Amendment of Class E Airspace, Truckee, CA, 65269-65270 [2016-22726]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 184 / Thursday, September 22, 2016 / Rules and Regulations DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 71 [Docket No. FAA–2015–4074; Airspace Docket No. 15–AWP–16] Amendment of Class E Airspace, Truckee, CA Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: This action establishes Class E surface area airspace and modifies Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface at TruckeeTahoe Airport, Truckee, CA, to increase safety and enhance existing instrument flight rules (IFR) operations in the immediate vicinity of the airport. DATES: Effective 0901 UTC, January 5, 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 7400.11A, 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 U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., West Bldg Ground Floor Rm W12– 140, Washington, DC 20590; Telephone: 1–800–647–5527, or 202–366–9826. The Order is also available for inspection at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of FAA Order 7400.11A at NARA, call 202–741– 6030, or go to http://www.archives.gov/ federal_register/code_of_federalregulations/ibr_locations.html. FAA Order 7400.11, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, is published yearly and effective on September 15. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tom Clark, Federal Aviation Administration, Operations Support Group, Western Service Center, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057; telephone (425) 203–4511. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: ehiers on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with RULES 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 authority of the FAA Administrator. Subtitle VII, Aviation Programs, VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:00 Sep 21, 2016 Jkt 238001 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 amends controlled airspace at Truckee-Tahoe Airport, Truckee, CA. History On December 18, 2015, the FAA published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface at Truckee-Tahoe Airport (80 FR 78988) Docket No. FAA–2015–4074. Interested parties were invited to participate in this rulemaking effort by submitting written comments on the proposal to the FAA. One comment was received requesting the FAA to establish Class E surface airspace within a 4.2 mile radius to increase safety and enhance existing instrument flight rules (IFR) procedures in the immediate vicinity of the airport. The FAA concurred with the comment and on April 22, 2016, published in the Federal Register a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNPRM) to establish Class E surface airspace at Truckee-Tahoe Airport (81 FR 23658) Docket No. FAA–2015–4074. Interested parties were invited to participate in this rulemaking effort by submitting written comments on the proposal to the FAA. No comments were received. Class E airspace designations are published in paragraph 6002 and 6005, respectively, of FAA Order 7400.11A, dated August 3, 2016, and effective September 15, 2016, 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 7400.11A, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 3, 2016, and effective September 15, 2016. FAA Order 7400.11A is publicly available as listed in the ADDRESSES section of this document. FAA Order 7400.11A 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 PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 65269 establishes Class E surface area airspace within a 4.2-mile radius of TruckeeTahoe Airport, Truckee, CA. Also, this action modifies Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface to within a 4.2-mile radius of the airport, with segments extending from the 4.2-mile radius to 19 miles north and 16.5 miles northwest of the airport, and removes reference to Homewood Seaplane Base, which is no longer operational. Airspace modification is necessary to ensure the safety and management of standard instrument approach and departure procedures for IFR operations at the airport, with a minimum degree of airspace restriction. 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\22SER1.SGM 22SER1 65270 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 184 / Thursday, September 22, 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: ■ 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. § 71.1 [Amended] 2. The incorporation by reference in 14 CFR 71.1 of FAA Order 7400.11A, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 3, 2016, and effective September 15, 2016, is amended as follows: ■ Paragraph 6002 Class E Airspace Designated as Surface Areas. * * * * * AWP CA E2 Truckee, CA [New] Truckee-Tahoe Airport, CA (Lat. 39°19′12″ N., long. 120°08′22″ W.) That airspace extending upward from the surface within a 4.2-mile radius of TruckeeTahoe Airport. Paragraph 6005 Class E Airspace Areas Extending Upward from 700 feet or More Above the Surface of the Earth. * * * * * AWP CA E5 Truckee, CA [Modified] Truckee-Tahoe Airport, CA (Lat. 39°19′12″ N., long. 120°08′22″ W.) That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface within a 4.2-mile radius of Truckee-Tahoe Airport, and within 2 miles each side of the Truckee-Tahoe Airport 015° bearing extending from the 4.2mile radius to 19 miles north of the airport, and within 2 miles each side of the airport 328° bearing extending from the 4.2-mile radius to 16.5 miles northwest of the airport. Issued in Seattle, Washington, on August 16, 2016. Richard Roberts, Acting Manager, Operations Support Group, Western Service Center. [FR Doc. 2016–22726 Filed 9–21–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 71 ehiers on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with RULES [Docket No. FAA–2014–0742; Airspace Docket No. 14–ASW–5] Establishment of Class D and E Airspace; Brookshire, TX Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:00 Sep 21, 2016 Jkt 238001 This action establishes Class D airspace, Class E surface area airspace, and Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface at Brookshire, TX, to accommodate the new air traffic control tower at Houston Executive Airport. The FAA is taking this action for the safe and efficient use of the airspace to contain Instrument Flight Rule (IFR) arrival and departure operations at the airport. 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 7400.11 and publication of conforming amendments. ADDRESSES: FAA Order 7400.11A, 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: 1–800–647–5527, or 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 7400.11A at NARA, call 202–741–6030, or go to http:// www.archives.gov/federal_register/ code_of_federal-regulations/ibr_ locations.html. FAA Order 7400.11, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, is published yearly and effective on September 15. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Raul Garza, Jr., Central Service Center, Operations Support Group, Federal Aviation Administration, Southwest Region, 10101 Hillwood Parkway, Fort Worth, TX 76177; telephone: (817) 222– 5874. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 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 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 PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 controlled airspace at Houston Executive Airport, Brookshire, TX. History On March 28, 2016, the FAA published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to establish Class D and Class E Airspace at Houston Executive Airport, Brookshire, TX (81 FR 17114) Docket No. FAA–2014–0742. Houston Executive Airport opened an operating control tower October 1, 2014. Federal regulations (14 CFR 91.126, 91.127, and 91.129) establish airspace requirements around an operating tower. Interested parties were invited to participate in three informal meetings with the local community held on June 17, June 18, and December 15, 2015, during the course of establishing this airspace, and in this rulemaking effort by submitting written comments on the proposal to the FAA. 146 comments were received by the end of the comment period May 12, 2016. An additional five comments were received after the comment period (one having 322 signatures on a petition opposing the upper altitude limit of 2,700 feet MSL; the petition supports 2,000 feet MSL as acceptable and safer). One commenter requested to withdraw his request. Of the 150 comments, many voiced opinions on different aspects of the proposal as described in more detail below. Summary of Comments The FAA received multiple comments from 150 commenters that have been grouped to reflect general subject areas. The groups are categorized as follows; 1. Support of the Class D proposal at 2,500 feet 2. Support of the Class D airspace at 2,000 feet 3. Support of the Class D proposal at 1,700 feet 4. Support for Class D at 2,500 but with Full Circle (4 miles) Airspace without cutout for Sport Flyers Airport 5. Concerns of east-west VFR corridor compression 6. Increase airspace to match Class B airspace 7. Support for Class E airspace only 8. No support for any change to the present airspace allocation 9. Airspace compression in the northeast quadrant under Class B 1. Comment: Support of the Class D proposal at 2,500 feet. Fifty-one comments supported the proposal, as is, with a top of 2,500 feet MSL. The positive comments ranged from support of the proposal at 2,500 feet MSL to extending and expanding E:\FR\FM\22SER1.SGM 22SER1

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 184 (Thursday, September 22, 2016)]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 71

[Docket No. FAA-2015-4074; Airspace Docket No. 15-AWP-16]


Amendment of Class E Airspace, Truckee, CA

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: This action establishes Class E surface area airspace and 
modifies Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the 
surface at Truckee-Tahoe Airport, Truckee, CA, to increase safety and 
enhance existing instrument flight rules (IFR) operations in the 
immediate vicinity of the airport.

DATES: Effective 0901 UTC, January 5, 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 7400.11A, 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 U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, 1200 
New Jersey Avenue SE., West Bldg Ground Floor Rm W12-140, Washington, 
DC 20590; Telephone: 1-800-647-5527, or 202-366-9826. The Order is also 
available for inspection at the National Archives and Records 
Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of FAA Order 
7400.11A at NARA, call 202-741-6030, or go to http://www.archives.gov/federal_register/code_of_federal-regulations/ibr_locations.html. FAA 
Order 7400.11, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, is published 
yearly and effective on September 15.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tom Clark, Federal Aviation 
Administration, Operations Support Group, Western Service Center, 1601 
Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057; telephone (425) 203-4511.

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 amends controlled airspace at Truckee-Tahoe Airport, Truckee, CA.

History

    On December 18, 2015, the FAA published in the Federal Register a 
notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend Class E airspace 
extending upward from 700 feet above the surface at Truckee-Tahoe 
Airport (80 FR 78988) Docket No. FAA-2015-4074. Interested parties were 
invited to participate in this rulemaking effort by submitting written 
comments on the proposal to the FAA. One comment was received 
requesting the FAA to establish Class E surface airspace within a 4.2 
mile radius to increase safety and enhance existing instrument flight 
rules (IFR) procedures in the immediate vicinity of the airport. The 
FAA concurred with the comment and on April 22, 2016, published in the 
Federal Register a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNPRM) 
to establish Class E surface airspace at Truckee-Tahoe Airport (81 FR 
23658) Docket No. FAA-2015-4074. Interested parties were invited to 
participate in this rulemaking effort by submitting written comments on 
the proposal to the FAA. No comments were received.
    Class E airspace designations are published in paragraph 6002 and 
6005, respectively, of FAA Order 7400.11A, dated August 3, 2016, and 
effective September 15, 2016, 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 7400.11A, Airspace Designations and 
Reporting Points, dated August 3, 2016, and effective September 15, 
2016. FAA Order 7400.11A is publicly available as listed in the 
ADDRESSES section of this document. FAA Order 7400.11A 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 establishes Class E surface area airspace within a 4.2-mile 
radius of Truckee-Tahoe Airport, Truckee, CA. Also, this action 
modifies Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the 
surface to within a 4.2-mile radius of the airport, with segments 
extending from the 4.2-mile radius to 19 miles north and 16.5 miles 
northwest of the airport, and removes reference to Homewood Seaplane 
Base, which is no longer operational.
    Airspace modification is necessary to ensure the safety and 
management of standard instrument approach and departure procedures for 
IFR operations at the airport, with a minimum degree of airspace 
restriction.

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

0
 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]

0
 2. The incorporation by reference in 14 CFR 71.1 of FAA Order 
7400.11A, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 3, 
2016, and effective September 15, 2016, is amended as follows:

Paragraph 6002 Class E Airspace Designated as Surface Areas.

* * * * *

AWP CA E2 Truckee, CA [New]

Truckee-Tahoe Airport, CA
    (Lat. 39[deg]19'12'' N., long. 120[deg]08'22'' W.)

    That airspace extending upward from the surface within a 4.2-
mile radius of Truckee-Tahoe Airport.

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

* * * * *

AWP CA E5 Truckee, CA [Modified]

Truckee-Tahoe Airport, CA
    (Lat. 39[deg]19'12'' N., long. 120[deg]08'22'' W.)

    That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface 
within a 4.2-mile radius of Truckee-Tahoe Airport, and within 2 
miles each side of the Truckee-Tahoe Airport 015[deg] bearing 
extending from the 4.2-mile radius to 19 miles north of the airport, 
and within 2 miles each side of the airport 328[deg] bearing 
extending from the 4.2-mile radius to 16.5 miles northwest of the 
airport.


    Issued in Seattle, Washington, on August 16, 2016.
Richard Roberts,
Acting Manager, Operations Support Group, Western Service Center.
[FR Doc. 2016-22726 Filed 9-21-16; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 4910-13-P