Proposed Revision of Class D Airspace; Mesa, AZ, 62397-62398 [06-8848]

Download as PDF 62397 Proposed Rules Federal Register Vol. 71, No. 206 Wednesday, October 25, 2006 This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains notices to the public of the proposed issuance of rules and regulations. The purpose of these notices is to give interested persons an opportunity to participate in the rule making prior to the adoption of the final rules. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 71 [Docket No. FAA–2006–25822; Airspace Docket No. 06–AWP–16] RIN 2120–AA66 Proposed Revision of Class D Airspace; Mesa, AZ Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. mstockstill on PROD1PC61 with PROPOSALS AGENCY: SUMMARY: This action proposes to revise Class D airspace at Mesa, AZ, Falcon Field Airport. The airspace would be modified to accommodate general aviation pilots transitioning the Phoenix area as described in the forthcoming proposed Phoenix Class B airspace redesign. Revising the Falcon Field airspace will provide a wider corridor for general aviation pilots to transition north and south beneath the proposed Phoenix Class B airspace and remain west of the Falcon Field Airport Class D airspace. DATES: Comments must be received on or before December 11, 2006. ADDRESSES: Send comments on this proposal to the Docket Management System, U.S. Department of Transportation, Room Plaza 401, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590–0001. You must identify the docket number FAA–2006–25822; Airspace Docket No. 06–AWP–16, at the beginning of your comments. You may also submit comments on the Internet at https://dms.dot.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Francie Hope, Airspace Specialist, Western Terminal Service Area, Federal Aviation Administration, 15000 Aviation Boulevard, Lawndale, California 90261; telephone (310) 725– 6502. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Aug<31>2005 11:21 Oct 24, 2006 Jkt 211001 Comments Invited Interested parties are invited to participate in this proposed rulemaking by submitting such written data, views or arguments as they may desire. Comments that provide the factual basis supporting the views and suggestions presented are particularly helpful in developing reasoned regulatory decisions on the proposal. Comments are specifically invited on the overall regulatory, aeronautical, economic, environmental and energy-related aspects of the proposal. Communications should identify both docket numbers (FAA Docket No. FAA– 2006–25822 and Airspace Docket No. 06–AWP–16) and be submitted in triplicate to the Docket Management System (see ADDRESSES section for address and phone number). You may also submit comments through the Internet at https://dms.dot.gov. Commenters wishing the FAA to acknowlege receipt of their comments on this action must submit with those comments a self-addressed, stamped postcard on which the following statement is made: ‘‘Comments to FAA Docket No. FAA–2006–25822 and Airspace Docket No. 06–AWP–16.’’ The postcard will be date/time stamped and returned to the commenter. All communications received on or before the specified closing date for comments will be considered before taking action on the proposed rule. The proposal contained in this action may be changed in light of the comments received. All comments submitted will be available for examination in the public docket both before and after the closing date for comments. A report summarizing each substantive public contact with FAA personnel concerned with this rulemaking will be filed in the docket. Availability of NPRMs An electronic copy of this document may be downloaded through the Internet at https://dms.dot.gov. Recently published rulemaking documents can also be accessed through the FAA’s Web page at https://www.faa.gov. or the Federal Register’s Web page at https:// www.gpoaccess.gov/fr/. You may review the public docket containing the proposal, any comments received, and any final disposition in person in the Dockets Office (see ADDRESSES section for address and PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 phone number) between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. An informal docket may also be examined during normal business hours at the office of the Western Terminal Service Area, Federal Aviation Administration, 15000 Aviation Boulevard, Lawndale, California 90261. Persons interested in being placed on a mailing list for future NPRM’s should contact the FAA’s Office of Rulemaking, (202) 267–9677, for a copy of Advisory Circular No. 11–2A, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Distribution System, which describes the application procedure. Background Phoenix Class B airspace is in the process of being redesigned. Assuming establishment of the redesign, the eastern boundaries of Class B will change, resulting in an airspace area designated with a floor of 2,700 feet Mean Sea Level (MSL) between six nautical miles and approximately 9.19 nautical miles east of Phoenix VORTAC. Currently, the Mesa Falcon Field Class D airspace is within a 4.3 nautical mile radius of the Mesa Falcon Field Airport ARP (Airport Reference Point) from the surface to less than 3,400 feet MSL. Class B airspace with a floor of 3,000 feet MSL is captured between the visual reference points of Dobson Road and Gilbert Road, excluding the Mesa Falcon Field Class D airspace. Beneath this airspace area is a suggested VFR flyway utilized by general aviation pilots to traverse the Phoenix area at 2,500 feet MSL. In the proposed Class B airspace redesign, much of the 3,000 feet MSL airspace floor with change to 2,700 feet MSL. In order to provide the widest possible corridor of airspace of general aviation use under 2,700 feet MSL, it is proposed that a western boundary of Mesa Falcon Field Class D airspace be designated at Gilbert Road. In addition to this available airspace below 2,700 feet MSL, the proposed suggested VFR flyway utilized by general aviation will be moved east of Gilbert Road over Mesa Falcon Field Class D airspace at 3,500 feet MSL, which will be below the Class B floor of 4,000 feet MSL, thus providing a designated suggested VFR flyway as well as more transition area for general aviation below the 2,700 feet MSL Class B airspace. E:\FR\FM\25OCP1.SGM 25OCP1 62398 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 206 / Wednesday, October 25, 2006 / Proposed Rules The Proposal Paragraph 5000 Class D Airspace. The FAA is proposing an amendment to Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 71 to revise the Class D airspace area. Utilizing a 6-nautical-mile Distance Measuring Equipment (DME) arc from the Phoenix VORTAC eastward to Gilbert Road, the proposed Class B airspace, in association with this proposed Class D airspace area revision, would provide a similar general aviation airspace transition area between approximately 3.17 and 5 nautical miles wide beneath its floor of 2,700 feet MSL. This area encompasses a small portion of the Mesa Falcon Field Airport Class D airspace area. In order to accommodate general aviation transitioning north and south below the proposed Class B airspace, and provide an eastern visual boundary and the widest possible corridor of VFR airspace under 2,700 feet MSL between the 6-nautical-mile DME arc and Gilbert Road, it is proposed to revise the Class D airspace to extend only as far west as Gilbert Road; thus allowing aircraft to remain below Class B airspace and outside and to the west of Class D airspace during its hours of operation. Class D airspace areas are published in Paragraph 5000 of FAA Order 7400.9P dated September 1, 2006, and effective September 15, 2006, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. The Class D airspace designation listed in this document would be published subsequently in this Order. * * List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 71 Airspace, Incorporation by reference, Navigation (air). The Proposed Amendment Accordingly, pursuant to the authority delegated to me, the Federal Aviation Administration proposes to amend 14 CFR part 71 as follows: PART 71—DESIGNATION OF CLASS A, B, C, D, AND E AIRSPACE AREAS; AIRWAYS; ROUTES; AND REPORTING POINTS 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., 389. mstockstill on PROD1PC61 with PROPOSALS § 71.1 [Amended] 2. The incorporation by reference in 14 CFR 71.1 of Federal Aviation Administration Order 7400.9P, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated September 1, 2006, and effective September 15, 2006, is amended as follows: VerDate Aug<31>2005 11:21 Oct 24, 2006 Jkt 211001 * * * AWP AZ D Mesa, AZ [Revised] Mesa, Falcon Field, AZ (Lat. 33°27′39″ N, long. 111°43′42″ W) That airspace extending upward from the surface to but not including 3,400 feet MSL beginning at lat. 33°24′38″ N, long. 111°47′23″ W; then north to lat. 33°30′40″ N, long. 111°47′23″ W; then northeast, southeast, and southwest along a 4.3-mile radius of Falcon Field Airport, to lat. 33°24′38″ N, long. 111°47′23″ W. This Class D airspace area is effective during the specific dates and times established in advance by a Notice to Airmen. The effective date and time will thereafter be continuously published in the Airport/Facility Directory. * * * * * Issued in Los Angeles, California, on October 10, 2006. Leonard A. Mobley, Acting Director, Western Terminal Operations. [FR Doc. 06–8848 Filed 10–24–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–M DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 71 [Docket No. FAA–2006–26040; Airspace Docket 06–ASO–13] Proposed Establishment of Class E Airspace; Williamsburg, KY Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking. AGENCY: SUMMARY: This notice proposes to establish Class E airspace at Williamsburg, KY. Area Navigation (RNAV) Global Positioning system (GPS) Standard Instrument Approach procedures (SIAPs) Runway (RWY) 02 and RWY 36 have been developed for Williamsburg—Whitley County Airport. As a result, controlled airspace extending upward from 700 feet Above Ground Level (AGL) is needed to contain the SIAPs and for Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at Williamsburg—Whitley County Airport. The operating status of the airport will change from Visual Flight rules (VFR) to include IFR operations concurrent with the publication of the SIAPs. DATES: Comments must be received on or before November 24, 2006. ADDRESSES: Send comments on this proposal to the Docket Management System, U.S. Department of Transportation, room Plaza 401, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590–0001. You must identify the PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 docket number FAA–2006–26040; Airspace Docket 06–ASO–13, at the beginning of your comments. You may also submit comments on the Internet at https://dms.dot.gov. You may review the public docket containing the proposal, any comments received, and any final disposition in person in the Dockets Office between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The Docket office (telephone 1–800–647–5527) is on the plaza level of the Department of Transportation NASSIF Building at the above address. An informal docket may also be examined during normal business hours at the office of the Regional Air Traffic Division, Federal Aviation Administration, Room 550, 101 Columbia Avenue, College Park, Georgia 30337. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mark D. Ward, Manager, System Support, Eastern Service Center, Federal Aviation Administration, P.O. Box 20636, Atlanta, Georgia 30320; telephone (404) 305–5586. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Comments Invited Interested parties are invited to participate in this proposed rulemaking by submitting such written data, views or arguments as they desire. Comments that provide the factual basis supporting the views and suggestions presented are particularly helpful in developing reasoned regulatory decisions on the proposal. Comments are specifically invited on the overall regulatory, aeronautical, economic, environmental, and energy-related aspects of the proposal. Communications should identify both docket numbers and be submitted in triplicate to the address listed above. Commenters wishing the FAA to acknowledge receipt of their comments on this notice must submit with those3 comments a self-addressed, stamped postcard on which the following statement is made: ‘‘Comments to Docket No. FAA–2006– 26040/ Airspace Docket No. 06–ASO– 13.’’ The postcard will be date/time stamped and returned to the commenter. All communications received before the specified closing date for comments will be considered before taking action on the proposed rule. The proposal contained in this notice may be changed in light of the comments received. A report summarizing each substantive public contact with FAA personnel concerned with this rulemaking will be filed in the docket. E:\FR\FM\25OCP1.SGM 25OCP1

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This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains notices to the public of 
the proposed issuance of rules and regulations. The purpose of these 
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the rule making prior to the adoption of the final rules.

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Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 206 / Wednesday, October 25, 2006 / 
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 71

[Docket No. FAA-2006-25822; Airspace Docket No. 06-AWP-16]
RIN 2120-AA66


Proposed Revision of Class D Airspace; Mesa, AZ

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.

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SUMMARY: This action proposes to revise Class D airspace at Mesa, AZ, 
Falcon Field Airport. The airspace would be modified to accommodate 
general aviation pilots transitioning the Phoenix area as described in 
the forthcoming proposed Phoenix Class B airspace redesign. Revising 
the Falcon Field airspace will provide a wider corridor for general 
aviation pilots to transition north and south beneath the proposed 
Phoenix Class B airspace and remain west of the Falcon Field Airport 
Class D airspace.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before December 11, 2006.

ADDRESSES: Send comments on this proposal to the Docket Management 
System, U.S. Department of Transportation, Room Plaza 401, 400 Seventh 
Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590-0001. You must identify the docket 
number FAA-2006-25822; Airspace Docket No. 06-AWP-16, at the beginning 
of your comments. You may also submit comments on the Internet at 
https://dms.dot.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Francie Hope, Airspace Specialist, 
Western Terminal Service Area, Federal Aviation Administration, 15000 
Aviation Boulevard, Lawndale, California 90261; telephone (310) 725-
6502.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Comments Invited

    Interested parties are invited to participate in this proposed 
rulemaking by submitting such written data, views or arguments as they 
may desire. Comments that provide the factual basis supporting the 
views and suggestions presented are particularly helpful in developing 
reasoned regulatory decisions on the proposal. Comments are 
specifically invited on the overall regulatory, aeronautical, economic, 
environmental and energy-related aspects of the proposal.
    Communications should identify both docket numbers (FAA Docket No. 
FAA-2006-25822 and Airspace Docket No. 06-AWP-16) and be submitted in 
triplicate to the Docket Management System (see ADDRESSES section for 
address and phone number). You may also submit comments through the 
Internet at https://dms.dot.gov.
    Commenters wishing the FAA to acknowlege receipt of their comments 
on this action must submit with those comments a self-addressed, 
stamped postcard on which the following statement is made: ``Comments 
to FAA Docket No. FAA-2006-25822 and Airspace Docket No. 06-AWP-16.'' 
The postcard will be date/time stamped and returned to the commenter.
    All communications received on or before the specified closing date 
for comments will be considered before taking action on the proposed 
rule. The proposal contained in this action may be changed in light of 
the comments received. All comments submitted will be available for 
examination in the public docket both before and after the closing date 
for comments. A report summarizing each substantive public contact with 
FAA personnel concerned with this rulemaking will be filed in the 
docket.

Availability of NPRMs

    An electronic copy of this document may be downloaded through the 
Internet at https://dms.dot.gov. Recently published rulemaking documents 
can also be accessed through the FAA's Web page at https://www.faa.gov. 
or the Federal Register's Web page at https://www.gpoaccess.gov/fr/
index.html.
    You may review the public docket containing the proposal, any 
comments received, and any final disposition in person in the Dockets 
Office (see ADDRESSES section for address and phone number) between 9 
a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. An 
informal docket may also be examined during normal business hours at 
the office of the Western Terminal Service Area, Federal Aviation 
Administration, 15000 Aviation Boulevard, Lawndale, California 90261.
    Persons interested in being placed on a mailing list for future 
NPRM's should contact the FAA's Office of Rulemaking, (202) 267-9677, 
for a copy of Advisory Circular No. 11-2A, Notice of Proposed 
Rulemaking Distribution System, which describes the application 
procedure.

Background

    Phoenix Class B airspace is in the process of being redesigned. 
Assuming establishment of the redesign, the eastern boundaries of Class 
B will change, resulting in an airspace area designated with a floor of 
2,700 feet Mean Sea Level (MSL) between six nautical miles and 
approximately 9.19 nautical miles east of Phoenix VORTAC.
    Currently, the Mesa Falcon Field Class D airspace is within a 4.3 
nautical mile radius of the Mesa Falcon Field Airport ARP (Airport 
Reference Point) from the surface to less than 3,400 feet MSL. Class B 
airspace with a floor of 3,000 feet MSL is captured between the visual 
reference points of Dobson Road and Gilbert Road, excluding the Mesa 
Falcon Field Class D airspace. Beneath this airspace area is a 
suggested VFR flyway utilized by general aviation pilots to traverse 
the Phoenix area at 2,500 feet MSL.
    In the proposed Class B airspace redesign, much of the 3,000 feet 
MSL airspace floor with change to 2,700 feet MSL. In order to provide 
the widest possible corridor of airspace of general aviation use under 
2,700 feet MSL, it is proposed that a western boundary of Mesa Falcon 
Field Class D airspace be designated at Gilbert Road.
    In addition to this available airspace below 2,700 feet MSL, the 
proposed suggested VFR flyway utilized by general aviation will be 
moved east of Gilbert Road over Mesa Falcon Field Class D airspace at 
3,500 feet MSL, which will be below the Class B floor of 4,000 feet 
MSL, thus providing a designated suggested VFR flyway as well as more 
transition area for general aviation below the 2,700 feet MSL Class B 
airspace.

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The Proposal

    The FAA is proposing an amendment to Title 14 Code of Federal 
Regulations (14 CFR) part 71 to revise the Class D airspace area. 
Utilizing a 6-nautical-mile Distance Measuring Equipment (DME) arc from 
the Phoenix VORTAC eastward to Gilbert Road, the proposed Class B 
airspace, in association with this proposed Class D airspace area 
revision, would provide a similar general aviation airspace transition 
area between approximately 3.17 and 5 nautical miles wide beneath its 
floor of 2,700 feet MSL. This area encompasses a small portion of the 
Mesa Falcon Field Airport Class D airspace area.
    In order to accommodate general aviation transitioning north and 
south below the proposed Class B airspace, and provide an eastern 
visual boundary and the widest possible corridor of VFR airspace under 
2,700 feet MSL between the 6-nautical-mile DME arc and Gilbert Road, it 
is proposed to revise the Class D airspace to extend only as far west 
as Gilbert Road; thus allowing aircraft to remain below Class B 
airspace and outside and to the west of Class D airspace during its 
hours of operation.
    Class D airspace areas are published in Paragraph 5000 of FAA Order 
7400.9P dated September 1, 2006, and effective September 15, 2006, 
which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. The Class D airspace 
designation listed in this document would be published subsequently in 
this Order.

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 71

    Airspace, Incorporation by reference, Navigation (air).

The Proposed Amendment

    Accordingly, pursuant to the authority delegated to me, the Federal 
Aviation Administration proposes to amend 14 CFR part 71 as follows:

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

    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., 389.


Sec.  71.1  [Amended]

    2. The incorporation by reference in 14 CFR 71.1 of Federal 
Aviation Administration Order 7400.9P, Airspace Designations and 
Reporting Points, dated September 1, 2006, and effective September 15, 
2006, is amended as follows:

Paragraph 5000 Class D Airspace.

* * * * *

AWP AZ D Mesa, AZ [Revised]

Mesa, Falcon Field, AZ
    (Lat. 33[deg]27'39'' N, long. 111[deg]43'42'' W)

    That airspace extending upward from the surface to but not 
including 3,400 feet MSL beginning at lat. 33[deg]24'38'' N, long. 
111[deg]47'23'' W; then north to lat. 33[deg]30'40'' N, long. 
111[deg]47'23'' W; then northeast, southeast, and southwest along a 
4.3-mile radius of Falcon Field Airport, to lat. 33[deg]24'38'' N, 
long. 111[deg]47'23'' W. This Class D airspace area is effective 
during the specific dates and times established in advance by a 
Notice to Airmen. The effective date and time will thereafter be 
continuously published in the Airport/Facility Directory.
* * * * *

    Issued in Los Angeles, California, on October 10, 2006.
Leonard A. Mobley,
Acting Director, Western Terminal Operations.
[FR Doc. 06-8848 Filed 10-24-06; 8:45 am]
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