Amendment of Restricted Areas R-3004A and R-3004B and Establishment of R-3004C; Fort Gordon, GA, 47964-47965 [R1-2017-20435]

Download as PDF 47964 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 198 / Monday, October 16, 2017 / Rules and Regulations Issued in Fort Worth, Texas, on October 5, 2017. Walter Tweedy, Acting Manager, Operations Support Group, ATO Central Service Center. [FR Doc. 2017–22234 Filed 10–13–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 73 [Docket No. FAA–2017–0886; Airspace Docket No. 16–ASO–11] Amendment of Restricted Areas R–3004A and R–3004B and Establishment of R–3004C; Fort Gordon, GA Republication Editorial Note: Rule document 2017–20435 was originally published on pages 44513 through 44514 in the issue of Monday, September 25, 2017. In that publication, on page 44514, in the forty-ninth line of the first column and the thirty-fifth line of the second column, the number 1 was inadvertently deleted from the text. The corrected document is published here in its entirety. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: This action modifies the restricted areas at Fort Gordon, GA to further subdivide the vertical limits of the airspace. The designated altitudes for R–3004A and R–3004B are realigned and a new subarea, designated R–3004C, is established above R–3004B. The FAA is taking this action to allow for more efficient use of the airspace during periods when military activities only require restricted airspace below 3,500 feet MSL. The modifications are fully contained within the existing lateral and vertical boundaries of the restricted airspace. SUMMARY: Effective date: 0901 UTC, December 7, 2017. DATES: Paul Gallant, Airspace Policy Group, Office of Airspace Services, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591; telephone: (202) 267–8783. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: jstallworth on DSKBBY8HB2PROD with RULES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: 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 14:58 Oct 13, 2017 Jkt 244001 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 the airspace necessary to ensure the safety of aircraft and the efficient use of airspace. This regulation is within the scope of that authority since it vertically subdivides the restricted airspace at Fort Gordon, GA, into three sections to enable more efficient use of airspace. Background The restricted airspace at Fort Gordon, GA consists of R–3004A, extending from the surface to 7,000 feet MSL; and R–3004B, extending from 7,001 feet MSL to 16,000 feet MSL. The time of designation for both areas is as activated by NOTAM 24 hours in advance. A FAA review of the utilization of the airspace revealed that most activities being conducted only require restricted airspace below 3,500 feet MSL. However, when R–3004A was activated, restrictions were in effect up to 7,000 feet MSL. While lateral boundaries of the restricted airspace remain the same as currently charted and the overall vertical limits of the restricted airspace are unchanged, in order to provide for more efficient use of airspace, the FAA and the using agency agreed to further subdivide the restricted airspace vertically. The FAA is realigning the designated altitudes for R–3004A and R–3004B and establishing R–3004C as a third subdivision. The new configuration enables activation of restricted airspace to the lower altitude required for the majority of the using agency’s training needs while maintaining the ability to activate additional restricted airspace for missions that require higher altitudes. The designated altitudes for R–3004A are amended to read ‘‘surface to but not including 3,500 feet MSL’’ (decreased from 7,000 feet MSL). The designated altitudes for R–3004B are amended to read ‘‘3,500 feet MSL to but not including 7,000 feet MSL,’’ instead of the current ‘‘7,001 feet MSL to 16,000 feet MSL.’’ This amendment also established a third subdivision, designated R–3004C, which extends from 7,000 feet MSL to 16,000 feet MSL. These changes accommodate the using agency’s requirements while releasing unneeded restricted airspace for access by other users. In addition, the aircraft activity limitations on use of the areas are amended to clarify the limitations in PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 effect during the annual Masters Golf Tournament. These changes enhance the efficient use of the National Airspace System by providing for activation of the minimum amount of restricted airspace needed for the specific mission being conducted resulting in the release of unneeded restricted airspace for access by other users. The Rule This rule amends Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 73 by further dividing the current restricted airspace at Fort Gordon, GA, into three subareas instead of two. The designated altitudes for R–3004A are amended from the current ‘‘surface to 7,000 feet MSL,’’ to ‘‘surface to but not including 3,500 feet MSL.’’ The designated altitudes for R–3004B are amended from the current ‘‘7,001 feet MSL to 16,000 feet MSL’’ to ‘‘3,500 feet MSL to but not including 7,000 feet MSL.’’ A new third subdivision, designated R–3004C, is established and extends from 7,000 feet MSL to 16,000 feet MSL.’’ Additionally, the terms and conditions listed in the restricted area legal descriptions for aircraft activities in the restricted areas are revised, in part. Specifically, in order to clarify aircraft operations during the annual Masters Golf tournament, the text of item number 1 is changed from ‘‘1. Aircraft activities may not be conducted on weekends, National holidays, or the entire week of the Masters Golf Tournament’’ to: ‘‘1. Aircraft activities must not be conducted on weekends, national holidays, or from the Sunday prior to the Masters Golf Tournament through the Monday after (and subsequent weather days if required).’’ The terms and conditions in Items 2 and 3 remain unchanged. The above modifications enhance the efficient use of airspace and reduce the burden on the public by lessening the amount of restricted airspace at Fort Gordon, GA, that is activated on a routine basis. These modifications do not change the current lateral boundaries, overall designated altitudes, or activities conducted within the restricted areas; therefore, notice and public procedure under 5 U.S.C. 553(b) are unnecessary. Regulatory Notices and Analyses The FAA has determined that this action only involves an established body of technical regulations for which frequent and routine amendments are necessary to keep them operationally current. It, therefore: (1) Is not a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ under Executive Order 12866; (2) is not a E:\FR\FM\16OCR1.SGM 16OCR1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 198 / Monday, October 16, 2017 / Rules and Regulations ‘‘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 of vertically subdividing limits of existing restricted airspace within the current lateral and vertical limits qualifies for categorical exclusion under the National Environmental Policy Act and in accordance with FAA Order 1050.1F—Environmental Impacts: Policies and Procedures, Categorical Exclusions for Procedural Actions, paragraph 5–6.5d—Modification of the technical description of special use airspace (restricted areas) that does not alter the dimensions, altitudes, or times of designation of the airspace. Therefore, this airspace action is not expected to result in any significant environmental impacts. In accordance with FAAO 1050.1F, paragraph 5–2 regarding Extraordinary Circumstances, this action has been reviewed for factors and circumstances in which a normally categorically excluded action may have a significant environmental impact requiring further analysis, and it is determined that no extraordinary circumstances exist that warrant preparation of an environmental assessment. List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 73 Airspace, prohibited areas, restricted areas. Adoption of the Amendment In consideration of the foregoing, the Federal Aviation Administration amends 14 CFR part 73, as follows: PART 73—SPECIAL USE AIRSPACE 1. The authority citation for part 73 continues to read as follows: jstallworth on DSKBBY8HB2PROD with RULES ■ 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. § 73.30 ■ * [Amended] 2. § 73.30 is amended as follows: * * * * VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:58 Oct 13, 2017 Jkt 244001 R–3004A Fort Gordon, GA [Amended] By removing the current designated altitudes and aircraft activity limitations and inserting the following in their places: Designated Altitudes. Surface to but not including 3,500 feet MSL. Aircraft activity is limited to the following terms and conditions: 1. Aircraft activities must not be conducted on weekends, national holidays, or from the Sunday prior to the Masters Golf Tournament through the Monday after (and subsequent weather days if required). 2. Aircraft activities may only be conducted from the surface to 12,000 feet AGL. 3. Weather conditions required for aircraft activities are 5 miles visibility and with prevailing clouds or obscuring phenomena no greater than five-tenths coverage of the sky and bases no lower than 3,000 feet AGL. R–3004B Fort Gordon, GA [Amended] By removing the current designated altitudes and aircraft activity limitations and inserting the following in their places: Designated Altitudes. 3,500 feet MSL to but not including 7,000 feet MSL. Aircraft activity is limited to the following terms and conditions: 1. Aircraft activities must not be conducted on weekends, national holidays, or from the Sunday prior to the Masters Golf Tournament through the Monday after (and subsequent weather days if required). 2. Aircraft activities may only be conducted from the surface to 12,000 feet AGL. 3. Weather conditions required for aircraft activities are 5 miles visibility and with prevailing clouds or obscuring phenomena no greater than five-tenths coverage of the sky and bases no lower than 3,000 feet AGL. R–3004C Fort Gordon, GA [New] Boundaries. Beginning at lat. 33°21′54″ N., long. 82°12′14″ W.; to lat. 33°19′44″ N., long. 82°12′14″ W.; to lat. 33°16′21″ N., long. 82°17′59″ W.; to lat. 33°17′30″ N., long. 82°22′59″ W.; to lat. 33°21′16″ N., long. 82°18′46″ W.; to lat. 33°22′16″ N., long. 82°16′59″ W.; to the point of beginning. Designated Altitudes. 7,000 feet MSL to 16,000 feet MSL. Times of designation. By NOTAM 24 hours in advance. Controlling agency. FAA, Atlanta ARTCC. Using agency. U.S. Army, Commanding Officer, Fort Gordon, GA. Aircraft activity is limited to the following terms and conditions: 1. Aircraft activities must not be conducted on weekends, national holidays, or from the Sunday prior to the Masters Golf Tournament through the Monday after (and subsequent weather days if required). 2. Aircraft activities may only be conducted from the surface to 12,000 feet AGL. 3. Weather conditions required for aircraft activities are 5 miles visibility and with prevailing clouds or obscuring phenomena no greater than five-tenths coverage of the sky and bases no lower than 3,000 feet AGL. PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 47965 Issued in Washington, DC, on September 19, 2017. Rodger A. Dean, Jr., Manager, Airspace Policy Group. [FR Doc. R1–2017–20435 Filed 10–13–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 1301–00–D DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Food and Drug Administration 21 CFR Part 866 [Docket No. FDA–2017–N–5296] Medical Devices; Immunology and Microbiology Devices; Classification of the Nucleic Acid-Based Device for the Amplification, Detection, and Identification of Microbial Pathogens Directly From Whole Blood Specimens AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS. ACTION: Final order. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or we) is classifying the nucleic acid-based device for the amplification, detection, and identification of microbial pathogens directly from whole blood specimens into class II (special controls). The special controls that apply to the device type are identified in this order and will be part of the codified language for the nucleic acidbased device for the amplification, detection, and identification of microbial pathogens directly from whole blood specimens’ classification. We are taking this action because we have determined that classifying the device into class II (special controls) will provide a reasonable assurance of safety and effectiveness of the device. We believe this action will also enhance patients’ access to beneficial innovative devices, in part by reducing regulatory burdens. DATES: This order is effective October 16, 2017. The classification was applicable on September 22, 2014. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Steven Tjoe, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 66, Rm. 4550, Silver Spring, MD 20993–0002, 301–796–5866, steven.tjoe@fda.hhs.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: I. Background Upon request, FDA has classified the nucleic acid-based device for the amplification, detection, and identification of microbial pathogens E:\FR\FM\16OCR1.SGM 16OCR1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 73

[Docket No. FAA-2017-0886; Airspace Docket No. 16-ASO-11]


Amendment of Restricted Areas R-3004A and R-3004B and 
Establishment of R-3004C; Fort Gordon, GA

Republication

    Editorial Note:  Rule document 2017-20435 was originally 
published on pages 44513 through 44514 in the issue of Monday, 
September 25, 2017. In that publication, on page 44514, in the 
forty-ninth line of the first column and the thirty-fifth line of 
the second column, the number 1 was inadvertently deleted from the 
text. The corrected document is published here in its entirety.

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: This action modifies the restricted areas at Fort Gordon, GA 
to further subdivide the vertical limits of the airspace. The 
designated altitudes for R-3004A and R-3004B are realigned and a new 
subarea, designated R-3004C, is established above R-3004B. The FAA is 
taking this action to allow for more efficient use of the airspace 
during periods when military activities only require restricted 
airspace below 3,500 feet MSL. The modifications are fully contained 
within the existing lateral and vertical boundaries of the restricted 
airspace.

DATES: Effective date: 0901 UTC, December 7, 2017.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Paul Gallant, Airspace Policy Group, 
Office of Airspace Services, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 
Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591; telephone: (202) 267-
8783.

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 
the airspace necessary to ensure the safety of aircraft and the 
efficient use of airspace. This regulation is within the scope of that 
authority since it vertically subdivides the restricted airspace at 
Fort Gordon, GA, into three sections to enable more efficient use of 
airspace.

Background

    The restricted airspace at Fort Gordon, GA consists of R-3004A, 
extending from the surface to 7,000 feet MSL; and R-3004B, extending 
from 7,001 feet MSL to 16,000 feet MSL. The time of designation for 
both areas is as activated by NOTAM 24 hours in advance.
    A FAA review of the utilization of the airspace revealed that most 
activities being conducted only require restricted airspace below 3,500 
feet MSL. However, when R-3004A was activated, restrictions were in 
effect up to 7,000 feet MSL.
    While lateral boundaries of the restricted airspace remain the same 
as currently charted and the overall vertical limits of the restricted 
airspace are unchanged, in order to provide for more efficient use of 
airspace, the FAA and the using agency agreed to further subdivide the 
restricted airspace vertically. The FAA is realigning the designated 
altitudes for R-3004A and R-3004B and establishing R-3004C as a third 
subdivision. The new configuration enables activation of restricted 
airspace to the lower altitude required for the majority of the using 
agency's training needs while maintaining the ability to activate 
additional restricted airspace for missions that require higher 
altitudes.
    The designated altitudes for R-3004A are amended to read ``surface 
to but not including 3,500 feet MSL'' (decreased from 7,000 feet MSL). 
The designated altitudes for R-3004B are amended to read ``3,500 feet 
MSL to but not including 7,000 feet MSL,'' instead of the current 
``7,001 feet MSL to 16,000 feet MSL.'' This amendment also established 
a third subdivision, designated R-3004C, which extends from 7,000 feet 
MSL to 16,000 feet MSL. These changes accommodate the using agency's 
requirements while releasing unneeded restricted airspace for access by 
other users.
    In addition, the aircraft activity limitations on use of the areas 
are amended to clarify the limitations in effect during the annual 
Masters Golf Tournament.
    These changes enhance the efficient use of the National Airspace 
System by providing for activation of the minimum amount of restricted 
airspace needed for the specific mission being conducted resulting in 
the release of unneeded restricted airspace for access by other users.

The Rule

    This rule amends Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 
73 by further dividing the current restricted airspace at Fort Gordon, 
GA, into three subareas instead of two. The designated altitudes for R-
3004A are amended from the current ``surface to 7,000 feet MSL,'' to 
``surface to but not including 3,500 feet MSL.'' The designated 
altitudes for R-3004B are amended from the current ``7,001 feet MSL to 
16,000 feet MSL'' to ``3,500 feet MSL to but not including 7,000 feet 
MSL.'' A new third subdivision, designated R-3004C, is established and 
extends from 7,000 feet MSL to 16,000 feet MSL.''
    Additionally, the terms and conditions listed in the restricted 
area legal descriptions for aircraft activities in the restricted areas 
are revised, in part. Specifically, in order to clarify aircraft 
operations during the annual Masters Golf tournament, the text of item 
number 1 is changed from ``1. Aircraft activities may not be conducted 
on weekends, National holidays, or the entire week of the Masters Golf 
Tournament'' to: ``1. Aircraft activities must not be conducted on 
weekends, national holidays, or from the Sunday prior to the Masters 
Golf Tournament through the Monday after (and subsequent weather days 
if required).'' The terms and conditions in Items 2 and 3 remain 
unchanged.
    The above modifications enhance the efficient use of airspace and 
reduce the burden on the public by lessening the amount of restricted 
airspace at Fort Gordon, GA, that is activated on a routine basis. 
These modifications do not change the current lateral boundaries, 
overall designated altitudes, or activities conducted within the 
restricted areas; therefore, notice and public procedure under 5 U.S.C. 
553(b) are unnecessary.

Regulatory Notices and Analyses

    The FAA has determined that this action only involves an 
established body of technical regulations for which frequent and 
routine amendments are necessary to keep them operationally current. 
It, therefore: (1) Is not a ``significant regulatory action'' under 
Executive Order 12866; (2) is not a

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``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 of vertically subdividing 
limits of existing restricted airspace within the current lateral and 
vertical limits qualifies for categorical exclusion under the National 
Environmental Policy Act and in accordance with FAA Order 1050.1F--
Environmental Impacts: Policies and Procedures, Categorical Exclusions 
for Procedural Actions, paragraph 5-6.5d--Modification of the technical 
description of special use airspace (restricted areas) that does not 
alter the dimensions, altitudes, or times of designation of the 
airspace. Therefore, this airspace action is not expected to result in 
any significant environmental impacts. In accordance with FAAO 1050.1F, 
paragraph 5-2 regarding Extraordinary Circumstances, this action has 
been reviewed for factors and circumstances in which a normally 
categorically excluded action may have a significant environmental 
impact requiring further analysis, and it is determined that no 
extraordinary circumstances exist that warrant preparation of an 
environmental assessment.

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 73

    Airspace, prohibited areas, restricted areas.

Adoption of the Amendment

    In consideration of the foregoing, the Federal Aviation 
Administration amends 14 CFR part 73, as follows:

PART 73--SPECIAL USE AIRSPACE

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1. The authority citation for part 73 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.  73.30   [Amended]

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 2. Sec.  73.30 is amended as follows:
* * * * *

R-3004A Fort Gordon, GA [Amended]

    By removing the current designated altitudes and aircraft 
activity limitations and inserting the following in their places:
    Designated Altitudes. Surface to but not including 3,500 feet 
MSL.
    Aircraft activity is limited to the following terms and 
conditions:
    1. Aircraft activities must not be conducted on weekends, 
national holidays, or from the Sunday prior to the Masters Golf 
Tournament through the Monday after (and subsequent weather days if 
required).
    2. Aircraft activities may only be conducted from the surface to 
12,000 feet AGL.
    3. Weather conditions required for aircraft activities are 5 
miles visibility and with prevailing clouds or obscuring phenomena 
no greater than five-tenths coverage of the sky and bases no lower 
than 3,000 feet AGL.

R-3004B Fort Gordon, GA [Amended]

    By removing the current designated altitudes and aircraft 
activity limitations and inserting the following in their places:
    Designated Altitudes. 3,500 feet MSL to but not including 7,000 
feet MSL.
    Aircraft activity is limited to the following terms and 
conditions:
    1. Aircraft activities must not be conducted on weekends, 
national holidays, or from the Sunday prior to the Masters Golf 
Tournament through the Monday after (and subsequent weather days if 
required).
    2. Aircraft activities may only be conducted from the surface to 
12,000 feet AGL.
    3. Weather conditions required for aircraft activities are 5 
miles visibility and with prevailing clouds or obscuring phenomena 
no greater than five-tenths coverage of the sky and bases no lower 
than 3,000 feet AGL.

R-3004C Fort Gordon, GA [New]

    Boundaries. Beginning at lat. 33[deg]21'54'' N., long. 
82[deg]12'14'' W.; to lat. 33[deg]19'44'' N., long. 82[deg]12'14'' 
W.; to lat. 33[deg]16'21'' N., long. 82[deg]17'59'' W.; to lat. 
33[deg]17'30'' N., long. 82[deg]22'59'' W.; to lat. 33[deg]21'16'' 
N., long. 82[deg]18'46'' W.; to lat. 33[deg]22'16'' N., long. 
82[deg]16'59'' W.; to the point of beginning.
    Designated Altitudes. 7,000 feet MSL to 16,000 feet MSL.
    Times of designation. By NOTAM 24 hours in advance.
    Controlling agency. FAA, Atlanta ARTCC.
    Using agency. U.S. Army, Commanding Officer, Fort Gordon, GA.
    Aircraft activity is limited to the following terms and 
conditions:
    1. Aircraft activities must not be conducted on weekends, 
national holidays, or from the Sunday prior to the Masters Golf 
Tournament through the Monday after (and subsequent weather days if 
required).
    2. Aircraft activities may only be conducted from the surface to 
12,000 feet AGL.
    3. Weather conditions required for aircraft activities are 5 
miles visibility and with prevailing clouds or obscuring phenomena 
no greater than five-tenths coverage of the sky and bases no lower 
than 3,000 feet AGL.


    Issued in Washington, DC, on September 19, 2017.
Rodger A. Dean, Jr.,
Manager, Airspace Policy Group.
[FR Doc. R1-2017-20435 Filed 10-13-17; 8:45 am]
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