Proposed Modification of Class D Airspace; McChord Field (Joint Base Lewis-McChord), WA; Supplemental, 39986-39988 [2021-15720]

Download as PDF 39986 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 140 / Monday, July 26, 2021 / Proposed Rules 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, I certify this proposed regulation: 1. Is not a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ under Executive Order 12866, 2. Would not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska, and 3. Would 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. 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 adding the following new airworthiness directive: ■ Leonardo S.p.a.: Docket No. FAA–2021– 0579; Project Identifier MCAI–2020– 00267–R. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with PROPOSALS (a) Comments Due Date The FAA must receive comments on this airworthiness directive (AD) by September 9, 2021. (b) Affected ADs None. (c) Applicability This AD applies to Leonardo S.p.a. Model AB139 and AW139 helicopters, certificated in any category, without main gearbox (MGB) spherical bearing lock nut (lock nut) part number (P/N) 3G6320A09152 installed and with: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:44 Jul 23, 2021 Jkt 253001 (1) MGB P/N 3G6320A00131, 3G6320A00132, 3G6320A00133, 3G6320A00134, 3G6320A00135, 3G6320A00136, 3G6320A22031, 4G6320A00132, or 4G6320A00133 installed, or (2) MGB P/N 3G320A00133 with serial number (S/N) M23, or MGB P/N 3G6320A00134, with S/N M6, N76, N92, P124, P129, P131, P162, P184, Q230, Q243, Q249, R272, V21, V39, V96, V163, V211, V241, V272, V281, V384, V386, or V622 installed, or (3) MGB P/N 3G6320A00136 with S/N AW1, AW2, AW3, AW5, or AW10 installed. (d) Subject Joint Aircraft Service Component (JASC) Code: 6320, Main Rotor Gearbox. (e) Unsafe Condition This AD was prompted by a cracked MGB lock nut. The FAA is issuing this AD to replace an affected MGB lock nut with a new MGB lock nut. The unsafe condition, if not addressed, could result in failure of the MGB planetary gears, resulting in loss of control of the helicopter. (f) Compliance Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. (g) Required Actions (1) Within 100 hours time-in-service, or during the next scheduled MGB overhaul, whichever occurs first after the effective date of this AD, remove each MGB lock nut P/N 3G6320A09151 from service and replace with MGB lock nut P/N 3G6320A09152 in accordance with Annex A, steps 1 through 17, of Leonardo Helicopters Alert Service Bulletin No. 139–609, Revision A, dated April 13, 2021 (ASB 139–609, Rev A), except you are not required to send parts to Leonardo Helicopters. Note to paragraph (g)(1): Leonardo Helicopters service information refers to an MGB lock nut as a ring nut. (2) As of the effective date of this AD, do not install any MGB having MGB lock nut P/ N 3G630A09151 on any helicopter, and do not install any MGB lock nut P/N 3G630A09151 on any helicopter. (h) Special Flight Permits Special flight permits are prohibited. (i) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) (1) The Manager, International Validation Branch, FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. In accordance with 14 CFR 39.19, send your request to your principal inspector or local Flight Standards District Office, as appropriate. If sending information directly to the manager of the International Validation Branch, send it to the attention of the person identified in paragraph (j)(1) of this AD. Information may be emailed to: 9-AVS-AIR730-AMOC@faa.gov. (2) Before using any approved AMOC, notify your appropriate principal inspector, or lacking a principal inspector, the manager PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 of the local flight standards district office/ certificate holding district office. (j) Related Information (1) For more information about this AD, contact Rao Edupuganti, Aerospace Engineer, Dynamic Systems Section, Technical Innovation Policy Branch, Policy & Innovation Division, FAA, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy., Fort Worth, TX 76177; telephone (817) 222–5110; email rao.edupuganti@ faa.gov. (2) For service information identified in this AD, contact Leonardo S.p.A. Helicopters, Emanuele Bufano, Head of Airworthiness, Viale G.Agusta 520, 21017 C.Costa di Samarate (Va) Italy; telephone +39–0331– 225074; fax +39–0331–229046; or at https:// customerportal.leonardocompany.com/enUS/. You may view this referenced service information 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. (3) The subject of this AD is addressed in European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD 2021–0121, dated May 4, 2021. You may view the EASA AD on the internet at https://www.regulations.gov in Docket No. FAA–2021–0579. Issued on July 20, 2021. Gaetano A. Sciortino, Deputy Director for Strategic Initiatives, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2021–15722 Filed 7–23–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 71 [Docket No. FAA–2020–0896; Airspace Docket No. 20–ANM–17] RIN 2120–AA66 Proposed Modification of Class D Airspace; McChord Field (Joint Base Lewis-McChord), WA; Supplemental Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNPRM). AGENCY: This action proposes to modify the Class D airspace at McChord Field (Joint Base Lewis-McChord), Tacoma, WA. After a review of the airspace, the FAA found it necessary to amend the existing airspace for the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at this location and Visual Flight Rules (VFR) at a satellite airport. This proposal would also remove a reference to the McChord Very High Frequency SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\26JYP1.SGM 26JYP1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 140 / Monday, July 26, 2021 / Proposed Rules Omnidirectional Range beacon (VOR) from the legal description, update the airport name and city, and amend the geographical coordinates for the airport to match the FAA’s database. DATES: Comments must be received on or before September 9, 2021. 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; telephone: 1– 800–647–5527, or (202) 366–9826. You must identify FAA Docket No. FAA– 2020–0896; Airspace Docket No. 20– ANM–17, 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 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: Richard Roberts, Federal Aviation Administration, Western Service Center, Operations Support Group, 2200 S 216th Street, Des Moines, WA 98198; telephone (206) 231–2245. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with PROPOSALS 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 modify the Class D airspace to support IFR operations at McChord Field (Joint Base Lewis-McChord), Tacoma, WA. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:44 Jul 23, 2021 Jkt 253001 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. Persons 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–2020–0896; Airspace Docket No. 20–ANM–17’’. 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 Northwest Mountain Regional Office of the Federal Aviation Administration, Air Traffic Organization, Western Service Center, Operations Support Group, 2200 S 216th Street, Des Moines, WA 98198. Availability and Summary of Documents for Incorporation by Reference This document proposes to amend FAA Order 7400.11E, Airspace PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 39987 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. Background The FAA published a notice of proposed rulemaking for Docket No. FAA–2020–0896 in the Federal Register (85 FR 69281; November 2, 2020) proposing to modify the Class D airspace McChord Field (Joint Base Lewis-McChord). Interested parties were invited to participate in this rulemaking effort by submitting written comments on the proposal. One comment was received during the comment period. The commenter was concerned that removing the entire area previously excluded for Spanaway Airport, would place aircraft arriving and departing Shady Acres Airport at a disadvantage while departing to the North and Landing to the South. Subsequent to publication of the NPRM, the FAA received comments from the Aircraft Owners and Pilot Association (AOPA), the Airport Manager and local Pilots from Shady Acres Airport and the U.S. Air Force. AOPA, the Airport Manager and local pilots were in favor of a small portion of airspace, from the original area cutout for Spanaway airport, being maintained for satellite airport operations at Shady Acres Airport. These amendments would maintain the current level of operational safety, while adhering to FAA policy on airspace for satellite airports. The U.S. Air Force was not in favor of this recommendation. In addition, the FAA identified an area of airspace to the Northwest that needed additional clarification in its boundary and the U.S. Air Force identified that only the VOR was being decommissioned and not the Tactical Air Navigation System (TACAN), as previously reported. The FAA determined that the proposal needed additional consideration due to these comments. The Proposal The FAA is proposing an amendment to 14 CFR part 71 by modifying the lateral dimensions of the Class D airspace. The FAA initiated a review of the assigned airspace and drafted the subsequent proposal for modification due to three actions. The FAA decommissioned the McChord VOR because the U.S. Air Force was no longer going to maintain the NAVAID. E:\FR\FM\26JYP1.SGM 26JYP1 39988 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 140 / Monday, July 26, 2021 / Proposed Rules As a result of the decommissioning, the FAA was required to redefine the airspace that uses the VOR as a reference and remove the reference from the associated airspace descriptions. The U.S. Air Force requested elimination of airspace previously excluded for operations at Spanaway Airport. In response, the FAA completed an airspace review to evaluate that request and the Class D airspace had not been examined in the previous two years as required by FAA Orders. The exclusion of Class D airspace that is southeast of the airport would be modified to facilitate use of the airspace for aircraft arriving and departing Shady Acres Airport, in keeping with FAA Directives. A portion of the airspace overlying Lakewood, WA would also be eliminated, as it is no longer needed. In addition, the Legal Descriptions Heading would be corrected to identify the proper city and state, the name of the airport and the geographical coordinates for McChord Field (Joint Base Lewis McChord) to match the FAA’s National Airspace System Resource (NASR) database. Class D airspace designations are published in paragraph 5000 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 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. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with PROPOSALS 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:44 Jul 23, 2021 Jkt 253001 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). radius thence south to lat. 47°02′10″ N, long. 122°26′13″ W, thence west to lat. 47°02′21″ N, long. 122°31′31″ W, thence north to lat. 47°04′19″ N, long. 122°31′27″ W, thence northwest to lat. 47°08′47″ N, long. 122°35′11″ W, thence east to lat. 47°08′35 N, long. 122°33′03 W, thence north to the point of beginning; and excluding that airspace at and below 1,000 feet MSL within an area bounded by a line beginning at the point the 119° bearing intersects the 5.4-mile radius clockwise to the point the 145° bearing intersects the 5.4-mile radius to lat. 47°04′34″ N, long. 122°24′2″ W; thence to lat. 47°05′43″ N, long. 122°22′24″ W; thence to the point of beginning. Issued in Des Moines, Washington, on July 19, 2021. Maria A Aviles, Acting Group Manager, Operations Support Group, Western Service Center. [FR Doc. 2021–15720 Filed 7–23–21; 8:45 am] The Proposed Amendment Accordingly, pursuant to the authority delegated to me, the Federal Aviation Administration proposes to amend 14 CFR part 71 as follows: BILLING CODE 4910–13–P PART 71—DESIGNATION OF CLASS A, B, C, D, AND E AIRSPACE AREAS; AIR TRAFFIC SERVICE ROUTES; AND REPORTING POINTS 40 CFR Part 52 1. The authority citation for 14 CFR part 71 continues to read as follows: ■ ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA–R07–OAR–2019–0707; FRL–8684–03– R7] Air Plan Approval; Missouri; Open Burning; Withdrawal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Withdrawal of proposed rule. 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. AGENCY: § 71.1 SUMMARY: [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: ■ Paragraph 5000 Class D Airspace. * * * * * ANM WA D Tacoma, WA [AMEND] McChord Field (Joint Base Lewis-McChord), WA (Lat. 47°08′17″ N, long. 122°28′35″ W) That airspace extending upward from the surface to and including 2,800 feet MSL within a 5.4-mile radius of the McChord Field (Joint Base Lewis-McChord), beginning at the point the 315° bearing intersects the 5.4-mile radius clockwise to the point where the 162° bearing intersects the 5.4-mile PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is withdrawing its proposed rule to approve Missouri’s revisions to the state’s open burning rule, as published in the Federal Register on January 13, 2020. By a letter to the EPA dated May 26, 2021, Missouri withdrew its request for approval of revisions to this rule in the state implementation plan (SIP). DATES: The proposed rule published on January 13, 2020 (85 FR 1794) is withdrawn as of July 26, 2021. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Wendy Vit, Environmental Protection Agency, Region 7 Office, Air Quality Planning Branch, 11201 Renner Boulevard, Lenexa, Kansas 66219 at (913) 551–7697, or by email at vit.wendy@epa.gov. E:\FR\FM\26JYP1.SGM 26JYP1

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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 140 (Monday, July 26, 2021)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 39986-39988]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-15720]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 71

[Docket No. FAA-2020-0896; Airspace Docket No. 20-ANM-17]
RIN 2120-AA66


Proposed Modification of Class D Airspace; McChord Field (Joint 
Base Lewis-McChord), WA; Supplemental

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNPRM).

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SUMMARY: This action proposes to modify the Class D airspace at McChord 
Field (Joint Base Lewis-McChord), Tacoma, WA. After a review of the 
airspace, the FAA found it necessary to amend the existing airspace for 
the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations 
at this location and Visual Flight Rules (VFR) at a satellite airport. 
This proposal would also remove a reference to the McChord Very High 
Frequency

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Omnidirectional Range beacon (VOR) from the legal description, update 
the airport name and city, and amend the geographical coordinates for 
the airport to match the FAA's database.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before September 9, 2021.

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; telephone: 
1-800-647-5527, or (202) 366-9826. You must identify FAA Docket No. 
FAA-2020-0896; Airspace Docket No. 20-ANM-17, 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 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: Richard Roberts, Federal Aviation 
Administration, Western Service Center, Operations Support Group, 2200 
S 216th Street, Des Moines, WA 98198; telephone (206) 231-2245.

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 modify the Class D airspace to support IFR operations at 
McChord Field (Joint Base Lewis-McChord), Tacoma, WA.

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. Persons 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-2020-0896; 
Airspace Docket No. 20-ANM-17''. 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 Northwest Mountain Regional Office of the Federal 
Aviation Administration, Air Traffic Organization, Western Service 
Center, Operations Support Group, 2200 S 216th Street, Des Moines, WA 
98198.

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.

Background

    The FAA published a notice of proposed rulemaking for Docket No. 
FAA-2020-0896 in the Federal Register (85 FR 69281; November 2, 2020) 
proposing to modify the Class D airspace McChord Field (Joint Base 
Lewis-McChord). Interested parties were invited to participate in this 
rulemaking effort by submitting written comments on the proposal. One 
comment was received during the comment period. The commenter was 
concerned that removing the entire area previously excluded for 
Spanaway Airport, would place aircraft arriving and departing Shady 
Acres Airport at a disadvantage while departing to the North and 
Landing to the South.
    Subsequent to publication of the NPRM, the FAA received comments 
from the Aircraft Owners and Pilot Association (AOPA), the Airport 
Manager and local Pilots from Shady Acres Airport and the U.S. Air 
Force. AOPA, the Airport Manager and local pilots were in favor of a 
small portion of airspace, from the original area cutout for Spanaway 
airport, being maintained for satellite airport operations at Shady 
Acres Airport. These amendments would maintain the current level of 
operational safety, while adhering to FAA policy on airspace for 
satellite airports. The U.S. Air Force was not in favor of this 
recommendation. In addition, the FAA identified an area of airspace to 
the Northwest that needed additional clarification in its boundary and 
the U.S. Air Force identified that only the VOR was being 
decommissioned and not the Tactical Air Navigation System (TACAN), as 
previously reported. The FAA determined that the proposal needed 
additional consideration due to these comments.

The Proposal

    The FAA is proposing an amendment to 14 CFR part 71 by modifying 
the lateral dimensions of the Class D airspace. The FAA initiated a 
review of the assigned airspace and drafted the subsequent proposal for 
modification due to three actions. The FAA decommissioned the McChord 
VOR because the U.S. Air Force was no longer going to maintain the 
NAVAID.

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As a result of the decommissioning, the FAA was required to redefine 
the airspace that uses the VOR as a reference and remove the reference 
from the associated airspace descriptions. The U.S. Air Force requested 
elimination of airspace previously excluded for operations at Spanaway 
Airport. In response, the FAA completed an airspace review to evaluate 
that request and the Class D airspace had not been examined in the 
previous two years as required by FAA Orders.
    The exclusion of Class D airspace that is southeast of the airport 
would be modified to facilitate use of the airspace for aircraft 
arriving and departing Shady Acres Airport, in keeping with FAA 
Directives. A portion of the airspace overlying Lakewood, WA would also 
be eliminated, as it is no longer needed.
    In addition, the Legal Descriptions Heading would be corrected to 
identify the proper city and state, the name of the airport and the 
geographical coordinates for McChord Field (Joint Base Lewis McChord) 
to match the FAA's National Airspace System Resource (NASR) database.
    Class D airspace designations are published in paragraph 5000 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 
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

0
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.

* * * * *

ANM WA D Tacoma, WA [AMEND]

McChord Field (Joint Base Lewis-McChord), WA
    (Lat. 47[deg]08'17'' N, long. 122[deg]28'35'' W)

    That airspace extending upward from the surface to and including 
2,800 feet MSL within a 5.4-mile radius of the McChord Field (Joint 
Base Lewis-McChord), beginning at the point the 315[deg] bearing 
intersects the 5.4-mile radius clockwise to the point where the 
162[deg] bearing intersects the 5.4-mile radius thence south to lat. 
47[deg]02'10'' N, long. 122[deg]26'13'' W, thence west to lat. 
47[deg]02'21'' N, long. 122[deg]31'31'' W, thence north to lat. 
47[deg]04'19'' N, long. 122[deg]31'27'' W, thence northwest to lat. 
47[deg]08'47'' N, long. 122[deg]35'11'' W, thence east to lat. 
47[deg]08'35 N, long. 122[deg]33'03 W, thence north to the point of 
beginning; and excluding that airspace at and below 1,000 feet MSL 
within an area bounded by a line beginning at the point the 119[deg] 
bearing intersects the 5.4-mile radius clockwise to the point the 
145[deg] bearing intersects the 5.4-mile radius to lat. 
47[deg]04'34'' N, long. 122[deg]24'2'' W; thence to lat. 
47[deg]05'43'' N, long. 122[deg]22'24'' W; thence to the point of 
beginning.

    Issued in Des Moines, Washington, on July 19, 2021.
Maria A Aviles,
Acting Group Manager, Operations Support Group, Western Service Center.
[FR Doc. 2021-15720 Filed 7-23-21; 8:45 am]
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