Establishment of Class D Airspace and Amendment of Class E Airspace; East Hampton, NY, 37569-37570 [2012-15279]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 121 / Friday, June 22, 2012 / Rules and Regulations Dated: June 14, 2012. Richard Cordray, Director, Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection. [FR Doc. 2012–15163 Filed 6–21–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4810–AM–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 71 [Docket No. FAA–2012–0217; Airspace Docket No. 12–AEA–2] Establishment of Class D Airspace and Amendment of Class E Airspace; East Hampton, NY Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: This action establishes Class D airspace and amends existing Class E airspace at East Hampton, NY, to accommodate the new mobile airport traffic control tower (ATCT) at East Hampton Airport. Controlled airspace enhances the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at the airport. This action also updates the geographic coordinates of the airport’s existing Class E airspace and eliminates Class E extensions that are no longer required. DATES: Effective 0901 UTC, July 26, 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 SUMMARY: John Fornito, Operations Support Group, Eastern Service Center, Federal Aviation Administration, P.O. Box 20636, Atlanta, Georgia 30320; telephone (404) 305–6364. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: wreier-aviles on DSK7SPTVN1PROD with RULES History On March 15, 2012, the FAA published in the Federal Register a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to establish Class D and E airspace and amend existing Class E airspace at East Hampton, NY, to accommodate a new air traffic control tower at East Hampton Airport (77 FR 15297). Interested parties were invited to participate in this rulemaking effort by submitting written comments on the proposal to the FAA. Two positive comments were received in support of the airspace. One negative comment letter was received. VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:17 Jun 21, 2012 Jkt 226001 One positive response was received from the Town of East Hampton. The other positive commenter, the East Hampton Aviation Association, observed that establishment of Class D airspace would provide greater safety to IFR operations during bad weather conditions. The FAA agrees with this observation. The negative response comment was received from the Eastern Region Helicopter Council, Inc. (ERHC). ERHC made several observations in its comment letter. The FAA does not agree with this commenter’s observations or conclusion. Each of the commenter’s observations are outlined and addressed below. The ERHC observed that the purpose of Class D airspace is to protect IFR operations; that the East Hampton tower will not have radar capabilities; that the tower will not have the authority to require helicopters to fly specific arrival/departure flight paths; and that most helicopter operations already comply with the voluntary noise abatement procedures; therefore, the commenter concludes that the airspace changes are not needed. The FAA does not agree. The protection provided by Class D airspace to IFR operations is not based on the tower’s ability to use radar to provide separation. Rather, the airspace establishes higher weather minima for VFR flights, thus restricting access of VFR flights to the airspace while IFR operations are in progress. The ERHC commented that an unintended consequence of establishing Class D airspace would be increased noise impact from helicopters that are forced to wait outside the Class D airspace during adverse weather conditions. While the FAA agrees that one-at-atime Special VFR operations may have the potential for creating adverse effects, separation rules for Special VFR operations in Class D airspace allow for multiple helicopters to operate in Class D airspace at the same time, as long as they operate at a safe distance from IFR operations. Use of these rules requires the helicopter operators to enter into a Letter of Agreement (LOA) with the FAA. Use of these rules will allow the helicopter operators to minimize any delays they may experience due to the airspace, as well as provide a higher level of safety to all operations in adverse weather conditions. The ERHC observed that one purpose of establishing a tower at East Hampton Airport is for helicopter noise mitigation purposes. The FAA does not agree. The purpose of control towers and Class D airspace PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 37569 is the safe and efficient use of airspace. Class D airspace provides controlled airspace to contain IFR arrival and departure operations. Further, Class D enhances safety by setting VFR weather minima specified in 14 CFR § 91.155 and the communications and other operating requirements in 14 CFR 91.129. The Proposed Rule included a Class E surface area to be in effect when the control tower is closed. One prerequisite for the establishment of controlled airspace at the surface of an airport is the availability of hourly and special weather observations. Currently this prerequisite is only met during the dates and times when the tower will be operating. Therefore, the Class E surface area has been removed from this rule action. The current Class E5 Airspace Areas Extending Upward from 700 feet or More Above the Surface of the Earth (E5) includes two extensions for the support of IFR approach procedures. The approaches published for East Hampton Airport have been modified since this airspace was established and these extensions are no longer required for safe IFR operations. Therefore, they are being removed as part of the rule. Class D and E airspace designations are published in Paragraphs 5000 and 6005, respectively, 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 D and 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 establishes Class D airspace extending upward from the surface to and including 2,500 feet MSL within a 4.8mile radius of East Hampton Airport, East Hampton, NY. Controlled airspace supports the new airport traffic control tower for continued safety and management of IFR operations at East Hampton Airport. This action also amends Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface within a 7.3-mile radius of the airport. The geographic coordinates of the airport are adjusted to be in concert with the FAA’s current aeronautical database. 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. Therefore, this regulation: (1) Is not a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ E:\FR\FM\22JNR1.SGM 22JNR1 37570 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 121 / Friday, June 22, 2012 / Rules and Regulations 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 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 establishes and amends controlled airspace at East Hampton Airport, East Hampton, NY. § 71.1 Environmental Review Issued in College Park, Georgia, on June 14, 2012. Barry A. Knight, Manager, Operations Support Group, Eastern Service Center, Air Traffic Organization. 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. [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, and effective September 15, 2011, is amended as follows: ■ Paragraph 5000 Class D airspace. * * * * * AEA NY D East Hampton, NY [NEW] East Hampton Airport, NY (Lat. 40°57′34″ N., long. 72°15′06″ W.) That airspace extending upward from the surface up to and including 2,500 feet MSL within a 4.8-mile radius of East Hampton Airport. This Class D airspace area is effective during 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. Paragraph 6005 Class E airspace areas extending upward from 700 feet or more above the surface of the earth. * * * * * AEA NY E5 East Hampton, NY [AMENDED] East Hampton Airport, NY (Lat. 40°57′34″ N., long. 72°15′06″ W.) That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface within a 7.3-mile radius of East Hampton Airport. [FR Doc. 2012–15279 Filed 6–21–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Food and Drug Administration Lists of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 71 21 CFR Part 870 Airspace, Incorporation by reference, Navigation (air). [Docket No. FDA–2011–N–0526] Adoption of the Amendment In consideration of the foregoing, the Federal Aviation Administration amends 14 CFR part 71 as follows: Effective Date of Requirement for Premarket Approval for a Pacemaker Programmer AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, wreier-aviles on DSK7SPTVN1PROD with RULES HHS. PART 71—DESIGNATION OF CLASS A, B, C, D AND E AIRSPACE AREAS; AIR TRAFFIC SERVICE 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., p. 389. VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:17 Jun 21, 2012 Jkt 226001 ACTION: Final rule. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is issuing a final rule to require the filing of a premarket approval application (PMA) or a notice of completion of a product development protocol (PDP) for pacemaker programmers. The Agency has summarized its findings regarding the SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 degree of risk of illness or injury designed to be eliminated or reduced by requiring this device to meet the statute’s approval requirements and the benefits to the public from the use of the devices. This action implements certain statutory requirements. DATES: This rule is effective September 20, 2012. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Melissa Burns, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 66, Rm. 1646, Silver Spring, MD 20993–0002, 301–796–5616. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background—Regulatory Authorities The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the FD&C Act), as amended by the Medical Device Amendments of 1976 (the 1976 amendments) (Pub. L. 94– 295), the Safe Medical Devices Act of 1990 (SMDA) (Pub. L. 101–629), the Food and Drug Administration Modernization Act of 1997 (Pub. L. 105– 115), the Medical Device User Fee and Modernization Act of 2002 (Pub. L. 107– 250), and the Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act of 2007 (Pub. L. 110–85), among other amendments, established a comprehensive system for the regulation of medical devices intended for human use. Section 513 of the FD&C Act (21 U.S.C. 360c) established three categories (classes) of devices, depending on the regulatory controls needed to provide reasonable assurance of their safety and effectiveness. The three categories of devices are class I (general controls), class II (special controls), and class III (premarket approval). Under section 513 of the FD&C Act, devices that were in commercial distribution before the enactment of the 1976 amendments, May 28, 1976 (generally referred to as preamendments devices), are classified after FDA has: (1) Received a recommendation from a device classification panel (an FDA advisory committee); (2) published the panel’s recommendation for comment, along with a proposed regulation classifying the device; and (3) published a final regulation classifying the device. FDA has classified most preamendments devices under these procedures. Devices that were not in commercial distribution prior to May 28, 1976 (generally referred to as postamendments devices), are automatically classified by section 513(f) of the FD&C Act into class III without any FDA rulemaking process. Those devices remain in class III and E:\FR\FM\22JNR1.SGM 22JNR1

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[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 121 (Friday, June 22, 2012)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 37569-37570]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-15279]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 71

[Docket No. FAA-2012-0217; Airspace Docket No. 12-AEA-2]


Establishment of Class D Airspace and Amendment of Class E 
Airspace; East Hampton, NY

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: This action establishes Class D airspace and amends existing 
Class E airspace at East Hampton, NY, to accommodate the new mobile 
airport traffic control tower (ATCT) at East Hampton Airport. 
Controlled airspace enhances the safety and management of Instrument 
Flight Rules (IFR) operations at the airport. This action also updates 
the geographic coordinates of the airport's existing Class E airspace 
and eliminates Class E extensions that are no longer required.

DATES: Effective 0901 UTC, July 26, 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.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

History

    On March 15, 2012, the FAA published in the Federal Register a 
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to establish Class D and E 
airspace and amend existing Class E airspace at East Hampton, NY, to 
accommodate a new air traffic control tower at East Hampton Airport (77 
FR 15297). Interested parties were invited to participate in this 
rulemaking effort by submitting written comments on the proposal to the 
FAA. Two positive comments were received in support of the airspace. 
One negative comment letter was received.
    One positive response was received from the Town of East Hampton. 
The other positive commenter, the East Hampton Aviation Association, 
observed that establishment of Class D airspace would provide greater 
safety to IFR operations during bad weather conditions. The FAA agrees 
with this observation.
    The negative response comment was received from the Eastern Region 
Helicopter Council, Inc. (ERHC). ERHC made several observations in its 
comment letter. The FAA does not agree with this commenter's 
observations or conclusion. Each of the commenter's observations are 
outlined and addressed below.
    The ERHC observed that the purpose of Class D airspace is to 
protect IFR operations; that the East Hampton tower will not have radar 
capabilities; that the tower will not have the authority to require 
helicopters to fly specific arrival/departure flight paths; and that 
most helicopter operations already comply with the voluntary noise 
abatement procedures; therefore, the commenter concludes that the 
airspace changes are not needed.
    The FAA does not agree. The protection provided by Class D airspace 
to IFR operations is not based on the tower's ability to use radar to 
provide separation. Rather, the airspace establishes higher weather 
minima for VFR flights, thus restricting access of VFR flights to the 
airspace while IFR operations are in progress.
    The ERHC commented that an unintended consequence of establishing 
Class D airspace would be increased noise impact from helicopters that 
are forced to wait outside the Class D airspace during adverse weather 
conditions.
    While the FAA agrees that one-at-a-time Special VFR operations may 
have the potential for creating adverse effects, separation rules for 
Special VFR operations in Class D airspace allow for multiple 
helicopters to operate in Class D airspace at the same time, as long as 
they operate at a safe distance from IFR operations. Use of these rules 
requires the helicopter operators to enter into a Letter of Agreement 
(LOA) with the FAA. Use of these rules will allow the helicopter 
operators to minimize any delays they may experience due to the 
airspace, as well as provide a higher level of safety to all operations 
in adverse weather conditions.
    The ERHC observed that one purpose of establishing a tower at East 
Hampton Airport is for helicopter noise mitigation purposes.
    The FAA does not agree. The purpose of control towers and Class D 
airspace is the safe and efficient use of airspace. Class D airspace 
provides controlled airspace to contain IFR arrival and departure 
operations. Further, Class D enhances safety by setting VFR weather 
minima specified in 14 CFR Sec.  91.155 and the communications and 
other operating requirements in 14 CFR 91.129.
    The Proposed Rule included a Class E surface area to be in effect 
when the control tower is closed. One prerequisite for the 
establishment of controlled airspace at the surface of an airport is 
the availability of hourly and special weather observations. Currently 
this prerequisite is only met during the dates and times when the tower 
will be operating. Therefore, the Class E surface area has been removed 
from this rule action.
    The current Class E5 Airspace Areas Extending Upward from 700 feet 
or More Above the Surface of the Earth (E5) includes two extensions for 
the support of IFR approach procedures. The approaches published for 
East Hampton Airport have been modified since this airspace was 
established and these extensions are no longer required for safe IFR 
operations. Therefore, they are being removed as part of the rule.
    Class D and E airspace designations are published in Paragraphs 
5000 and 6005, respectively, 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 D and 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 establishes Class D airspace extending upward from the surface 
to and including 2,500 feet MSL within a 4.8-mile radius of East 
Hampton Airport, East Hampton, NY. Controlled airspace supports the new 
airport traffic control tower for continued safety and management of 
IFR operations at East Hampton Airport. This action also amends Class E 
airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface within a 7.3-
mile radius of the airport. The geographic coordinates of the airport 
are adjusted to be in concert with the FAA's current aeronautical 
database.
    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. 
Therefore, this regulation: (1) Is not a ``significant regulatory 
action''

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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 
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 establishes and amends controlled airspace at East Hampton 
Airport, East Hampton, NY.

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 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(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 Federal Aviation 
Administration Order 7400.9V, Airspace Designations and Reporting 
Points, dated August 9, 2011, and effective September 15, 2011, is 
amended as follows:

Paragraph 5000 Class D airspace.

* * * * *

AEA NY D East Hampton, NY [NEW]

East Hampton Airport, NY
    (Lat. 40[deg]57'34'' N., long. 72[deg]15'06'' W.)

    That airspace extending upward from the surface up to and 
including 2,500 feet MSL within a 4.8-mile radius of East Hampton 
Airport. This Class D airspace area is effective during 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.

Paragraph 6005 Class E airspace areas extending upward from 700 
feet or more above the surface of the earth.

* * * * *

AEA NY E5 East Hampton, NY [AMENDED]

East Hampton Airport, NY
    (Lat. 40[deg]57'34'' N., long. 72[deg]15'06'' W.)

    That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface 
within a 7.3-mile radius of East Hampton Airport.

    Issued in College Park, Georgia, on June 14, 2012.
Barry A. Knight,
Manager, Operations Support Group, Eastern Service Center, Air Traffic 
Organization.
[FR Doc. 2012-15279 Filed 6-21-12; 8:45 am]
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