[Federal Register Volume 63, Number 110 (Tuesday, June 9, 1998)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 31351-31352]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 98-15313]



Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 71

[Airspace Docket No. 98-ASW-24]

Revision of Class E Airspace; Intracoastal City, LA

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Direct final rule; request for comments.


SUMMARY: This amendment revises the Class E airspace at Intracoastal 
City, LA. The development of four global positioning system (GPS) 
standard instrument approach procedures (SIAP), helicopter point-in-
space approaches, to heliports in the Intracoastal City, LA, area has 
made this rule necessary. This action is intended to provide adequate 
controlled airspace extending upward from 700 feet or more above the 
surface for instrument flight rules (IFR) operations to the heliports.

DATES: Effective 0901 UTC, October 8, 1998.
    Comments must be received on or before July 24, 1998.

ADDRESSES: Send comments on the rule in triplicate to Manager, Airspace 
Branch, Air Traffic Division, Federal Aviation Administration, 
Southwest Region, Docket No. 98-ASW-24, Fort Worth, TX 76193-0520. The 
official docket may be examined in the Office of the Regional Counsel, 
Southwest Region, Federal Aviation Administration, 2601 Meacham 
Boulevard, Room 663, Fort Worth, TX, between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., 
Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. An informal docket may 
also be examined during normal business hours at the Airspace Branch, 
Traffic Division, Federal Aviation Administration, Southwest Region, 
Room 414, Fort Worth, TX.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Donald J. Day, Airspace Branch, Air 
Traffic Division, Southwest Region, Federal Aviation Administration, 
Fort Worth, TX 76193-0520, telephone 817-222-5593.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This amendment to 14 CFR part 71 revises the 
Class E airspace at Intraocastal City, LA. The development of four GPS 
SIAP's helicopter point-in-space approaches, to heliports in the 
Intracaostal City, LA, area has made this rule necessary. This action 
is intended to provide adequate controlled airspace extending upward 
from 700 feet or more above the surface for IFR operations to the 
    Class E airspace designations are published in Paragraph 6005 of 
FAA Order 7400.9E, dated September 10, 1997, and effective September 
16, 1997, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. The Class 
E airspace designation listed in this document will be published 
subsequently in the order.

The Direct Final Rule Procedure

    The FAA anticipates that this regulation will not result in any 
adverse or negative comment and therefore is issuing it as a direct 
final rule. A substantial number of previous opportunities provided to 
the public to comment on substantially identical actions have resulted 
in negligible adverse comments or objections. Unless a written adverse 
or negative comment, or a written notice of intent to submit an adverse 
or negative comment, is

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received within the comment period, the regulation will become 
effective on the date specified above. After the close of the comment 
period, the FAA will publish a document in the Federal Register 
indicating that no adverse or negative comments were received and 
confirming the date on which the final rule will become effective. If 
the FAA does receive, within the comment period, an adverse or negative 
comment or written notice of intent to submit such a comment, a 
document withdrawing the direct final rule will be published in the 
Federal Register, and a notice of proposed rulemaking may be published 
with a new comment period.

Comments Invited

    Although this action is in the form of a final rule and was not 
preceded by a notice of proposed rulemaking, comments are invited on 
this rule. Interested persons are invited to comment on this rule by 
submitting such written data, views, or arguments as they may desire. 
Communications should identify the Rules Docket number and be submitted 
in triplicate to the address specified under the caption ADDRESSES. All 
communications received on or before the closing date for comments will 
be considered, and this rule may be amended or withdrawn in light of 
the comments received. Factual information that supports the 
commenter's ideas and suggestions is extremely helpful in evaluating 
the effectiveness of this action and determining whether additional 
rulemaking action is needed.
    Comments are specifically invited on the overall regulatory, 
economic, environmental, and energy aspects of the rule that might 
suggest a need to modify the rule. All comments submitted will be 
available, both before and after the closing date for comments, in the 
Rules Docket for examination by interested persons. A report that 
summarizes each FAA public contact concerned with the substance of this 
action will be filed in the Rules Docket.
    Commenters wishing the FAA to acknowledge receipt of their comments 
submitted in response to this rule must submit a self-addressed, 
stamped postcard on which the following statement is made: ``Comments 
to Docket No. 98-ASW-24.'' The postcard will be date stamped and 
returned to the commenter.

Agency Findings

    The regulations adopted herein will not have substantial direct 
effects 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. Therefore, in 
accordance with Executive Order 12612, it is determined that this final 
rule does not have sufficient federalism implications to warrant the 
preparation of a Federal Assessment.
    Further, the FAA has determined that this regulation is 
noncontroversial and unlikely to result in adverse or negative comments 
and only involves an established body of technical regulations that 
require frequent and routine amendments to keep them operationally 
current. Therefore, I certify that this regulation (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) if promulgated, will not have 
a significant economic impact, positive or negative, on a substantial 
number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Since 
this rule involves routine matters that will only affect air traffic 
procedures and air navigation, it does not warrant preparation of a 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis because the anticipated impact is so 

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 71

    Airspace, Incorporation by reference, Navigation (air).

Adoption of the Amendment

    Accordingly, pursuant to the authority delegated to me, the Federal 
Aviation Administration amends 14 CFR part 71 as follows:


    1. The authority citation for 14 CFR part 71 continues to read as 

    Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40103, 40113, 40120; E.O. 10854; 24 
FR 9565, 3 CFR, 1959-1963 Comp., p. 389.

Sec. 71.1  [Amended]

    2. The incorporation by reference in 14 CFR 71.1 of the Federal 
Aviation Administration Order 7400.9E, Airspace Designations and 
Reporting Points, dated September 10, 1997, and effective September 16, 
1997, is amended as follows:

Paragraph 6005: Class E airspace areas extending upward from 700 
feet or more above the surface of the earth.

* * * * *

ASW LA E5  Intracostal City, LA [Revised]

Point In Space Coordinates
    (Lat. 29 deg.46'57'' N., long. 92 deg.08'42'' W.)

    That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface 
within a 10-mile radius of the Point In Space serving Intracostal 
City heliports, excluding the airspace within the Lafayette, LA, 
Class E Airspace.
* * * * *
    Issued in Forth Worth, TX, on May 22, 1998.
Albert L. Viselli,
Acting Manager, Air Traffic Division, Southwest Region.
[FR Doc. 98-15313 Filed 6-8-98; 8:45 am]