  71.1   [Amended]

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2. The incorporation by reference in 14 CFR 71.1 of FAA Order 7400.11B, 
Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 3, 2017, and 
effective September 15, 2017, is amended as follows:

Paragraph 6005 Class E Airspace Areas Extending Upward From 700 
Feet or More Above the Surface of the Earth.

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AGL WI E5 Medford, WI [Amended]

Taylor County Airport, WI
    (Lat. 45[deg]06'05'' N., long. 90[deg]18'01'' W.)

    That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface 
within a 6.8-mile radius of Taylor County Airport.
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AGL WI E5 Waupaca, WI [Amended]

Waupaca Municipal Airport, WI
    (Lat. 44[deg]20'00'' N., long. 89[deg]01'11'' W.)

    That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface 
within a 6.6-mile radius of Waupaca Municipal Airport.

    Issued in Fort Worth, Texas, on October 5, 2017.
Christopher L. Southerland,
Acting Manager, Operations Support Group, ATO Central Service Center.
[FR Doc. 2017-22119 Filed 10-12-17; 8:45 am]
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