[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 241 (Monday, December 15, 2008)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 75939-75941]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E8-29269]



Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 71

[Docket No. FAA-2008-1168; Airspace Docket No. 08-ASO-19]

Establishment of Class E Airspace; Clewiston, FL

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Direct final rule; request for comments.


SUMMARY: This action establishes Class E Airspace at Clewiston, FL. 
Airspace is needed to support new Area Navigation (RNAV) Global 
Positioning System (GPS) Standard Instrument Approach Procedures 
(SIAPs) that have been developed for Airglades Airport. As a result, 
controlled airspace extending upward from 700 feet Above Ground Level 
(AGL) is needed to contain the SIAP and for Instrument Flight Rule 
(IFR) operations at the airport. The operating status of the airport 
will change from Visual Flight Rules (VFR) to include IFR operations 
concurrent with the publication of the SIAP. This action enhances the 
safety and airspace management of Airglades Airport, Clewiston, FL.

DATES: Effective 0901 UTC, March 12, 2009. The Director of the Federal 
Register approves this incorporation by reference action under Title 1, 
Code of Federal Regulations, part 51, subject to the annual revision of 
FAA Order 7400.9 and publication of conforming amendments. Comments for 
inclusion in the Rules Docket must be received on or before January 29, 

ADDRESSES: Send comments on this rule to: U.S. Department of 
Transportation, Docket Operations, West Building Ground Floor, Room 
W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590-0001; 
Telephone: 1-800-647-5527; Fax: 202-493-2251. You must identify the 
Docket Number FAA-2008-1168; Airspace Docket No. 08-ASO-19, at the 
beginning of your comments. You may also submit and review received 
comments through the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov.

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    You may review the public docket containing the rule, any comments 
received, and any final disposition in person in the Dockets Office 
(see ADDRESSES section for address and phone number) between 9 a.m. and 
5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. An informal 
docket may also be examined during normal business hours at the office 
of the Eastern Service Center, Federal Aviation Administration, Room 
210, 1701 Columbia Avenue, College Park, Georgia 30337.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Melinda Giddens, Operations Support 
Group, Eastern Service Center, Federal Aviation Administration, P.O. 
Box 20636, Atlanta, Georgia 30320; telephone (404) 305-5610.


The Direct Final Rule Procedure

    The FAA anticipates that this regulation will not result in adverse 
or negative comments, and, therefore, issues it as a direct final rule. 
The FAA has determined that this rule only involves an established body 
of technical regulations for which frequent and routine amendments are 
necessary to keep them operationally current. Unless a written adverse 
or negative comment or a written notice of intent to submit an adverse 
or negative comment is 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 effective date. If the FAA receives, 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 direct final rule, and was 
not preceded by a notice of proposed rulemaking, interested persons are 
invited to comment on this rule by submitting such written data, views, 
or arguments as they may desire. An electronic copy of this document 
may be downloaded from and comments may be submitted and reviewed at 
http://www.regulations.gov. Recently published rulemaking documents can 
also be accessed through the FAA's Web page at http://www.faa.gov/airports_airtraffic/air_traffic/publications/airspace_amendments. 
Communications should identify both docket numbers and be submitted in 
triplicate to the address specified under the caption ADDRESSES above 
or through the Web site. 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.
    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. Factual information that supports 
the commenter's idea and suggestions is extremely helpful in evaluating 
the effectiveness of this action and determining whether additional 
rulemaking action would be needed. All comments submitted will be 
available, both before and after the closing date for comments, in the 
Rules Docket for examination by interested persons. Those 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. FAA-2008-1168; 
Airspace Docket No. 08-ASO-19.'' The postcard will be date stamped and 
returned to the commenter.

The Rule

    This amendment to Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) 
part 71 establishes Class E airspace at Clewiston, FL, to provide 
controlled airspace required to support the Standard Instrument 
Approach Procedures (SIAPs) that have been developed for Airglades 
Airport. Designations for Class E airspace areas extending upward from 
700 feet or more above the surface of the earth are published in FAA 
Order 7400.9S, signed October 3, 2008, and effective October 31, 2008, 
which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR part 71.1. The Class E 
designations listed in this document will be published subsequently in 
the Order.

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 various levels of government. Therefore, it is 
determined that this direct final rule does not have federalism 
implications under Executive Order 13132.
    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. 
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, will not have a significant 
economic impact on a substantial number of small entities under the 
criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.
    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 
    This rulemaking is promulgated under the authority described in 
Subtitle VII, Part A, Subpart I, Section 40103. Under that section, the 
FAA is charged with prescribing regulations to assign the use of 
airspace necessary to ensure the safety of aircraft and the efficient 
use of airspace. This regulation is within the scope of that authority 
as it establishes Class E airspace at Clewiston, FL.

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 71

    Airspace, Incorporation by reference, Navigation (Air).

Adoption of the Amendment

In consideration of the foregoing, the Federal Aviation Administration 
amends 14 CFR part 71 as follows:


1. The authority citation for part 71 continues to read as follows:

    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 Federal Aviation 
Administration Order 7400.9S, Airspace Designations and Reporting 
Points, dated October 3, 2008, effective October 31, 2008, is amended 
as follows:

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Paragraph 6005 Class E Airspace Areas Extending Upward From 700 Feet 
or More Above the Surface of the Earth.
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ASO FL E5 Clewiston, FL [NEW]

Airglades Airport, FL
    (Lat. 26[deg]44'07'' N., long. 81[deg]03'04'' W.)

    That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface 
of the Earth within a 6.5-mile radius of the Airglades Airport.
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    Issued in College Park, Georgia, on November 21, 2008.
Mark D. Ward,
Manager, Operations Support Group, Eastern Service Center, Air Traffic 
 [FR Doc. E8-29269 Filed 12-12-08; 8:45 am]