Proposed Amendment of the Class D and Class E Airspace and Establishment of Class E Airspace; Niagara Falls and Buffalo, NY, 70089-70092 [2020-24336]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 214 / Wednesday, November 4, 2020 / Proposed Rules Authority for This Rulemaking Title 49 of the United States Code specifies the FAA’s authority to issue rules on aviation safety. 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. The FAA is issuing this rulemaking under the authority described in Subtitle VII, Part A, Subpart III, Section 44701: General requirements. Under that section, Congress charges the FAA with promoting safe flight of civil aircraft in air commerce by prescribing regulations for practices, methods, and procedures the Administrator finds necessary for safety in air commerce. This regulation is within the scope of that authority because it addresses an unsafe condition that is likely to exist or develop on products identified in this rulemaking action. Regulatory Findings The FAA determined that this proposed AD would not have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132. This proposed AD would not have a substantial direct effect on the States, on the relationship between the national Government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. For the reasons discussed above, I certify this proposed regulation: (1) Is not a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ under Executive Order 12866, (2) Will not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska, and (3) Will not have a significant economic impact, positive or negative, on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Incorporation by reference, Safety. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with PROPOSALS The Proposed Amendment Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the FAA proposes to amend 14 CFR part 39 as follows: PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES 1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701. § 39.13 [Amended] 2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by removing Airworthiness Directive (AD) ■ VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:47 Nov 03, 2020 Jkt 253001 2018–05–09, Amendment 39–19218 (83 FR 10360, March 9, 2018), and adding the following new AD: Airbus Helicopters: Docket No. FAA–2020– 0983; Project Identifier MCAI–2020– 00542–R. (a) Comments Due Date The FAA must receive comments by December 21, 2020. (b) Affected Airworthiness Directives (ADs) This AD removes AD 2018–05–09, Amendment 39–19218 (83 FR 10360, March 9, 2018) (AD 2018–05–09). 70089 requires completion within 25 hours time-inservice after the effective date of this AD. (i) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) The Manager, Rotorcraft Standards Branch, FAA, may approve AMOCs for this AD. Send your proposal to: Manager, Rotorcraft Standards Branch, FAA, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy., Fort Worth, TX 76177; telephone 817–222–5110; email 9-ASW-FTW-AMOCRequests@faa.gov. (e) Reason This AD was prompted by a report of a damaged flapping hinge link (hinge) on a tail rotor (T/R) blade. The FAA is issuing this AD to address failure of a T/R flapping hinge. This condition could result in unbalance of the T/R, detachment of the T/R gearbox and hub, and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter. (j) Related Information (1) For EASA AD 2020–0086, contact the EASA, Konrad-Adenauer-Ufer 3, 50668 Cologne, Germany; telephone +49 221 89990 6017; email ADs@easa.europa.eu; internet www.easa.europa.eu. You may find this EASA AD on the EASA website at https:// ad.easa.europa.eu. You may view this material at the FAA, Office of the Regional Counsel, Southwest Region, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy, Room 6N–321, Fort Worth, TX 76177. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 817–222–5110. This material may be found in the AD docket on the internet at https://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2020–0983. (2) For more information about this AD, contact Daniel E. Moore, Aviation Safety Engineer, Regulations & Policy Section, Rotorcraft Standards Branch, FAA, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy., Fort Worth, TX 76177; telephone 817–222–5110; email daniel.e.moore@faa.gov. (f) Compliance Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. Issued on October 29, 2020. Lance T. Gant, Director, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, Aircraft Certification Service. (c) Applicability This AD applies to all Airbus Helicopters Model AS332C, AS332C1, AS332L, AS332L1, and SA330J helicopters, certificated in any category, all manufacturer serial numbers. (d) Subject Joint Aircraft System Component (JASC) Codes 6420, Tail Rotor Head; 6720, Tail Rotor Control System. (g) Requirements Except as specified in paragraph (h) of this AD: Comply with all required actions and compliance times specified in, and in accordance with, European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD 2020–0086, dated April 14, 2020 (EASA AD 2020–0086). (h) Exceptions to EASA AD 2020–0086 (1) Where EASA AD 2020–0086 refers to its effective date, this AD requires using the effective date of this AD. (2) The ‘‘Remarks’’ section of EASA AD 2020–0086 does not apply to this AD. (3) Although the service information referenced in EASA AD 2020–0086 specifies to return affected parts and submit a form to the manufacturer, this AD does not include those requirements. (4) Where paragraph (9) of EASA AD 2020– 0086 refers to ‘‘any discrepancy,’’ for the purposes of this AD, discrepancies include spalling, brinelling, and cracking on the inner ring, and spalling on the bearing needles. (5) Where EASA AD 2020–0086 refers to flight hours (FH), this AD requires using hours time-in-service. (6) Where paragraph (1) of EASA AD 2020– 0086 refers to a compliance time of ‘‘within 25 flight hours or during the next scheduled 50 FH inspection, whichever occurs later . . . ,’’ for the initial replacement, this AD PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 [FR Doc. 2020–24394 Filed 11–3–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 71 [Docket No. FAA–2020–0937; Airspace Docket No. 20–AEA–11] RIN 2120–AA66 Proposed Amendment of the Class D and Class E Airspace and Establishment of Class E Airspace; Niagara Falls and Buffalo, NY Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). AGENCY: This action proposes to amend the Class D airspace and Class E airspace at Niagara Falls International Airport, Niagara Falls, NY, and amend and establish Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface at Buffalo, NY. The FAA is proposing this action as the result of airspace SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\04NOP1.SGM 04NOP1 70090 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 214 / Wednesday, November 4, 2020 / Proposed Rules khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with PROPOSALS reviews due to new instrument procedures being implemented at Buffalo-Lancaster Regional Airport, Lancaster, NY. The names and geographic coordinates of airports and navigational aids would also be updated to coincide with the FAA’s aeronautical database. DATES: Comments must be received on or before December 21, 2020. ADDRESSES: Send comments on this proposal to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590; telephone (202) 366–9826, or (800) 647–5527. You must identify FAA Docket No. FAA–2020– 0937/Airspace Docket No. 20–AEA–11, at the beginning of your comments. You may also submit comments through the internet at https://www.regulations.gov. You may review the public docket containing the proposal, any comments received, and any final disposition in person in the Dockets Office between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except federal holidays. FAA Order 7400.11E, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, and subsequent amendments can be viewed online at https://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 7400.11E at NARA, email fedreg.legal@nara.gov or go to https:// www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ ibr-locations.html. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeffrey Claypool, Federal Aviation Administration, Operations Support Group, Central Service Center, 10101 Hillwood Parkway, Fort Worth, TX 76177; telephone (817) 222–5711. 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:47 Nov 03, 2020 Jkt 253001 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 amend the Class D airspace, Class E surface area, and Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface at Niagara Falls International Airport, Niagara Falls, NY; amend the Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface at Buffalo Niagara International Airport, Buffalo, NY, and Akron Airport/Jesson Field, Akron, NY, contained within the Buffalo, NY, airspace legal description; and establish Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface at Buffalo-Lancaster Regional Airport, Lancaster, NY, which will be contained within the Buffalo, NY, airspace legal description, to support instrument flight rule operations at these airports. 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 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 those comments a self-addressed, stamped postcard on which the following statement is made: ‘‘Comments to Docket No. FAA–2020–0937/Airspace Docket No. 20–AEA–11.’’ 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. Availability of NPRMs An electronic copy of this document may be downloaded through the internet at https://www.regulations.gov. Recently published rulemaking documents can also be accessed through the FAA’s web page at https:// PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 www.faa.gov/air_traffic/publications/ airspace_amendments/. You may review the public docket containing the proposal, any comments received, and any final disposition in person in the Dockets Office (see the ADDRESSES section for the address and phone number) between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except federal holidays. An informal docket may also be examined during normal business hours at the Federal Aviation Administration, Air Traffic Organization, Central Service Center, Operations Support Group, 10101 Hillwood Parkway, Fort Worth, TX 76177. Availability and Summary of Documents for Incorporation by Reference This document proposes to amend FAA Order 7400.11E, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated July 21, 2020, and effective September 15, 2020. FAA Order 7400.11E is publicly available as listed in the ADDRESSES section of this document. FAA Order 7400.11E lists Class A, B, C, D, and E airspace areas, air traffic service routes, and reporting points. The Proposal The FAA is proposing an amendment to Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 71 by: Amending the Class D airspace to within a 4.6-mile (increased from a 4.5mile) radius of Niagara Falls International Airport, Niagara Falls, NY; amending the extension to 1 mile (decreased from 1.8 miles) each side of the 090° bearing from the Niagara Falls Intl: RWY 28R–LOC (previously KATHI LOM) extending from the 4.6-mile radius of the airport to 4.8 miles east of the airport; and replacing the outdated term ‘‘Airport/Facility Directory’’ with ‘‘Chart Supplement’’; Amending the Class E surface area airspace to within a 4.6-mile (increased from a 4.5-mile) radius of Niagara Falls International Airport, Niagara Falls, NY; amending the extension to 1 mile (decreased from 1.8 miles) each side of the 090° bearing from the Niagara Falls Intl: RWY 28R–LOC (previously KATHI LOM) extending from the 4.6-mile radius of the airport to 4.8 miles east of the airport; and replacing the outdated term ‘‘Airport/Facility Directory’’ with ‘‘Chart Supplement’’; And amending the Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface to within a 7.5-mile (increased from a 6.7-mile) radius of Buffalo Niagara International Airport, Buffalo, NY; removing the extensions E:\FR\FM\04NOP1.SGM 04NOP1 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with PROPOSALS Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 214 / Wednesday, November 4, 2020 / Proposed Rules associated with Buffalo Niagara International Airport as they are no longer needed; updating the name and geographic coordinates of Buffalo Niagara International Airport (previously Greater Buffalo International Airport) to coincide with the FAA’s aeronautical database; removing the Buffalo VORTAC from the airspace legal description as it is no longer needed; removing ‘‘and within the arc of a 10.5mile radius circle from 052° to 112° clockwise, centered on a point, lat. 42°56′26″ N, long. 78°44′10″ W’’ as it is no longer needed; amending the Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface to within a 7.1mile (increased from a 7-mile) radius of Niagara Falls International Airport, contained within the Buffalo, NY, airspace legal description; amending the extension from Niagara Falls International Airport to within 8.2 miles north (increased from 7 miles) and 7 miles (increased from 5.2 miles) south of the 090° bearing from the KATHI NDB (previously Niagara Falls International Airport east localizer course) extending from the KATHI NDB (previously OM) to 16.8 miles (increased from 10.5 miles) east of the KATHI NDB (previously OM); removing the Niagara Falls International Airport East Localizer Course OM as it is no longer needed; updating the geographic coordinates of Niagara Falls International Airport to coincide with the FAA’s aeronautical database; amending the Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface to within a 6.3-mile (decreased from a 6.4-mile) radius of Akron Airport/Jesson Field, Akron, NY, contained within the Buffalo, NY, airspace legal description; removing the extension associated with Akron Airport/Jesson Field as it is no longer needed; and updating the name and geographic coordinate of Akron Airport/ Jesson Field (previously Akron Airport) to coincide with the FAA’s aeronautical database; and establishing Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface within a 6.3-mile radius of Buffalo-Lancaster Regional Airport, Lancaster, NY, which will be contained within the Buffalo, NY, airspace legal description. This action is the result of airspace reviews caused by the establishment of new instrument procedures at BuffaloLancaster Regional Airport. Class D and E airspace designations are published in paragraph 5000, 6002, and 6005, respectively, of FAA Order 7400.11E, dated July 21, 2020, and effective September 15, 2020, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. The Class D and E airspace VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:47 Nov 03, 2020 Jkt 253001 designations listed in this document will be published subsequently in the Order. FAA Order 7400.11, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, is published yearly and effective on September 15. 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 will only affect air traffic procedures and air navigation, it is certified that this rule, when promulgated, would not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. Environmental Review This proposal will be subject to an environmental analysis in accordance with FAA Order 1050.1F, ‘‘Environmental Impacts: Policies and Procedures’’ prior to any FAA final regulatory action. 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; AIR TRAFFIC SERVICE ROUTES; AND REPORTING POINTS 1. The authority citation for 14 CFR 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 7400.11E, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated July 21, 2020, and effective September 15, 2020, is amended as follows: ■ PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Paragraph 5000 Class D Airspace. * * * * 70091 * AEA NY D Niagara Falls, NY [Amended] Niagara Falls International Airport, NY (Lat. 43°06′27″ N, long. 78°56′45″ W) Niagara Falls Intl: RWY 28R–LOC (Lat. 43°01′16″ N, long. 78°58′19″ W) That airspace extending upward from the surface to and including 3,100 feet MSL within a 4.6-mile radius of Niagara Falls International Airport, and within 1 mile each side of the 090° bearing from the Niagara Falls Intl: RWY 28R–LOC extending from the 4.6-mile radius to 4.8 miles east of the airport, excluding the portion outside the United States and that airspace which coincides with the Buffalo, NY, Class C airspace. 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 published continuously in the Chart Supplement. Paragraph 6002 Class E Airspace Areas Designated as Surface Areas. * * * * * AEA NY E2 Niagara Falls, NY [Amended] Niagara Falls International Airport, NY (Lat. 43°06′27″ N, long. 78°56′45″ W) Niagara Falls Intl: RWY 28R–LOC (Lat. 43°01′16″ N, long. 78°58′19″ W) That airspace extending upward from the surface within a 4.6-mile radius of Niagara Falls International Airport, and within 1 mile each side of the 090° bearing from the Niagara Falls Intl: RWY 28R–LOC extending from the 4.6-mile radius to 4.8 miles east of the airport, excluding the portion outside the United States and that airspace which coincides with the Buffalo, NY, Class C airspace. This Class E 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 published continuously in the Chart Supplement. Paragraph 6005 Class E Airspace Areas Extending Upward From 700 Feet or More Above the Surface of the Earth. * * * * * AEA NY E5 Buffalo, NY [Amended] Buffalo Niagara International Airport, NY (Lat. 42°56′26″ N, long. 78°43′50″ W) Niagara Falls International Airport, NY (Lat. 43°06′27″ N, long. 78°56′45″ W) KATHI NDB (Lat. 43°06′33″ N, long. 78°50′18″ W) Akron Airport/Jesson Field, NY (Lat. 43°01′16″ N, long. 78°28′57″ W) Buffalo-Lancaster Regional Airport, NY (Lat. 42°55′19″ N, long. 78°36′43″ W) Buffalo Airfield, NY (Lat. 42°51′43″ N, long. 78°43′00″ W) That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface within a 7.5-mile radius of the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, and within a 7.1-mile radius of Niagara Falls International Airport, and within 8.2 miles north and 7 miles south of the 090° bearing from the KATHI NDB extending from the KATHI NDB to 16.8 miles E:\FR\FM\04NOP1.SGM 04NOP1 70092 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 214 / Wednesday, November 4, 2020 / Proposed Rules east of the KATHI NDB, and within a 6.3mile radius of Akron Airport/Jesson Field, and within a 6.3-mile radius of BuffaloLancaster Regional Airport, and within a 6.3mile radius of Buffalo Airfield. Issued in Fort Worth, Texas, on October 29, 2020. Martin A. Skinner, Acting Manager, Operations Support Group, ATO Central Service Center. [FR Doc. 2020–24336 Filed 11–3–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 71 [Docket No. FAA–2020–0935; Airspace Docket No. 20–ANE–4] RIN 2120–AA66 Proposed Establishment of Class E Airspace; Calais, ME Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). AGENCY: This action proposes to establish Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface for Calais Regional Heliport, Calais, ME, to accommodate new area navigation (RNAV) global positioning system (GPS) standard instrument approach procedures (SIAPs) serving this heliport. Controlled airspace is necessary for the safety and management of instrument flight rules (IFR) operations in the area. DATES: Comments must be received on or before December 21, 2020. ADDRESSES: Send comments on this proposal to: The U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590–0001; Telephone: (800) 647–5527, or (202) 366–9826. You must identify the Docket No. FAA–2020–0935; Airspace Docket No. 20–ANE–4, at the beginning of your comments. You may also submit comments through the internet at https://www.regulations.gov. FAA Order 7400.11E Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, and subsequent amendments can be viewed on line at https://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 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with PROPOSALS SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:47 Nov 03, 2020 Jkt 253001 National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of FAA Order 7400.11E at NARA, email fedreg.legal@nara.gov or go to https:// www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ ibr-locations.html. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John Fornito, Operations Support Group, Eastern Service Center, Federal Aviation Administration, 1701 Columbia Avenue, College Park, GA 30337; Telephone (404) 305–6364. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 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 document 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 comment closing date. A report summarizing each substantive public contact with FAA personnel concerned with this rulemaking will be filed in the docket. 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 establish Class E airspace in Calais, ME, to support IFR operations in the area. Availability of NPRMs An electronic copy of this document may be downloaded through the internet at https://www.regulations.gov. Recently published rulemaking documents can also be accessed through the FAA’s web page at https:// www.faa.gov/air_traffic/publications/ airspace_amendments/. You may review the public docket containing the proposal, any comments received and any final disposition in person in the Dockets Office (see the ADDRESSES section for address and phone number) between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except federal holidays. An informal docket may also be examined between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except federal holidays at the office of the Eastern Service Center, Federal Aviation Administration, Room 350, 1701 Columbia Avenue, College Park, GA 30337. Comments Invited Interested persons are invited to comment on 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 (Docket No. FAA– 2020–0935 and Airspace Docket No. 20– ANE–4) and be submitted in triplicate to DOT Docket Operations (see ADDRESSES section for the address and phone number). You may also submit comments through the internet at https://www.regulations.gov. Persons wishing the FAA to acknowledge 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–2020–0935; Airspace Docket No. 20–ANE–4.’’ The postcard will be date/time stamped and returned to the commenter. PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Availability and Summary of Documents for Incorporation by Reference This document proposes to amend FAA Order 7400.11E, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated July 21, 2020, and effective September 15, 2020. FAA Order 7400.11E is publicly available as listed in the ADDRESSES section of this document. FAA Order 7400.11E lists Class A, B, C, D, and E airspace areas, air traffic service routes, and reporting points. The Proposal The FAA proposes an amendment to Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 71 to establish Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface in Calais, ME, providing the controlled airspace required to support the new RNAV (GPS) standard instrument approach procedures for IFR operations at Calais Regional Heliport. Class E airspace designations are published in Paragraph 6005, of FAA E:\FR\FM\04NOP1.SGM 04NOP1

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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 214 (Wednesday, November 4, 2020)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 70089-70092]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-24336]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 71

[Docket No. FAA-2020-0937; Airspace Docket No. 20-AEA-11]
RIN 2120-AA66


Proposed Amendment of the Class D and Class E Airspace and 
Establishment of Class E Airspace; Niagara Falls and Buffalo, NY

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).

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SUMMARY: This action proposes to amend the Class D airspace and Class E 
airspace at Niagara Falls International Airport, Niagara Falls, NY, and 
amend and establish Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet 
above the surface at Buffalo, NY. The FAA is proposing this action as 
the result of airspace

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reviews due to new instrument procedures being implemented at Buffalo-
Lancaster Regional Airport, Lancaster, NY. The names and geographic 
coordinates of airports and navigational aids would also be updated to 
coincide with the FAA's aeronautical database.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before December 21, 2020.

ADDRESSES: Send comments on this proposal to the U.S. Department of 
Transportation, Docket Operations, West Building Ground Floor, Room 
W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590; telephone 
(202) 366-9826, or (800) 647-5527. You must identify FAA Docket No. 
FAA-2020-0937/Airspace Docket No. 20-AEA-11, at the beginning of your 
comments. You may also submit comments through the internet at https://www.regulations.gov. You may review the public docket containing the 
proposal, any comments received, and any final disposition in person in 
the Dockets Office between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through 
Friday, except federal holidays.
    FAA Order 7400.11E, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, and 
subsequent amendments can be viewed online at https://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 7400.11E at NARA, email [email protected] 
or go to https://www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibr-locations.html.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeffrey Claypool, Federal Aviation 
Administration, Operations Support Group, Central Service Center, 10101 
Hillwood Parkway, Fort Worth, TX 76177; telephone (817) 222-5711.

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 amend the Class D airspace, Class E surface area, and Class 
E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface at Niagara 
Falls International Airport, Niagara Falls, NY; amend the Class E 
airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface at Buffalo 
Niagara International Airport, Buffalo, NY, and Akron Airport/Jesson 
Field, Akron, NY, contained within the Buffalo, NY, airspace legal 
description; and establish Class E airspace extending upward from 700 
feet above the surface at Buffalo-Lancaster Regional Airport, 
Lancaster, NY, which will be contained within the Buffalo, NY, airspace 
legal description, to support instrument flight rule operations at 
these airports.

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 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 
those comments a self-addressed, stamped postcard on which the 
following statement is made: ``Comments to Docket No. FAA-2020-0937/
Airspace Docket No. 20-AEA-11.'' 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.

Availability of NPRMs

    An electronic copy of this document may be downloaded through the 
internet at https://www.regulations.gov. Recently published rulemaking 
documents can also be accessed through the FAA's web page at https://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/publications/airspace_amendments/.
    You may review the public docket containing the proposal, any 
comments received, and any final disposition in person in the Dockets 
Office (see the ADDRESSES section for the address and phone number) 
between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except federal 
holidays. An informal docket may also be examined during normal 
business hours at the Federal Aviation Administration, Air Traffic 
Organization, Central Service Center, Operations Support Group, 10101 
Hillwood Parkway, Fort Worth, TX 76177.

Availability and Summary of Documents for Incorporation by Reference

    This document proposes to amend FAA Order 7400.11E, Airspace 
Designations and Reporting Points, dated July 21, 2020, and effective 
September 15, 2020. FAA Order 7400.11E is publicly available as listed 
in the ADDRESSES section of this document. FAA Order 7400.11E lists 
Class A, B, C, D, and E airspace areas, air traffic service routes, and 
reporting points.

The Proposal

    The FAA is proposing an amendment to Title 14 Code of Federal 
Regulations (14 CFR) part 71 by:
    Amending the Class D airspace to within a 4.6-mile (increased from 
a 4.5-mile) radius of Niagara Falls International Airport, Niagara 
Falls, NY; amending the extension to 1 mile (decreased from 1.8 miles) 
each side of the 090[deg] bearing from the Niagara Falls Intl: RWY 28R-
LOC (previously KATHI LOM) extending from the 4.6-mile radius of the 
airport to 4.8 miles east of the airport; and replacing the outdated 
term ``Airport/Facility Directory'' with ``Chart Supplement'';
    Amending the Class E surface area airspace to within a 4.6-mile 
(increased from a 4.5-mile) radius of Niagara Falls International 
Airport, Niagara Falls, NY; amending the extension to 1 mile (decreased 
from 1.8 miles) each side of the 090[deg] bearing from the Niagara 
Falls Intl: RWY 28R-LOC (previously KATHI LOM) extending from the 4.6-
mile radius of the airport to 4.8 miles east of the airport; and 
replacing the outdated term ``Airport/Facility Directory'' with ``Chart 
Supplement'';
    And amending the Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet 
above the surface to within a 7.5-mile (increased from a 6.7-mile) 
radius of Buffalo Niagara International Airport, Buffalo, NY; removing 
the extensions

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associated with Buffalo Niagara International Airport as they are no 
longer needed; updating the name and geographic coordinates of Buffalo 
Niagara International Airport (previously Greater Buffalo International 
Airport) to coincide with the FAA's aeronautical database; removing the 
Buffalo VORTAC from the airspace legal description as it is no longer 
needed; removing ``and within the arc of a 10.5-mile radius circle from 
052[deg] to 112[deg] clockwise, centered on a point, lat. 
42[deg]56'26'' N, long. 78[deg]44'10'' W'' as it is no longer needed; 
amending the Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the 
surface to within a 7.1-mile (increased from a 7-mile) radius of 
Niagara Falls International Airport, contained within the Buffalo, NY, 
airspace legal description; amending the extension from Niagara Falls 
International Airport to within 8.2 miles north (increased from 7 
miles) and 7 miles (increased from 5.2 miles) south of the 090[deg] 
bearing from the KATHI NDB (previously Niagara Falls International 
Airport east localizer course) extending from the KATHI NDB (previously 
OM) to 16.8 miles (increased from 10.5 miles) east of the KATHI NDB 
(previously OM); removing the Niagara Falls International Airport East 
Localizer Course OM as it is no longer needed; updating the geographic 
coordinates of Niagara Falls International Airport to coincide with the 
FAA's aeronautical database; amending the Class E airspace extending 
upward from 700 feet above the surface to within a 6.3-mile (decreased 
from a 6.4-mile) radius of Akron Airport/Jesson Field, Akron, NY, 
contained within the Buffalo, NY, airspace legal description; removing 
the extension associated with Akron Airport/Jesson Field as it is no 
longer needed; and updating the name and geographic coordinate of Akron 
Airport/Jesson Field (previously Akron Airport) to coincide with the 
FAA's aeronautical database; and establishing Class E airspace 
extending upward from 700 feet above the surface within a 6.3-mile 
radius of Buffalo-Lancaster Regional Airport, Lancaster, NY, which will 
be contained within the Buffalo, NY, airspace legal description.
    This action is the result of airspace reviews caused by the 
establishment of new instrument procedures at Buffalo-Lancaster 
Regional Airport.
    Class D and E airspace designations are published in paragraph 
5000, 6002, and 6005, respectively, of FAA Order 7400.11E, dated July 
21, 2020, and effective September 15, 2020, 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.
    FAA Order 7400.11, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, is 
published yearly and effective on September 15.

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 will only affect air traffic procedures and air navigation, it is 
certified that this rule, when promulgated, would not have a 
significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities 
under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.

Environmental Review

    This proposal will be subject to an environmental analysis in 
accordance with FAA Order 1050.1F, ``Environmental Impacts: Policies 
and Procedures'' prior to any FAA final regulatory action.

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; AIR 
TRAFFIC SERVICE ROUTES; AND REPORTING POINTS

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1. The authority citation for 14 CFR 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 7400.11E, 
Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated July 21, 2020, and 
effective September 15, 2020, is amended as follows:

Paragraph 5000 Class D Airspace.

* * * * *

AEA NY D Niagara Falls, NY [Amended]

Niagara Falls International Airport, NY
    (Lat. 43[deg]06'27'' N, long. 78[deg]56'45'' W)
Niagara Falls Intl: RWY 28R-LOC
    (Lat. 43[deg]01'16'' N, long. 78[deg]58'19'' W)

    That airspace extending upward from the surface to and including 
3,100 feet MSL within a 4.6-mile radius of Niagara Falls 
International Airport, and within 1 mile each side of the 090[deg] 
bearing from the Niagara Falls Intl: RWY 28R-LOC extending from the 
4.6-mile radius to 4.8 miles east of the airport, excluding the 
portion outside the United States and that airspace which coincides 
with the Buffalo, NY, Class C airspace. 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 published continuously in the Chart Supplement.

Paragraph 6002 Class E Airspace Areas Designated as Surface Areas.

* * * * *

AEA NY E2 Niagara Falls, NY [Amended]

Niagara Falls International Airport, NY
    (Lat. 43[deg]06'27'' N, long. 78[deg]56'45'' W)
Niagara Falls Intl: RWY 28R-LOC
    (Lat. 43[deg]01'16'' N, long. 78[deg]58'19'' W)

    That airspace extending upward from the surface within a 4.6-
mile radius of Niagara Falls International Airport, and within 1 
mile each side of the 090[deg] bearing from the Niagara Falls Intl: 
RWY 28R-LOC extending from the 4.6-mile radius to 4.8 miles east of 
the airport, excluding the portion outside the United States and 
that airspace which coincides with the Buffalo, NY, Class C 
airspace. This Class E 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 published continuously in 
the Chart Supplement.

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

* * * * *

AEA NY E5 Buffalo, NY [Amended]

Buffalo Niagara International Airport, NY
    (Lat. 42[deg]56'26'' N, long. 78[deg]43'50'' W)
Niagara Falls International Airport, NY
    (Lat. 43[deg]06'27'' N, long. 78[deg]56'45'' W)
KATHI NDB
    (Lat. 43[deg]06'33'' N, long. 78[deg]50'18'' W)
Akron Airport/Jesson Field, NY
    (Lat. 43[deg]01'16'' N, long. 78[deg]28'57'' W)
Buffalo-Lancaster Regional Airport, NY
    (Lat. 42[deg]55'19'' N, long. 78[deg]36'43'' W)
Buffalo Airfield, NY
    (Lat. 42[deg]51'43'' N, long. 78[deg]43'00'' W)

    That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface 
within a 7.5-mile radius of the Buffalo Niagara International 
Airport, and within a 7.1-mile radius of Niagara Falls International 
Airport, and within 8.2 miles north and 7 miles south of the 
090[deg] bearing from the KATHI NDB extending from the KATHI NDB to 
16.8 miles

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east of the KATHI NDB, and within a 6.3-mile radius of Akron 
Airport/Jesson Field, and within a 6.3-mile radius of Buffalo-
Lancaster Regional Airport, and within a 6.3-mile radius of Buffalo 
Airfield.

    Issued in Fort Worth, Texas, on October 29, 2020.
Martin A. Skinner,
Acting Manager, Operations Support Group, ATO Central Service Center.
[FR Doc. 2020-24336 Filed 11-3-20; 8:45 am]
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