Revocation of Class D Airspace; Vancouver, WA, 62807-62808 [2016-21373]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 176 / Monday, September 12, 2016 / Rules and Regulations DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 71 [Docket No. FAA–2015–4133; Airspace Docket No. 15–ANM–27] Revocation of Class D Airspace; Vancouver, WA Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: This action removes the Class D airspace at Pearson Field, Vancouver, WA. FAA Joint Order 7400.2K states that non-towered airports requiring a surface area will be designated Class E. Class E surface area airspace was established on December 10, 2015. The FAA is taking this action due to the lack of an operating air traffic control tower at Pearson Field Airport, Vancouver, WA. DATES: Effective 0901 UTC, November 10, 2016. 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. ADDRESSES: FAA Order 7400.9Z, 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 7400.9Z at NARA, call 202–741– 6030, or go to http://www.archives.gov/ federal_register/code_of_federalregulations/ibr_locations.html. FAA Order 7400.9, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, is published yearly and effective on September 15. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Richard Roberts, Federal Aviation Administration, Operations Support Group, Western Service Center, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057; telephone (425) 203–4517. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with RULES2 SUMMARY: 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:38 Sep 09, 2016 Jkt 238001 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 remove Class D airspace at Pearson Field Airport, Vancouver, WA. History On January 26, 2016, the FAA published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to remove Class D airspace at Vancouver, WA (81 FR 4220) Docket No. FAA–2015–4133. Interested parties were invited to participate in this rulemaking effort by submitting written comments on the proposal to the FAA. Ten comments were received; nine from individuals and one from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. All expressed concern with the revocation of the Class D airspace prior to establishment of the Special Flight Rules Area (SFRA), Docket No. FAA– 2015–3980. The FAA concurs with their expressed concerns and is making the Special Flight Rules Area effective concurrently with the removal of the Class D airspace. All commenters were concerned with the SFRA being published without containing specific language requested during a Safety Risk Management Panel in 2012 and comments received on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the SFRA Docket. The FAA addresses those comments in the Final Rule for that action, published elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register. Class D airspace designations are published in paragraph 5000 of FAA Order 7400.9Z, dated August 6, 2015, and effective September 15, 2015, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR part 71.1. The Class E airspace designation 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 7400.9Z, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 6, 2015, and effective September 15, 2015. FAA Order 7400.9Z is publicly available as listed in the ADDRESSES section of this document. FAA Order 7400.9Z lists Class A, B, C, D, and E airspace areas, PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4700 62807 air traffic service routes, and reporting points. The Rule This amendment to Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 71 removes Class D airspace at Vancouver, WA. FAA Joint Order 7400.2K states that non-towered airports requiring a surface area, the airspace will be designated Class E. There is no operating control tower at Pearson Field Airport, Vancouver, WA, which removes the necessity for the Class D airspace area. 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 5–6.5a. 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: E:\FR\FM\12SER2.SGM 12SER2 62808 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 176 / Monday, September 12, 2016 / Rules and Regulations 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: ■ sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with RULES2 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. VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:38 Sep 09, 2016 Jkt 238001 § 71.1 ANM OR D [Amended] Vancouver, WA [Removed] 2. The incorporation by reference in 14 CFR 71.1 of FAA Order 7400.9Z, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 6, 2015, and effective September 15, 2015, is amended as follows: Issued in Seattle, Washington, on August 26, 2016. Tracey Johnson, Manager, Operations Support Group, Western Service Center. Paragraph 5000 Class D Airspace. BILLING CODE 4910–13–P * * ■ PO 00000 * * Frm 00008 Fmt 4701 [FR Doc. 2016–21373 Filed 9–9–16; 8:45 am] * Sfmt 9990 E:\FR\FM\12SER2.SGM 12SER2

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 176 (Monday, September 12, 2016)]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 71

[Docket No. FAA-2015-4133; Airspace Docket No. 15-ANM-27]


Revocation of Class D Airspace; Vancouver, WA

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: This action removes the Class D airspace at Pearson Field, 
Vancouver, WA. FAA Joint Order 7400.2K states that non-towered airports 
requiring a surface area will be designated Class E. Class E surface 
area airspace was established on December 10, 2015. The FAA is taking 
this action due to the lack of an operating air traffic control tower 
at Pearson Field Airport, Vancouver, WA.

DATES: Effective 0901 UTC, November 10, 2016. 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.

ADDRESSES: FAA Order 7400.9Z, 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 7400.9Z at NARA, call 202-741-6030, or go to http://www.archives.gov/federal_register/code_of_federal-regulations/ibr_locations.html. FAA Order 7400.9, Airspace Designations and 
Reporting Points, is published yearly and effective on September 15.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Richard Roberts, Federal Aviation 
Administration, Operations Support Group, Western Service Center, 1601 
Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057; telephone (425) 203-4517.

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 remove Class D airspace at Pearson Field Airport, 
Vancouver, WA.

History

    On January 26, 2016, the FAA published in the Federal Register a 
notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to remove Class D airspace at 
Vancouver, WA (81 FR 4220) Docket No. FAA-2015-4133. Interested parties 
were invited to participate in this rulemaking effort by submitting 
written comments on the proposal to the FAA. Ten comments were 
received; nine from individuals and one from the Aircraft Owners and 
Pilots Association.
    All expressed concern with the revocation of the Class D airspace 
prior to establishment of the Special Flight Rules Area (SFRA), Docket 
No. FAA-2015-3980. The FAA concurs with their expressed concerns and is 
making the Special Flight Rules Area effective concurrently with the 
removal of the Class D airspace.
    All commenters were concerned with the SFRA being published without 
containing specific language requested during a Safety Risk Management 
Panel in 2012 and comments received on the Notice of Proposed 
Rulemaking for the SFRA Docket. The FAA addresses those comments in the 
Final Rule for that action, published elsewhere in this issue of the 
Federal Register.
    Class D airspace designations are published in paragraph 5000 of 
FAA Order 7400.9Z, dated August 6, 2015, and effective September 15, 
2015, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR part 71.1. The Class 
E airspace designation 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 7400.9Z, Airspace Designations and 
Reporting Points, dated August 6, 2015, and effective September 15, 
2015. FAA Order 7400.9Z is publicly available as listed in the 
ADDRESSES section of this document. FAA Order 7400.9Z 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 removes Class D airspace at Vancouver, WA. FAA Joint Order 
7400.2K states that non-towered airports requiring a surface area, the 
airspace will be designated Class E. There is no operating control 
tower at Pearson Field Airport, Vancouver, WA, which removes the 
necessity for the Class D airspace area.

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 5-6.5a. 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:

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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 7400.9Z, 
Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 6, 2015, and 
effective September 15, 2015, is amended as follows:

Paragraph 5000 Class D Airspace.

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ANM OR D Vancouver, WA [Removed]

    Issued in Seattle, Washington, on August 26, 2016.
Tracey Johnson,
Manager, Operations Support Group, Western Service Center.
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